Tim Andree

Tim Andree is the executive vice president and director of Dentsu, Inc., and the executive chairman and chief executive officer of its subsidiary, Dentsu Aegis Network, as well as a former professional basketball player. He played in the McDonald's All-American Game in 1979 and was drafted to the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 1983. Andree played professional basketball in Italy, Japan, Monaco, and Spain. Before joining Dentsu in 2006, he worked for Toyota, Canon Inc., BASF, and the NBA.[citation needed]

Tim Andree
Born1961/1962 (age 58–59)[1]
Alma materUniversity of Notre Dame
Height6 ft 11 in (211 cm)[2][3]

Early life and educationEdit

Andree was born in Detroit. He was raised in a religious household as the youngest of twelve children.[1] His father worked as a union ironworker, janitor, and butcher. Andree attended Brother Rice High School, an all-boys Catholic school.[1] In 1979, he was a finalist for Mr. Basketball of Michigan (then known as Retro Mr. Basketball), which recognizes Michigan's best high school senior male basketball players.[4] Andree received a basketball scholarship from the University of Notre Dame. He attended the university from 1979 to 1983,[5] and earned a bachelor's degree in economics.[1][6]



Andree played in the McDonald's All-American Game in 1979. He was drafted to the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 1983 by the Chicago Bulls but was waived by the club before the start of the season.[7] He played professional basketball for leagues outside the United States, including Italy, Monaco,[5] and Spain.[1][6]

In 1985, he joined the Toyota Pacers; as part of his contract, he worked in Toyota's Tokyo-based global sales office, wanting to acquire business experience and expertise. He played for the Toyota Pacers for five years.[1]


Toyota moved Andree from Japan to New York City, where he oversaw corporate advertising, investor relations, and public affairs for North America. Andree worked for Toyota for thirteen years (including eight in New York),[6] before accepting a marketing and communications position at Canon Inc.'s New York office.[1][6] He then worked for The Dilenschneider Group, a private equity firm,[1] before heading to chemical company BASF as vice president of corporate communications in 2001.[8][9][10] In 2002, Andree returned to the NBA, this time as senior vice president of communications, where he also handled crisis communication for incidents such as the Pacers–Pistons brawl.[11][12]

Andree joined DCA Advertising (now known as Dentsu America) in 2006,[1][13] where he served as chief executive from 2006 to 2010.[5] He became the first non-Japanese executive officer in 2008, and was appointed president and chief executive of Dentsu Holdings USA, adding responsibility for all operations in the Americas. He held Dentsu Network West's chief executive position from 2010 to 2012, overseeing the company's operations in the Americas, Europe, and Australia.[1][5][13] In 2012, Andree was named senior vice president of Dentsu Inc., and chief executive of the Dentsu Network, a newly created organization for Dentsu's operations outside Japan.[13][14] He was leading Dentsu's global operations and working from an office in Tribeca, as of 2012,[1] and held the senior vice president of Dentsu Inc. role until 2013.[5] After Dentsu acquired Aegis Group during 2012–2013,[15] forming Dentsu Aegis Network, Andree held the executive chairman role and was promoted to executive vice president of Dentsu Inc.[16] That same year, he was also appointed the first non-Japanese executive to serve on Dentsu's board of directors. In 2019, he began serving in the chief executive role as well, replacing Jerry Buhlmann.[17] Andree is a member of Dentsu Aegis Network's board, and serves as executive vice president of Dentsu Inc.[18] He has been credited with helping Dentsu acquire many companies, including Aegis Group plc.[1][10][13]

Personal lifeEdit

Andree and his wife have six children. The couple met in college, and lived together in Japan, along with their oldest son, before relocating to the New York metropolitan area.[1] The family lived in Colts Neck Township, New Jersey, as of 2012.[19]

Andree speaks some Japanese.[1] As part of a tradition for many Dentsu employees, he climbed Mount Fuji in 2007.[20][21]


  • Sugiyama, Kotaro; Andree, Tim (2010). The Dentsu Way: Secrets of Cross Switch Marketing from the World's Most Innovative Advertising Agency.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Patel, Kunur (April 2, 2012). "Tim Andree Takes Dentsu to New Heights". Ad Age. Crain Communications. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  2. ^ The Economic Times:
  3. ^ "Dentsu considering 60 businesses for acquisition". The Japan Times. February 19, 2016. Retrieved June 6, 2019 – via Bloomberg News.
  4. ^ Nothaft, Patrick (April 17, 2019). "Michigan high school scoring leader Jay Smith named Retro Mr. Basketball". MLive.com. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d e Xiangyi, Xiao (June 27, 2016). "Digital strategies are no tall order". China Daily. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  6. ^ a b c d Fung, Amanda (July 10, 2006). "Tim Andree: Making ads multiply". Crain's New York Business. Crain Communications. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  7. ^ "Tim Andree Player Profile, Notre Dame, NCAA Stats, Awards - RealGM". RealGM. Retrieved 18 September 2019.
  8. ^ Henry, Jim (April 23, 2001). "Personnel". Automotive News. Retrieved July 3, 2019.
  9. ^ Holmes, Paul (December 10, 2005). "Andree Returns to BASF After Stint at NBA". The Holmes Report. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  10. ^ a b Budden, Robert (December 3, 2012). "Profile: Tim Andree". Financial Times. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  11. ^ Holmes, Paul (February 21, 2002). "Andree to Head Communications at NBA". The Holmes Report. Retrieved July 3, 2019.
  12. ^ "Artest Asks The Public To 'Move On'". The Washington Post. November 24, 2004. Retrieved July 3, 2019.
  13. ^ a b c d McClellan, Steve (November 14, 2018). "Andree Succeeding Buhlmann As Dentsu Aegis CEO". MediaPost Communications. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  14. ^ Elliott, Stuart (April 8, 2012). "News From the Advertising Industry". The New York Times. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  15. ^ Tadena, Nathalie (September 17, 2015). "Dentsu to Remain Acquisitive, Says Executive Tim Andree". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  16. ^ "Dentsu completes acquisition of media agency Aegis". The Economic Times. April 3, 2013. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  17. ^ Kostov, Nick (November 14, 2018). "Dentsu Aegis's Chief to Step Down". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  18. ^ Oster, Erik (November 14, 2018). "Dentsu Aegis Network's CEO is Stepping Down". Adweek. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  19. ^ Andree, Tim (March 2, 2012). "Tim Andree: How can you change a company's culture?". Fast Company. Retrieved July 3, 2019.
  20. ^ Donald, Angela (May 5, 2015). "How Japan's Dentsu Climbed to the Top of the Agency World". Ad Age. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  21. ^ O'Reilly, Lara (May 5, 2015). "This company makes all its new employees climb Mount Fuji". Business Insider. Retrieved June 6, 2019.

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