JJ Schmuckler

Chief Growth Officer

JJ is the global chief growth officer at VMLY&R, where he oversees business development activities and corporate go-to-market strategy. Based in New York, JJ is responsible for driving all stages of the agency’s new business initiatives and works closely with global leadership to drive growth for the agency and its clients.

Before VMLY&R was established in 2018, JJ served as global chief marketing officer at Y&R New York. Prior to that, he led the brand partnerships team at Interlude, an interactive video company and WPP investment. His clients included smartwater, Kimberly-Clark and MTV, among others.

JJ began his career at Wunderman in 2007 and quickly climbed the ranks in account management, focusing on Wunderman’s technology business where he oversaw key accounts like Dell and Microsoft. In 2011, he joined the Y&R network as chief of staff. In 2012, JJ became managing director of global integration at VML, driving and implementing the agency’s expansion strategy across the globe. He played a key role in driving VML’s growth during this time, opening 13 global offices in two years.

In addition to his role at VMLY&R, today he also serves as the chair for the young entertainment, media and communications committee, at the UJA Federation of New York.

A New York native, JJ is a graduate of Brandeis University and a jazz saxophonist by training. He lives in the Bronx with his wife and son.