Tony Spaeth is an internationally recognized expert in the use of identity as a tool in marketing and managing. 1995-2005 clients include Ambac, Caterpillar, Commonfund, Dow Jones, Eastman Chemical, Footstar, Flowserve, General Signal, J.P. Morgan, Malden Mills, Orbital Sciences, Outward Bound and Sony Corporation.
Tony studied architecture at Princeton and received his Masters in Business Administration from Harvard. In 1965 he joined the pioneering identity firm Lippincott & Margulies, learning and contributing to the new identity profession in its formative years. Ever since, his work (however diverse) has been identity-centered.
In subsequent years he practiced marketing management in diverse industries: in packaged goods, as a product manager in American Home Products’ food division; as a consultant to the supermarket industry on private brand management; as a consultant to account management and clients of NW Ayer advertising; and as a corporate vice president and director of marketing of several Citibank business units.
In 1985, he rejoined colleagues from 1965’s L&M, now the principals of the identity firm Anspach Grossman Portugal. He served as the firm’s marketing director and as a consulting principal, supervising such client engagements as Pfizer and American Express. In addition, Spaeth reorganized the firm’s naming capability, which during his tenure produced such names as Navistar, Optima, Signet, Trinova, Ecolab and (Ford) Explorer.
He established his current practice as an independent identity advisor in 1990. He serves companies directly, and teams when appropriate with communications and graphic design firms.
Tony has lectured for Harvard Business School, American Institute of Graphic Arts, Design Management Institute and other professional audiences and has written on identity matters for Adweek, Design Management Journal and the Conference Board’s Across The Board.
He lives in Rye, New York in a classic (1946) modern house with Ann, a leader in her field; they are parents of four extraordinary women.