Grace Blue Americas
Debra is Joint CEO of Grace Blue, Americas. She is responsible for leading the team in New York, defining the strategic direction of the business, and managing key relationships.
During Debra’s almost twenty years in advertising, she was privileged to work exclusively with founder-led, creative agencies. She had the time of her life making some pretty good (some say great) work that won a few awards. More importantly, she earned her clients’ respect and trust by genuinely caring about their success.
Debra started in advertising at a regional agency in Atlanta. She then helped The Richards Group create an in-house presence in Atlanta for their top client of the time, The Home Depot.
In 2006, she moved ‘up north’ to join Mother a year after the agency opened in New York, when they were twenty people working at one table on Bond Street. Debra spent almost seven years there during which she led the Mother group and managed accounts such as Coca-Cola, Diageo, Target, Dell, and Virgin alongside some brilliant partners. Debra embraced Mother’s belief that you can make great work, have fun, and as a by-product make a good living. She has carried this philosophy forward to Grace Blue.
In 2012, Grace Blue ‘flipped’ Debra from candidate to Partner when expanding its business to New York. Debra takes great satisfaction from knowing that her intervention changes the course of people’s lives. Transcending this, by identifying the top talent and placing them at the best organizations, she influences the direction of the industry. This is both a huge responsibility and a great privilege.
Away from Grace Blue, Debra is proud to sit on the AAF’s Mosaic Council, an industry leading think-tank on issues of diversity and inclusion. In her spare time, she pursues her quest to see as much of the world as possible.
She was raised in the Deep South to love a good story, appreciate eccentricity, and walk a mile in someone’s shoes before you judge. Luckily, advertising, and now headhunting, have delivered a career which blends all three.