Melanie Myers

Melanie Myers

Global Director of Creative Talent at Wieden + Kennedy, Portland
Portland, United States

About me

As W+K’s Global Head of Talent, Melanie partners with the agency’s global leadership, in addition to leaders in all eight of W+K’s offices, recruiting, hiring and developing talent for the network.

Melanie spent eleven years with W+K’s Portland office in a creative management role before leaving in 2007 to found her own successful consulting company. Three years later, she came home to W+K in the newly formed role of global director of creative talent. Since her return, she has played an important role in the future of the agency, casting new talent in key creative leadership positions, launching the São Paulo office, and building a connected global recruitment team.

W+K has been a fiercely independent and creatively-led company for 35 years. Today, creative thinking is relevant to more disciplines than ever, requiring a shift in recruiting and staffing strategies.

Melanie is leading that charge at W+K, across all disciplines, throughout all eight W+K offices. Additionally, she collaborates with the global director of human resources and office leadership to maintain W+K as a place people can thrive and evolve, where people with incredibly diverse backgrounds and skill sets come to make the best work of their lives.

Having spent two decades working alongside great talent, both inside and outside the company, Melanie knows the W+K of the past and present, and has a strong vision towards the future. She has a deep understanding of each unique W+K market, knows our strengths and weaknesses, and leans strongly towards innovation. Melanie is devoted to our global diversity efforts and the pursuit of making great work. She has made talent recruiting, development and management one of the strongest and most important disciplines at W+K.

Positions

Global Director of Creative Talent
Portland, United States
April 2010 - Present (10 years 4 months)
Collaborate with global leadership and internal creative recruiters to find the very best creative people to work with W+K in Portland, New York, London, Amsterdam, New Delhi, Shanghai, Tokyo and São Paulo.
Founding Partner
WNTD
United States
January 2009 - April 2010 (1 year 3 months)
WNTD develops partnerships with companies and talent who excel creatively to help them get what they want. http://wntd.net
Head of Creative Talent, USA
The Talent Business
United States
June 2007 - September 2008 (1 year 3 months)
Launched creative division for the U.S., which included building and developing an extensive client and candidate base resulting in a very profitable first year for the company.
Creative Manager
Portland, United States
July 1996 - June 2007 (10 years 11 months)
Contributed to every aspect of management for 85-person creative department. Partnered closely with upper and middle management to maintain highest quality of creative output, and worked with global offices to facilitate creative resourcing when necessary.
Service Bureau Manager
L. Grafix
United States
March 1994 - October 1995 (1 year 7 months)
Oversaw all aspects of pre-press service bureau, from running computers, servers and imagesetters for camera-ready output. Extensive knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator, Freehand and Quark (InDesign).

Education

Bachelor’s Degree

1986 - 1990 (4 years)

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