VML promoted two employees in its Chicago office. Jeremy Schutte was promoted to managing director and executive creative director and Dawn Ridge was elevated to managing director, client engagement. Schutte transferred from VML Seattle to lead the VML Chicago office under Jane Tamraz, alongside Dawn Ridge. In is new role, Schutte will be responsible for talent development, creative growth and further evolving innovative solutions for existing and new clients. In her new role, Ridge will co-lead the VML Chicago office with Schutte, reporting to Tamraz. She is responsible for Kimberly-Clark North America Family Care, Global Marketing University and Tazo accounts. Ridge will also focus on talent development.
Iona Macgregor has joined Publicis Worldwide Australia as chief strategy officer. Most recently, Macgregor was managing director and head of strategy at France-based agency, Marcel, part of the Publicis Worldwide global network. While there, Macgregor was responsible for the agency's brand and digital strategies covering strategic planning, social media, creative technology and business development.