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Steve Gatfield

Steve Gatfield


Outgoing chief executive


Lowe Worldwide

Work Telephone

+1 212 605 5677


250, Hudson Street, New York, NY, 10013


September 1958

Career highlights

Reinvigorating businesses and buying new companies with great people.

Most cringeworthy moment of your career

Smiling through a pitch to a car client – a really bad pitch coach idea.

Best thing about your job

Diversity of people, ideas and opportunity.

Worst thing about your job

Too many days on the road.

Advice for a wannabe A Lister

Do what you think is right and forget about The A List.

If you could be anyone else in this business, who would it be?

A brilliant new-media kid with ideas – the future is theirs.

What would you do on a sabbatical?

Sail across the Atlantic to the Med.

Your USP?

Listen and act.

What would you change about yourself?

I wish I could draw.

Favourite media

Film of any length.

Favourite shop

Apple Store in NYC.

What’s the biggest lie you’ve told?

Don't worry, it's perfectly safe.

How many toilets do you own?


What can’t you live without (apart from family)?



With the news that Gatfield is set to leave Lowe when his three-year contract expires in 2009, he can be credited for streamlining its network to make, as some say, a leaner, fitter machine. Based in New York, he is set to return to the Interpublic Group's executive board.

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