Neal joined Effie Worldwide as President and CEO in May of 2014 to serve as both the operational lead and the industry spokesperson for the organization. Reporting to the Board of Directors, he oversees the organization’s staff at its New York headquarters, as well as its 40+ international partners.
His marketing experience includes a six-year stint with Kodak (back when people used to put film in cameras!), and his agency assignments—Simons Palmer in London, TBWA\Chiat\Day and McCann in New York, and most recently as a founder of Naked Communications—include leading such iconic brands as Absolut, Sony PlayStation, Johnson & Johnson and American Express. Along the way, he has won the UK TV Commercial of the Year, a Grand Effie and a Regional Emmy.
Away from the office, Neal has a lovely wife (Lisa) and twin nine-year-old girls. He was born and bred in England but New Jersey has been his home for 17 years. In his spare time he plays the guitar and boxes.
As a previous, proud recipient of a Grand Effie (Embassy Suites Hotels, 2003) he is both honored by Effie’s reputation and excited by its potential, working for the most prestigious award of its kind: one that sets the standard for marketing excellence globally.