William Manfredi

As Global Chief Talent Officer, William is responsible for VMLY&R human capital initiatives across the senior leadership, which center on empowering leaders with the responsibility, knowledge, and tools to add strategic value to the business and achieve bottom-line results. His ability to understand client business needs results in cutting edge talent management programs that enable the agency to deliver the best talent to our clients and allows their businesses to thrive. He is a member of the VMLY&R Global Leadership Team.

William was recently named a member of WPP’s People Leadership Team (PLT), working with WPP’s Global Chief People Officer Jacqui Canney. The PLT is tasked with reimaging the Human Capital function across all of WPP to align with the new corporate strategy of Creative Transformation.

Throughout his tenure at the company, William has overseen the initial staffing and talent management strategy for many highly successful accounts – Microsoft, Nokia, Dell, US Navy, Census 2020 and Bank of America. His success stems from using a client-focused talent selection model and consistent on-boarding/knowledge certification programs. 

William brings broad-based experience that is essential for running a global human capital enterprise. As Global Human Resources Vice President at Ernst & Young Consulting, he built a global HR function to support the company's U.S. investment in worldwide member firms, created human resource global shared services and provided the infrastructure and strategic support in all new global ventures. Before that, he was Director of Human Resources at CSC Consulting and Sprint International, where he established internal recruiting processes, developed global recruitment programs, established worldwide staffing networks and developed and implemented competency models to ensure selection of world-class candidates for key positions. 

William cut his teeth in the business at IBM Corporation. He started his career as Marketing Manager in New York, bringing his ‘line perspective’ with him when he moved into Human Resources. His first international experience was as Director of HR Programs, Asia/Pacific Group, Tokyo. He later served as HR Director for Division Headquarters and Marketing Brand Office Management.

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Chief Talent Officer