Horizon Media’s Bill Koenigsberg was one of eight inductees to the American Advertising Federation’s (AAF) 70th annual Advertising Hall of Fame in New York on Tuesday.

Koenigsberg founded Horizon Media in 1989 and the company today has more than $8.7 billion in client investments and more than 2,300 employees. It’s the largest privately-held media agency in the world, representing media brands such as A+E Networks and STX Entertainment as well as consumer brands such as Geico, Sprint, Capital One and Burger King.

Koenisberg joins McCann Worldgroup’s John J. Dooner, Jr.; Bank of America’s Anne Finucane; MediaLink’s Michael E. Kassan; BET Network’s Debra L. Lee; Publicis Groupe’s Maurice Lévy; PepsiCo’s Indra K. Nooyi; and Orci’s Hector J. Orci.

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“This year’s diverse group of honorees are at the top of their field and more than deserve this recognition. I am personally inspired by the ways in which they have given back to our industry over the years, as well as the love of creativity they all share. We are incredibly proud to induct some of the most iconic and accomplished leaders into the AAF Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019,” said Bill Hagelstein, president and chief executive officer of RPA and chairman of the Advertising Hall of Fame Council of Judges, in a statement.

Besides being inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame, Orci also will be presented with the David Bell Award for Industry Service, which is awarded to recognize “extraordinary and unique contributions and service to the advertising community and industry as a whole,” according to the American Advertising Federation.

“These Hall of Fame honorees are true trailblazers in our industry. This extraordinary class has made – in their own individual and innovative ways – a lasting impact on the advertising landscape, and their work will continue to empower others for decades to come,” said Carter Murray, FCB Worldwide CEO and vice chairman of the AAF, also in a statement.

The Advertising Hall of Fame, presented by the AAF since 1949, helps the organization to sustain key initiatives surrounding education, diversity, grassroots advocacy, industry ethics and professional development.

Induction into the Hall of Fame celebrates the most accomplished and legendary figures in advertising. From their significant contributions to the advertising industry, to their personal philanthropic involvement, this year’s honorees have set the precedent by which great leaders and accomplishments are measured today.

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