Judging Panel: Melinda Geertz




Melinda Geertz
Chief Executive Officer
Leo Burnett Australia


Melinda Geertz’s career with Leo Burnett spans over 30 years.  After graduating from Northwestern University with a degree in History, she joined Leo Burnett in Chicago, the agency’s worldwide headquarters.  She moved to Australia with the agency, and has been CEO of Leo Burnett Melbourne for the last 14 years. During that time, the agency has become one of the most awarded in Australia, and in January 2017 was ranked #9 in the world for creativity.  In 2015 and again in 2016, the Melbourne office was Agency of the Year for Leo Burnett globally.  Melinda was recently appointed CEO of Leo Burnett Australia, and she was one of the first women appointed to The Communications Council, where she has been an advocate for professional development and diversity. She has served on various industry bodies, advisory councils and not-for-profit boards, and is currently a director for Make-a-Wish Australia and Wesley College. 


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  • Fact 6

    'Bottom of the harbour' schemes were a form of tax avoidance used in Australia in the 1970s. The 'harbour' referred to was Sydney Harbour, which was near the financial district. Participation in the schemes was made a criminal offence in 1980.

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