NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Oct 3, 2016) - The CMO Club is pleased to announce the 2016 nominees for the annual CMO Club Awards. Bestowed annually across 10 categories, the awards recognize top senior marketing executives and are the only awards of their kind given to CMOs by their peers. A total of four winners per category will be determined by October 12th, and all finalists, winners and the 2016 CMO Hall of Fame inductee will be honored at The CMO Awards Ceremony Dinner Nov. 15, 2016 in New York City.

Those eligible for award nomination must currently hold the title of CMO or be serving as a senior marketing executive for a major company, brand or organization. Eligibility does not require membership in The CMO Club.

Prior to The CMO Awards Dinner Nov. 15, all award finalists and winners will participate in an "All-Star" Thought Leadership Roundtable as well as participate in the development of a 2016 CMO Awards Winners Insights Report for CMO Club members.

CMO Club Founder and CEO, Pete Krainik, said, "This year's nominees represent the best and the brightest, and we are thrilled to have so many industry thought leaders in attendance. The fact that each year more than 100 CMOs attend the awards to honor their peers is a true testament to the pride and esteem the executives have for one another."

2016 CMO Awards Categories and Nominees

The CMO Leadership Award recognizes demonstrated leadership in building, leading and motivating a high performing marketing organization. The nominees are:

Clay Stobaugh EVP, CMO, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Jane Wakely CMO, Global Chocolate, Mars Inc.
Tammy Lewis CMO, CVS/caremark
Martha Boudreau Chief Communications & Marketing Officer, AARP
Christina Meringolo VP, Integrated Marketing Solutions, Bayer Consumer Health
Ralph Santana EVP & Global CMO, HARMAN International
Elissa Fink CMO, Tableau Software
Tiffany Grinstead VP, Marketing, Nationwide Financial

The CMO Officers Award recognizes demonstrated ability to democratize the brand beyond the marketing department and/or to lead the growth agenda for the company across functional areas. The nominees are:

Karen Walker CMO, Cisco
Dara Royer Chief Development & Marketing Officer, Mercy Corps
Linda Boff CMO, GE
Morag Lucey CMO, Avaya
Arra Yerganian Chief Marketing & Branding Officer, Sutter Health
Sheryl Adkins-Green CMO, Mary Kay, Inc.
Anne Finucane Global Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer, Bank of America
Keira Krausz EVP CMO, Nutrisystem

The CMO Rising Star Award recognizes a demonstrated range of capabilities in leading an organization, marketing innovation and leading a company's growth agenda, with fewer than 10 years of senior marketing experience. The nominees are:

Chris MacDonald CMO, Martin Automotive Group Inc.
Lisa Goldson Armstrong VP, Global Strategy & Marketing, Pentair
Gina McDuffie CMO, VER
Amy Shah SVP CMO, TE Connectivity
Leah Robert EVP, Camuto Group
Shawn Millerick Head of Marketing, Alcon
Patti Newcomer-Simmons VP, Head of Marketing, Intuit
Ryan Linders VP CRM, Loyalty, & Marketing Analytics, Sally Beauty

The CMO Growth Award recognizes demonstrated leadership in the development and implementation of new strategies, tools and programs resulting in significant company growth. The nominees are:

Paul Suchman Global CMO, CBRE
Kelly Bennett CMO, Netflix
Carol Welch Head of Marketing, Costa Coffee
Melanie Marcus VP Strategic Marketing, McKesson Health Solutions
Sebastian Micozzi Global Head of Marketing - Digital, British American Tobacco
Paula Puleo Blomquist CMO, Eyemart Express
Russell Findlay EVP, Head of Marketing, Hiscox
Kathy Collins Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer, H&R Block

The CMO Social Responsibility Award recognizes demonstrated leadership in corporate social responsibility and/or marketing efforts for social and other charitable causes -- "doing well by doing good." The nominees are:

Ann Davids SVP & CMO, Direct General Insurance
Alison Lewis Global CMO, Johnson & Johnson
Jennifer Layne Duhon Head of Brand Strategy & Stewardship, Shell
Alan Bethke VP Marketing, Subaru of America
Toby Purdy EVP & CMO, LALA U.S.
Jaime Vasquez CMO, Britvic Americas
Drew Slaven VP Marketing, Mercedes-Benz USA
Claudia Schiepers CMO, Greystone & Co.

