Dentsu McGarrybowen global president Merlee Jayme appointed as chair of Cresta Awards 2021

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Dentsu McGarrybowen global president Merlee Jayme appointed as chair of Cresta Awards 2021

Merlee Jayme, global president of Dentsu McGarrybowen, is confirmed as this year’s chair of the prestigious Cresta Awards.


The much-awarded ‘chairmom’ and chief creative officer of Philippines agency Dentsu, Jayme Syfu, says she cannot wait to see what gets entered in this year’s competition.

Her role includes vision-setting for the jury of 120+ leading creatives from around the world who will judge the competition in August. As Chair, she will review the proposed winners, create a special ‘Chair award’ and deliver a statement after the winners’ announcement in September.

Says Jayme: “A crisis brings out the best in creativity. Difficult times have forced us to open up to new possibilities. At Cresta this year, I can’t wait to see these.”

Throughout her career, Jayme has been seen as a pioneer, advancing creative leadership and equality in business, personally breaking the ‘glass ceiling’ in creative management. She consistently advocates for the positive power of creatives in leading change, and does so again in her vision for the Cresta Awards this year.

Says Jayme: “The new possibilities in global solutions range from bringing cheer into our homes, to encouraging young people to vote, to supporting Black Lives Matter, to uplifting mental health, to sustainability, all this and more while brilliantly integrating empathy and technology.”

Says Alan Page, president of Crestad: “We’re delighted that Merlee is able to accept the invitation and take on this key role with our jury. Her principles and drive are very much in line with the aspirations we have around celebrating and advancing creative standards. I’m particularly struck with one statement she gave us about what we need to recognise, and why creativity is so important to society. She said: ‘The true standard of creativity is when brands help humanity and change the world for the better.’ You will be seeing that line again!”

Cresta Awards 2021 is currently open for entries. The Early Bird entry terms are still available.