Willi Schalk

Title: Founder
Company:  Team Consulting GmbH
Location:  Düsseldorf, Germany

Willi Schalk, Founder of Team Consulting GmbH, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in advertising.

An advertising executive with more than 60 years of experience, Mr. Schalk is proof that hard work, passion and perseverance leads to success. His career has taken him across the globe, from his work as a founding partner of Omnicom Group Inc. in New York City to his expansive work across multiple agencies in Germany. Today, he excels as the founder of Team Consulting gmbH in Düsseldorf, where he has been developing and executing strong, creative advertising strategies and campaigns since 2000. He established his agency after succeeding in prominent roles, including chief executive officer and chairman of McCann Erickson Worldwide (Now McCann, A McCann World Group Agency), managing partner for the Special Team Advertising Agency, and marketing manager for Erika Glanzstoff, AG.  In addition, Mr. Schalk worked for BBDO Worldwide for more than 21 years. While there, he held such positions as director, chief executive officer, chairman, general manager of international operations, president of the international group, president, and chief operating officer. In reflecting back on his professional journey, Mr. Schalk notes that he has been successful because of his well-rounded skills developed through his experiences. Because he has worked in the client sector, the advertising side and as a media agent, he has a 360-degree understanding of his industry.

In recognition of his professional excellence, Mr. Schalk has been honored in the Hall of Fame of Advertising in Germany. He was also the recipient of a Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award. Although less formal, Mr. Schalk is proud of the nicknames given to him within his industry. He is known as “Worldwide Willi” and “Willi the Kid” for his bigger-than-life personality and his wide-reaching impact on his profession. Outside of his professional work, Mr. Schalk has been a member of the board of directors for the International Advertising Association since 1986. He is also involved with Industrie Duesseldorf, the Ocean Reef Club, the Marketing Club of Düsseldorf, and Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft.

Mr. Schalk’s life motto is “It’s a wonderful life.” As he looks to the future, he intends to continue pursuing projects and passions that make him happy. He is also looking forward to the publication of his first book in 2019.

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