The Forbes Entrepreneurial CMO Record: 2022

Steve Kalifowitz from, Ludivine Ponte from Balenciaga and Kenny Mitchell from Snap Inc. Illustration by Alexander Wells.

Recognizing 50 Of The Most Entrepreneurial CMOs In Advertising Right this moment

What makes an Entrepreneurial CMO? It begins with their mindset and strategy. The Entrepreneurial CMO is one who acknowledges that the best threat typically lies in not taking one. They’re beholden neither to the established order nor to disrupting it for disruption’s sake. They’re resilient, adapting to vary and driving it, fueled by curiosity, creativity and a capability to check, study and join dots in actual time.

For this inaugural Forbes Entrepreneurial CMO checklist, we acknowledge 50 advertising and marketing chiefs—chosen based mostly on qualitative evaluation and consideration from advertising and marketing trade leaders and Forbes editors, who reviewed tons of of nominations—whose entrepreneurial spirit and actions are serving to remodel not solely their manufacturers however advertising and marketing, commerce and, typically instances, tradition itself.

Some work with century-old icons whereas others are at two-year-old startups. They’re constructing manufacturers and companies throughout industries, classes and the globe. Their ranks embody entrepreneurs from B2B, B2C and direct-to-consumer manufacturers, from firms giant and small, and from sectors experiena time of unfettered acceleration to stifling deceleration and stagnation.

Their entrepreneurial spirit apart, what you’ll see within the combination is an appreciation for the ability of the three Cs which are group, creators and tradition, which they deploy as strategic levers in service of the fourth C that’s commerce. At a time when the largest risk going through most manufacturers is irrelevancy, these entrepreneurs are preventing for model relevancy and enterprise progress with an unwavering dedication to creating certain their advertising and marketing issues extra.

For 105 years, Forbes has championed entrepreneurial capitalism and those that drive it. Right this moment, we invite you to get to know the 50 CMOs acknowledged on this inaugural Forbes Entrepreneurial CMO checklist. Be a part of us as we increase a proverbial glass to those advertising and marketing risk-takers and impact-makers whose work evokes us to assume and do otherwise because the artwork and science of promoting evolves.

-Seth Matlins, managing director, Forbes CMO Community


Lee Applbaum

Place: CMO

Firm: Wheels Up

As a result of Applbaum brings the mindset of a shopper marketer to the world of personal aviation. The previous CMO of David’s Bridal, RadioShack, of Patrón Tequila and medical marijuana firm Surterra Wellness, Applbaum has piloted pop-ups at occasions such because the Masters, Artwork Basel and the Tremendous Bowl, and partnerships with American Categorical and Porsche, amongst different manufacturers. By rising and diversifying the corporate’s prospects and pilots, he’s sought to make sure Wheels Up does for flying what Uber and Airbnb did for ride- and home-sharing.


Emily Boschwitz

Place: SVP Advertising

Firm: Cameo

As a result of constructing a model that evokes individuals to speak, rejoice and provides context to cultural moments otherwise than earlier than means advertising and marketing otherwise than earlier than. Boschwitz embraces variations, from harnessing the ability of her personal dyslexia to treating Cameo prospects like companions in the case of concept creation and expertise identification. By engineering Cameo’s product-market match on the fly, she has remodeled the platform from being a web site the place celebrities promote personalised movies to followers, to 1 the place customers capitalize on moments to construct relationships.

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Jason Brown

Place: CMO


As a result of he’s utilizing live-streaming to drive commerce—one thing few manufacturers have executed efficiently within the U.S. In relation to partaking with NTWRK’s various and rising international group of followers, artists and types, Brown takes an entrepreneurial-minded strategy to listening, testing and studying, which inform how this curator-brand and firm identifies, productizes and markets partnerships with creators resembling Takashi Murakami, Faze Clan, Ben Baller, Lebron James and Billie Eilish.

