Recognized in 2015 by Ad Age as one of the industry's "40 Under 40," by Business Insider as one of "30 Most Creative Women in Advertising," Xanthe is currently Global Creative Director at Nest, where she's working daily to create thoughtful campaigns for the thoughtful home.
Prior to that, she served as Executive Creative Director at TBWA \MAL for Good, working on social good initiatives for Laurene Powell Jobs' organization, Emerson Collective. Working alongside Lee Clow for the second time during her career, inspired her create memorable work for XQ: The Super School Project and One Love, an organization supporting healthy relationships.
Before her time at \MAL, Xanthe served as Chief Creative Officer of Los Angeles-based boutique agency Pitch. While there, she helped boost Pitch into the national spotlight and her work earned the agency a spot on Ad Age's "Agency to Watch" A-List and a Small Agency Award. She helped the agency realize 30%+ YOY growth in both revenue and talent and was instrumental in landing multiple accounts including Netflix, Pepsi, Waldorf Astoria, SunPower, Arrowhead, Bonefish Grill, Konami, San Manuel Casino, Citrix, Weingart Center for the Homeless, Meineke, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Maaco, Closet Factory, Pinkberry and Living Spaces.
Prior to joining Pitch, she worked at TBWA\Chiat\Day Los Angeles where she led efforts on Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Kraft, Pinkberry, Bare Escentuals and Stacy's Chips. She started her advertising career at Ground Zero working on ESPN. Xanthe's work has been cited by numerous press outlets, including AdAge, Fast Company, Adweek, Creativity and the New York Times for her work in addition to all the major industry award shows including Cannes Lions, The One Show, Andys, Communication Arts and Clios.
Outside of agency life, Xanthe is an active 3% conference participant, partner in OH YES!, a natural foods pizza company sold in Whole Foods and is now in development on several new brand creation projects. She has also been recently recognized as one of "17 Los Angeles Power Moms" by Red Tricycle and by the Genii Awards for "Excellence in Advertising 2016." An art director by trade, she was born and raised in the heart of San Francisco but now lives in Palo Alto with husband, 2 year old boy and 5 year old daughter.
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2015 Ad Age “40 Under 40”
30 Most Creative Women in Advertising
"Excellence in Advertising: Xanthe Wells"
57th Annual Genii Awards
Small Agency of the Year, Silver, 11-75 Employees
Ad Age Agency A-List: Agency to Watch 2014
20 Small Agencies That Punch Above Their Weight
Silicon Valley Addy Awards
Silver CLIO Award
Silver Cannes Lion, Cyber Category
Cannes Lions Festival 2010
Twitter Creative Favorites: Twestimates
Bronze Andy Award
AWARD SHOW JURIES:
The One Show
The Andy Awards
A-List Hollywood Awards
Effie Awards, North America
National ADDY Awards, 2013
Communication Arts, Advertising Annual
3% Conference, Los Angeles
Communication Arts, Interactive Issue
"Promoted to Fail: A Creative's Journey to Leadership"
Without sensitivity and grace, says CCO Xanthe Wells, a creative’s leap into leadership can leave her flat on her face.
"How to Stop Your Best Creatives from Leaving You"
Commentator / Interviewee
Super Bowl XLIX: An Insider's View Of The Ads
Bestads Six of the Best reviewed by Xanthe Wells, CCO/partner, Pitch, California
"Best SNL Ads as Chosen by Ad Execs"
"How to Win a Clio Award"
Guest Lecturer, USC, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism 2016
Cannes Festival of Creativity, June 2016
Speaker, VCU Brandcenter, December 6, 2013
Panelist, 3% Conference, Los Angeles, August 2013
Moderator, 3% Conference, San Francisco, October 2013
Speaker, 3% Conference, November 2014, "CD Bootcamp" with Rob Schwartz
Guest Speaker, Cal State Fullerton 2013 & 2014