Edelman announces that Judy John, current chief creative officer of North America and Ceo of Canada for Leo Burnett, will be joining the firm as its first-ever global chief creative officer on April 29.
She is the visionary behind the Always #LikeAGirl campaign. She has also led a number of major efforts, including Amazon’s first Super Bowl commercial and Samsung’s first global Olympic campaign. She has won Titanium Grand Prix and Glass Lions at the Cannes Festival. Her IKEA Cook This Page campaign was named one of the Top 10 Most Awarded Campaigns in the World. She was ranked as the No.1 Chief Creative Officer in the world by Ad Age in 2015 and Marketer of the Year by the Canadian Marketing Association in 2016, the first agency person ever to win that coveted prize.
Richard Edelman, president and Ceo, says in a press release: “Judy is a perfect fit for the Edelman culture. She comes from a family business background. Her parents ran a Chinese restaurant in a small town in Canada where she learned values such as hard work, humility and team above all. She is committed to societal change through marketing; she especially loved our work for CVS, when the company took tobacco off of its shelves. She loves to work on clients; she manages by leading from the front. She believes in ideas and fights for them. This is all in keeping with the legacy of my father, our founder Dan Edelman, who began with four people in a little office in the Merchandise Mart in Chicago but with big dreams of building a global business based on our clients’ success. As an independent family-owned agency, we have the ability to make this type of superb hire and keep our commitment to always putting our clients first”.