John Hegarty has been central to the global advertising scene over six decades working with brands such as Levi's, Audi, Boddingtons, Lynx, British Airways and Johnnie Walker.
He was a founding partner of Saatchi and Saatchi in 1970.
He founded Bartle Bogle Hegarty in 1982 with John Bartle and Nigel Bogle. The Agency now has offices in London, New York, Singapore, Stockholm, Shanghai, Mumbai and Los Angeles.
John’s creative awards are numerous. He has been given the D&AD President's Award for outstanding achievement and in 2014 was admitted to the US AAF Hall of Fame. As well as the New York Art Directors Hall of Fame.
John was awarded a Knighthood by the Queen in 2007 and was the recipient of the first Lion of St Mark award at the Cannes Festival of Creativity in 2011.
John wrote his first book ‘Hegarty on Advertising – Turning Intelligence into Magic’ in 2011 and his latest book "Hegarty on Creativity - there are no rules" was published in 2014.
In 2014 John helped set up The Garage Soho, an early stage investor company that believes in building brands, not just businesses.
In 2015, working with Aardman Animations, he created the first global goals cinema campaign for the UN’s Global Goals initiative; Project Everyone.
In 2020 the United Nations World Food Program was awarded The Nobel Peace Prize. According to the Global CMO of the WFP, the cinema campaign written and devised by John, helped the WFP in gaining this prestigious award. Never underestimate the power of advertising.