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Noora Raj Brown

Place: EVP of Model

Firm: goop

As a result of she’s advertising and marketing like she’s at a startup, testing and bringing concepts and merchandise to life throughout a number of platforms, from pop-ups to podcasts to long-form programming. Brown’s entrepreneurial strategy to advertising and marketing hasn’t simply expanded goop’s model, however by urging her group to concentrate on service-focused campaigns, she’s serving to destigmatize girls’s sexual pleasure, and has led the model’s advertising and marketing push for sexual and reproductive freedom, forging a partnership with ACLU and making a “Arms Off My Vagina” candle, constructing on a much-talked about candle predecessor. With a branded actuality present on Netflix, Intercourse, Love & goop, the model appears to be like to change into a catalyst in sparking new conversations about gender, intercourse and emotional intimacy.

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Matt Carrington

Place: CMO

Firm: Athletic Greens

As a result of he markets this fast-growing DTC model with a POV that pushing daring model messages, empowering creators to be true influencers, and listening relentlessly to your viewers is the one approach a model can keep related and drive differentiation in immediately’s panorama. Whether or not it’s an AG branded pop-up at Artwork Basel, or partnering with loyal model followers like Dr. Andrew Huberman, the creator and host of the Huberman Lab podcast, Matt and his group, reject the established order in search of what is going to drive the enterprise subsequent.

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Kim Caldbeck

Place: CMO

Firm: Coursera

As a result of as rising tuition prices have turned faculty into an more and more unaffordable luxurious, Caldbeck’s work has ensured high quality schooling is universally accessible. Coursera’s learner-acquisition mannequin—powered by free high quality content material, international partnerships, web optimization experience, word-of-mouth referrals, PR and a worthwhile online marketing channel—has helped the model obtain exponential progress in simply three years. Amid the pandemic, she and her group supplied universities and governments all over the world with free entry to Coursera’s catalog, permitting tens of hundreds of thousands of scholars and unemployed staff to continue to learn.

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Heidi Cooley

Place: SVP & CMO

Firm: Crocs

As a result of Cooley’s entrepreneurial mindset has led the model to experiment with, amongst different issues, platforms and companions, rising applied sciences together with augmented actuality, NFTs and model integrations within video games like Minecraft and NBA2K. She’s helped the 20 year-old clog-maker assume otherwise about its future, main advertising and marketing that embraces reasonably than shies from its polarizing repute to drive cultural relevance and, in flip, commerce by means of dozens of collaborations with celebrities and types as various as Unhealthy Bunny, Justin Bieber, Vera Bradley and KFC. Learn extra about Cooley and the way her entrepreneurial strategy to advertising and marketing helps remodel the Crocs model.

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Geoff Cottrill

Place: CMO

Firm: Topgolf Leisure Group

As a result of he’s pondering otherwise about find out how to construct a model and enterprise, and find out how to remodel the sport of golf, making use of classes discovered as a top-marketer at firms resembling Coca-Cola, Starbucks and Nike. Since becoming a member of TopGolf final yr, Cottrill has reorganized the advertising and marketing group whereas additionally showcasing the know-how and buyer choices that set aside the corporate and its 75 venues. In constructing the model’s identification and diversifying its buyer base, he’s establishing non-traditional partnerships with manufacturers like Malbon and StockX, and this yr increasing into China and Scotland.

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Chris Davis

Place: CMO & SVP of Merchandising

Firm: New Stability

As a result of Davis’ objective for New Stability is to make it the third-largest model in its trade—by advertising and marketing, in his phrases, like a “116-year-old startup.” Which means making a tradition of calculated threat excellence, utilizing 30% of the model’s demand-creation {dollars} to check techniques from different industries, spending one other 20% of its finances on experimental initiatives with “a excessive likelihood of failure.” Up to now, it’s pushed materials will increase on the underside line over 5 years. In a land of giants, and in 132-plus nations, this challenger model stands tall.

Carolyn Dawkins

Place: SVP World Advertising, Analytics and On-line

Firm: Clinique

As a result of she is aware of defending an iconic model requires creating change, not ready for it. She’s deployed this entrepreneurial mindset to speed up improvements throughout product, digital content material, experiences and e-commerce as she drives the model’s mission to “be of service to all pores and skin.” Clinique was one of many first magnificence manufacturers to launch an NFT, leverage TikTok (with its #ZitHappens marketing campaign) and react to fast shifts in shopper behaviors with social-first responses.

