An award-winning global strategist, Harjot Singh, Global Chief Strategy Officer at McCann, is most drawn to people who are shaped by their interest in constant discovery, learning, open mindedness and exploration. Join him on “Spontaneously Candid” as he digs deep into what makes these inspiring people tick as they let down their corporate façade to reveal the human beneath the resume.
Getting “Spontaneously Candid” with Kathleen Saxton, Managing Director, EMEA Advisory & Global Search
Kathleen Saxton Bio
Managing Director, EMEA Advisory & Global Search
Kathleen Saxton is a Managing Director at MediaLink, who leads the firm’s operations in EMEA. An industry veteran with 25+ years of experience in sales, marketing, media and executive search, her remit is wide-ranging and spans business growth, agency selection, talent advisory and strategic consulting.
Saxton joined MediaLink in 2020 from The Lighthouse, a talent advisory firm she founded in 2009 to provide executive talent and counsel to companies across the marketing landscape. Prior to founding The Lighthouse, Saxton held commercial leadership positions spanning organisations including Sky Television, Global Radio and Bauer and later held board positions within Omnicom, Publicis and Virgin. She is also the co-founder of Advertising Week Europe.
Kathleen is a qualified and practicing psychotherapist and co-founder of Psyched Global, and as such applies psychology to all elements of her work. She is the Chair of the Ambassador Platform, sits on the board of NSPCC Childline and is an active member of WACL, the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP), and the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). She is also a regular industry speaker and a mentor for the UK government’s Speakers For Schools program.
Getting “Spontaneously Candid” with Susan Credle, Global Chief Creative Officer and Global Chair
In our next episode of “Spontaneously Candid,” Harjot sits down with one of the industry’s most revered creatives, Susan Credle, Global Chief Creative Officer and Global Chair of one of our IPG sister agencies, FCB.
Susan is an absolute powerhouse, leading with intention, building teams that flourish and leveraging her leadership role to infuse the industry with diversity. Susan is the first female chairperson of The One Club for Creativity, a non-stop champion of creative talent and a passionate advocate for industry inclusion.
Prior to joining FCB, Susan spent twenty-plus years at BBDO and was previously CCO of Leo Burnett USA. During her time at FCB, Susan has led the team to its strongest performance at Cannes yet, leading the agency to being named Global Network of the Year.
She was named on Ad Age’s “100 Most Influential Women” list and Business Insider’s “Most Creative Women in Advertising” list, was a Matrix Awards honoree and was inducted into the AAF’s Hall of Achievement.
Tune in to hear Susan chat with Harjot about everything from her early days as a child actress, her first foray into creative advertising, her current philosophies on being a creative leader and everything in between.
Getting “Spontaneously Candid” with Claire Beale, Co-Founder of The Creative Salon
In April’s episode of “Spontaneously Candid,” Harjot is joined by long-time friend, colleague, and yet another one of the industry’s power players: Claire Beale, Co-Founder of The Creative Salon.
Prior to founding The Creative Salon, her latest endeavor, Claire served as global Editor-In-Chief of coveted, global industry trade publication Campaign for over 25 years. Reporting on the media industry for the lion’s share of her career, Claire witnessed the industry’s ebbs and flows, and was personally impacted by COVID-19 pandemic when she lost a job she truly loved.
Throughout the conversation, Harjot distills how Claire’s tenacity, determination, reputation, and connections led her to bounce back, creating a business that married all her passion points. She co-founded The Creative Salon, a consultancy based on her unique expertise having spent decades analyzing the industry. Part members-only website, part physical salon and part training service for agencies, the business is a community dedicated to the future of the advertising and marketing industry.
Take a listen to the conversation as Claire discusses everything from landing her first job as an advertising and media reporter, coping with change and using that change as an opportunity to lean into passion and build something brand new.
Getting “Spontaneously Candid” with Cindy Gallop, Founder and CEO, MakeLoveNotPorn
“The Golden Age of advertising has not even begun because we have not even begun to see what this industry can be with the creativity, the talent and the skills of women and people of color.”
In this month’s episode of “Spontaneously Candid,” Harjot is joined by the one, the only Cindy Gallop, ad industry stalwart and Founder and CEO of the transformative MakeLoveNotPorn, where they discuss everything from how Cindy’s passion for the industry fuelled her into the ad tech space, how she uses her “free time,” how anyone can “wear Cindy’s confidence,” and so much more.
A constant champion for women, women’s rights, gender equality and all things DE&I in the advertising industry, Cindy stops at nothing to empower women around her and set an example for rising talent.
After a trailblazing career in the advertising industry, including founding the BBH US in 1998 after several years of working for the European offices and being named Advertising Woman of the Year from Advertising Women of New York in 2003, Cindy ventured into the ad tech space to create solutions through her unique lens. Believing in taking action where possible, she founded both If We Ran the World – an action-based software – and MakeLoveNotPorn – a social sextech platform designed to promote positive sexual behavior and values – both of which we dive into throughout the conversation.
Tune in as we dive into Cindy’s journey, from getting her start at a small theatre to becoming a prominent Twitter influencer with a growing platform used for good.
Getting “Spontaneously Candid” with Alex Lopez, President and Chief Creative Officer, McCann Worldgroup
In our next episode of “Spontaneously Candid,” Harjot is joined by our very own Alex Lopez, President and Chief Creative Officer, who recently joined McCann Worldgroup after a 20-year career at Nike, making a huge career shift from the client to agency business.
One of the most accomplished and awarded brand marketers and creative storytellers in the world of consumer marketing, Alex has a history of defining, differentiating and activating consumer engagement across Nike’s brand. During his career there, Alex was at the leading edge of evolving how the brand connects with consumers, spearheading some of its most influential efforts, including: Dream Crazy, Equality and You Can’t Stop us among many others.
Alex’s work has impressively won every important creative marketing award, including multiple Emmy nominations and wins, Cannes Grand Prix Lions, a D&AD Black Pencil and hundreds of others. He even has work featured in the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.
Tune into learn about Alex’s past, his tricks of the trade and what parts of his personal life have helped pave the way for him.
Getting “Spontaneously Candid” with Amy Armstrong, Global CEO, Initiative
New year, new “Spontaneously Candid!” To kick off 2022, Harjot is joined joined by the unstoppable Amy Armstrong – Global CEO of Initiative, one of the top media agencies in the world and a sister IPG agency to McCann Worldgroup.
In this episode, we scratch the surface of everything Amy has accomplished. Perhaps even more importantly, Amy shares her complex and inspiring personal story.
Amy has held leadership positions at IPG for over 20 years, including serving as President of BPN Worldwide and of ID Media, which is even more impressive when you consider that she was at the helm when the ad world had few female leaders. Her strategic acumen, ability to identify and develop talent and continued focus on accountable and impactful D, E&I efforts have made her one of the agency world’s most effective and admired leaders.
While serving as Initiative’s U.S. CEO, Amy’s role at the agency before taking on the global leadership role, the agency won virtually every U.S.-based accolade there is, including being named U.S. Comeback Agency of the Year by Ad Age, U.S. Media Agency of the Year by Adweek, and a Best Place to Work by Ad Age.
Tune in to find out about Amy’s journey, how she got to where she is, what personal and professional barriers have stood on her way and how she conquered them.