Currently the Global Chief Culture Officer at Mediabrands, Hermon Ghermay is a staunch advocate for underrepresented groups and diverse perspectives, which she believes are fundamental to driving innovation within any organization.
After graduating from Harvard University with a degree in History and French, Hermon’s advertising career began at Leo Burnett in Chicago where she worked on a diverse set of businesses including Kellogg’s Cereals, McDonald’s, and Hallmark. Following a stint in Las Vegas running various MGM Mirage properties, she landed at Deutsch LA where she managed all aspects of the CiCi’s Pizza business, in close partnership with the CMO and Director of Marketing. From there, she went to Goodby Silverstein & Partners in San Francisco where she led a portfolio of accounts including SONIC Drive-In, Nestle ice cream brands Haagen-Dazs and Dryers, Princess Cruise Lines, Seagate, the Dali Museum, and the eBay global business.
Originally from Eritrea, East Africa, Hermon lived in various countries throughout Africa before moving to the United States for high school. She honors her immigrant experience and passion for cultures and languages by volunteering as an interpreter for the IRC and seeing as much of the world as she can.