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Meet our team

George Coleman

Joint CEO

George loves telling stories. Big, tall or short. He’s been doing it for more than 20 years for some of the world’s most iconic brands. He started his career as an electronics engineer, but craved a more creative canvas, and made the leap into marketing communications. Following a stint at the BBC, he joined his first agency and the rest, as they say, is LinkedIn profile history.

He founded IPG agency Creation in 2011 and served as global president, before teaming up with Current to form Current Global in 2018.

Outside of work he’s often found in his vegetable patch or brewing beer. He’s also a film fanatic, collects original cinema posters and has a cat called Butch Cassidy and a dog called Sundance. George also serves as a trustee for the UK charity Gingerbread.

Virginia Devlin

Joint CEO

Virginia founded IPG agency Current in 2006, and has steered it through to merge with Creation to form Current Global in 2018. Driven by continuous growth and long-term partnerships, her first client, The Clorox Company, remains a client today.

Virginia thrives on challenging both sides of her brain to combine business strategy with creative savvy. She is an active client counselor and employee mentor. Her leadership helped Current win eight Cannes Lions in 2017, including a Gold PR Lion for Teddy Gun, a pro bono campaign for the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence.

A 2017 PRWeek Champion of PR and 2014 PR News Top Women in PR Award honoree, Virginia served on the board of the PR Council, the US trade association for public relations firms, and has judged industry award competitions including the PRWeek and SABRE North America awards.

She is an active volunteer and supporter of WE.org, an international charity and educational partner that believes in a world where all children are free to achieve their fullest potential as agents of change. She shares her passion for food, wine, travel and design with her husband and daughter (well, not the wine part).

Amy Colton

General Manager, North America

Amy directs thought leadership and best practices across North America from our Chicago office. Over the course of her 25 years in marketing, she has lent her expertise to some of the biggest integrated campaigns in the business, including numerous initiatives for Allstate, Applebee’s, Clorox, General Mills, P&G and PepsiCo.

She co-founded the non-profit industry group The Marketing to Moms Coalition in North America, overseeing it for nearly a decade, and has spent the bulk of her career tracking trends and identifying opportunities for marketers interested in reaching the number one global consumer. A mother of three, she knows what it takes to get into mom’s mindset and effectively influence her purchase decision. Her mantra – no one needs a laugh more than a stressed out mom!

Named a 2017 PR News Top Women in PR honoree, Amy’s expertise lies in digging into the everyday busy life of people from Gen Z to Gen X to help her clients become part of their daily DNA.

Lisa Dini

EVP, Client Experience Lead

Lisa brings integrated marketing expertise and an entrepreneurial appetite that drives client success and growth across the agency’s global operations. She is adept at building a client-centric culture, accelerating the adoption of multi-discipline communications solutions, and collaborating across communities to develop innovative, award-winning work that delivers measurable results.

At Current, she is responsible for facilitating Client Experience best practices on key assignments globally, in addition to enhancing collaboration between our Insights, Content and Integrated Media communities.

Lisa has 20 years of experience in high-visibility organizations spanning agency, retail, global philanthropy and professional sports. She lives near San Francisco with her husband and twin daughters.

Thomas Levy

Managing Director, Brazil

Thomás has been a member of the IPG team since 2011 and has over ten years of experience in the communications field. He is currently the lead our Brazilian operation. He has worked as a journalist, headed communications for a government-run museum, developed content for luxury fashion brands and lately has been working with major global brands in Corporate, Consumer, Technology and CSR, including Samsung Corporate, Bank of America, Verizon Terremark, Verisign, TransUnion, Canon, and others. His experience spans four continents with activities, events and in loco support in the US, the UK, Peru, Korea, China, Qatar, and Canada. He has a major in Journalism with specialization in Semiotics.

As a true Semiotics enthusiast, his true passion is making sense of complicated things – like Progressive Heavy Metal, Sci-Fi and Psychology, to varying degrees of success.

Shashikant Someshwar

Managing Director, India

Shashi has dedicated much of his professional life to helping build, nurture and shape the public relations sector in his region, making it one of the most sought after and flourishing professions in India. From consulting CXO’s of global companies on corporate image to designing successful brand campaigns and building an army of communication professionals, Shashi has been one of the foundation pillars of today’s communication landscape in India. With a strong team of specialists, Shashi has built an organization that is re-imagining communications, driving compelling campaigns for world leaders like Toyota, Twitter, Canon, Seagate, William Grants & Sons Distillers, Medtronic, STAR INDIA, Hyatt and Fossil Group.

In his previous role where he spent 14+ years, he created a benchmark business that shaped industry practices at large transnational brands, leading his team to win four Gold Sabre awards and five Certificates of Excellence, in addition to a Platinum Sabre and “Agency of the Year” from the Holmes Report in 2013.

Away from work, he takes his passion for sports to the cricketing fields and spends time with kids, impressing upon them the importance of having fun, competing more than winning and performing to the best of their abilities. He strongly believes in the rejuvenating powers of family vacations and always emphasizes that one returns happier and healthier and in a contagiously good mood. He gives unconditional attention to his pet dog and feels blessed with the influence of the three powerful women in his life.

Anne Schardey

Managing Director, Germany

What can you do if you enjoy being creatively active and at the same time are committed to the natural sciences? Clearly: communication in the healthcare sector.

That is what Anne has been pursuing for almost 30 years with professionalism and a constant enjoyment of the new. For global pharmaceutical companies such as Sanofi, Hexal or Sandoz in Germany, Anne has established and expanded corporate communications, rolled out major awareness and corporate campaigns and never lost sight of the employees, their motivation and the recurring change processes. Most recently, she co-founded together with Rosmarie her own healthcare agency, which they successfully led for 10 years. Now, Anne is pleased to once again take on a new challenge with the development of Current Global Germany.

In her private life, Anne has big and small four-legged friends, which keep her on her toes and bring her out into nature.

Rosmarie Dammler

Managing Director, Germany

What fascinates Rosmarie most about healthcare communication: The industry and its typical field of tension between the pharmaceutical industry, doctor/pharmacist and patient constantly offer impulses and starting points for new ideas. With openness, enthusiasm, customer orientation, a lot of experience and a solid scientific background, Rosmarie and her dedicated, motivated team have designed and successfully implemented major new launches of innovative medications and attention-grabbing awareness and patient motivation campaigns – both in her pharmaceutical career at Sanofi, Hexal and Sandoz and later with the agency Commpartners for numerous customers. After ten exciting and successful years with Commpartners, she is now looking forward, together with her long-time colleague Anne, to launching a new healthcare unit at Current global. In her private life, Rosmarie prefers to be outdoors and active, in summer and winter in the mountains – or on holiday at the sea.

Claire Crutchley

Global Commercial Director

Claire has worked at PR agencies for over 20 years, from independents to global networks. She cut her teeth as a client counselor, heading up consumer brand and corporate business, encouraging Girl Guides to use more loo roll, biscuit eaters to dunk at a specific angle, and pretty much anyone who would listen to drink more gin. In the early 2000s, she found her niche in business development and ran those functions in agencies across London for the next 15 years. Claire joined IPG agency Creation in 2016.

In life outside work, Claire is endeavouring to master her asanas, loves her running shoes deeply, and isn’t yet ready to hang up her festival crown.