We are proud to announce that Debbie Klein, CEO of Engine Europe and Asia, has been named one of 20 ‘Women to Watch’ in Ad Age’s inaugural list of outstanding women in marketing, advertising and media who are changing the European industry landscape.

Fellow influential honorees include Penny Herriman, who is turning online clothing retailer Boden into a global brand, and L’Oreal’s first chief digital officer, Lubomira Rochet.

Debbie began her agency career as a strategist, becoming Head of Planning at WCRS in 1999. Not content with leading on clients including BMW, MINI and Sky, she was a founding partner in the buyout of WCRS in 2004 that eventually led to the creation of the Engine Group. She took charge of WCRS a year later, and ran the agency for three years before moving on to become Chief Executive of Engine UK in June 2008. During this time she has welcomed a number of new companies into the Group, with head count now numbering more than 850 in the UK alone.

Debbie is fiercely passionate about the role of women in the communications industry, and is a member and former president of WACL (Women in Advertising and Communications in London). She was named as one of Campaign’s AdLand Trailblazers in 2013, and was also awarded Business Leader of the Year 2011 by The South African.

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View the full list, along with Debbie’s interview on the Ad Age Website.