Suresh sits on the Global Management Team and directly engages leadership on addressing and tackling all matters of DE&I. As an Exec Sponsor on DE&I matters, Suresh provides senior counsel on DE&I matters covering Virtue employees globally and this includes promoting and celebrating global LGBT+ visibility throughout the year within the workforce and leadership, beyond Pride months. Collaborating closely with the talent teams to ensure focus on building a pipeline of diverse candidates including representation from LGBT+ individuals at all levels, from internships to senior leadership. Previous achievements include creating and curating a C-Suite level dinner series focused on 'Purpose' including LGBT+ issues, bringing together 13 world leading brands across finance, technology and healthcare which resulted in the founding of The Collective, a LGBT+ initiative. He is an advisory board member for Ruebik and DealEngine - both companies focused on changing the landscape and success for minority communities including LGBT+.
Chris is responsible for the creative excellence of Virtue and VMG. For over two decades,
Garbutt has been an influential marketing creative leader. Originally South African, he has
worked in Europe and the US, across brands such as Adidas, Apple, Airbnb, McDonalds,
Unilever, Coca Cola and Louis Vuitton. Before VMG, he co-founded a marketing consultancy, PLTFRMR. Prior to that, he was Global Chief Creative Officer of TBWA. His work and leadership have won numerous awards, including several Cannes Grand Prix, Clios and D&AD “Agency of the Year” and inclusion for TBWA in Fast Company’s “World’s Most Innovative Companies.
Tarek has executive leadership experience with Landor & Fitch, Brand Union, Grow, and Krafthaus and brings strategic thinking, entrepreneurial drive, and a global mindset acquired from living and working in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.