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Merlee Jayme
APAC Chief Creative Officer
Dentsu International
Manila

The 2019 Drum Global Ranking announced the top 100 Chief Creative Officers in the world, and there were only 8 women in the list. One of them is 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. 

She is Chief Creative Officer of dentsu International APAC and "Chairmom" of Dentsu Jayme Syfu & Dentsu One Manila.

Merlee leads Dentsu International APAC: ADFEST Network of the year 2020, Spikes Network of the Year 2021, Cannes Lions Regional Network of the Year 2021 and ADSTARS Network of the Year 2021.

She is known for her work that push Insights and innovation. She has won major awards that include a Cannes Lions Grand Prix for Mobile, Gold and Silver Lions for Outdoor, Grand CLIO, LIA, The One Show and D&AD pencils. Beyond awards, she has led her agency to win key accounts:  Coca-Cola, Nestle, Shell fuels and Dole. 

She 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 latest talk for Spikes Asia was "The Brave New Normal" the trends of 2021 and beyond, and a study of the Gen Z for the White Square Festival in Minsk, Belarus.  

A seasoned judge in awards shows, she is Cannes Lions Radio & Audio Jury President 2021, ADC 100th Annual Awards Jury President for Interactive, AD STARS Executive Judge for Brand Experience and LIA Jury President for Evolution this year. 

She is one of CNN’s Leading Women, and 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.  
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