Michael Houston, worldwide chief executive officer of Grey, today announced that Amber Guild is joining the agency’s New York flagship office as chief executive officer. Michael has held that dual role for the past two years.
Amber Guild has been a pathbreaking executive in the advertising, publishing and digital media industries for the past two decades. Most recently, she has served in the senior leadership of The New York Times as president of the T Brand portfolio and a prime mover in its global advertising business since 2017.
“Amber has built great brands and businesses across every discipline from advertising and design to social and experiential marketing,” Michael said. “Her experience running businesses at the intersection of creativity and culture make her a natural to lead our growing flagship office. I look forward to seeing her apply her unique skills to deliver the next generation of Famously Effective ideas for our clients.”
Amber will partner with Justine Armour, chief creative officer of Grey New York, and an accomplished senior team, to lead the office. “Amber’s history as an innovator and marketing influencer speaks for itself. Her accomplishments leading T Brand have expanded the boundaries of advertising,” commented Justine. “She is a champion of great ideas and diverse talent and her warmth and vision brings out the best in clients and colleagues alike. I can’t wait to partner with her and see what she brings to Grey New York.”
As president of the pioneering T Brand at The New York Times, Amber Guild led global business units including the branded content studio, experiential agency, influencer marketing agency and consulting unit. She spearheaded the transformation of the traditional advertising department into a strategic, client-first model. T Brand creative and editorial teams collaborated with clients to lead their brands to engage in culture and conversations that were meaningful to their audiences. She has been an advocate for systemic change in the creative industry to ensure a more equitable and just workplace. Most recently, Amber co-led the The Times’ Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategy.
Earlier in her career, Amber held high-level leadership positions at the Martin Agency, Collins and T3. She began her career at TBWA\Chiat\Day, Ogilvy and Saatchi & Saatchi. Amber Guild has been named one of Ad Age’s 'Women to Watch' and has served as a board member of Saturday Morning, the 3% Movement, Africa Seed and the VCU Brandcenter.