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Friday, Feb. 3
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

VCU Commons

907 Floyd Ave.

Winston Binch

Chief Digital Officer, Deutsch North America

Topic: The Importance of Being Unreasonable

How to make innovation that matters, make your parents proud, and have fun in business


Winston Binch is one of the most accomplished digital and marketing innovation leaders of his generation. As Chief Digital Officer of Deutsch North America, he has created breakthrough campaigns and products for brands such as Taco Bell, Volkswagen, and Target and has transformed Deutsch from advertising agency to innovator — a feat that led Fast Company to recognize Deutsch as one of the most innovative companies in advertising.

His work has picked up honors from One Show, Communication Arts, UX Awards, AICP, the Andys, Effie Awards, and the Webby Awards. He has won at Cannes 41 times, including three Titanium Lions, three Grand Prix awards, and Interactive Agency of the Year three times. In 2016, Winston was named one of Adweek’s 50 Most Indispensable Executives in Marketing, Media and Tech. Prior to that, he was one of Business Insider’s 2015 Most Creative People in Advertising, as well as a 2014 Internationalist Innovator. 

Some of the most innovative digital in advertising history can be credited to Winston. He helped bring customization to Nike by way of Nike iD, social loyalty to snow sports through Vail Resorts’ EpicMix, Whopper Sacrifice to Burger King, and the Pizza Tracker to Domino’s. Most recently, he brought creativity to AI with Volkswagen’s Golf R virtual test drive and helped Taco Bell reimagine group food ordering with the launch of TacoBot, the first Slack bot that lets you order food without leaving the platform. In 2015, Deutsch was #2 on Ad Age’s Agency A-List.

Prior to Deutsch, Winston led the digital practice at CP+B where he served as partner, and before that he worked at R/GA and Sony Music. Winston is cofounder of the M-School: Institute of Marketing at LMU. He sits on the board of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and Protect Our Winters, and contributes to Harvard Business Review, Entrepreneur, Forbes, and Adweek.

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