David Abbott (advertising)

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David Abbott (October 11, 1938 – May 17, 2014[1][2]) was a British advertising executive who founded Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO.

Abbott started as a copywriter at Mather & Crowther and then at DDB, London. In 1966, he was sent to their New York office, then returned to London as a director.

In 1971, he founded French Gold Abbott. In 1978, he founded Abbott Mead Vickers (AMV), handling clients including Volvo, Sainsbury's, Ikea, Chivas Regal, The Economist, Yellow Pages, and the RSPCA.[3] In 1991, BBDO acquired a stake in AMV and appended their name.[4]

The One Club for Art and Copy inducted Abbott into its Creative Hall of Fame in 2001.[5] His first novel, The Upright Piano Player, was published in 2010 by MacLehose Press.[6] Abbott was married with four children[1] and eight grandchildren.


  1. ^ a b "David Abbott - obituary". The Telegraph. 20 May 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Davison, Phil (21 May 2014). "David Abbott: Advertising copywriter renowned for his integrity and acclaimed as one of the finest in the industry". The Independent. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  3. ^ March 13, 2002. Clio lifetime achievement award.
  4. ^ Foltz, Kim (January 17, 1991). Omnicom Seeks Stake in British Agency.New York Times
  5. ^ Elliott, Stuart (January 25, 2001). One Club to Induct 2 Into Hall of Fame. New York Times
  6. ^ Taylor, Catherine. "First fiction roundup". Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 

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