Global Chief Operations Officer
Elevate Staffing

As the Global COO at Elevate Staffing Group, Carina Filek oversees head offices in London, Los Angeles, Berlin and Paris. Carina’s expertise in the experiential marketing and event staffing world makes her the cornerstone to this leading global business that continues to expand into new markets. Her decades of experience of the industry has contributed to her success in growing the Elevate portfolio and mentoring the agency’s in-market leads. She is passionate about the power of human connections and building world-class teams that consistently smash client expectations. 

Her secret to celebrating success for clients is rooted in developing long-term, strategic partnerships that deliver far beyond executional success. In her time with the agency, Elevate has built partnerships with and delivered successful global brand engagement campaigns for a range of clients, including Oculus, Coca-Cola, Google, Facebook, Wasserman, Havas, and Jack Morton. 

Carina currently serves in several mentorship roles and is a regular contributor to industry publications such as Field Marketing and Brand Experience Magazine, EventEx, The Institute of Promotional Marketing, and more.

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