Madhu Malhan was born in India, attended elementary school in Zambia and developed her first crush in Guyana, all before landing on America soil at the age of seventeen.
She serves as the vice president and director of creative branding for the USA division of Publicis in New York. She has also worked at BBDO and at Ogilvy where she oversaw a variety of programs designed to strengthen the culture of the company, such as a speaker program that brought people like David Pogue, Arianna Huffington, Immaculée Ilibagiza and others to the agency.
Her first major position was at the Ad Club, where she worked for fifteen years, leaving as the youngest executive director in the organization’s 104-year history, having rejuvenated its programs and doubled its membership. There she was an early champion of diversity programs in the advertising business and established the Ad Club’s first Diversity Committee.
Madhu currently serves as co-chair of the International ANDY Awards Committee. In past years, she has served as Lieutenant Governor, Diversity Committee member and National Student Advertising Competition Chair for District Two of the American Advertising Federation.
Although she has lived all over the world, Madhu considers herself a true Brooklynite – residing Clinton Hill, where she follows the basketball career of her 15 year-old son.