McCarthy Mills leaves Ruder Finn for VaynerMedia

NEW YORK: Kelly McCarthy Mills, former SVP of corporate communications and director of innovation at Ruder Finn, has joined brand consulting firm VaynerMedia as SVP.

NEW YORK: Kelly McCarthy Mills, former SVP of corporate communications and director of innovation at Ruder Finn, has joined brand consulting firm VaynerMedia as SVP.

Mills will work with key clients and help to manage operations at the firm. She is one of the company's first senior-level hires.

VaynerMedia co-founder Gary Vaynerchuk said the agency needed an employee who is experienced at the agency level and has digital experience.

“She had the kind of personality and skillset…that could help us navigate through our growth,” Vaynerchuk said. The firm has expanded from 20 to 60 employees in the past four months, he added.

McCarthy Mills joined Ruder Finn in November 2009. She has also served as VP for innovation and director of business development for North America at the firm. She also worked at Bite Communications and Manning Selvage & Lee.

Earlier this month, Ruder Finn co-CEO Peter Finn spun off a new agency called Finn Partners. Kathy Bloomgarden continues to run Ruder Finn as CEO.

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