Advertising industry mourns loss of icon and legend Susie Henry


Susie Henry passed away yesterday, after almost forty years as the iconic and highly regarded receptionist for advertising agency Leo Burnett.

Henry was known for her style, humor and warmth, was a permanent fixture and highly regarded as the face of Leo Burnett.

Leo Burnett announced Henry’s death on LinkedIn, the statement said: “The Australian advertising community lost an absolute legend yesterday.

“She wasn’t an award-winning designer or CEO. She was Leo Burnett’s iconic receptionist for almost 40 years. She was a gift.

“They don’t make them like Susie Henry anymore. We will have a bucket of wine for you very soon special lady.

The tribute sparked a wave of support and love for Henry, with people sharing their stories of how Henry touched their lives or just brightened their day.

Henry joined Leo Burnett in 1985 and over the years was the personal assistant to the CEO, President and CFO, before taking on the important role of Front of House, which she does with her style. characteristic for 11 years. years.

Last year, her colleagues made a short film “Don’t Be Ridiculous” in an attempt to capture the magic that was Susie Henry.

The film starring herself and Henry’s colleagues paid a warm tribute to the receptionist. Celebrate his style, his humor and his fabulously decorated apartment.

Melinda Geertz, CEO of Leo Burnett Australia, said: “She is famous without being famous. “

Advertising veteran and Gruen transfer panelist Todd Sampson said, “She is one of the most beautiful souls I have ever met.”

Henry herself said: “I love clothes, I love boys and I especially love my friends.”

She also added: “Being an individual I think is terribly important.”

Henry was truly an individual, and over the years has become a legend and icon in the advertising world. Arguably more memorable than some CEOs.

Here has B&T we recommend having not a glass but a bucket of wine in his honor tonight.

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