Julia Hammond and Chris Furse were both elevated to North American executive directors, focusing on leading global clients, expanding relationships with current clients and driving new business.
Hammond will remain part of the VML Chicago leadership team in addition to her North American duties. She also takes on overall executive leadership duties as the first WPP client leader for Tyson Foods, leading WPP partners such as Ogilvy, Mindshare and Cavalry. Beyond North American new business efforts, Furse will continue his VML New York leadership role, leading the global New Balance and Miami Tourism accounts. Hammond and Furse report to Eric Campbell, president of VML.
Rosanne Johnson was named executive director, client engagement, responsible for leadership and development of the client engagement group as well as oversight of the New York office. She will also focus on expanding VML health clients, including the partnership with WPP Health & Wellness. Johnson will report to Chuck Searle, chief client officer.
Tomas Gonsorcik was promoted to managing director, integrated strategy, responsible for collaboration of the channel, planning, advisory and data & insights teams. Based in New York, Gonsorcik reports to Brian Yamada, chief innovation officer.
Jen McDonald was upped to executive director, client engagement, responsible for the client engagement function in Kansas City. She currently leads VML's relationships with Wendy's and NAPA AUTO PARTS. McDonald reports to Searle.
Lastly, Jason Bass was promoted to managing director, client engagement, in Kansas City. Bass has been with the agency for more than eight years, leading clients such as H&R Block and Wendy's. With his promotion, his focus will shift from the Wendy's account to Electrolux. Bass reports to McDonald.