Beginning his career as a newspaper reporter, Paul Foley saw the necessity and power of truth and effective communications. Thereafter, from creative director at McManus, John & Adams, to president of McCann-Erikson, to CEO of the world's largest advertising enterprise, Interpublic, he believed that copy which serves consumers first serves the clients and the advertising industry best.
While Paul Foley served as the head of a worldwide, billion-dollar communications network, he was still a writer at heart. Foley's love of the English language and his belief in its central importance is best expressed when he wrote, "writing is to persuasion what breathing is to health." Successful campaigns for Pontiac, Buick, Coca-Cola, Exxon, Nabisco, Del Monte, Nestle and others, had their roots in Foley's philosophy.
While Paul Foley served the advertising industry, he also served his fellow man. Among his countless personal causes were The National Urban League, Tri-Faith World Hunger Fund, United Fund, Ralph Bunche Institute, National Multiple Sclerosis, United Nations, the Advertising Council and his alma mater, Notre Dame.
Paul Foley¿s career was highly decorated, but he never sought after acclaim. He gave credit as generously as he gave himself to his business and to humankind.