VMLY&R Announces Promotion and New Miami Office Lead

Renee Lavecchia

VMLY&R today announced the promotion of Renée Lavecchia to Executive Director of VMLY&R Miami. She will be responsible for driving the growth and vitality of the agency through the expansion of its client portfolio in addition to overseeing the Miami operation. In her new role, she will report to Eric Campbell, Global President, VMLY&R, and join the North America Executive Leadership Team.

As part of her appointment to executive director, Renée will maintain her current responsibilities overseeing client engagement in Miami for Wendy’s, Dell, Apex Tool Group and more. In addition to her client engagement responsibilities, Renée serves on the WPP Global Inclusion Council representing VMLY&R, which is helping to shape the inclusion practices across the holding company. In addition to her executive responsibilities, she has led the Wendy’s client partnership for the U.S. Hispanic market for the past 11-plus years. 

Over the past year, VMLY&R Miami has grown its client portfolio with the addition of GSK and the Coca Cola Company’s brands.

“Renée is an accomplished and inclusive leader with a deep understanding of our clients’ rapidly evolving needs and a track record of using creativity to drive growth and impact,” said Eric Campbell, Global President, VMLY&R. “This is a great moment for Renee to be a driver for all the growth opportunities in the industry,” Campbell added.

With more than 130 employees from over 20 countries, VMLY&R Miami is a multicultural office, partnering with clients to deliver the connected brand experience across the U.S. market at large and the growing U.S. Hispanic market, extending across Latin America and beyond.

The U.S. Hispanic market is the driving force behind the growing multicultural face of America. With a population of 62 million, Hispanics make up almost 19% of the U.S. population, contributing to more than half of the total population growth over the past 10 years and skyrocketing in buying power. Hispanic buying power is projected to be $2.6 trillion in just about three years, representing a nearly 150% increase in the last decade. (Source: Hispanic Market Guide 2022, Hispanic Marketing Council)

“VMLY&R Miami feels like my second home, as I’ve been with the agency since its inception,” said Lavecchia. “I am looking forward to continuing being a trusted partner for our clients in this growing market,” she added. 

Renée is a citizen of the world. She was born and raised in Panama, earned her Associate of Arts degree at the American College of Switzerland, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in international marketing at American University in Washington, D.C., and an MBA at the Thunderbird School of Global Management. She and her family are avid outdoor/adventure travelers. For Renée, the world is her playground.

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