August 29, 2017

VML Announces Promotions and New Hires on Solutions Delivery Team

Kris Hiestand and Mark McClendon have been promoted to co-executive directors of Solutions Delivery and Technology. The Solutions Delivery team leads end-to-end program planning and project management.

Prior to these expanded roles, Hiestand and McClendon provided executive and strategic leadership for VML's North American technology operations, leading a team of more than 250 IT professionals. Hiestand joined VML in 2002 and McClendon came aboard in 2004.

Jason Schlosser has moved from VML's Technology group to managing director of Solutions Delivery. He joined VML in 2010 and has recently focused on management of the agency's technology practice in Kansas City.  Schlosser is also an executive leader on Ford, helping drive the brand's global connected consumer experiences initiative.

Melissa Green re-joined VML as managing director of Solutions Delivery - identifying challenges, outlining solutions, and providing tactical support on execution. Green is an executive leader on Sprint, supporting VML's work on the brand's digital transformation.

To complete the leadership team, VML has hired Paula Hackl as managing director of Solutions Delivery. She has more than 18 years of international experience, improving customer experience metrics and operations for a variety of companies. Hackl previously worked at Affinity, an artificial intelligence company.