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Tim Ellis

Place: CMO & EVP

Firm: Nationwide Soccer League

As a result of for one of many few remaining “mass market” properties, Tim and his group are modernizing a model and ushering in a brand new era of followers by advertising and marketing on to traditionally underrepresented communities. By racial justice, LGBTQ+ and psychological well being applications, he’s serving to join followers outdated and new to the people contained in the helmets, and is rewriting the standard sports activities advertising and marketing playbook for others as he goes.

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Christine Hsu Evans

Place: Chief Advertising & Technique Officer

Firm: Headspace Well being

As a result of there isn’t any advertising and marketing playbook for destigmatizing psychological well being and advertising and marketing it to the lots. The merger of teletherapy startup Ginger and mindfulness app Headspace required Evans to mix the manufacturers for each enterprise and particular person markets in ways in which add “cultural relevance and resonance.” She’s pondering otherwise about how the mixed providing, now valued at over $3 billion, goes to market, creating Headspace’s first Tremendous Bowl advert starring John Legend.

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Greg Fass

Place: VP/Head of Advertising

Firm: Liquid Loss of life

As a result of his advertising and marketing subverts water class conventions with one thing nearer to canned loss of life steel. As a substitute of asking model ambassador Tony Hawk for social media posts, Fass and his group requested for his blood and used it to color and market a restricted sequence of skateboards, main the model to pattern on Twitter for per week. They adopted that up by recruiting adult-film stars for an SFW name to say no to plastics. With out giant budgets or conventional promoting, he’s constructing a model, creating and co-opting cultural traits, occasions and information to maximise attain—advertising and marketing a basic supply of life, water, as loss of life.


Julie Fleischer

Place: Chief Progress Officer

Firm: Encantos

As a result of reinventing how two billion kids study, and creators all over the world construct, personal and monetize their content material, means launching this “story-teaching platform” with minimal viable merchandise and communities, and making a model able to evolving because the market does. To construct a storytelling platform on which youngsters see characters who seem like them, she’s gone to market with two separate approaches, utilizing conventional and non-traditional paid, owned and earned media to drive cost-efficient attain, efficiency media to drive downloads and trial, whereas additionally constructing a community of creators who use their platforms to construct consciousness, trial, engagement and advocacy effectively.


Sarah Franklin

Place: President and CMO

Firm: Salesforce

As a result of over the previous 12 months, she’s needed to reimagine and remodel how Salesforce goes to market. Regardless of being a B2B cloud behemoth, Franklin and her advertising and marketing group are taking an entrepreneurial strategy to driving model and enterprise progress, embracing a pay attention, study and apply strategy to growing advertising and marketing applications that encourage dialog, group, co-creation and open concept alternate. It appears to be working as Salesforce has seen its model valuation enhance practically 40% over the previous yr.


Vicky Free

Place: Head of World Advertising

Firm: Adidas

As a result of by pondering and doing otherwise she has led the 75-year-old model into the Web3 period and additional expanded Adidas’ strategy to range in international advertising and marketing. Underneath Free’s entrepreneurially-minded advertising and marketing management, Adidas has additionally been an early mover within the metaverse with NFTs and a pilot inside crypto-enabled platform The Sandbox. Up to now yr, she’s built-in the corporate’s advertising and marketing underneath a single group, launched an inclusive new bra assortment celebrating various physique varieties and dedicated to investing extra in girls and LGBTQ+ athletes all over the world with Adidas’ “Inconceivable Is Nothing” marketing campaign.

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Anne Marie Gianutsos

Place: CMO

Firm: Drone Racing League

As a result of bringing a distinct segment sport into the mainstream has required a really completely different advertising and marketing flight sample. Gianutsos has helped establish what she defines because the “tech-setters”—a gaggle of 800 million individuals ages 16 to 34 at intersection of gaming, sports activities, tech and leisure. Working throughout DRL’s tech, advertising and marketing and design groups, Gianutsos has created new methods for drone pilots and followers to expertise a brand new sort of competitors. Actual-life occasions, expanded broadcast and social partnerships and STEM curriculum developed with tech leaders like Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak have all helped DRL quadruple its international fanbase in a yr to 200 million. The momentum has led to new crypto, 5G and AI partnerships with sponsors together with Algorand, T-Cell, Draftkings and the U.S. Air Power.

