Ellen Hyde Pace ’81

  • Executive Director, WPPatCP–Global People Operations, Professional, R&D–VMLY&R
  • President, Mount Holyoke College Alumnae Association
  • New York, NY
Ellen Hyde Pace

Ellen Hyde Pace ’81, New York, New York, oversees the Global Dental Professional Communications Practice and Research & Development/Innovation Projects at Red Fuse, WPP’s integrated consultancy servicing global client Colgate-Palmolive. Under her leadership, ongoing brand efforts and new product launches are orchestrated to reach the Dental Professional, and Horizon2/3 Innovation Pathways are pursued with Colgate Scientists. She began her career at WPP’s Y&R NY as a summer intern through Mount Holyoke’s internship program. She remained at Y&R for the first nine years of her career.

Prior to returning to Y&R to work on Colgate, Pace was for 10 years the global business director responsible for Pfizer Consumer Healthcare at WPP’s J. Walter Thompson. In her worldwide role, she managed two major categories, upper respiratory (Sudafed, Benilyn) and oral care (Listerine Mouthwash and Portables), including the successful global launch of Listerine PocketPaks. She worked overseas in Australia on the Mars pet food business when at the agency DMB&B, where she also oversaw the Procter & Gamble oral care business.

At Mount Holyoke, Pace majored in American studies and art history. She previously served on the College Board of Trustees as Alumnae Trustee 2009-2014, and Trustee 2014-2019. She was also on the Board of the Alumnae Association 2002-2005, was a member of the 2013 Major Gifts New York Committee, and is the former Cornerstone gift chair of her class. She received the Mary Lyon Award in 2006. She is also on the Board of Effie Worldwide, where she sits on the Executive Committee and serves as Board Secretary. Ellen lives in Manhattan with her college-aged twins, Liz and Leo.

Class year: 1981
Joined MHC Board of  Trustees in: 2021
Alumnae Association Board term: 2021–2024