Mel Edwards is the Global CEO of Wunderman Thompson, a network built to inspire growth for ambitious brands. As Global CEO, Mel oversees 20,000 employees across 90 markets, including creatives, data scientists, technologists, and storytellers.
Mel started her WPP journey 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 and the agency’s largest brands now include Ford, HSBC, Microsoft, Nestle, Pfizer, Samsung,, Unilever 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, HERoes Women Role Models, 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.