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Melissa Grady Dias

Place: World CMO

Firm: Cadillac

As a result of there aren’t many 120-year-old manufacturers nonetheless standing, and even fewer which have needed to reinvent themselves twice in lower than 10 years, a problem for which there’s neither roadmap nor precedent. As Cadillac strives to go all-electric by the tip of the last decade, her advertising and marketing is opening minds to what the legacy model stands for, explaining the electrical automobile transition to nonetheless unsure shoppers and differentiating the model in a market that now consists of electric-native manufacturers.

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Jamie Gutfreund

Place: World CMO

Firm: Whalar

As a result of her advertising and marketing helps change how others market, as her work at this creator-marketing company helps manufacturers like Google, Amazon and Spotify supply content material and concepts straight from the varied voices and communities they need to attain. At a time when many legacy companies are struggling to achieve, recruit and retain youthful shoppers and staff, Gutfreund and her group are paving the way in which for a brand new mannequin of content material creation, profession constructing and cookie free media, and proving “Every little thing is Higher with Creators.”


Natalie Guzman

Place: Co-President & CMO

Firm: Savage x Fenty

As a result of when your founder is Rihanna, a worldwide icon who stays Savage x Fenty’s CEO and artistic catalyst, the eyes of the world are on you, watching to see should you’ll fall or fail. These are lower than very best circumstances for a marketer to really feel they’ve the permission to take entrepreneurial dangers, however Guzman takes them routinely on behalf of a model that was actually and figuratively designed to disrupt the established order and a quickly scaling, more and more worldwide group of individuals “who’ve been marginalized, ignored and underrepresented for too lengthy.” Natalie’s story is a wealthy one. Learn extra in our function right here.

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Jenna Habayeb

Place: Chief Model Officer

Firm: Ipsy/BFA

As a result of she’s advertising and marketing on the intersection of magnificence and know-how, marrying machine studying and group constructing—investing virtually $45 million in Black and LatinX owned magnificence manufacturers—to drive this direct-to-consumer magnificence model’s outcomes. By pondering and doing otherwise, she and her group turned the third largest magnificence model on TikTok and succeeded in driving year-over-year progress on Instagram at a time when many magnificence manufacturers declined.

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Tariq Hassan

Place: Chief Advertising & Digital Officer, U.S.

Firm: McDonald’s

As a result of Hassan is overhauling how the enduring model thinks about buyer expertise, incorporating new and completely different advertising and marketing approaches. The previous marketer at PetCo, Financial institution of America and HP helps rethink and remodel McDonald’s loyalty program and, in lower than a yr, has pushed over 21 million individuals to hitch it. He’s additionally embracing new applied sciences and platforms to have interaction audiences, launching McDonald’s first NFT—celebrating cult favourite the McRib—and tapping into TikTok to convey audience-driven “Menu Hacks” to life.

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Melissa Hobley

Place: World CMO

Firm: OK Cupid

As a result of she reversed years of brand name decline by taking dangers and pondering otherwise about “what issues” in the case of matching. Hobley’s led Okay Cupid to be the one relationship app that encourages customers to convey their social and political beliefs to the fore. Her inclusive advertising and marketing technique has gone the place few different manufacturers have dared to go, and has led to the creation of a pro-choice filter and profile badge, conversations with people who establish as non-binary, pansexual and different identifies and relationship constructs, and a “DTF” initiative. Hobley and her group embrace no matter helps their viewers discover what and who they’re searching for. The model’s downloads, share of voice and income progress recommend she’s making the matching occur.


Kate Jhaveri

Place: EVP and CMO

Firm: Nationwide Basketball Affiliation

As a result of regardless of the league’s international footprint and cultural significance, Jhaveri markets with a “scrappy mindset.” She and her group are utilizing the NBA’s seventy fifth anniversary to usher in new audiences. Seeking to her personal previous at Twitch, Twitter and Meta informs how she drives the league’s use of tech improvements to construct fan relationships, main the NBA to change into a frontrunner in experimenting with and monetizing new applied sciences like NFTs and in next-gen collaborations throughout the metaverse.



