Ted Bell, now a bestselling novelist, was one of the leading talents in advertising, having won every award the industry offers, including numerous Clios and Cannes Gold Lions, and, as Worldwide Creative Director of Y&R, the Grand Prix at the prestigious Cannes Festival. A native Floridian, Bell graduated from Randolph-Macon College in Virginia and is a former member of the college’s Board of Trustees. Bell began his advertising career at Doyle Dane Bernbach, New York, as a junior copywriter in the early seventies.
By age 25 he’d sold his first screenplay in Hollywood and become the youngest vice-president in the storied history of the creative powerhouse, DDB. In 1982 he joined Leo Burnett Co., Chicago, as a creative director. He was named President, Chief Creative Officer just four years later, in 1986, at age 40. Credited with developing numerous innovative and award-winning advertising campaigns, Bell joined Young & Rubicam, London, in 1991 as Vice Chairman and Worldwide Creative Director. After 10 years at Y&R, Bell retired in 2001 to write full time. He has ten consecutive NY Times Bestsellers to his credit. The Alex Hawke series of spy thrillers published by HarperCollins. And the Nick of Time series of time travel adventures published by St. Martins.
Bell holds an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Kendall College in Michigan. Ted is an Adjunct Professor of English Literature at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida. He is a former Trustee of Randolph-Macon College. He is also a member of DOCA, a program run by the Department of Defense in support of America’s military. He served on the Board at General Washington’s Home at Mt. Vernon, a group chaired by former Secretary of the Army, Togo West. He also served for a time as an advisor to the Undersecretary for Domestic Relations at the U.S. Department of State
He now divides his time between homes in San Francisco and Maine.
In 2011, he was elected a Writer In Residence and Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University (UK). He studied at the Political and International Relations Department of the University.