Bill Koenigsberg founded Horizon Media in 1989, with strategic leadership and client service as its central tenets, and a firm belief that business is personal. Today, with $8 billion in client investments and more than 1,800 employees, Horizon is the largest privately-held media agency in the world, representing GEICO, Sprint, Capital One, Burger King, A+E Networks, Constellation Brands, STX Entertainment, Turner and LG Electronics to name a few.
Under Koenigsberg’s leadership, Horizon has evolved into world class data-driven marketing organization. Over the past 28 years, Horizon has received numerous honors for creativity, innovation and marketing effectiveness and has been named Media Agency of the Year by Advertising Age, Adweek, Mediaweek and Brandweek. The agency was named Independent Media Agency of the Year by Mediapost and was named one of the world’s most innovative advertising and marketing firms by Fast Company. As testament to Horizon’s commitment to its people and its culture, the agency has appeared on multiple lists as one of the Best places to work across publications such as Advertising Age, Adweek, Los Angeles Business Journal and Crain New York Business. Of particular note, FORTUNE recently named Horizon as one of the best places for women to work in 2016.
Koenigsberg has received numerous industry accolades for his vision and leadership. He was honored on Adweek’s prestigious Power List, named to the 4A’s Advertising 100 list, and recognized by Cynopsis as a Luminary, with its “Champion Award” in 2017. He was named to Variety’s Gotham 60: Influential New Yorkers in Entertainment and Media list in 2015. The esteemed list profiles Variety Magazine’s pick of New Yorkers who have made an impact in the past year on the city’s entertainment and media scene. In 2014, he was inducted to the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame, which honors pioneers and innovators of the electronic arts. In 2014, Koenigsberg was the first media executive to be named board chair of the 4A’s and is the only person to receive the prestigious Advertising Age Media Maven Award twice. He has also been honored as Media Executive of the Year by Mediaweek and featured as one of its top 50 most influential executives in the industry.
Additionally, he is currently Chairman of the 4A’s Board of Directors, and serves on the board of the International Radio and Television Society and as Chairman of the Media Exposure Committee. The IRTS Foundation named honored him with the “Hall of Mentorship Award,” and The National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters (NABOB) and The Power of Urban Radio Alliance honored Koenigsberg for his strong leadership on the industry’s adoption of the 4As Non Discrimination Policy and Complaint Review Process.
Philanthropy plays an important part of his life. In 2010, he was awarded the Reisenbach Foundation’s “Distinguished Citizen Award” for his contributions to the organization’s goal of creating a safer New York. In 2012, he was awarded The National Kidney Foundation’s “Visionary Leader Award,” and City Harvest honored him with “the Star of the City Award” for this longstanding commitment and support.
In addition to leading Horizon Media, Koenigsberg is also Chairman of the Board for Local Planet, the largest global network of independent media agencies, of which Horizon was a founding member.