Steve Kalifowitz

Place: CMO


As a result of, when your model defines each an organization and a brand new class, the duty to distinguish the previous whereas serving the latter is advanced. Driving consciousness, understanding and belief all of sudden is difficult, and requires pondering large, small and quick. Constructing a advertising and marketing group from scratch, Steve’s group is utilizing outdated playbooks to construct one thing new, launching unique partnerships with 15 of the world’s most influential sports activities and leisure organizations.


Kellyn Smith Kenny

Place: Chief Advertising & Progress Officer

Firm: AT&T

As a result of she has helped redirect and redefine the AT&T model, remodeling the telecom big because it readies to spin off WarnerMedia into a brand new firm merged with Discovery. She’s additionally shifted AT&T’s focus again to its core enterprise, advertising and marketing its 5G and fiber web capabilities. (The transformation has helped the corporate add 3.2 million prospects in 2021—the corporate’s highest annual progress in a decade.) Smith Kenny additionally took a threat resurrecting AT&T’s “Lily” character for March Insanity—a star-studded advert that includes Milana Vayntrub, Zooey Deschanel, Rosario Dawson and Kumail Nanjiani.

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Zach Kitschke

Place: World CMO

Firm: Canva

As a result of hyper-growth has its personal advertising and marketing challenges, and since empowering the world to design requires reinventing the established order on the each day. With 80 million customers globally—however “just one% of the way in which there”—Zach’s constructed a advertising and marketing engine to feed word-of-mouth; an in-house inventive company to make sure the tempo of marketing campaign growth sustains the corporate’s torrid progress, and a group that brings Canva’s merchandise to the individuals and encourages the individuals to convey the merchandise ahead from there.

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Jessica Klodnicki

Place: CMO

Firm: Skullcandy

As a result of being a challenger model has led Klodnicki to instill a mindset of the “relentless underdog” into Skullcandy’s advertising and marketing group. She’s broadening Skullcandy’s enchantment and clarifying its identification to distinguish the model from Apple and its Beats subsidiary, taking dangers by means of quirky headphones collaborations. Up to now this yr, she’s led advertising and marketing round a limited-edition set of headphones with Budweiser, one other ear bud line with the Nineties sunglass model Pit Viper and a 4/20-themed pair co-branded with Doritos. Different efforts embody new partnerships with athletes and organizations centered on psychological well being and environmental sustainability.

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Chirag Kulkarni

Place: Cofounder and CMO

Firm: Medly

As a result of he’s redefining what a pharmacy is, bettering affected person outcomes by partnering with each stakeholder in a affected person’s well being journey. Medical doctors, insurers, hospitals, well being programs and drug producers would all change into model evangelists for this digital pharmacy—a cornerstone of the entrepreneurial technique that Kulkarni crafted to show limited-resource constraints into model and enterprise alternative. Entrepreneurial pondering can be driving how he is constructing a advertising and marketing group that companions throughout the corporate to “kickstart the flywheel impact and drive all indicators.”

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Maya Lasry

Place: CMO

Firm: Seven Bucks Corporations

As a result of she’s the driving advertising and marketing drive behind Teremana Tequila, the quickest rising spirits model in historical past. As a result of she’s subverting how movie star expertise—on this case, Dwayne Johnson—is activated and deployed, and as a substitute of constructing the Teremana model as simply one other celebrity-backed Tequila, she’s taking a human-centric, fan-driven advertising and marketing strategy, evolving shoppers’ natural content material creation from a social-media tactic to finally branding Teremana because the “Folks’s Tequila.” That’s no small feat when the the Rock is the face of it.

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David Lester

Place: Cofounder & President


As a result of as a substitute of promoting Olipop as a pure model and a class disruptor—each of which this soda model is—Lester determined to lean into and never away from the class’s status-quo conventions, a advertising and marketing threat some traders instructed them can be “a loss of life sentence.” Generally being a challenger model finds you difficult not only a who—legacy manufacturers—however a what, on this case the notion that soda can’t be wholesome. Olipop not too long ago raised a $30 million Sequence B funding spherical from traders together with singer Camila Cabello and former PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi, and is now doubling down on constructing the brand new and completely different on a advertising and marketing basis of nostalgia and the emotional connections it creates.

