Vanessa Kerkhoff is Chief Executive Officer of VML in Germany.

The communication expert has been managing the fortunes of the brand and customer experience agency since August 2022.

Her previous roles include leading Havas’ Germany headquarter in Düsseldorf, which hosted over 200 employees. Before accepting the position at Havas, Vanessa worked in different leadership roles for American Omnicom agencies, i.e. as Vice President Global Director for BBDO New York or as part of the leadership team of the health & wellness agency HealthWork New York. She spent over 10 years in the United States, primarily in New York City and Chicago.

Vanessa is an engaged leader with a great passion for female mentorship, diversity & inclusion, as well as sustainability. One of her personal key objectives is to increase visibility and relevance for these topics and establish a culture around them.

In her free time, Vanessa loves spending time with her family & friends. She likes being physically active. Tennis, dancing, rowing, skiing, and yoga are just a few of the sports she enjoys. One of her biggest passions is eating excellent food, which goes along with cooking. Vanessa likes to collect her favorite recipes and kitchen inspiration while traveling to places she has never been to. Traveling and exploring exotic places is her #1 hobby of all!