Debbi Vandeven is the global chief creative officer at VML, a leading digital marketing agency. Throughout her career at VML, Debbi has continually fostered a collaborative creative environment that delivers innovative solutions to clients around the world.
Debbi’s creative philosophy is to always focus on the idea not just a specific channel and encourages teams to approach any project from this perspective.
Since joining VML in 2000, she has led creative engagements for global brands such as Carlson Hotels, Colgate-Palmolive, Dell, Gatorade, Kellogg’s, Revlon, Southwest Airlines, U.S. Bank, Wendy’s and Xerox.
Her creative leadership has enabled VML to become one of the top global digital agencies with 20 offices on six continents and 1,500 employees worldwide.
She has served on several international award juries, including for Art Directors Club and New York Festivals. This past fall, she served as the first international digital jury chair for the Loerie Awards during Cape Town’s Creative Week.
VML’s creative teams have earned recognition from top international shows, including Cannes Lions, London International Awards, ANDY Awards, Art Directors Club, CLIO, New York Festivals, Webby Awards, One Show, IAB MIXX, OMMA and Effie Awards, among others.
Recent achievements include being named a Standout Shop by Advertising Age in 2012 and awarded with seven Lions at Cannes in the same year. Additionally, VML received a shortlist in the Innovation Lions in 2013 for Guide Dots, an app to help the visually impaired navigate public spaces.
Debbi is a strong supporter of initiatives advancing women in creative leadership and mentoring talent to help women develop the interpersonal skills it takes to succeed in today’s industry.
Added: April 2014 • Updated: February 2015
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