Obituary: Brian Harrison

The former chairman of Dentsu Y&R in Japan has died at the age of 74.

Obituary: Brian Harrison

Brian Harrison's family has written the following tribute:

'Born in Belfast on October 23rd 1942, Brian grew up with two sisters. He graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a Masters degree. After university he took a year off to drive a rally car across Tunisia and Egypt, developing a love for cars that remained throughout his life.

His advertising career started with Ogilvy & Mather in the 60s, first in London and then Toronto, New York, Stockholm and Copenhagen.

In Stockholm he met his wife, Eva. They were married for 44 years.

He joined Young & Rubicam in the mid 80s, where he stayed for the remainder of his career working in Stockholm, Dublin, Singapore and Tokyo. After having been managing director of the Singapore office for several years he took the role of CEO for Y&R Southeast Asia and finally chairman of Dentsu Y&R in Japan. He retired in 2010.

He spent his retired life living half the year in a small town outside of Stockholm and the other half in the south of France. With his four children and three grandchildren spread across Europe, much of his time was also spent visiting them. His passion for painting blossomed in retirement and much of his art is now hung on the walls of his family's and friends’ homes (

He also loved vintage cars and was in the process of restoring a yellow 1972 Porsche 911, a car that became famous on the small winding roads of Provence.

One of his last projects was writing a book on succeeding in advertising entitled the Greasy Pole.

A life truly lived to the fullest. The life of Brian.'

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