The Forbes Entrepreneurial CMO List: 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 Marketing Today

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

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

Some work with century-old icons whereas others are at two-year-old startups. They are constructing manufacturers and companies throughout industries, classes and the globe. Their ranks embody entrepreneurs from B2B, B2C and direct-to-consumer manufacturers, from corporations massive 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 neighborhood, creators and tradition, which they deploy as strategic levers in service of the fourth C that’s commerce. At a time when the largest menace going through most manufacturers is irrelevancy, these entrepreneurs are preventing for model relevancy and enterprise development with an unwavering dedication to creating positive their advertising and marketing issues extra.

For 105 years, Forbes has championed entrepreneurial capitalism and those that drive it. Today, we invite you to get to know the 50 CMOs acknowledged on this inaugural Forbes Entrepreneurial CMO checklist. Join us as we increase a proverbial glass to those advertising and marketing risk-takers and impact-makers whose work conjures up us to assume and do in another way because the artwork and science of selling evolves.
-Seth Matlins, managing director, Forbes CMO Network


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Lee Applbaum
Position: CMO
Company: Wheels Up
Because Applbaum brings the mindset of a client marketer to the world of personal aviation. The former 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, Art Basel and the Super Bowl, and partnerships with American Express 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
Position: SVP Marketing
Company: Cameo
Because constructing a model that conjures up individuals to speak, have fun and provides context to cultural moments in another way than earlier than means advertising and marketing in another way than earlier than. Boschwitz embraces variations, from harnessing the ability of her personal dyslexia to treating Cameo prospects like companions on the subject of concept creation and expertise identification. By engineering Cameo’s product-market match on the fly, she has reworked the platform from being a website the place celebrities promote personalised movies to followers, to 1 the place customers capitalize on moments to construct relationships.


Jason Brown
Position: CMO
Company: NTWRK
Because he’s utilizing live-streaming to drive commerce—one thing few manufacturers have finished efficiently within the U.S. When it involves partaking with NTWRK’s various and rising world neighborhood of followers, artists and types, Brown takes an entrepreneurial-minded method to listening, testing and studying, which inform how this curator-brand and firm identifies, productizes and markets partnerships with creators reminiscent of Takashi Murakami, Faze Clan, Ben Baller, Lebron James and Billie Eilish.


Noora Raj Brown
Position: EVP of Brand
Company: goop
Because 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 method to advertising and marketing hasn’t simply expanded goop’s model, however by urging her crew to deal with 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 “Hands Off My Vagina” candle, constructing on a much-talked about candle predecessor. With a branded actuality present on Netflix, Sex, Love & goop, the model seems to develop into a catalyst in sparking new conversations about gender, intercourse and emotional intimacy.

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Matt Carrington
Position: CMO
Company: Athletic Greens
Because 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 manner a model can keep related and drive differentiation in right this moment’s panorama. Whether it’s an AG branded pop-up at Art Basel, or partnering with loyal model followers like Dr. Andrew Huberman, the creator and host of the Huberman Lab podcast, Matt and his crew, reject the established order in search of what is going to drive the enterprise subsequent.


Kim Caldbeck
Position: CMO
Company: Coursera
Because as rising tuition prices have turned faculty into an more and more unaffordable luxurious, Caldbeck’s work has ensured high quality training is universally accessible. Coursera’s learner-acquisition mannequin—powered by free high quality content material, world partnerships, search engine optimisation experience, word-of-mouth referrals, PR and a worthwhile affiliate marketing online channel—has helped the model obtain exponential development in simply three years. Amid the pandemic, she and her crew supplied universities and governments all over the world with free entry to Coursera’s catalog, permitting tens of tens of millions of scholars and unemployed staff to continue to learn.


Heidi Cooley
Position: SVP & CMO
Company: Crocs
Because 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 inside video games like Minecraft and NBA2K. She’s helped the 20 year-old clog-maker assume in another way about its future, main advertising and marketing that embraces slightly than shies from its polarizing fame to drive cultural relevance and, in flip, commerce by dozens of collaborations with celebrities and types as various as Bad Bunny, Justin Bieber, Vera Bradley and KFC. Read extra about Cooley and the way her entrepreneurial method to advertising and marketing helps remodel the Crocs model.

