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RYAN McMANUS
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RYAN McMANUS

VMLY&R

Chief Creative Officer

South Africa

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Under Ryan’s creative leadership, VML South Africa has experienced phenomenal growth, and climbed the creative rankings, including being named ‘Entertainment Agency of the Year’ at Cannes 2017, and Bookmarks Agency of the Year twice.

Ryan has been recognized numerous times at Cannes, D&AD, Loeries, One Show, ADC, Effies, NYF and more and brings a wealth of global experience and clear purpose into his work, having travelled and worked across some of the world’s top agencies.

Before joining VML, Ryan co-founded jointhepipe.org, an NGO that won Best New Initiative from UNICEF. He also co-founded The Soon Institute, a company focused on prototyping futures within the communication industry.

Ryan has been listed in Mail & Guardians top 200 South Africans, The Media Magazine’s Top 40 under 40, spoken at Cannes Lions, conferences and graduations and had the privilege of judging Cannes YDA, Loeries, Bookmarks, New York Festival, AdPrint and ADC.

Ryan also sits on the Creative Circle EXCO of South Africa.