Marking 50th year, Agency Names New Chairperson

Leadership moves come as agency prepares for continued growth

CHICAGO, IL — Bader Rutter, the nation’s #1 B2B advertising agency, has announced that Jeff Young has been elected chairperson of the board of directors in addition to his ongoing duties as CEO of the organization with Greg Nickerson moving to chairman emeritus as he completes an impressive 38 years with the agency and will remain on the board through the year’s end.

Additionally, Ned Brown, chief creative officer at Bader Rutter, was elected as a new board member, joining seven-employee board members and three independent board members including Racquel Harris, Mara Swan and Jack Rooney who were added in January of 2022. (

“As we reflect on and celebrate 50 years, it’s easy to identify the attributes that made Bader Rutter successful: great talent, motivated clients, and our commitment to idea-driven problem solving. In reality, it feels like we’re just warming up. For us to continue to thrive, we must expand our client roster, continue to land and inspire the industry’s best talent, and double down on our collaborative, ideas-first approach,” said Young. “I am excited to add chairman to my duties as CEO, and am honored that the board has entrusted me to steward the agency as we chart our future for a prosperous next 50 years.” 

“I have had the privilege of working with Jeff for more than 30 years and watched him grow into an exceptional leader,” Nickerson said.  “It’s been an amazing journey and I look forward to reading about all the agency’s success in the years to come.”

As chairperson, Young will look to steward agency progression, operations and financial oversight to nimbly address the long-term success of the agency. The leadership transitions come on the heels of the employee-owned agency’s expansion in Chicago, as well as being named Agency of the Year by B2B Marketing.