Walter J. O’Brien, Jr.

Community Volunteer

Wally O’Brien retired and moved from New York to Richmond. He is a Director on the Board of the Richmond Symphony and has close ties with the University of Richmond. He had a distinguished career in the communications industry, primarily at J. Walter Thompson (JWT), as a strategic thinker and builder of successful brands. Wally’s career at JWT lead him to be a member of their worldwide Board of Directors, working with over 40 corporations and the U.S. Marine Corps. He was President of JWT when it was the world’s largest advertising agency. Later, he was the CEO/Founder of the branding agency of O’Reilly, O’Brien, Clow, Inc. and President of Hill Holiday Advertising, leading them to win Clios for Best Advertising in their product categories. He worked on issues surrounding the Internet and the New Economy and contributed to President Clinton’s Framework for Global Electronic Commerce. He graduated from Marquette University, followed by studies at Graduate Schools of Business at both Harvard and Stanford.