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Barbara Messing

Place: Chief Advertising & Folks Expertise Officer

Firm: Roblox

As a result of she’s on the forefront of promoting the metaverse to each shoppers and types proper because the class comes into the highlight. Although Roblox was based on the daybreak of social media, Messing—the previous Walmart CMO—helps the model quickly take the lead as one of the well-liked digital worlds. Underneath her entrepreneurial advertising and marketing management, Roblox is discovering methods to remain forward of traits, serving to big-name musicians discover new methods of performing and main manufacturers create and experiment with their first forays into digital worlds. Greater than 50 million customers from 180 nations are actually on Roblox daily—a rise of 33% from only a yr in the past—attracting a large community of companions starting from The Grammys and Gucci to Nike and the NFL.

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Kenny Mitchell

Place: CMO

Firm: Snap Inc

As a result of Mitchell’s completely different advertising and marketing strategy has made the social media big a frontrunner in augmented actuality, e-commerce and community-driven content material. Final fall, Snap’s “Open Your Snapchat” marketing campaign featured out-of-home adverts that unlocked secret messages in numerous cities, whereas an Oscars marketing campaign celebrated the deaf group forward of CODA large wins. Along with specializing in creators and Gen-Z shoppers, Snap partnered with WPP final yr on an augmented actuality lab with a concentrate on evolving e-commerce.



Ludivine Pont

Place: CMO

Firm: Balenciaga

As a result of Balenciaga’s advertising and marketing is redefining the model, luxurious and luxurious advertising and marketing itself. In a world the place capturing attentions after which changing them is tougher than ever earlier than, Pont and her group are doing each. She deleted the model’s Instagram previous to create a retail window current, utilizing influencers otherwise and brilliantly, and is now serving to meme advertising and marketing and super-chunky soles to have cultural moments of their very own. Advertising by means of non-traditional partnerships with the likes of Adidas, Gucci and YZY, she’s created repeated and built-in moments of cultural resonance, every constructing on the following and broadening the model’s relevance.

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Kelle Rozell

Place: Chief Advertising & Storytelling Officer

Firm: Colour Of Change

As a result of by definition her job at this non-profit, civil rights advocacy group is about disrupting the status-quo. She’s creating new racial-justice narratives and options throughout the movie, tv, music and trend industries, and considers clever naiveté an engine for innovation. Rozell created The Black Greenback Index to assist shoppers maintain companies accountable for his or her commitments to Black America, scoring them based mostly on knowledge transparency, only one step in her work guaranteeing decision-makers act to create enduring systemic change for Black communities nationwide.

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Shannon Ryan

Place: President Of Content material Advertising

Firm: Hulu/Disney Normal Leisure

As a result of with a mixture of “scrappiness and innovation,” Ryan has contemporized the Hulu model and pushed viewers progress. Throughout Disney and its subsidiaries, she’s re-introduced experiential advertising and marketing as a strategic lever for capturing consideration and driving viewership: For Solely Murders In The Constructing, Hulu despatched tie-died guys roaming New York spreading clues concerning the hit present. For Black-ish, the broadcaster collaborated on an artwork exhibition with the African American Historical past & Tradition Museum and Howard College’s Afro-Blue A Capella group. For The Marvel Years, she helped create a retro expertise inviting the viewers in, and for The Kardashians, she created a pop-up that recreates the well-known household’s iconic rooms.

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David Sandström

Place: CMO

Firm: Klarna

As a result of Sandström’s entrepreneurial strategy to Klarna’s advertising and marketing has remodeled how individuals store—and particularly how they pay. Whereas increasing the “purchase now, pay later” firm from B2B to DTC, Sandström led the creation of Klarna’s first Tremendous Bowl advert in 2021 starring Maya Rudolph. To assist the Swedish firm’s companies go extra mainstream, Sandström spearheaded partnerships with main celebrities like A$AP Rocky, Girl Gaga and Snoop Dogg in addition to groups just like the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Angel Metropolis Soccer Membership. He’s additionally led advertising and marketing for brand spanking new merchandise for retailers resembling immediately shoppable content material and digital purchasing and now greater than 140 million individuals use Klarna.


