Mel Edwards named Wunderman’s Global CEO succeeding Mark Read

Wunderman this week announced the appointment of Mel Edwards as Global CEO, effective immediately. Mel Edwards succeeds Mark Read, who was recently named CEO of WPP.

As Global CEO, Edwards will oversee 9,200 people across 200 offices in 70 markets.

Mel Edwards

“Mel is an exceptional leader who demonstrated her ability to build the business by winning new clients and developing existing ones, attracting top talent and integrating technology into our offer. The agency has become a powerhouse in Europe and I have every confidence that it will continue its success globally with her leadership of an outstanding team around the world.”

Mark Read, CEO, WPP

Edwards has been with Wunderman since 2012 and for the past three years has served as EMEA CEO. During her six years at Wunderman, Edwards has been instrumental in helping to win and retain some of the agency’s largest clients including Shell, BT Group, EY, and Samsung Europe. WPP says Edwards is recognized throughout the industry as one of the most influential people shaping the digital landscape, featuring in this year’s BIMA 100 and Ad Age’s Women to Watch Europe list. Prior to joining Wunderman, Edwards served as CEO of M&C Saatchi’s LIDA.

“I’ve been honored to call Wunderman my home for the past six years. It’s a place that empowers people to do their best work and attracts today’s brightest talent. I’m proud to accept this new responsibility as Global CEO and I’m excited to work with the people of Wunderman to drive the agency forward – combining our creative, data and technology capabilities to deliver the best work and results for our clients.”

Mel Edwards, CEO, Wunderman