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About VMLY&R

VMLY&R’s integration of companies will combine brand experience and brand advertising, drawing on the complementary expertise of VML and Y&R to create connected brands that drive value for clients. VML was founded in 1992 by John Valentine, Scott McCormick, and Craig Ligibel. It joined WPP in 2001 and has operated as a subsidiary since. Y&R was founded in Philadelphia back in 1923, joining the WPP ranks in 2001.

Geographic Reach
The agency operates in over 200 offices spanning the globe.

Sales and Marketing
VMLY&R works with client partners including Colgate-Palmolive, Danone, Dell, Ford, Office Depot, PepsiCo, Pfizer and Wendy’s.

The collaboration of VMLY&R unites two leading brands to deliver a contemporary, fully integrated digital and creative offering to clients on a global scale.

Mergers and Acquisitions
KBM Group acquired by Y&R in Apr 1999.
Sicolamartin acquired by Y&R in Apr 2001.
Guya Benker acquired by Y&R in Jan 2003.
Studiocom acquired by VML in Nov 2005.
Hedley Byrne acquired by Y&R in Jun 2007.
VML and Y&R form partnership alliance in 2009.
Qais Consulting acquired by VML in Dec 2011.
CS Reklam acquired by Y&R in Feb 2013.
Heureka acquired by VML in Jun 2013.
NATIVE acquired by VML in Jun 2013.
im2.0 acquired by VML in Oct 2013.
Plasenta Conversation Agency acquired by Y&R in Nov 2013.
Biggs|Gilmore acquire by VML in Nov 2013.
Teein acquired by VML in Sep 2014.
Rockfish Digital acquired by VML in Sep 2017.
VML and Y&R merge in Oct 2018, officially launching Jan 2019.


250 Richards Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64116-4279
Phone: (816) (816) 283-0700

Firm Stats

Employer Type: Subsidiary
Global CEO: Jon Cook
President: Eric Campbell
2018 Employees (All Locations): 7,000

Major Office Locations

Kansas City, MO
New York, NY
London, England

Other Locations

New York, NY