Merlee Cruz-Jayme

Merlee Cruz-Jayme   

She is one of the most influential women in the advertising industry. She is the Global President of dentsu mcgarrybowen and the “Chairmom” of Dentsu Jayme Syfu. She is the Jury President this year for Cannes Lions 2021 and is Cannes Lions’ 2nd ever Jury President from the Philippines. She is also the Dentsu Diversity Equity & Inclusion Head for Asia Pacific.

The 2019 Drum Global Ranking announced the top 100 Chief Creative Officers in the world, and there were only 8 women in the list – including our inspiring sister Merlee Jayme. She has been recognized as The Creative of the Year by Campaign Asia and the CEO of the year by the International Association of Business Communicators. Her major awards include a Cannes Lion Grand Prix for Mobile, Grand CLIO, LIAA, The One Show and D&AD pencils. Beyond awards, she has led her agency to win key accounts: Coca-Cola, Nestle, and Shell fuels. Merlee is a sought-after international speaker and an opinion leader.

Her helpful videos during WFH showed “Creativity that means business” for the Cannes Lions “future gazers”, Campaign’s “Creativity at Home” , LIA’s “Re-Packaging yourself” -a survival guide for creatives, during these trying times. Her talk for SPIKES this year is all about “The Brave New Normal” the trends of 2021 and beyond. One of CNN’s Leading Women, she is a seasoned judge in award shows, an author/illustrator of a handbook “Everyone Can Be Creative”, a mom to 4 creative girls, and an inspiration in breaking the glass ceiling in this mad men’s world. A dear Soul Sister who walks and leads fearlessly, enabling all to move from the comfort zone to the courage zone.