Ken Kaess

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Kenneth Richard Kaess Jr. (July 30, 1954 — 27 March 2006) was CEO of advertising agency, DDB Worldwide.[1]

Born in Waterbury, Connecticut and raised in Watertown, Connecticut, Kaess graduated from Vassar College.[2]

Kaess began in 1977 at Doyle Dane Bernbach, which was later renamed DDB. He left for a vice president/management supervisor position at Jordan, McGrath, Case & Taylor, then went to New World Entertainment, where he was responsible for the Emmy Award-winning Muppet Babies.[2]

He ran the Los Angeles and New York offices before becoming worldwide president in 1999 and chief executive officer in 2001.[3]

He was the first executive to serve two consecutive terms as head of the American Association of Advertising Agencies.[1]

He died at his home in Westport, Connecticut, aged 51, of cancer.[3]


  1. ^ a b Stuart Elliott (March 29, 2006). "Ken Kaess, 51, Who Led Ad Agency, Is Dead". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ a b Andrew McMains (March 28, 2006). "DDB CEO Kaess Dies at 51". Adweek. 
  3. ^ a b "Westport Ad Exec Ken Kaess Dies at 51". March 28, 2006.