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Ed Reilly ‘68

Since 2001, Edward T. Reilly has been the 17th president and CEO of the American Management Association, International. AMA is the world’s leading not-for-profit, membership-based management development, research and publishing organization.

Ed previously served as president and CEO of Big Flower Holdings, Inc., a leading integrated marketing and advertising service provider. Before that, Ed spent nearly 30 years with the broadcast and book publishing groups of The McGraw-Hill Companies, serving as the executive VP, with responsibility in 18 countries around the world. Ed retired in 2017.

Ed holds a BA in business administration from St. Francis College and attended the Stanford Executive Program. He was a chairman of the USO World Headquarters Board of Governors, a member of the North American Advisory Board of the UCD Michael Smurfit School of Business in Dublin, and a fellow and former chairman of the Royal Society for the Arts in the U.S. Ed also served on the AdCouncil Board for 5 years including one year as Chair. Furthermore, he was a chair of the Television Bureau of Advertising (TVB) and Chair of the Association for Maximum Service Television (MSTV) during the development of HDTV.

A fourth-generation Irish American, he resides in Westport, Connecticut, with his wife, Susan. Ed has roots in Cavan on his father’s side and Limerick on his mother’s.

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