Boston Globe CEO Michael Sheehan Named Stonehill’s Commencement Speaker

Former advertising executive and current Boston Globe CEO Michael Sheehan will deliver the keynote address at Stonehill College’s 63rd Commencement on Sunday, May 18. Sheehan will also be among four people who will receive an honorary degree at the ceremony.

Boston Globe CEO Michael Sheehan
Boston Globe CEO Michael Sheehan

Red Sox owner John Henry, who purchased The Globe last October, appointed Sheehan to lead the paper’s day-to-day business operations in January. Prior to that, Sheehan led the Boston advertising giant Hill Holliday.

With a circulation of nearly 250,000 on weekdays and over 380,000 for its Sunday edition, The Globe is the largest paper in New England and its website has been consistently ranked among the top 10 newspaper websites in America.

Prior to being named CEO of The Globe, Sheehan had worked for Hill Holliday. He joined the firm in 1994 as its group creative director and was promoted to executive creative director in 1996.

Sheehan briefly left Hill Holliday in 1999 to join DDB Chicago before returning a year later as Hill Holliday’s president. He was named CEO in 2003, the first non-founder to hold that title, and in May of 2013 he rose to the rank of chairman.

Under his leadership, Hill Holliday’s clients included Bank of America, Dunkin’ Donuts, McDonald’s, Gatorade and Liberty Mutual.

Aside from his professional work, Sheehan took a lead role in developing The One Fund Boston to support victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.

Sheehan earned a bachelor’s degree in English from St. Anselm College in 1982 and returned to receive an honorary doctor of laws degree in 2011. He also attended the U.S. Naval Academy. At Stonehill’s commencement, he will receive an honorary doctorate in humane letters.

Sheehan resides in Norwell, Mass. with his wife Maureen and their children.

Commencement will begin at 10 a.m. on the College’s quadrangle lawn. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held indoors at the Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex.