Speaker Profile

Jeff Goodby
Co-Chairman and Partner / Goodby Silverstein & Partners

Jeff Goodby grew up in Rhode Island and graduated from Harvard, where he wrote for the Harvard Lampoon. He worked as a newspaper reporter in Boston, and his illustrations have been published in TimeMother Jones and Harvard Magazine. Mr. Goodby began his advertising career at J. Walter Thompson and was lucky enough to meet the legendary Hal Riney, whom he still thinks of as his mentor, and Rich Silverstein at Ogilvy & Mather. Jeff and Rich founded GS&P in 1983. Since then, the two have won just about every advertising award imaginable. And yes, Jeff was the guy who originally wrote “got milk?” on a napkin. He is also a director, and two of his commercials were selected to be among the top 30 advertising films of the 1990s by The One Club. In 2006, he was inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame. Jeff continues to believe that his success is a happy confluence of his mother, a painter; his father, a Wharton graduate; and his family, a constant reminder of irony and humility. Jeff lives in Oakland, California, with his family, a dog, a cat, a rabbit, three horses and probably some other things he doesn’t know about.