Global Chief Executive Officer
A driving force at VML since 1996, Jon has served as global CEO since 2011. During his tenure, the agency has grown from 30 employees in Kansas City, Missouri, to more than 3,000 VMLers across six continents.
Jon helped lead VML to Advertising Age A-List honors — recognizing the industry’s top 10 most influential and impactful agencies — each of the past three years (2016-2018). VML has been named Entertainment Agency of the Year two years in a row at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, and was recognized by Forrester and Gartner for expertise in digital marketing.
Jon embodies VML’s commitment to be our clients’ most important partner — creating connected brands with creativity, technology and data at the core. He works tirelessly to bring brands closer to consumers, customers closer to communities and communities closer to the world.
Since 2011, Jon has spearheaded VML’s global expansion. The VML global network now includes 33 offices in 15 countries. VML serves some of the world's most recognized and respected brands, including Bridgestone, Colgate-Palmolive, Electrolux/Frigidaire, Ford, Gatorade, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft Heinz, Microsoft, NAPA AUTO PARTS, New Balance, Sherwin-Williams Consumer Brands Group, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and Wendy's.
In 2017, Jon helped guide VML through the certification process with the 3% Movement — an organization that champions female creative leadership, diversity and inclusion — and VML became one of the industry’s first 3% Certified agencies.
Jon was named one of the 100 People Who Make Advertising Great by the 4A’s in 2017. He was also recognized as the Advertising Professional of the Year by the American Advertising Federation-Kansas City (AAF-KC) in 2014, and was a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award program in 2012.
A leading advocate of the VML Foundation, the agency's employee-funded 501(c)(3) nonprofit community service organization, Jon serves on the advisory board. He is a member of the National Advisory Board of the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri, and a board member of the Head for the Cure Foundation, a national organization dedicated to discovering cures for brain cancer.
Jon graduated from the University of Missouri in 1993 with a Bachelor of Journalism. In May 2018, Jon delivered the commencement address at the Missouri School of Journalism graduation ceremony. He relishes spending time with his wife, Lisa, and their three daughters. The family especially enjoys hiking together.