Mel Edwards

Mel Edwards

Global CEO at Wunderman Thompson
London, United Kingdom

About me

Mel oversees a team of 20,000 in 90 markets as the Global CEO of Wunderman Thompson, an agency built around inspiring growth for some of the world’s most ambitious brands.

A catalyst for business transformation, Mel is recognized globally as a leader with a proven record of helping marketers anticipate and navigate change.

Mel is a member of the Ad Council and has been recognized as one of the most influential people in digital marketing and advertising on many occasions, and was named one of Ad Age’s European Women to Watch, a group of 20 outstanding executives making a difference in the industry.

She lives in London with her husband, Rich, and her two teenage children, Honor and Mack.

Positions

Global CEO
United Kingdom
September 2018 - Present (3 years)
Mel Edwards is the Global CEO of the newly created agency, Wunderman Thompson. As Global CEO, Mel oversees 20,000 employees across 90 markets, including creatives, data scientists, and technologists, and storytellers.
Mel started at Wunderman UK as the CEO in 2012, where she was tasked with turning the agency into a force in the marketplace. In February 2015, Mel became the CEO of Wunderman EMEA. As CEO, she was known for recruiting great talent and empowering people to do the best work of their careers and she drove strong growth across 72 offices in 23 markets—increasing her staff from 3,000 to more than 4,500 passionate team members in just three years. Mel was named Global CEO of Wunderman in September 2018 and successfully led the agency's transition to Wunderman Thompson, combining Wunderman, J. Walter Thompson, POSSIBLE and Mirum brands globally.
A catalyst for business transformation, Mel is recognized globally as a leader with a proven record of helping marketers anticipate and navigate change. Under her leadership, the agency has won numerous high-profile accounts including Shell’s consolidated global CRM and Retail account. Today, some of the agency’s largest brands also include HSBC, Best Buy, Duracell, Samsung, BT, EE and more.
Mel has been recognized as one of the most influential people in digital marketing and advertising on many occasions. She has been featured on Campaign’s A-List, The Drum’s Digerati and the BIMA 100. She has also been named one of Ad Age’s European Women to Watch, a group of 20 outstanding executives making a difference in the industry.
Prior to Wunderman, Mel served as CEO of M&C Saatchi’s LIDA.
She currently lives in London with her husband, Rich, and her two teenage children, Honor and Mack.
Global CEO
New York, United States
September 2018 - Present (3 years)
As Global CEO, Edwards will oversee 9,200 people across 200 offices in 70 markets and build on Wunderman’s strengths as a leading digital agency. She will also uphold Wunderman’s strong culture and pursue its vision of 'Creatively Driven. Data Inspired'.

Edwards is a globally recognised leader with a proven track record of driving innovation and business transformation. In the past year alone, she has helped to consolidate Wunderman’s position in the marketplace by spearheading the agency’s place on Shell’s 'Agency of the Future' roster, launching on-site solution Wunderman Inside and hiring top talent including client lead Jason Warnes, global client consulting lead Kathryn Arbour and Wunderman Inside MD James Sanderson.
Edwards has been with Wunderman since 2012 and for the past three years has served as EMEA CEO. During her six years at Wunderman, Edwards has been instrumental in helping to win and retain some of the agency’s largest clients including Shell, BT Group, EY and Samsung Europe. She is recognised throughout the industry as one of the most influential people shaping the digital landscape, featuring in this year’s BIMA 100 and Ad Age’s Women to Watch Europe list. Prior to joining Wunderman, Edwards served as CEO of M&C Saatchi’s LIDA.
CEO Europe/Middle East/Africa
Wunderman Thompson UK
London, United Kingdom
2015 - Present (6 years 8 months)
Anyone who has met Mel Edwards would describe her as driven, passionate about her work and down to earth—all qualities that will serve her well when she takes the reins as CEO of Wunderman UK later this year and becomes a member of the agency’s Leadership Board.
Noted in the industry and in the press for her candid and ‘effervescent’ commentary, Mel believes passionately in the power of CRM when delivered in a way that delivers a meaningful relationship for both the customer and the brand. She believes this can happen even when speaking to 22 million customers—a topic she explored in her 2012 Campaign Magazine ‘The Year Ahead’ essay for the direct marketing industry. 
EMEA CEO & UK Chairman
Wunderman Thompson UK
London, United Kingdom
March 2015 - September 2018 (3 years 6 months)
Believing passionately in the power of digital to anticipate and deliver even the most basic consumer needs, Mel helps brands transform to establish long-standing relationships with consumers that drive business results.
Mel took the reins of Wunderman UK in 2012, with the brief of turning the agency into a formidable force in the market. In that time the agency won numerous high-profile accounts including Shell’s consolidated global CRM & Retail account and Coca-Cola’s CRM account across Northern Europe. While developing an open culture within the agency, Mel oversaw the creation of an in-house publishing capability and dedicated content studio, more award wins that ever before and a shortlist for Campaign Magazines Agency of the Year for 2014.
Subsequently in February 2015, Mel was promoted to CEO of EMEA, where she drives the business forward in 40 markets, 78 offices and with a team of over 3,000. Prior to Wunderman Mel was CEO of M&C Saatchi’s LIDA, where she doubled the agencies profits whilst winning numerous creative accolades – resulting in being named Marketing Magazine’s direct marketing agency for 2011. In that time Mel also sat on M&C Saatchi’s Group Board and also chaired the IPA’s Direct Marketing Group. 
CEO
Wunderman Thompson UK
London, United Kingdom
November 2012 - March 2015 (2 years 4 months)
CEO
London, United Kingdom
2000 - 2012 (12 years)
CEO Sep 2010 – Jul 2012

Managing Director Apr 2007 – Sep 2010

Client Services Director Aug 2004 – Apr 2007

Group Account Director Mar 2000 – Aug 2004
CEO
London, United Kingdom
September 2010 - July 2012 (1 year 10 months)
Managing Director
London, United Kingdom
April 2007 - September 2010 (3 years 5 months)
Client Services Director
London, United Kingdom
August 2004 - April 2007 (2 years 8 months)
Group Account Director
London, United Kingdom
March 2000 - August 2004 (4 years 5 months)

Education

BA Hons - History

1989 - 1992 (3 years)

BA Hons - History

1989 - 1992 (3 years)

Trade Organizations

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