Chief Creative Officer, North America

Mike joined VML in 2007 and currently serves as Chief Creative Officer of North America. Based in NY, Mike has spent creative the bulk of his career in building up VML New York from 15 people to a staff of over 100 people focused on delivering breakthrough brand experiences in a digitally connected age. In his new role as North American chief creative officer, he will work to bring this type of creative thinking across the entire region. Known for his creative insight and passion for ideas, Mike has moved comfortably between all disciplines of marketing for a wide range of clients. Possessing strong leadership skills, a never say quit attitude and a questionable sense of humor to match, he believes great ideas can live and come from anywhere. 

For the last decade, he has worked with global brands in technology, sports, entertainment, media, consumer electronics, automotive, CPG and retail verticals to develop creative that sticks with people. Key highlights of his work for New Balance, Motorola, Ford, Chevron, the International Olympic Committee, NBA, Legoland and Dell.


Judging panel

Ann Handley

Chief Content Officer

Jeremy Schutte

Managing Director and Executive Creative Director

Brian Laker

Head of Marketing

Chris Duffey

Sr. Strategic Business Development Manager, Creative Agencies, Creative Cloud Enterprise 

Howard Belk

Co-CEO, Chief Creative Officer

Howard Lenn

Group Creative Director
J. Walter Thompson New York

Kate MacNevin

Global Chief Operating Officer

Kenneth Hein

Global Chief Communications Officer

Mark Kiernan

Global Executive Managing Director: Digital & Content

Mike Wente

Chief Creative Officer, North America

Mike Romoff

Head of Global Agency and Channel Sales

Nicole Kaplan

SVP, Group Director
Momentum Worldwide

Paul Longo

Head of Agency Development

Reuben Webb

Chief Creative Officer 
Stein IAS

Ritesh Patel

Chief Digital Officer
WPP Health & Wellness