Michelle Kristula-Green

Global Head of People & Culture, Leo Burnett

Michelle Kristula-Green PhotoMichelle Kristula-Green is Global Head of People and Culture for Leo Burnett Worldwide, where she’s charged with shaping global strategies for attracting, developing and rewarding the most important ingredient in the business: people.

She was previously President of Leo Burnett’s Asia Pacific region — the first woman to run an agency region in Asia. Prior to taking that role in February 2004, Michelle was President and representative director of Beacon Communications, the partnership with Dentsu that resulted from the merger of Leo Burnett and D’Arcy’s operations in Japan. She was responsible for the integration of these Publicis Groupe sister companies into one cohesive agency and the first woman to run a multinational agency in Japan. A speaker at conferences around the Asia region, The Wall Street Journal included Michelle in their list of “The 50 Women to Watch: 2006”, calling her the “most powerful woman in Asian advertising.”

One of the only non-Asian agency heads to have proficiency in Chinese, Japanese, and Spanish, Michelle began her career at Burnett in account management over 30 years ago, living in Chicago, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Tokyo, and has worked with a broad range of local and multinational clients, including airlines, packaged goods, and technology, helping businesses effectively localize global brands and globalize local brands.

Having grown up living overseas, followed by a 23-year career working for Leo Burnett in Asia, joining the board of World Chicago was a way for Michelle to continue to be a “global citizen” even while she lives in Chicago!

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