The CMO Content Engagement Award recognizes demonstrated leadership in creating and curating relevant and valuable content to develop brand affinity, engage audiences, create community and positively impact customer experiences. The nominees are:

Jay Spenchian EVP CMO, Tempur-Sealy International
Michelle Fernandez Head of Marketing, HE, LG Electronics
Luci Rainey SVP Consumer Marketing, Comcast Cable
Diane Gage Lofgren CMO, Sharp HealthCare
Maria Winans CMO, IBM Commerce, Social and Mobile, IBM
Susan (Somersille) Johnson CMO, SunTrust
Robert Rakowitz Head of Global Media, Mars Inc.
David Beebe VP Global Creative & Content Marketing, Marriott International

The CMO President's Circle Award recognizes a marketing executive's demonstrated dedication to the mission of the CMO Club by building relationships with peer members, collaborating and sharing with members and helping new CMOs to benefit from the peer-based community conversations. The nominees are:

Christian Nolte VP Marketing &Global Business Development, Masonite International
Karen Noel GM Marketing, Sprint
Jerome Nadel CMO, Rambus
Melinda Welsh CMO Home & Auto Finance, JPMorgan Chase & Co
Julie Cary CMO, LaQuinta
Dan Marks CMO, Hancock & Whitney Bank
Colette LaForce SVP & CMO, ICF International
Megan Lueders VP Marketing, Zenoss

The CMO Creativity and Story Telling Award recognizes demonstrated leadership in stand-out story telling and creativity that separates the brand from others in the category. The nominees are:

Maggie Chan Jones CMO, SAP
Kristen Simmons CMO, Experian Consumer Services
Al Perkinson VP Marketing, Costa Del Mar
Elaine Leavenworth Chief Marketing and External Affairs Officer, Abbott
Lee Applbaum CMO, Patron Spirits International AG
Michael Donnelly SVP Global Digital Marketing, Mastercard
Barry Westrum EVP, Marketing, International Dairy Queen
Denise Karkos CMO, TD Ameritrade

The CMO Customer Experience Award recognizes demonstrated leadership in creating high-impact customer experiences. The nominees are:

Corey Maynard VP Marketing, YETI Coolers
Alma Derricks VP Sales & Marketing RSD, Cirque du Soleil
Simon Burch SVP Marketing, LVMH
Patty Trevino GVP CMO, Bloomin' Brands, Inc.
Dee Mc Laughlin VP Global Marketing, Forever 21
Louis Levesque VP Global Marketing & Consumer Experience, BRP
Duncan Potter SVP Global Marketing, ARRIS
Davide Moro VP Marketing, Nespresso

For more information on The CMO Awards program and past winners, please visit:

About The CMO Awards
Created by The CMO Club and its members to celebrate the marketing industry's brightest leaders and to provide a forum to share their successes with other CMOs, the CMO Awards is the first and only CMO Awards program driven and decided entirely by an elite group of CMOs. CMO Club members and/or CMO Club Chapter Presidents participate in and drive every stage of nominations, category winners, CMOs Choice Awards and CMO Hall of Fame.

  • Honoring accomplished senior marketers in 10 dynamic categories
  • CMO Award Winner's Roundtable (plus Winning CMOs Solutions Report for Members)
  • CMO Hall of Fame Induction: World's premier CMO honor bestowed annually on one CMO

About The CMO Club:
The CMO Club is the world's most engaged and inspired community of Senior Marketing Executives who help each other solve their biggest challenges, within a candid, trusted, and sharing environment. Collaboration fueled by inspiring events and within the members-only digital CMO Solutions Clubhouse raises the standard for what is required to be a successful Chief Marketing Officer. With more than 800 members and a no vendor selling policy, The CMO Club is the go-to center for today's Senior Marketer for peer-based personal and career success support.

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