Ad Age names Bruno Bertelli Top 50 Creative of 2017

"Before being promoted to global chief creative officer at Publicis, Bruno Bertelli had won accolades for his bold, authentic work on Heineken at Publicis Italy, where he was CEO and executive creative director. Campaigns like a responsible-drinking spot that showed strong women ignoring heavy imbibers to the tune of Bonnie Tyler's "Holding Out for a Hero" helped the agency secure the brewer's worldwide business without a review."

Every year, Ad Age celebrates the innovators who have redefined creativity. This year, Bruno is recognised alongside creative pioneers including Rihanna, Patty Jenkins and Terry Crews.

Born in Verona, after earning a degree in Semiotics, Bruno Bertelli made his first steps into copywriting in New York after attending the School of Visual Arts. He moved to JWT Italy in 1998, where he remained until 2010 with the role of Creative Director on high profile international accounts and Executive Creative Director of the Rome office. In January 2011, he joined Publicis Italy as Executive Creative Director together with Cristiana Boccassini and in 2013 they were appointed Global Creative Directors Publicis WW on Heineken and members of the International Creative Board. In November 2014 Publicis WW appointed him CEO of Publicis Italy. Thanks to his work on the client, in June 2015 he was appointed as Global Leader on Heineken for the Network and in November 2016, ECD of Publicis Western Europe. In May 2016 Bruno was nominated Global CCO of Publicis Worldwide, maintaining the role as CEO of Publicis Italy. Along with Boccassini, he is the most-awarded Italian creative in the world with 41 Cannes Lions, of which 9 are Gold, one Grand Clio and one Grand Prix at the NYF, as well as many other national and international awards.


Publicis Communications is one of the four solutions hubs of Publicis Groupe [Euronext Paris FR0000130577, CAC 40] alongside Publicis Media, Publicis.Sapient and Publicis Healthcare. Publicis Communications unites the Groupe’s creative offering: Publicis Worldwide, Leo Burnett, Saatchi & Saatchi, BBH, Fallon, Marcel, Prodigious, a global production leader, and MSLGROUP, specialized in strategic communications. Present in 20 markets, Publicis Communications aims to be the indispensable creative partner in their clients’ transformation. Publicis Communications draws upon the expertise of over 30,000 employees.