40 Under 40 2017: Leigh Lehman

Group manager, Current Marketing, 32

Known for middle-of-the-night emails, Leigh Lehman has a reputation for her commitment to clients. In her seven years at Current Marketing, Lehman quickly worked her way up from an account executive to an invaluable thought leader and client counselor on some of the agency’s most high-profile projects.

During her tenure at Current, Lehman has worked on brands that are household names, including Brita, Burt’s Bees, Del Monte, Glad, Green Works, Hidden Valley, Pine Sol, and Samsung.

In the past year, Lehman was right beside two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry as he spoke to Ellen DeGeneres and First Lady Michelle Obama about the importance of drinking more water. She accompanied Naomi Kelman, CEO and president of Willow, to interviews with media representatives on Kelman’s mission to revolutionize the breast pump category.

"Leigh steps up for the big assignments, both in volunteering to take them on and in delivering incredible client experience and impactful results," says one colleague. Clients notice her commitment. Kelman wouldn’t talk to media without Lehman by her side, and in a recent client review from The Clorox Company, Lehman was singled out as an invaluable member of the team.

"I take counsel from Leigh. She’s always well prepared, and she has a great understanding both of our business needs as well as the brass tacks realities of the job she is doing," explains a client from Brita.

  • Lehman is a member of the Willow team that won the PR Council’s Cannes Lion Award Entry contest and spearheaded media relations efforts for the new product launch.
  • She grew the Glad Food Protection budget year-over-year after taking on the role of a strategic thought leader in addition to managing day-to-day responsibilities.
  • Lehman and her team’s work has racked up at least 20 awards and nominations since arriving at Current Marketing.

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