Tony Weisman named recipient of the Chicago Advertising Federation 2015 Silver Medal Award

The Chicago Advertising Federation (CAF) honored Tony Weisman, CEO, DigitasLBi North America, as recipient of the 2015 Silver Medal Award. Some of Tony's closest family, friends and colleagues presented speeches to honor him. Those speakers were: Doug Ryan, President, San Francisco and Chicago, DigitasLBi,  Rick Fizdale, Former Chairman and CEO, Leo Burnett, Bill Malloy, Former CMO, Sprint, Dana Anderson, CMO, Mondelez International, and Tony’s eldest son, Adam Weisman. The CAF Silver Medal Award honors a distinguished member of the Chicago advertising community for his/her contributions and accomplishments. This wonderful, SOLD OUT event had over 500 guests attendees.  

January 19, 2016

Morgan MFG
401 N. Morgan
Chicago, IL 60642


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About Tony Weisman
Mantra: “It’s better to be on time and almost-there, versus perfectly late.” 

As CEO of DigitasLBi North America, Tony sets the strategic course and vision for the agency’s largest region (400+ Million Revenue, Adage), with clients including American Express, Sprint, Delta, Taco Bell eBay and Astra Zeneca.  

Two driving forces have remained constant throughout Tony’s extensive career: his love of advertising and his diversity and inclusiveness advocacy.  Often referred to as DigitasLBi’s “Chief People Advocate,” he is the agency’s vocal champion for culture, diversity, and talent. Under Tony’s leadership, DigitasLBi has received numerous accolades, including Advertising Age Best Places to Work (#4); Adweek’s Media Plan of the year; LinkedIn’s Most InDemand Employers; IAB’s Most Awarded Agency of the Decade, MAIP Agency of the Year, Best Places for LGBT Equality/HRC, and a “Top 50 Companies for Executive Women”/NAFE (national association of female Executives).

He also has published several POV’s on culture and employee advocacy (“The Key to Happy Employees? Bold Decision Making”, Richard Branson’s Virgin Disruptors, 2015), as well as business and industry issues:  “3 Reasons to Believe Great original programming is the Future of Digital Video: Awards, Amazon and Hunger for Storytelling”, ADWEEK, 2015)
During his previous role as president of the Digitas northwest region, Digitas Chicago tripled in size, attracting clients such as Miller Coors, Whirlpool and Sprint. 

Prior to DigitasLBi, Tony was CMO at DraftFCB Chicago and also held various management positions at Leo Burnett.

Tony is a proud graduate of Brown University and a second generation “Mad Man”. He is currently a Board member of PTTOW! and the Ad Council, and former Board member of Chicago Public Media (+ Honorary Past Chair), Off The Street Club, Chicago Tech Week and 4As (Chicago Chapter). 

When he’s not on a plane, in a boardroom, or writing his weekly “Tony’s Tuesday Reader,” Tony can be found on Lake Michigan on his sailboat with his two children and wife Tracy.



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