Melody Lee: 40 Under 40 2012

Director, Global Cadillac, General Motors

Melody Lee goes for gold in everything she does in her work life. In a dazzling career to date, highlights include being a core member of the team providing international communications, media relations, and research assistance to the International Olympic Committee, both in Beijing and in Lausanne, Switzerland. Only a few short years ago, Lee was an intern at Public Strategies. She quickly rose to become a director at the firm and later, EVP at Hill+Knowlton Strategies, where she advised corporate clients on strategic communications and public affairs. She excelled in providing crucial strategic advice in a variety of high-stakes crisis and transaction situations for prominent clients.

Key achievements include coordinating strategic and tactical campaigns for a major airline in Tokyo and managing communications around three high-profile mergers. She also led a team that provided grassroots and government affairs advice to General Motors in its Washington, DC, office during a year in which the automaker embarked on the world’s largest stock market launch.

In the summer of 2012, Lee’s career took a new direction as she joined GM, becoming director of its global Cadillac division. She is known for being a great manager who fosters team spirit and constantly encourages her staff to produce the highestquality work. On top of all that, Lee manages to balance the demands of her successful PR career with that of her growing family. Lee exemplifies the values and attributes of an ideal PRWeek 40 under 40 candidate, says Allison Cohen, director of external communications at H+K. "Though she is constantly juggling her time between PR pro, mother, and wife, Melody continues to approach her work with grace and enthusiasm," notes Cohen. "Melody was a tireless colleague with an exceptional work ethic," she adds. "She has the ability to excel even in the most fastpaced and intense projects. Melody constantly takes the time to mentor new and longtime employees, both personally and professionally."

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