Debra Polkes

Managing Partner, Executive Creative Director, CDM Princeton, USA    

Debra Polkes is a managing partner, Executive Creative Director at CDM in Princeton. She is a recent transplant from the New York office where she spent the last 16 years leading creative teams and the agency to new heights. Debra is defined by a relentless drive to deliver award-winning work and life changing brand experiences.

The brands that Debra has touched and guided literally comprise a list of CDM’s Greatest Hits and her work has garnered the industry’s most prestigious awards. Most recently she won a Silver Lion for the Xifaxan web experience and made the Shortlist for both the Little Lungs integrated campaign and the ‘Knit Big for Little Lungs’ experiential event. Her ‘Gut Guy’ SuperBowl spot last year earned two Bronze Clios and created quite the social media stir – making its way into the New York Times, The Onion and a mention on Jimmy Fallon.

Debra has sat on the Executive Jury for the Clios for the past two years and was on the Pharma Jury at the 2017 Cannes Lions Health Awards.

Debra lives in New York City and is slowly adjusting to her life as a reverse commuter.