A West Virginia University graduate who is a global leader in marketing communications will share the story of his extraordinary path from cell biologist to world-class entrepreneur at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5, on the WVU campus.p. Tom Harrisons lecture, which will be in Room 458 of the College of Business and Economics Building, is the second in a unique series devoted to mass media business leaders. It is jointly sponsored by the Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism and the College of Business and Economics.
Harrison is the chairman and chief executive officer of Diversified Agency Services (DAS), a division of Omicom Group Inc., the largest marketing communications company in the world. DAS , with its 410 offices in 55 countries, is a global enterprise of leading integrated marketing communications services and specialty communications companies.
“Tom Harrisons remarkable story �€from scientist to CEO �€is a perfect example of American entrepreneurism at its best,”said School of Journalism Dean Christine Martin.
Harrison has a graduate degree in cell biology and physiology from WVU . He started his professional career as a cancer researcher, then began a business career in pharmaceutical sales as a representative for Pfizer Laboratories.
In 1987 he started Harrison&Star Group, which was recognized as one of the most successful and rapidly growing agencies in the healthcare industry. During his five years running the independent firm, Harrison started a medical education company, a consumer healthcare company and a medical public relations group.
Harrison sold Harrison&Star to Omnicon in 1992. In 1997, he became president and chief operating officer of DAS . He was named chairman and chief executive officer in 1998.