TopGolf Entertainment Group

Geoff Cottrill
Position: CMO
Company: Topgolf Entertainment Group
Because he’s considering in another way about find out how to construct a model and enterprise, and find out how to remodel the sport of golf, making use of classes realized as a top-marketer at corporations reminiscent of Coca-Cola, Starbucks and Nike. Since becoming a member of TopGolf final yr, Cottrill has reorganized the advertising and marketing crew whereas additionally showcasing the expertise 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.

New Balance

Chris Davis
Position: CMO & SVP of Merchandising
Company: New Balance
Because Davis’ objective for New Balance is to make it the third-largest model in its trade—by advertising and marketing, in his phrases, like a “116-year-old startup.” That means making a tradition of calculated danger 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.” So far, it’s pushed materials will increase on the underside line over 5 years. In a land of giants, and in 132-plus international locations, this challenger model stands tall.


Carolyn Dawkins
Position: SVP Global Marketing, Analytics and Online
Company: Clinique
Because 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 TikTookay (with its #ZitHappens marketing campaign) and react to speedy shifts in client behaviors with social-first responses.

National Football League

Tim Ellis
Position: CMO & EVP
Company: National Football League
Because for one of many few remaining “mass market” properties, Tim and his crew are modernizing a model and ushering in a brand new era of followers by advertising and marketing on to traditionally underrepresented communities. Through racial justice, LGBTQ+ and psychological well being packages, he’s serving to join followers outdated and new to the people contained in the helmets, and is rewriting the normal sports activities advertising and marketing playbook for others as he goes.

Headspace Health

Christine Hsu Evans
Position: Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer
Company: Headspace Health
Because 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 considering in another way about how the mixed providing, now valued at over $3 billion, goes to market, creating Headspace’s first Super Bowl advert starring John Legend.


Liquid Death

Greg Fass
Position: VP/Head of Marketing
Company: Liquid Death
Because his advertising and marketing subverts water class conventions with one thing nearer to canned dying metallic. Instead of asking model ambassador Tony Hawk for social media posts, Fass and his crew requested for his blood and used it to color and market a restricted collection 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. Without massive 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 elementary supply of life, water, as dying.


Julie Fleischer
Position: Chief Growth Officer
Company: Encantos
Because reinventing how two billion kids be taught, 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 children see characters who appear to be 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
Position: President and CMO
Company: Salesforce
Because over the previous 12 months, she’s needed to reimagine and remodel how Salesforce goes to market. Despite being a B2B cloud behemoth, Franklin and her advertising and marketing crew are taking an entrepreneurial method to driving model and enterprise development, embracing a hear, be taught and apply method to creating advertising and marketing packages that encourage dialog, neighborhood, co-creation and open concept change. It appears to be working as Salesforce has seen its model valuation improve almost 40% over the previous yr.


Vicky Free
Position: Head of Global Marketing
Company: Adidas
Because by considering and doing in another way she has led the 75-year-old model into the Web3 period and additional expanded Adidas’ method to variety in world advertising and marketing. Under 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. In the previous yr, she’s built-in the corporate’s advertising and marketing below 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’ “Impossible Is Nothing” marketing campaign.

Drone Racing League

Anne Marie Gianutsos
Position: CMO
Company: Drone Racing League
Because bringing a distinct segment sport into the mainstream has required a really totally different advertising and marketing flight sample. Gianutsos has helped determine what she defines because the “tech-setters”—a bunch 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 type of competitors. Real-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 world fanbase in a yr to 200 million. The momentum has led to new crypto, 5G and AI partnerships with sponsors together with Algorand, T-Mobile, Draftkings and the U.S. Air Force.


Melissa Grady Dias
Position: Global CMO
Company: Cadillac
Because 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 top of the last decade, her advertising and marketing is opening minds to what the legacy model stands for, explaining the electrical car transition to nonetheless unsure customers and differentiating the model in a market that now consists of electric-native manufacturers.


Jamie Gutfreund
Position: Global CMO
Company: Whalar
Because 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 instantly from the various voices and communities they need to attain. At a time when many legacy companies are struggling to succeed in, recruit and retain youthful customers and workers, Gutfreund and her crew are paving the way in which for a brand new mannequin of content material creation, profession constructing and cookie free media, and proving “Everything is Better with Creators.”

