William Manfredi

Chief Talent Officer

As VMLY&R’s chief talent officer, William is responsible for leading the worldwide human capital capability that supports the operational and strategic needs of the global network. His ability to understand client business needs results in cutting-edge talent management programs that enable the agency to deliver the best talent to its clients.

William is responsible for all global talent initiatives, which center on empowering the people of VMLY&R at every level with the responsibility, knowledge, and tools to add strategic value to the business and achieve bottom-line results.

He has overseen the initial staffing and talent management strategy for many highly successful global accounts — Microsoft, Nokia, Shell, Dell, Bank of America, the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Census — using a client-focused talent selection model and consistent onboarding/knowledge certification programs.

Partnering with some of the best universities around the globe, he has developed international programs to inject world-class emerging talent into our network. To date more than 1,000 students have participated, with a 35 percent full-time conversion.

He started his career with IBM in sales and marketing and moved on to Ernst Young Consulting as global human resources vice president. Before that he was director of human resources at CSC Consulting and Sprint. William has a B.A. in marketing from Syracuse University and an MBA from Pace University in New York.