LEWIS is seeking an experienced Vice President to lead our new office in Atlanta. This is a new position and it is pivotal in the evolution of our US operation. The role has commercial responsibility and is part of the US senior management team. It reports into the Executive Vice President, Corporate Development. Travel in the US region will be required and there will be occasional travel globally.
This is an opportunity that will suit an ambitious professional who relishes the chance to establish and grow an office, thrives on challenges and on working in a fast paced, international environment. With a strong entrepreneurial spirit, you understand how to best apply this spirit to a growing independent global organization.
The company is an integrated communications agency that has gone from start-up to multi-national in a little over two decades. The company now rank in the top 40 agencies worldwide with 29 offices, 550 employees and revenue of $64m. Its success is due to a combination of factors: talented people delivering award winning campaigns; expanding client relationships into new markets or services; making strategic acquisitions. Its people, agency and campaigns have won many prestigious awards in the last 18 months including Cannes Lions, Holmes Report, ICCO, PRCA.
Central to the growth has been the policy of reinvestment, with the majority of profits returning to the company to propel development. This is possible because the company is independently owned.
What we look for in our people
Agile, bold, collaborative, inquisitive and spirited. These are the values sought in every person at LEWIS. As the company evolves, grows and expands, it wants people who recognize the need to think differently. To understand the full marketing communications mix, even if a specialist in a particular aspect. We want all our people, whether a paid media specialist or media strategist, graphic designer or analytics manager to have an appreciation of the wide and deep capabilities available to clients that work with LEWIS. Our people need to be agile to opportunities; bold in their approach; collaborate with colleagues across different services or offices to deliver amazing work; keep learning and challenging the norm; be spirited and committed to develop themselves, their colleagues and the agency.
Purpose of the role
The role will work closely with the EVP CD and the US senior management team to drive the US strategic business plan. The VP’s responsibility is the vision for, and development of, the Atlanta office. The VP will be charged with office culture and people development, new business and marketing activity, client service, office growth and profitability. The role will help with sector diversification.
This is an opportunity to open and build a new office based on your experience of building and running an integrated, digital or PR practice, division or large team. With a strong business network in your local market, you have an impressive track record of winning and developing major blue-chip accounts as well as of retention and organic growth of existing clients. Assertive and influential, you are a credible senior leader with the skills and aptitude to structure, develop and motivate a strong team, top to bottom; and you are able to forge strong relationships with eclectic senior stakeholders. You have rounded communications experience across integrated marketing, digital marketing, PR and strategic communications. Some experience of/interest in b2b tech is required but your domain experience will help broaden the LEWIS offer in the US. In particular, we are looking for leaders with skills in a diverse set of vertical practice areas – CPG, energy, financial services, automotive, travel and hospitality, and biotech – to further expand our reach into these verticals. Experience of working in a fast paced and international environment is essential.
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