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Natalie Guzman
Position: Co-President & CMO
Company: Savage x Fenty
Because when your founder is Rihanna, a world icon who stays Savage x Fenty’s CEO and inventive catalyst, the eyes of the world are on you, watching to see in the event you’ll fall or fail. These are lower than preferrred 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 neighborhood of individuals “who’ve been marginalized, ignored and underrepresented for too lengthy.” Natalie’s story is a wealthy one. Read extra in our characteristic right here.


Jenna Habayeb
Position: Chief Brand Officer
Company: Ipsy/BFA
Because she’s advertising and marketing on the intersection of magnificence and expertise, marrying machine studying and neighborhood constructing—investing virtually $45 million in Black and LatinX owned magnificence manufacturers—to drive this direct-to-consumer magnificence model’s outcomes. By considering and doing in another way, she and her crew grew to become the third largest magnificence model on TikTookay and succeeded in driving year-over-year development on Instagram at a time when many magnificence manufacturers declined.


Tariq Hassan
Position: Chief Marketing & Digital Officer, U.S.
Company: McDonald’s
Because Hassan is overhauling how the enduring model thinks about buyer expertise, incorporating new and totally different advertising and marketing approaches. The former marketer at PetCo, Bank 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 affix it. He’s additionally embracing new applied sciences and platforms to interact audiences, launching McDonald’s first NFT—celebrating cult favourite the McRib—and tapping into TikTookay to deliver audience-driven “Menu Hacks” to life.


Melissa Hobley
Position: Global CMO
Company: OK Cupid
Because she reversed years of name decline by taking dangers and considering in another way about “what issues” on the subject of matching. Hobley’s led Ok Cupid to be the one courting app that encourages customers to deliver their social and political opinions 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 determine as non-binary, pansexual and different identifies and relationship constructs, and a “DTF” initiative. Hobley and her crew embrace no matter helps their viewers discover what and who they’re on the lookout for. The model’s downloads, share of voice and income development recommend she’s making the matching occur.

National Basketball Association

Kate Jhaveri
Position: EVP and CMO
Company: National Basketball Association
Because regardless of the league’s world footprint and cultural significance, Jhaveri markets with a “scrappy mindset.” She and her crew are utilizing the NBA’s seventy fifth anniversary to usher in new audiences. Looking 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 develop into a frontrunner in experimenting with and monetizing new applied sciences like NFTs and in next-gen collaborations throughout the metaverse.


Steve Kalifowitz
Position: CMO
Because, 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 abruptly is difficult, and requires considering huge, small and quick. Building a advertising and marketing group from scratch, Steve’s crew 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
Position: Chief Marketing & Growth Officer
Company: AT&T
Because she has helped redirect and redefine the AT&T model, reworking the telecom large 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 development in a decade.) Smith Kenny additionally took a danger resurrecting AT&T’s “Lily” character for March Madness—a star-studded advert that includes Milana Vayntrub, Zooey Deschanel, Rosario Dawson and Kumail Nanjiani.


Zach Kitschke
Position: Global CMO
Company: Canva
Because 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 development, and a neighborhood that brings Canva’s merchandise to the individuals and encourages the individuals to deliver the merchandise ahead from there.


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


Chirag Kulkarni
Position: Cofounder and CMO
Company: Medly
Because he’s redefining what a pharmacy is, enhancing affected person outcomes by partnering with each stakeholder in a affected person’s well being journey. Doctors, insurers, hospitals, well being techniques and drug producers would all develop 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 considering 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.”

Seven Bucks Companies/Teremana Tequila

Maya Lasry
Position: CMO
Company: Seven Bucks Companies
Because she’s the driving advertising and marketing pressure behind Teremana Tequila, the quickest rising spirits model in historical past. Because she’s subverting how celeb 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 method, evolving customers’ natural content material creation from a social-media tactic to finally branding Teremana because the “People’s Tequila.” That’s no small feat when the the Rock is the face of it.


David Lester
Position: Cofounder & President
Company: OLIPOP
Because as a substitute of selling 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 danger some buyers informed them can be “a dying sentence.” Sometimes 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 Series B funding spherical from buyers together with singer Camila Cabello and former PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi, and is now doubling down on constructing the brand new and totally different on a advertising and marketing basis of nostalgia and the emotional connections it creates.


Barbara Messing
Position: Chief Marketing & People Experience Officer
Company: Roblox
Because she’s on the forefront of selling the metaverse to each customers and types proper because the class comes into the highlight. Though Roblox was based on the daybreak of social media, Messing—the previous Walmart CMO—helps the model quickly take the lead as probably the most common digital worlds. Under 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. More than 50 million customers from 180 international locations at the moment are on Roblox each day—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.


