Mel Edwards 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. This has served her well since taking the reins at the newly created agency formed by the merger of J. Walter Thompson with Wunderman. Under Mel’s leadership, Wunderman Thompson has won numerous high-profile accounts including Shell’s consolidated global CRM and retail account. Today some of the agency’s largest brands include HSBC, Best Buy, Duracell, BT, EE and more.
Mel started at Wunderman UK as the CEO in 2012, where she was tasked with turning the agency into a force in the marketplace, and three years later, she became the CEO of Wunderman EMEA. In September 2018, Mel was named Global CEO of Wunderman and successfully led the agency's transition to Wunderman Thompson.
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. She was recently 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 lives in London with her husband, Rich, and her two teenage children, Honor and Mack.