DDB and Stabilo Boss 'Highlight the Remarkable' for International Women’s Day
Posted on 2022 Mar,08

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Phyllis Robinson was a remarkable woman. But in 1949, men stood in the spotlight. While Bill Bernbach is often credited for sparking the creative revolution, only some know Phyllis Robinson was the true influence behind so much of DDB’s iconic work for Orbach’s, Volkswagen and Polaroid.

As an extension of the highly-awarded ‘Highlight the Remarkable’ campaign from Stabilo Boss and DDB Germany, DDB highlights Phyllis, her legacy and her trailblazing spirit that lives through employees everywhere today.

Phyllis was a pioneer, not just for women but for the creative advertising revolution that she helped ignite, changing the face of the industry forever. She was one of the founding employees of Doyle Dane Bernbach (DDB) back in 1949, the agency's first Copy Chief and the first female Copy Chief in the United States.

DDB Global Chief People Officer Roisin Rooney noted: “We’ve all heard the phrase, “Behind every great man is a great woman.” Throughout history, women have been upstaged, their actions and successes overshadowed by the men that surround them. We’re proud to partner with Stabilo Boss, using the campaign concept created by DDB Group Germany, to highlight further Phyllis’ impact on not only DDB but the advertising industry today.”

DDB Global Chief Diversity Inclusion and Equity Officer Nikki Lamba said: “The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is #BreakTheBias so it’s fitting to highlight Phyllis today, someone who challenged the biases in the advertising industry and advocated for female talent. She was an important part of our network and continues to inspire a new generation of women today.”

Created by DDB Germany, the Stabilo Boss campaign has been widely celebrated with the initial campaign platform created in 2019 highlighting three remarkable women in NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, US First Lady Edith Wilson and Austrian-Sweden physicist Meitner.

The campaign is supported by a worldwide social campaign featuring the female leaders of the DDB network sharing what #BreakTheBias means to them.  



Global Chief Creative Officer: Ari Weiss

Global Chief Marketing and Communications Officer: Donna Tobin

Global Head of Marketing: Lindsay Bennett

Global Social Media Manager: Marianna Eboli

Lemon Group & DDB Germany Chief Creative Officer: Diana Sukopp

DDB & Tribal Hamburg Managing Director Creative: Florian Grimm

DDB & Tribal Hamburg Creative Director Art: Clara Brandt

DDB & Tribal Hamburg Creative Director Copy: Stefan Golde

DDB & Tribal Hamburg Senior Art Director: Christina Duskanich

DDB & Tribal Hamburg Senior Copywriter: Conrad Witten