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Accomplished UK Alum, DDB Chairman, to Deliver 2019 Irwin Warren Lecture

Chuck Brymer will deliver the Irwin Warren Lecture.
Chuck Brymer will deliver the Irwin Warren Lecture Oct. 3.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 30, 2019) — The University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information’s Department of Integrated Strategic Communication will present its fourth annual Irwin Warren Lecture in Advertising and Digital Media 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, in the William T. Young Library UK Athletics Auditorium.

This year’s lecture will be delivered by Chuck Brymer, chairman of DDB Communications Group. Brymer’s lecture is titled “The Power of Creativity.”  

“Ideas are the fuel, are the engines of a corporation. That creativity is what drives businesses,” Brymer said.

After 14 years as chariman-CEO of Interbrand, an Omnicon-owned brand, Brymer was named chairman of DDB Communications. Since joining DDB Communications in 2006, the company has seen substantial growth in size and reputation. DDB has been voted one of the top agencies in the world by AdAge, Adweek and Campaign. DDB Communication’s list of clients include Volkswagen, McDonald’s, Samsung, Pepsi and Audi.

Brymer is a 1981 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Communications, now the College of Communication and Information.

The Irwin Warren Lecture in Advertising and Digital Media honors the memory of Warren, who was the creator of some of the nation's most successful advertising campaigns. During an advertising career spanning more than 40 years, Warren worked at Doyle Dane Bernbach, BBDO and other leading agencies, before moving to McCann Erickson, the world's largest advertising agency, where he retired as senior creative director in 2006.

The lecture series was established by Patrick Mutchler, a graduate of the School of Journalism and Media, formerly the School of Journalism and Telecommunications, in the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information, who worked with Warren while in marketing with Johnson & Johnson.

The event is free and open to the public.

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