Raj Sarkar

Place: CMO

Firm: 1Password/AgileBits

As a result of Sarkar thinks enterprise tech ought to be extra “human.” He’s used humor to market one thing critical—the corporate’s first main advert marketing campaign options Ryan Reynolds and his Welsh soccer group, Wrexham A.F.C.—and has taken a product-led progress technique as a substitute of the standard sales-led strategy. Since becoming a member of 1Password as its first CMO lower than a yr in the past, he’s utilized classes discovered at Google, Atlassian and Cisco all of the whereas making “outbound fury” his mantra.

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Jochen Sengpiehl

Place: CMO

Firm: Volkswagen AG

As a result of driving the way forward for electrical automobiles has led Sengpiehl to assume otherwise and overhaul all the pieces underneath the hood of Volkswagen’s advertising and marketing division. Describing VW’s new period of electrification because the “third epic interval” of the model, Sengpiehl’s entrepreneurial mindset has led him to make large bets in inexperienced automobiles, which he says may account for 60% and 80% of its media and advertising and marketing budgets over the following a number of years. (VW’s flagship ID sequence has change into one of many prime promoting EVs in Europe.) He’s additionally helped the corporate evolve from a dealer-driven advertising and marketing to a extra holistic strategy by means of a brand new data-driven on-line platform.

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Musa Tariq

Place: CMO

Firm: GoFundMe

As a result of he sees advertising and marketing like constructing product, prototype, take a look at, study and optimize. On a mission to construct a model that’s “the world’s most useful place,” he sees the chance of failure as de minimus should you study from it. He’s remodeling the model right into a cultural mainstay, destigmatizing the worry of asking for assist, and championing those that are keen to provide. Tariq sees the platform’s product as inextricably linked to its advertising and marketing, and insists that the model market—as with their first metropolis marketing campaign “New York State of Form”—with the identical “empathy” they’re attempting to create extra of on the planet. Learn extra on Musa’s entrepreneurial strategy to advertising and marketing right here.


Everette Taylor

Place: CMO

Firm: Artsy

As a result of Taylor’s mission to disrupt, democratize and diversify the artwork trade by means of extra clear pricing and extra entry to various artists is altering how individuals purchase artwork and the way artists promote it. He thinks and markets just like the entrepreneur he’s been and this mindset and app0roach to advertising and marketing has led Artsy to experiment with NFTs, present extra clear knowledge about markets and pricing to consumers and sellers, increase hundreds of thousands of {dollars} for charitable causes to handle mass incarceration, helped women study to code and constructed help for Ukraine through the Russian invasion. Seems to be prefer it’s working as Artsy’s gross sales grew 150% through the pandemic whereas the platform’s most in-demand artists are actually 65% Black, 75% individuals of shade and 45% girls.


David Tinson

Place: CMO

Firm: Digital Arts

As a result of he’s put “community-driven advertising and marketing” on the forefront of EA’s advertising and marketing technique. Together with growing the Creator Community—a community of content material creators that features greater than 2,000 screenshot artists, filmmakers, writers, in-game creators and others throughout practically 100 nations. Tinson has created EA’s first DTC advertising and marketing channel to have interaction greater than 540 million energetic customers throughout numerous video games, e-sports leagues, occasions and different content material. He’s additionally sought to handle necessary and delicate matters like model security by means of an “Web Issues” marketing campaign to advertise parenting controls through the holidays in addition to DE&I points by means of a brand new Advertising DE&I Council.

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Robert Triefus

Place: EVP & Company CMO

Firm: Gucci

As a result of he’s eschewed historic notions of luxurious’s exclusivity, and is utilizing inclusivity to construct model fairness, engagement and affect inviting new audiences into the model. He sees Gucci not simply as an icon however as an “always-on writer,” utilizing storytelling throughout codecs each to maintain and refresh model picture and identification. A pioneer of utilizing AR to convey the in-store expertise to those that aren’t, and leaning into partnerships as various as The North Face, sister-brand Balenciaga and Okay-Pop star Kai, he’s ensuring Gucci is all the time within the cultural dialog.

