Michael G. (Mike) Lescarbeau has served as Carmichael Lynch’s executive chairman since 2017, a role he assumed after leading the agency as chief executive officer since 2009. Prior to that, he served as president and chief creative officer after a role at from Ogilvy & Mather, New York. During Lescarbeau’s tenure, the agency has cemented its reputation as a national branding powerhouse, with highly visible work for Subaru, GNC and Jack Link’s, among others.
Lescarbeau’s leadership has also brought Carmichael Lynch to the forefront of the advertising industry’s diversity and inclusion movement, resulting in widespread recognition. He is the American Advertising Federation’s 2014 Corporate Leader Award winner for Diversity and Inclusion and serves on the board of directors for The BrandLab, a Minneapolis-based consortium of over 40 companies working to bring more people of color into advertising and marketing. He is a former member of the board of directors at the Lagrant Foundation, a Los Angeles-based non-profit that provides college and post-graduate scholarships to students of color.
Prior to joining Carmichael Lynch, Lescarbeau was creative director at Fallon Worldwide, Boston’s Hill Holliday and Leagas Delaney, in London. During his creative career he won dozens of advertising’s top honors, including Cannes Gold Lions and the Grand Effie. He was an early advocate of campaigns that employ new media, and in 2001 launched One And All, whose breakthrough, experiential work helped the start-up win the 4A’s O’Toole Award its first year of eligibility.
Based in Minneapolis, Lescarbeau has served on the board of directors of the One Club for Art & Copy in New York and has been a frequent judge of advertising creative competitions in the U.S. and overseas. He has spoken on the subject of advertising creativity in Paris, Sao Paulo, Singapore and Oslo.