John Militello is Director of Marketing, Volvo Car USA.
At Volvo, John overseas all US marketing efforts (Tier 1 & 2 national advertising, CRM, social, and digital content) to ensure campaigns are user focused. John also serves on Volvo’s Global Marketing Council where he represents the Americas voice. Since joining Volvo, John was quickly promoted from leading a small team within marketing to a role that encompasses all US marketing efforts. In just twelve short months, John has made an impact with noteworthy campaigns such as the first advertiser 360 degree video on Facebook for Volvo’s 2015 Holiday Sales Event; earned three Cannes Lions and was a shortlist nomination for the Volvo XC90 T8 Highway Robbery campaign. Most recently, John’s creative vision and leadership was realized in the buzz worthy XC90 2.0 work.
John was lured away from Google last year where he served as Head of Creative on the ZOO, Google’s internal quasi-ad agency. Over his seven and a half year tenure, John led a group of creatives developing strategy and innovative ideas for Fortune 100 advertisers. In addition to his day job, John served as an adjunct professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Before joining Google, John led his own design firm, was a founding member of a leading boutique creative agency in NYC where he served as a VP and Creative Director partnering with such clients as Volvo Cars, NA and Mercedes-Benz. John's credits include: Volvo for Life Awards, 2005 PR Week Magazine Award - Cause-Related Campaign of the Year, a highly rated panel at 2012 SxSW Interactive, “Why Your 5-Year-Old is More Digital Than Most CMOs.” John earned a BFA in Fine Arts from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, where he received the Leo Burnett Scholarship (full tuition), based on faculty nomination and portfolio evaluation.
John is an incredible creator, organizer and communicator of ideas that connect the world's leading brands to consumers, through technology. I've had the pleasure of developing several programs with him in the Financial Services sector, all of which challenged brands to question the status quo and move confidently into the digital future. John connects easily with advertisers and agencies, manages the complex ecosystem of Sales and Product internally at Google with great efficacy, and delivers high-quality concepts every time.
Head of Industry, Financial Services
John is an amazing creative talent and a wonderful business partner. He is able to quickly understand a customer's business challenges, and bring business building solutions to them. Every time I have worked with John, I have been impressed in how he always puts the needs of his customer first ... always making sure to do right by them, and to making sure they received unique, business-building ideas. John is also a engaging and inspiring presenter --- encouraging his audience to think outside of the confines of their day-to-day. John is a fantastic creative asset to Google.
Head of Industry, Telecom
John Militello get's it. The level of insight, quick off-the-cuff, big picture thinking is like air to him. Whether it's strategy, production, creative or management, John brings a level of intensity that is healthy and productive. Preview his portfolio to see some of the work he has done for corporate, automotive, financial services and entertainment industries. I've learned a lot working with John and look forward to watching his continuous success.
Looks Good. Works Great.
Thoughtful, Articulate, Passionate, Persuasive and above all else Humble. It's rare to find someone with creative prowess and the human compassion to put others above yourself. In the case of John he does this for both users he's developing creative work for and the clients or agencies we're supporting. John is able to think on his feet to tie together loose tangental thinking that will unlock an 'AH-HA' from a room. I've was lucky to work alongside John on development of the Global Mondelez campaign PlayWithOreo.com. He was able to develop a creative throughline in the loose thoughts presented him to craft a creative pitch that was deeply rooted in human truth. His well-rounded talents transcend seasoned creative vets by leaps.
the ZOO at Google