Ryan McManus

Chief Creative Officer

Ryan won his first Loerie Award as a student of the AAA School of Advertising. After beginning his career in Cape Town, he set off travelling and working at some of Europe’s top ad agencies, collecting an impressive host of awards including Cannes, ADC, Effies, NYF, One Show and D&AD.

In Amsterdam, Ryan co-founded jointhepipe.org, an NGO that won Best New Initiative from Unicef. He wrote and directed an environmental documentary, which was shown across Europe. Ryan then co-founded The Soon Institute, a company focused on prototyping futures within the communication industry.

Upon his return to South Africa, Ryan has led VML South Africa as Executive Creative Director. Since then, he’s been instrumental in positioning the agency as a serious creative contender in the industry. Under his creative leadership, VML South Africa won campaign gold at Cannes Lions as well as silver and bronze Lions which saw the agency ranked 3rd in South Africa at Cannes Lions 2016. The Agency has been listed number 5 overall amongst all SA agencies at the Loeries, won the coveted Best Agency title at Bookmarks twice in three years, and added a plethora of local and international awards to their credentials.

Under Ryan’s leadership as national Executive Creative Director, VML South Africa has experienced phenomenal growth, and climbed the creative rankings - winning multiple golds at Cannes, Loeries, Bookmarks, One Show, D&AD, NYF as well as the coveted Best Agency at Bookmarks, twice in 3 years.

Ryan brings a wealth of global experience and clear purpose into his work, having travelled and worked across some of the world’s top agencies and creative shops. Ryan has spoken at Cannes Lions, Adobe, conferences and graduations and had the privilege of judging Cannes YDA, Loeries, Bookmarks, New York Festival, AdPrint, and ADC. Ryan was listed in Mail & Guardians top 200 South Africans, and The Media Magazine’s Top 40 under 40.

Cape Town, South Africa
G12 Old Castle Brewery Complex
6 Beach Road
South Africa