Melissa Palazzo-Hart

Chief Operating Officer, Sid Lee USA

Melissa has over 20 years of experience building powerful brands, scaling businesses, and optimizing operations. Throughout her career, her energy, ambition, and commercial creativity have enabled her to build strong relationships with agencies, networks, studios, and many of the world’s most prestigious brands. Her passion lies in unleashing the infinite potential within people by helping individuals and teams excel beyond perceived limits, and regularly speaks about how our state of mind impacts performance in businesses worldwide. Most recently, as Managing Director of Eclipse Advertising, she piloted the organization’s creative division. Prior to that, she served as President of Ant Farm, a leading, full-service entertainment and advertising agency. She has also held leadership positions at Ketchum Public Relations, USA Networks, Miramax Films, and Sony Pictures. As a member of Sid Lee USA’s leadership team, her guidance bolsters our ability to deliver creative and operational excellence. A problem-solver by nature, she empowers cross-office collaborations within Sid Lee USA, the rest of Sid Lee’s community, and with sister companies in the kyu collective by removing barriers and implementing new ways of working that foster collaboration.

Outside of work, Melissa serves on the executive board of A Place Called Home, a community-based organization that focuses on creating positive opportunities for children and teens in South Central Los Angeles. She is also an executive member of Women in Film and YPO Hollywood, and the chairperson of Farragut Elementary School Site Council.