Jacki Kelley

CEO, dentsu Americas 

Chief Global Client Officer, dentsu 

Jacki Kelley is Chief Executive Officer of dentsu Americas and Chief Global Client Officer. Jacki joined dentsu in 2019 as President, Chief Client Officer, dentsu US. She sits on the dentsu Group Executive Management team and leads the dentsu Americas Executive Leadership Team.

In her dual role, Jacki leads a global team to design what’s next for dentsu’s people, its clients, and its communities. She has management oversight of dentsu and its award-winning agency brands in the Americas, and oversees a global portfolio of strategic clients, building and growing relationships with the world's leading companies to drive client value and co-innovation.

Creating inclusion and equity in the world and workplace is core to Jacki’s leadership approach and she demonstrates that this is not only possible, it is also a competitive advantage for dentsu. Since becoming CEO, Jacki has led the company to create a culture where people can belong and create work that is representative of the world around us. Jacki’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion has earned dentsu top rankings on the corporate equality index and inclusive marketing awards.

Jacki has been a recognized and lauded leader in the advertising and media industries for over 25 years. Prior to dentsu, Jacki spent five years at Bloomberg, first joining as COO of Bloomberg Media in 2014 and then moving to Bloomberg LP in 2017 after being appointed Deputy Chief Operating Officer. Before joining Bloomberg, Kelley was the CEO, North America, and President of Global Clients for IPG Media brands as well as Global CEO, Universal McCann. She was also a Vice President, Worldwide Strategy & Solutions, at Yahoo! and worked with USA Today for 18 years, leaving the company as a Senior Vice President.

Jacki is Chair of the Ad Council’s Board of Directors and serves on the board of FreshPet. She has been honored with the United Way of New York City’s Power of Women to Make a Difference Award. She was named a Matrix Award Honoree by New York Women in Communications; Advertising Woman of the Year by the Advertising Women of New York; a New York Women in Film & Television Muse Award Honoree; and was inducted into the American Advertising Federation Hall of Achievement. She has been honored as one of Crain’s New York Business’s 50 Most Powerful Women in New York and Advertising Age’s 100 Most Influential Women in Advertising, as well as number one on Business Insider’s 30 Most Powerful Women in Advertising list.

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Jacki Kelley, CEO, dentsu Americas