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Dara Treseder

Place: SVP, World Head of Advertising, Communications & Membership

Firm: Peloton

As a result of few billion-dollar manufacturers have needed to market with extra of a cultural call-and- response than Treseder and Peloton, challenged to construct a model and enterprise within the face of a persistently unfavourable information cycle, and wild macro-economic rollercoaster. Inside 48 hours of Peloton’s bike being misused on HBO’s And Simply Like That, Treseder and her group have been in market with a inventive response that went viral, first for a way good it was after which for causes having nothing to do with them, and he or she was compelled to pivot once more. As a result of whereas there’s no playbook for what she has needed to market with and round, she’s creating one for manufacturers that reside within the cultural zeitgeist—whether or not they imply to or not.

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Angelic Vendette

Place: VP & World Head of Advertising

Firm: Alo Yoga

As a result of Vendette is constructing a differentiated model and direct-to-consumer enterprise in a crowded wellness market. Her entrepreneurial mindset and strategy leads Vendette to pondering content material must be well timed and proper, not good, and so concepts born within the morning could be reside and on-line by the afternoon. Her group then analyzes, optimizes and adjusts in actual time, so what comes subsequent works tougher than what got here earlier than. She’s utilizing the metaverse to create the Alo Sanctuary: a meditation and yoga studio inside Roblox the place customers can have interaction with the model and its merchandise.

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Tiffany Xingyu Wang

Place: Chief Technique & Advertising Officer

Firm: Spectrum Labs

As a result of in an trade constructed to mitigate company threat, Wang markets “belief and security” as a progress technique, an entire inversion of the norm. On a mission to make the web a safer and extra useful place for all, she’s pondering and doing otherwise, constructing coalitions and consensus throughout trade to do it. Her work to ascertain and popularize new digital sustainability fashions for a Net 3.0 world has helped shift the narrative round metaverse from an over-hyped fad to a strategic asset.

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Kevin Warren

Place: EVP & CMO

Firm: UPS

As a result of coming right into a 115-year-old firm as an trade outsider, Kevin needed to do issues otherwise to remodel the model. He noticed that worthwhile progress may come by exhibiting up otherwise and for various audiences—small enterprise homeowners, communities of shade and the corporate’s drivers, particularly, and has deployed each obtainable asset to modernize the united statesbrand, advertising and marketing that’s contributed to a fabric share turnaround with small companies.

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Maya Watson

Place: Head of World Advertising

Firm: Clubhouse

As a result of Watson helped model and market the social audio platform from scratch whereas creating a completely new class—one thing that Twitter and Fb, amongst others, have tried to copy to various levels of success. Though Clubhouse has struggled extra not too long ago to keep up momentum, she’s assist scale past the app’s invite-only mannequin—which solely opened to the general public in July 2021 and grew to comprise greater than 700,000 chat rooms. To deal with the inflow of customers, Watson set her sights on hiring various expertise that’s garnered partnerships with the NFL, TED, Netflix and extra.

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Lauren Weinberg

Place: World Head of Advertising and Communications

Firm: Sq.

As a result of Weinberg’s entrepreneurial pondering and strategy have helped remodel Sq. from being a funds platform to a worldwide model that solves ache factors for small companies, all whereas main a advertising and marketing group that created greater than a dozen consciousness campaigns to assist firms undertake in-store and e-commerce choices. Together with overseeing U.S. operations, she’s additionally main advertising and marketing efforts to increase in Asia and Europe—taking a startup strategy to the model’s growth into new nations after turning into a frontrunner again residence.


Deborah Yeh

Place: EVP, World Chief Objective Officer & Chief Advertising Officer, NA

Firm: Sephora

As a result of few entrepreneurs have activated a extra full-throated allyship with BIPOC communities than Yeh, regardless of what many manufacturers have appeared to understand because the dangers of doing so at such scale. Underneath Yeh, Sephora has change into one of many first and largest manufacturers to hitch the 15% Pledge, by means of which the corporate has devoted 15% of its shelf house to showcasing Black-owned manufacturers. She’s additionally spearheaded the Racial Bias in Retail Research, helped revise Google search outcomes for the “Black magnificence” search question and created behavioral pointers guaranteeing the model’s social channels are welcoming and inclusive. Yeh has turned a model dedication to “champion all magnificence fearlessly” into advertising and marketing, utilizing Sephora’s platforms and international omni-retail footprint as catalysts for change.

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