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The Ad Age 40 Under 40 list recognizes talented individuals who have, either personally or as part of a team been responsible for helping to advance a business or a brand at an advertiser, agency, media, tech or marketing company in a demonstrable way within the last 12 months.

This list honors the best of the best: digital stars, programmatic geniuses, new-business rainmakers, data scientists and entrepreneurs as well as rising stars in more established companies. Examples might be the brand manager who turned around an ailing business or the creative director who masterminded a campaign that has struck a cultural nerve. Looking for more inspiration? View last year’s honorees.

Think that’s you, or know a disrupter who’s blazing new trails at work?


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The 2019 Ad Age 40 Under 40 list will be published September 9, 2019. 

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Ad Age’s 40 Under 40 recognizes talented individuals in the world of media and marketing. The successful candidate will have been personally responsible or a member of a team at a marketing, media company or agency who has helped to advance the business or the brand in some demonstrable way in the last 12 months. The 2019 Ad Age 40 Under 40 list will be published September 9, 2019. 

Entry requirements

In 350 words or less, tell us why you believe your entry is a candidate for 40 Under 40. We are looking for people who will be under the age of 40 by September 9, 2019, and who have made a significant contribution to the worlds of media, advertising or marketing within the last year. We are looking for paradigm breakers, smart thinkers and thought-leaders who are really making a difference and who are tipped to climb company ladders. The goal is to identify the people who are reshaping marketing and making important contributions to a company or business, so please be specific in outlining their accomplishments.

Please note: Past honorees, regardless of title or company, are not eligible for entry.



Early pricing: $225 per entry. Ends 11:59 pm EDT June 18.

Regular pricing: $250 per entry. Ends 11:59 pm EDT July 9.

Final deadline: $300 per entry. Ends 5 pm EDT July 22.

Final deadline

The deadline for nominations is Monday, July 22 at 5pm EDT.


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