Jay Benjamin

Executive Creative Director, New York

Throughout Jay’s career, his innovative thinking has consistently blurred the lines between advertising, entertainment, utility, and social good.

A competitive sailor and explorer at heart, he has travelled far from his native NY. In five years at Saatchi & Saatchi Sydney and Auckland, Jay helped win five Agency of the Year titles, and learned the merits of body surfing before work.

As the ECD of Leo Burnett Sydney, He led Canon “Photochains” which won the Cannes Media Grand Prix, and “Vote Earth” for Earth Hour which pulled in over one billion participants. 

Back stateside, Jay opened Leo Burnett New York, where he helped accelerate the growth of Chobani, made an Off Broadway play for the Village Voice, and made AdAge’s “Agencies to Watch” list.

Then, under Jay’s leadership, Saatchi & Saatchi New York was named Creativity’s “Comeback Agency of the Year” following a string of innovative, culture bending ideas for Pampers, Walmart, Cheerios, Fiber One, Lucky Charms, Tecate, and GLAAD.

Recently named to the Adweek 100, Jay’s work has garnered 38 Cannes Lions, a Clio Hall of Fame Award, and hundreds of international awards at the One Show, D&AD, Clios, and London International Awards.

Outside of work, Jay sails with his wife Kirsten and his three daughters. He also moonlights as an average hockey player.