Julia Hammond leads Heat agency into Chicago

Julia Hammond

Julia Hammond

Former VMLY&R
Executive Director
to drive growth and
talent acquisition
for office anchored
by key client
Aspen Dental

Heat, the advertising agency powered by Deloitte Digital, is announcing its expansion into the Chicago market with the hiring of Julia Hammond, who will serve as Managing Director.

Hammond will be responsible for driving business growth, talent acquisition and retention. She joins Heat from VMLY&R, where she was the Executive Director North America, while also filling a holding company role as VML’s first WPP Global Team Leader.

From ecommerce and optimization to digital transformation, Hammond will build brands that provide connected consumer experiences and create emotional bonds between brands and people.

The Heat Chicago office will be anchored by one of the agency’s largest accounts — Aspen Dental.


Heat + Deloitte Digital
Heat joined forces with Deloitte Digital in 2016. The union combined Heat’s surprising creativity with Deloitte Digital’s insights and understanding of clients businesses.

“Chicago — with its booming tech, finance and food & bev markets — seemed like the obvious choice for the next phase of Heat’s expansion. As we look to deliver surprising, impactful work to clients across industries, Chicago provides us with access to both a robust talent pool and a number of innovative companies that will enable us to solve business problems through creativity,” said Heat CEO John Elder. “Julia brings the leadership, vision and experience needed to grow our Chicago presence, and we’re thrilled to have her aboard.”

About heat
We believe in the power of surprise to build brands, solve problems and kindly take over the world. | Heat exists to bring powerful, brilliant, creative ideas to life. The kind of ideas that catch you off guard. Or make you smile. Ideas that bring people in and make them a part of the journey. Told with wit and craft, beauty and design. They can be big or small, sexy or subtle. And they’re a better alternative than bludgeoning people’s eyes and ears. Unless you actually manufacture bludgeons. In that case we’d make an exception. To learn more, click here.

About Deloitte Digital
At Deloitte Digital, we invite you to look past the obvious to deliver an advantage that is uniquely yours. | Setting a trend, instead of following one. Fixing an issue before it becomes a problem. Creating a whole new market. What do we see when we look at your business? Things that aren’t there. But could be. | That means calculating the irrational—the human element that makes or breaks both markets and movements. After all, no matter how sophisticated our systems, humans decide what to buy, what behaviors to adopt, and what the next big thing will be. To learn more, click here.

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