Kenny Mitchell
Position: CMO
Company: Snap Inc
Because Mitchell’s totally different advertising and marketing method has made the social media large a frontrunner in augmented actuality, e-commerce and community-driven content material. Last fall, Snap’s “Open Your Snapchat” marketing campaign featured out-of-home advertisements that unlocked secret messages in numerous cities, whereas an Oscars marketing campaign celebrated the deaf neighborhood forward of CODA huge wins. In addition to specializing in creators and Gen-Z customers, Snap partnered with WPP final yr on an augmented actuality lab with a deal with evolving e-commerce.



Ludivine Pont
Position: CMO
Company: Balenciaga
Because 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 more durable than ever earlier than, Pont and her crew are doing each. She deleted the model’s Instagram previous to create a retail window current, utilizing influencers in another way and brilliantly, and is now serving to meme advertising and marketing and super-chunky soles to have cultural moments of their very own. Marketing by 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.

Color Of Change

Kelle Rozell
Position: Chief Marketing & Storytelling Officer
Company: Color Of Change
Because 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 vogue industries, and considers clever naiveté an engine for innovation. Rozell created The Black Dollar Index to assist customers maintain companies accountable for his or her commitments to Black America, scoring them primarily based on knowledge transparency, only one step in her work making certain decision-makers act to create enduring systemic change for Black communities nationwide.


Shannon Ryan
Position: President Of Content Marketing
Company: Hulu/Disney General Entertainment
Because with a mix of “scrappiness and innovation,” Ryan has contemporized the Hulu model and pushed viewers development. Across Disney and its subsidiaries, she’s re-introduced experiential advertising and marketing as a strategic lever for capturing consideration and driving viewership: For Only Murders In The Building, Hulu despatched tie-died guys roaming New York spreading clues in regards to the hit present. For Black-ish, the broadcaster collaborated on an artwork exhibition with the African American History & Culture Museum and Howard University’s Afro-Blue A Capella group. For The Wonder 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.


David Sandström
Position: CMO
Company: Klarna
Because Sandström’s entrepreneurial method to Klarna’s advertising and marketing has reworked how individuals store—and particularly how they pay. While increasing the “purchase now, pay later” firm from B2B to DTC, Sandström led the creation of Klarna’s first Super Bowl advert in 2021 starring Maya Rudolph. To assist the Swedish firm’s providers go extra mainstream, Sandström spearheaded partnerships with main celebrities like A$AP Rocky, Lady Gaga and Snoop Dogg in addition to groups just like the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Angel City Football Club. He’s additionally led advertising and marketing for brand new merchandise for retailers reminiscent of immediately shoppable content material and digital buying and now greater than 140 million individuals use Klarna.


Raj Sarkar
Position: CMO
Company: 1Password/AgileBits
Because Sarkar thinks enterprise tech needs to be extra “human.” He’s used humor to market one thing severe—the corporate’s first main advert marketing campaign options Ryan Reynolds and his Welsh soccer crew, Wrexham A.F.C.—and has taken a product-led development technique as a substitute of the everyday sales-led method. Since becoming a member of 1Password as its first CMO lower than a yr in the past, he’s utilized classes realized at Google, Atlassian and Cisco all of the whereas making “outbound fury” his mantra.


Jochen Sengpiehl
Position: CMO
Company: Volkswagen AG
Because driving the way forward for electrical autos has led Sengpiehl to assume in another way and overhaul every little thing below 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 huge bets in inexperienced autos, which he says might account for 60% and 80% of its media and advertising and marketing budgets over the following a number of years. (VW’s flagship ID collection has develop 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 method by a brand new data-driven on-line platform.


Musa Tariq
Position: CMO
Company: GoFundMe
Because he sees advertising and marketing like constructing product, prototype, check, be taught 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 in the event you be taught from it. He’s reworking the model right into a cultural mainstay, destigmatizing the concern of asking for assist, and championing those that are prepared 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 Kind”—with the identical “empathy” they’re making an attempt to create extra of on this planet. Read extra on Musa’s entrepreneurial method to advertising and marketing right here.


