A Podcast Series for
VML's 25th Anniversary

2017 is VML's 25th anniversary. "VML 25@25" is a podcast series, led by Global CEO Jon Cook, dedicated to exploring the people and offices that make up our growing VML family. 

October 16, 2017
Michael Stich & Dawn Maire

The VML family is growing with the recent big news of fellow WPP company Rockfish becoming part of VML. In today's episode, Global CEO Jon Cook sits down with the CEO of VML's Rockfish Division, Michael Stich, and the president of Rockfish, Dawn Maire - two great people who have unique philosophies about running a business and culture. This conversation gives a great insight into what Rockfish has always been about - and a peek into their leadership.

October 9, 2017
Chris Clouser

This podcast was recorded one week before VML's 25th anniversary.  Global CEO Jon Cook sits down with Chris Clouser, a long-time friend of VML, and more importantly, someone who is described by VML's founders as the "founding client" of the agency when he was at Northwest Airlines. Jon talks with Chris about how he chose VML as his agency in those early days, what's changed over the years at VML and what has stayed the same. They also talked about the importance of anniversaries. Perfect timing with VML's 25th anniversary.

September 15, 2017
Fernando Taralli

Earlier in 2017, Fernando Taralli, president of VML Brazil, was inducted into the Brazilian Marketing Hall of Fame. Read more here. In this episode, Jon Cook, VML global CEO, sits down with Fernando to talk about the evolution and transformation of marketing and digital in his country and how he's enjoying life as a new father.

August 31, 2017
John Valentine, Scott McCormick, Craig Ligibel

25 years ago, John Valentine, Scott McCormick, and Craig Ligibel started VML. 25 years later they're here at VML to record a podcast to talk about the memories of starting VML, what they're doing since leaving VML in the early 2000's, and about where they see the future of marketing in this company. It's an invaluable look at those who started this company and put us on the amazing journey we're on. We can't wait for you to hear what these guys think and how proud they are of the company we've become.

July 5, 2017
Debbi Vandeven, Jason Xenopoulos, Aaron Evanson, Harsh Kapadia

This edition of 25@25 is an extra special one because it was recorded at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity as the record 27 Lions for VML were rolling in and we were in a celebratory mode. Global CEO Jon Cook sat down with some of creative leadership from around the world and had a fascinating conversation about their views on what it takes to win at Cannes and the camaraderie that exists between VML creatives across our global network.

June 19, 2017
Aden Hepburn

In this episode, VML Global CEO Jon Cook talks with Aden Hepburn, managing director & executive creative director, VML Australia. Aden has a very interesting story. You'll learn how he went from aspiring chef to leading VML Australia, how he created his blog that has a world-wide following and what makes Australia different from a marketing and technology standpoint.

June 5, 2017
Brian Bockelman, Lauren Meehan & Cameron Smith

This is the first episode where three different VMLers are interviewed - Brian Bockelman, Associate Copywriter, Lauren Meehan, Account Manager and Cameron Smith, Planner. All three VMLers are based in Kansas City, but there is something else they have in common. In honor of our 25th anniversary at VML, each of these VMLers turns 25 this year. This interview is a great insight into what it's like to be 25 years old at VML, what it's like to be a millennial and their perception of the fast-paced marketing world.

May 17, 2017
Elisa Soto

In this episode, VML Global CEO Jon Cook talks with Elisa Soto, media director at VML Mexico. She gives a compelling perspective on culture. Elisa has driven some great change at VML Mexico and she's spent a lot of time with the broader VML family. She also talked about the importance of continuing education, how she's getting her master's at NYU, and how she's integrating that into her role here at VML.

May 1, 2017
Yi-Chung Tay

Yi-Chung Tay is the CEO of VML China. In this podcast, Global CEO Jon Cook and he have a great conversation about content & commerce, how far advanced China is in those areas, and how much we all can learn from that. But it's not all business, Jon and Yi-Chung talk about his personal life growing up in Singapore, what it means to live in China now, and also a really good story about a recent trip he and his entire family took to his ancestral home on an island just off the coast of China.

April 18, 2017
Tripti Lochan

In this episode, VML Global CEO Jon Cook talks with Tripti Lochan, the CEO of VML SE Asia & India. Tripti and Jon have known each other for a long time, and they have a great conversation about her entrepreneurial drive, how she thinks about business, and how she works her Indian heritage and culture into the business of VML.