Melinda Geertz CEO Leo Burnett, Melbourne, Australia
Melinda Geertz’s career with Leo Burnett spans over 30 years. After graduating from Northwestern University, she joined Leo Burnett in Chicago, the agency’s worldwide headquarters. She moved to Melbourne with the agency in 1989, fell in love with Australia and has never looked back. She has been the CEO of Leo Burnett Melbourne for the last 14 years. In her time as CEO, Melinda has led a transformation of the agency in Melbourne. The business has more than quintupled in size, and it is consistently one of the most creatively awarded agencies in Australia. In 2015, The Gunn Report ranked Leo Burnett Australia (Melbourne & Sydney offices) #6 in the world for creativity and in the same year, Leo Burnett Melbourne was awarded the Leo Burnett Worldwide Agency of The Year. Melinda was one of the first women appointed to The Communications Council and has served on various industry bodies, advisory councils and not-for-profit boards. Melinda is a frequent speaker on the issue of gender diversity in the workplace.