Everette Taylor
Position: CMO
Company: Artsy
Because Taylor’s mission to disrupt, democratize and diversify the artwork trade by 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 tens of millions of {dollars} for charitable causes to handle mass incarceration, helped women be taught to code and constructed assist for Ukraine through the Russian invasion. Looks prefer it’s working as Artsy’s gross sales grew 150% through the pandemic whereas the platform’s most in-demand artists at the moment are 65% Black, 75% individuals of coloration and 45% girls.


David Tinson
Position: CMO
Company: Electronic Arts
Because he’s put “community-driven advertising and marketing” on the forefront of EA’s advertising and marketing technique. Along with creating the Creator Network—a community of content material creators that features greater than 2,000 screenshot artists, filmmakers, writers, in-game creators and others throughout almost 100 international locations. Tinson has created EA’s first DTC advertising and marketing channel to interact greater than 540 million lively customers throughout numerous video games, e-sports leagues, occasions and different content material. He’s additionally sought to handle necessary and delicate subjects like model security by an “Internet Matters” marketing campaign to advertise parenting controls through the holidays in addition to DE&I points by a brand new Marketing DE&I Council.

Robert Triefus
Position: EVP & Corporate CMO
Company: Gucci
Because he’s eschewed historic notions of luxurious’s exclusivity, and is utilizing inclusivity to construct model fairness, engagement and influence 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 deliver the in-store expertise to those that aren’t, and leaning into partnerships as various as The North Face, sister-brand Balenciaga and Ok-Pop star Kai, he’s ensuring Gucci is at all times within the cultural dialog.


Dara Treseder
Position: SVP, Global Head of Marketing, Communications & Membership
Company: Peloton
Because 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 damaging information cycle, and wild macro-economic rollercoaster. Within 48 hours of Peloton’s bike being misused on HBO’s And Just Like That, Treseder and her crew 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 pressured to pivot once more. Because 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.


Alo Yoga

Angelic Vendette
Position: VP & Global Head of Marketing
Company: Alo Yoga
Because Vendette is constructing a differentiated model and direct-to-consumer enterprise in a crowded wellness market. Her entrepreneurial mindset and method leads Vendette to considering content material must be well timed and proper, not excellent, and so concepts born within the morning might be reside and on-line by the afternoon. Her crew then analyzes, optimizes and adjusts in actual time, so what comes subsequent works more durable 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 interact with the model and its merchandise.

Spectrum Labs

Tiffany Xingyu Wang
Position: Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer
Company: Spectrum Labs
Because in an trade constructed to mitigate company danger, Wang markets “belief and security” as a development technique, a whole inversion of the norm. On a mission to make the web a safer and extra invaluable place for all, she’s considering and doing in another way, constructing coalitions and consensus throughout trade to do it. Her work to determine and popularize new digital sustainability fashions for a Web 3.0 world has helped shift the narrative round metaverse from an over-hyped fad to a strategic asset.


Kevin Warren
Position: EVP & CMO
Company: UPS
Because coming right into a 115-year-old firm as an trade outsider, Kevin needed to do issues in another way to rework the model. He noticed that worthwhile development might come by displaying up in another way and for various audiences—small enterprise homeowners, communities of coloration and the corporate’s drivers, particularly, and has deployed each obtainable asset to modernize the usbrand, advertising and marketing that’s contributed to a cloth share turnaround with small companies.


Maya Watson
Position: Head of Global Marketing
Company: Clubhouse
Because Watson helped model and market the social audio platform from scratch whereas creating a completely new class—one thing that Twitter and Facebook, amongst others, have tried to copy to various levels of success. Although 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.


Lauren Weinberg
Position: Global Head of Marketing and Communications
Company: Square
Because Weinberg’s entrepreneurial considering and method have helped remodel Square from being a funds platform to a world 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 corporations undertake in-store and e-commerce choices. Along with overseeing U.S. operations, she’s additionally main advertising and marketing efforts to develop in Asia and Europe—taking a startup method to the model’s growth into new international locations after turning into a frontrunner again house.


Deborah Yeh
Position: EVP, Global Chief Purpose Officer & Chief Marketing Officer, NA
Company: Sephora
Because 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. Under Yeh, Sephora has develop into one of many first and largest manufacturers to affix the 15% Pledge, by which the corporate has devoted 15% of its shelf area to showcasing Black-owned manufacturers. She’s additionally spearheaded the Racial Bias in Retail Study, helped revise Google search outcomes for the “Black magnificence” search question and created behavioral tips making certain 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 world omni-retail footprint as catalysts for change.

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