Buz Sawyer is a change-agent and builder of highly successful, creatively-focused businesses.
As a former President/Managing Director of multiple renowned agencies within the United States and internationally, he has tackled diverse business challenges, including creating and building out Wieden+Kennedy’s first international office in Amsterdam, and in doing so setting the stage for Wieden’s strategy outside of the US. He expanded Lowe Lintas San Francisco from a service office into a successful, full-service agency; and drove Wieden+Kennedy New York from a small, traditional agency to a thriving, diversified communications business embracing all digital platforms.
Since January of 2011 Buz has served as the President & CEO of Cheil Americas, overseeing the Korean agency’s transformation in the US, Canada and Mexico. In addition to Cheil offices in Canada and Mexico, Buz is responsible for The Barbarian Group (which Cheil acquired in 2010) and McKinney (Durham and NY) which, under his leadership, Cheil acquired in August 2012.
Throughout his 30-year career, Buz has worked extensively with preeminent US and international clients in both consumer and business-to-business categories. Clients he has engaged with include Pepsi-Cola, Coca-Cola, Diageo, Gillette, Nike, ESPN, ABC Television Networks, Eddie Bauer, Alberto Culver, Avon, Samsung, Sharp Electronics, Nokia, Microsoft, Sun Micro Systems and Delta Airlines just to name a few.
Buz also serves as the non-executive Chairman of Hyper Island, the Swedish based education organization that enables companies and individuals to develop, grow and rise to the challenges of tomorrow's transformative technology.
When not working Buz can be found sailing his boat “Analog” on Fishers Island Sound.