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MAKERS UK Breakthrough: Pippa Glucklich

MAKERS UK is proud to launch #MAKERSBreakthrough, an initiative to keep gender diversity at the top of the agenda and ignite change in advertising by showcasing stories of women in the industry that have broken through the glass ceiling. Committed to their dedication on the subject, MAKERS collaborated with Women in Advertising and Communications London (WACL) at their annual Gather conference to speak to some well known leaders. Together, MAKERS interviewed 10 WACL members who revealed their personal experiences, including their biggest challenges and any motivational advice they can offer to young aspirational women who are striving for success.

Get to Know Pippa Glucklich, CEO, SMG

Always a media girl at heart, Pippa joined DMB&B’s media department in 1990 after graduating from Manchester University where her final year dissertation was entitled ‘Women In Advertising’.
 After 2 years she left to join media specialist Initiative Media to delve into the wonderful world of washing powder working on Persil. In her eight years there, she rose to be Board Director working on the Unilever portfolio, as well as playing an active role in new business. 
In 2001 she joined independent agency BLM as Client Services Director, acquired by the global communications group Havas. In 2008, Pippa became Managing Director of Arena Media (formally BLM) where she loved the challenge, pace and variety of her management role.
 Pippa joined Starcom in 2013 as Managing Director, in October that year she became co-CEO for SMG – she is responsible for the strategic development of the business, as well as ensuring the highest standards of thinking, ideas and delivery across all clients.

Outside of work, having been chair of the NABS Big Bash for 4 years, the single biggest fundraising event each year for the ad industry’s charitable organisation, she is now proud to be a trustee of the charity. Pippa is the current president of WACL. She also co-chairs the Media Business Course with Steve Hatch of Facebook, an inspirational training course for young people in the media industry, now in its 53rd year.
 Pippa is married and lives in Wimbledon with her husband, two sons and Digby the dog. The family are Chelsea nuts.

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