Tom Townsend Served as a Model of Love and Kindness for Our Industry to Aspire Toward

For someone who had every reason to be angry and resentful, he chose the opposite

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Though agency leader Tom Townsend faced many difficulties in recent years, he still aimed to make others happy. LinkedIn

Most people reading this will not know the name Tom Townsend. Among his many enviable qualities was humility. You certainly wouldn’t have known about him or his work from anything he did to promote it. Still, you should know Tom for his advertising legacy—and so much more.

@wnd Wendy Clark is CEO of DDB Worldwide.