Republica promotes Melissa Richter Bartolini to Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer

Republica, one of America’s leading and fastest-growing cross-cultural marketing and communications agencies, today announced the promotion of Melissa Richter Bartolini to senior vice president and chief strategy officer. Bartolini, who was most recently head of strategy, leads the agency’s brand strategy, analytics, consumer science, and media planning and buying disciplines.

“Melissa is a proven leader who has been instrumental in cementing Republica as a strategically-led creative agency,” said Jorge A. Plasencia, co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Republica. “We’re thrilled to announce this promotion and welcome her to our executive committee,” added Plasencia.

Before Republica, Bartolini was a director of account planning at Razorfish where she helped establish the account planning discipline and led the consumer and brand insight development for clients including AT&T, JCPenney, Bridgestone Tires, Burt’s Bees, and Carnival Cruise Lines. Prior to Razorfish, she was a senior brand planner for McCann Worldgroup where her clients included Coca-Cola, The Island of Aruba, Durex and Johnston & Murphy. At McCann, she was selected to work in the McCann Erickson Mexico City office to assist in re-establishing its brand planning department. While there, she drove strategic positioning for clients including MasterCard, Nestle, Cadbury/Schweppes, and Chevrolet.

Bartolini is a RIVA-certified focus group moderator and has extensive training from the Creative Problem Solving Institute, including facilitating the Osborn-Parnes Creative Problem Solving process. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Davidson College with a major in economics and a minor in Spanish.


About Republica

Republica is one of America’s leading and fastest-growing cross-cultural advertising and communications agencies. Based in Miami, Florida, Republica – through its “Rethink Relevant” strategic mantra – provides integrated business advisory services including strategy, research and analytics, consumer science, creative, digital, media planning and buying, social and experiential, to numerous blue-chip clients in the U.S. as well as markets around the world. Founded in 2006, Republica is a member of MAGNET, the world’s leading network of independent agencies with partner offices in 100 cities across the globe. For more information, visit, and follow @RepublicaWorld on social media.