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Vann Graves

CCO, FL+G

Creative veteran Vann Graves has been in the advertising and marketing industry for over 20 years, most of it spent within renowned New York agencies. In 2016, he launched a fully independent creative agency founded on the belief that quality content is the way of the future for successful brands.
He began his career at BBDO, where he worked for 15 years, creating global advertising for brands such as GE and Visa, as well as U.S. work for AT&T, Gillette, M&Ms, Motorola and Snickers. He then transitioned to UniWorld Group, as the Chief Creative Officer, overseeing the agency's work for clients such as 3 Musketeers, Ford Motor Company, Home Depot, Time Warner Cable and U.S. Marine Corps. His most recent positions included tenures as EVP, Global Executive Creative Director at McCann Worldgroup, where he led many of the agency's key accounts including Lockheed Martin, U.S. Army, Kohl’s, Coke and American Airlines; and at Chattanooga, Tenn.-based Fancy Rhino, where Vann was President and CCO.
Vann received his bachelor of business administration from Howard University and holds master’s degrees from both Harvard University and Pratt Institute. He currently splits his time between New York and Chattanooga, where he lives with his wife and son.

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You can hire the best creative talent, but without a strong partnership with the account team, the venture won't succeed, says JWT Atlanta's CCO.

Honor Dr. King by making his holiday about action, not just remembrance
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Honor Dr. King by making his holiday about action, not just remembrance

Let's use Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a time to gather and ask ourselves what actions we are prepared to take, suggests Vann Graves, CCO of J. Walter Thompson Atlanta.

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