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VML Experiences Growth in Chicago & Atlanta


Three new high-level hires in Chicago and Atlanta

VML Experiences Growth in Chicago & Atlanta

VML Chicago has hired Melissa Barany as executive producer. Barany joins VML from Energy BBDO, where she spent the last six years as an executive producer overseeing integrated global production for multiple SC Johnson brands. Prior to BBDO, she worked as a freelancer and for multiple agencies including DDB, J. Walter Thompson and Cramer-Krasselt. Barany will manage production in the Chicago office and be part of VML’s overall integrated production leadership team. She will report to Tyler Smith, head of production, North America.

Hilary Burns has been hired as group director, client engagement. Burns joins VML from Sapient-Razorfish where she was responsible for client engagements on Procter & Gamble, Allstate and Abercrombie & Fitch. Burns has more than 20 years of experience at agencies including Energy BBDO, JWT and Cramer-Krasselt. She has worked on brands such as Wrigley, Kraft Heinz, Mondelez, Bayer Healthcare and Panera Bread. Burns will oversee various engagements out of the Chicago office and reports to Chuck Searle, chief client officer.

Roy Torres has been hired as group creative director at VML Atlanta. He will help oversee creative work across VML’s Memphis, Atlanta and Bogotá offices. He began his career at Y&R New York, working on brands such as Land Rover, MTV, LG and Bacardi. He has also spent time at Droga5, Anomaly and Grey New York. While at Anomaly, he helped create the award-winning global campaign for Converse: "Shoes Are Boring. Wear Sneakers." His work has been recognized in major advertising award shows including Cannes, One Show, Clios, London International, Young Guns and the Andys. In 2013, Lurzer’s Archive magazine ranked him as the No. 2 art director in the U.S. and No. 14 internatiolly. Torres helped start the New York branch of Miami Ad School as one of its first instructors, leading several students to win at multiple award shows. Torres will report to Executive Creative Director Maurizio Villarreal.

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VMLY&R, Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:48:26 GMT