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Steve Harty

Steve Harty


Chairman US


Bartle Bogle Hegarty New York

Work Telephone

+1 212 812 6575.


32 Avenue of the Americas, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10013


1st January 1951

Fantasy business partner

I can't imagine improving on my partners in BBH.

How do you off-set your carbon footprint?

Ultimately, volunteer work for Scenic Hudson will probably have a greater impact than any other activity. In practical terms, I take advantage of New York's great mass transit system and drive very little now.

Greatest influence

Rugby taught me the power of teamwork, focus and fast adaptation to changing circumstances.


The Yale Club NYC.

Favourite gadget

Internet radio.

Desert island objects

An mp3 player loaded with country music and The Grateful Dead, a map of the constellations and a book of Yeats' poetry.

Most-admired politician

John F Kennedy, hands down. He asked us to aspire, to follow our best instincts and apply moral principles to social issues.

Favourite media

The Economist, Scientific American, Boston Legal, XM Satellite Radio, wikipedia.

Biggest risk taken

In conventional terms, starting an agency is a big risk. But the more profound risks are in the relationships that are most important to us as partners and parents. Parenthood, in particular, is a daily walk on a pretty challenging tightrope.

Perfect day

Usually Tuesday. Fridays are often a lot of fun as well.

Who should play you in the film of your life?

I would be flattered if Samuel L Jackson took the role.

Career highlights

Ogilvy New York, 1980 to 1992; Co-founder and chief executive, Merkley Newman Harty, 1992 to 2001; Plus Consulting Group, 2003 to 2004, BBH, 2005 to present day; White House Fellow (FBI), 1983-84.

Fictional hero

Stephen Dedalus.

Best job outside advertising

I was a cowboy on a yearling steer ranch in the Colorado mountains. Three hundred head of cattle, 1,800 acres, a couple of horses and a lot of fence to mend.


The self-confessed country music nut had exactly the right sort of pedigree to steer BBH's course in New York, and following its early jitters, he has now managed to get the company on a smoothly successful streak.

Most expensive purchase

I had to buy a new suit a year ago.

Why are you good at what you do?

I work in a team of very talented people.

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