Berlin School of Creative Leadership
»By challenging convention, the Berlin School has set out to help develop and inspire a new breed of thinkers and leaders in creative enterprises.«
After 34 wonderful years in advertising Michael Conrad retired in 2003. Born in Germany - "a country more famous for great cars and less famous for great ads", as his friend John Hegarty likes to point out - Michael brought 'German engineering' to quality leadership in advertising, helping Leo Burnett Worldwide Inc., become "Global Agency Network of the Year" in 2000 (AdAge) and "Most Awarded Agency Network" in 2001 (Gunn Report). Under his creative leadership 27 Leo Burnett agencies were named "Agency of the Year" in their countries, some of them more than once.
Michael began his career in 1968 as copywriter for Young & Rubicam, Frankfurt. In 1972, then Creative Director at Ogilvy & Mather Frankfurt, Michael left with colleague Creative Director Walter Lürzer to start TBWA in Frankfurt. In 1975 Michael and Walter set up Lürzer, Conrad, subsequently winning "Agency of the Year" and several "Campaign of the Year" awards. In 1980 the agency merged with Leo Burnett Germany, continuing its growth and creative success.
When Walter Lürzer retired in 1982 to launch "Lürzer's Archive", Lürzer, Conrad was renamed Michael Conrad & Leo Burnett. In 1986 Michael moved to Chicago as President and Chief Creative Officer of Leo Burnett International, which included creative leadership on global accounts like Marlboro and eventually became Vice Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of Leo Burnett Worldwide.
Michael presided over many juries of international advertising festivals, including "Cannes" and "Clio" and is member of Great Britain's D&AD as well as honorary member of the Art Director Clubs of Switzerland, Germany and Europe. In 2002 German business daily "Handelsblatt" and "Wirtschaftswoche" magazine inducted him into the German Advertising "Hall of Fame".
Michael co-founded "The Berlin School of Creative Leadership" in 2004 and has served as its President since.
He lives with his wife Helga in Zurich, Switzerland. They enjoy their three children's creative progress: Anja's fresh photography; Josepha and Philipp's desperate serenades.