Venables Bell + Partners Announces Expansion of Leadership Team


By thesanfranciscoegotist / /

Venables Bell + Partners just announced the promotions of four longtime employees: Mary Johnstone has been named Associate Partner, Chief Operating Officer; Gavin Jones has been promoted to Managing Director; Raquel Bedard has been named Head of Agency Resourcing and Workflow, and Justin Pitcher becomes Head of Brand Management. 

“2021 has been a banner year for VB+P.  In addition to welcoming an unprecedented number of new clients, we’ve delivered breakthrough work across our roster, expanded our offering, and achieved our ambitious goals related to DEI. Mary, Gavin, Raquel, and Justin have been instrumental in helping us seize on our current momentum, and I have no doubt that putting them in these key roles will drive even more growth and opportunity for the agency moving forward.” said Partner and President, Kate Jeffers. 

As Associate Partner, Chief Operating Officer, Mary Johnstone will lead VB+P’s internal operations, DEI efforts, recruitment, and talent development, with a particular focus on supporting employees’ holistic experience at the agency.

Gavin Jones has been promoted to Managing Director, where he will oversee the development of VB+P’s broad capabilities and business units, and related growth opportunities. He will also chair the agency’s leadership team. 

As Head of Agency Resourcing and Workflow, Raquel Bedard will be a strategic partner to all of the agency’s Department Heads, ensuring the right mix of skill sets, experiences, and personalities across the agency in order to deliver on current workload and creative ambitions. 

Finally, Justin Pitcher has been elevated to Head of Brand Management. In his new role, he will continue to fulfill Group Brand Director duties, as well as oversee the Brand Management discipline at VB+P and the growth and development of its team.

Congrats on all the promotions.


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