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Guide to the J. Walter Thompson Company. Greg Bathon Papers, 1966-1970

Abstract

The J. Walter Thompson Company (JWT), founded in 1864, is one of the largest advertising agencies in the United States. Greg Bathon was an executive with JWT, serving in a numver of positions abroad, particularly in India, before becoming President of JWT USA. The Greg Bathon Papers span the years 1966-1970 and include biographical sketches, correspondence, financial reports and printed materials that primarily document Bathon's tenure as the head of the J. Walter Thompson Company's Bombay (India) office.

Descriptive Summary

Collection Number
RL.00665
Title
J. Walter Thompson Company. Greg Bathon papers
Date
1966-1970
Creator
J. Walter Thompson Company
Extent
0.5 Linear Feet, 375 Items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Material in English

Collection Overview

The Greg Bathon Papers span the years 1966-1970 and include biographical sketches, correspondence, financial reports and printed materials that primarily document Bathon's tenure as the head of the J. Walter Thompson Company's Bombay, India, office. Bathon's career prior to and following his appointment in India is mentioned; otherwise, very little material relevant to those periods appear in the papers.

The collection is arranged alphabetically into the following categories: Biographical Materials, Correspondence, Financial Reports, and Printed Materials.

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Collection is open for research.

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Contents of the Collection

1. Biographical sketches, 1966-1970

Includes corporate press releases, government forms, and printed materials such as magazine profiles.

2. Correspondence, 1966-1970

6 folders

Includes business and personal correspondence that touch on issues relating to finance, speaking engagements, Bathon's move to and from India, and other topics.

3. Financial Reports, 1969

Includes JWT reporting on billings and year-end statements for operations in India and Pakistan.

4. Printed Materials, 1966-1970

Includes pamphlets, clippings and articles.

Historical Note

Chronology

Date Event(s)
1933 Oct. 17 Born Edward Gregory Anthony Bathon, New York, N.Y.
1956 B.A., German Literature, Hamilton College, Utica, N.Y.
1956-1959 Officer, U.S. Navy
1960 Joined JWT New York office as a media researcher and buyer
1961 Copy writer (Kodak, Institute of Life Insurance, New Holland Farm Hachinery), JWT New York
1962 Account representative (Standard Brands, Chesebrough-Pond's), JWT New York
1963 Account supervisor (Unilever, S.C. Johnson, Stuyvesant Cigarette), JWT Antwerp
1965 Director, JWT Antwerp
1966 Chairman and Managing Director, JWT India (Hindustan Thompson); Head of Bombay office and overall responsibility for Calcutta, Delhi, Madras, and Ceylon (Sri Lanka) offices
1970 Vice President and Account Supervisor (Eastman Chemical Products), JWT New York
1972 President, JWT Brazil
1973 Senior Vice President, JWT
1976 Advanced Management Program, Harvard School of Business
1977 Executive Vice President, JWT; President, JWT AM/PAC (Latin America, Asia/Pacific regions)
Board of Directors of JWT
1980 President and Chief Operating Officer, JWT USA
1982 Resigned from JWT

After resigning from JWT, Bathon worked for the Interpublic Group of Companies and the Burkhardt & Christy advertising agency before forming Contact International, a provider of business translation services.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], J. Walter Thompson Company. Greg Bathon Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The J. Walter Thompson Company. Greg Bathon Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 1998.

Processing Information

Processed by Richard Collier and Mitch Fraas, June 2006

Encoded by Richard Collier

Completed June 2006

Accession 1998-0452 is described in this finding aid.