Nicola Sharon Mendelsohn, Lady Mendelsohn CBE (née Clyne; born 29 August 1971) is a British advertising executive. Active in the advertising industry since 1992, she was named Vice President for Europe, the Middle East and Africa for Facebook in June 2013. She is also a non-executive director of Diageo. The Daily Telegraph has called her “the most powerful woman in the British tech industry”.
Mendelsohn originally planned to attend drama school and become an actress, but on a friend’s recommendation decided to explore advertising instead. She was offered a “graduate training scheme” at Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH), where she worked from September 1992 to January 2004, advancing to Business Development Director.In April 2004 she became Deputy Chairman of Grey London, serving in that capacity until December 2007. She was also European Business Development Director for the Grey Communications Group from 2004 to 2008. In April 2008 she became partner and executive chairman at Karmarama, a London advertising agency. In 2013 she was hired as Facebook Vice President for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, ending the company’s half-year search to replace outgoing VP Joanna Shields. She brings her extensive advertising and political contacts to the job, which is the company’s most senior position outside the US.
Mendelsohn is a strong advocate of work–life balance and flextime for women with families. She has worked a four day work week since her first child, born during her tenure at BBH, was one year old. At Facebook, too, she works only from Monday to Thursday.