The CMO Club Announces Finalists for the 2018 CMO Awards

Finalists and Winners to Be Honored at The CMO Club Roundtable and Awards Ceremony November 13th

TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The CMO Club is pleased to announce the 2018 finalists 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 17th, and all finalists, winners and the 2018 CMO Hall of Fame inductee will be honored at The CMO Awards Ceremony Dinner Nov. 13, 2018 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. 13, all award finalists and winners will participate in an "All-Star" Thought Leadership Roundtable as well as participate in the development of a 2018 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."

2018 CMO Awards Categories and Nominees

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

  • Renée Baker, CMO, Carillon Tower Advisers
  • Molly Battin, EVP & Global Chief Communications and Corporate Marketing Officer, Turner
  • Moshe Farber, CMO, QFS - Quality Facility Solutions
  • John Jacko, EVP & Chief Growth Officer, Pentair
  • Denise Karkos, CMO, TD Ameritrade
  • Chris Kobus, GVP, CMO, Sally Beauty
  • Jennifer Griffin Smith, CMO, Alfresco
  • Glenn Thomas, CMO, GE Healthcare

The CMO Innovation Award recognizes demonstrated capability in creating an innovative environment that delivers break-through marketing and game-changing outcomes in ROI, customer engagement, and/or for the industry. The finalists are: ­­­

  • Jill Baskin, CMO, Hershey Food Corporation
  • Jon Bridges, CMO, Chick-fil-A
  • Brad Hiranaga, Chief Brand Officer, North America, General Mills
  • Muriel Lotto, Head of Global Brand & Marketing, Western Union
  • Rich Mathews, CMO, Newell Brands
  • Vineet Mehra, EVP, Global CMO, Ancestry
  • Matt Preschern, SVP, CA Technologies
  • Doug Zarkin, VP, CMO, Pearle Vision

The CMO Transformation Award recognizes demonstrated ability to lead companywide brand transformation beyond the marketing department. The finalists are: ­­­

  • Kevin Doohan, EVP, CMO, Xperi Corporation
  • Rick Gomez, EVP, CMO, Target
  • Susan Johnson, CMO, SunTrust Banks
  • Mari-Anne Kehler, Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer, Green Hasson Janks
  • Aimée Lapic, CMO, Pandora
  • Jeanniey Mullen, Global CMO, Mercer
  • Armen Najarian, CMO, Agari
  • Judith Toland, VP & CMO, Life Fitness

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 finalists are:

  • Jeni Golomb, CMO, Head of Marketing, Daisy Brand
  • Katy Jones, EVP Sales & Marketing, FoodLogiQ
  • Jochen Koedijk, CMO, ADT
  • Libby Loskota, VP Marketing, TaskUs
  • Stephanie McMahon, Chief Brand Officer, WWE Inc.
  • Brandon Rhoten, CMO, Potbelly Sandwich Works
  • Dux Raymond Sy, CMO, AvePoint
  • Jennifer Wong, Head of Marketing, Convoy Inc.

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

  • Lee Applbaum, Global CMO, Patrón Tequila and Grey Goose Vodka, Bacardi Global Brands Limited
  • Lara Hood Balazs, VP Worldwide Prime & North American Marketing, Amazon
  • Prama Bhatt, SVP Digital & eCommerce, ULTA Beauty
  • Michelle Adorjan Chila, SVP Marketing & PR, Tacori
  • Adam Holyk, CMO, Walgreens
  • Dave Minifie, Chief Experience Officer & EVP Corporate Strategy, Centene Corporation
  • Isabelle Morel-Verzeroli, VP Marketing , Merchandising & Communications, Cartier
  • Nitsa Zuppas, CMO, Veeva Systems

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 finalists are:

  • Chris Capossela, CMO, Microsoft
  • David Gitter, CMO, World Poker Tour
  • Mark Hanna, CMO, Richline Group, Inc.
  • Rich Honiball, EVP, Global Chief Merchandising & Marketing Officer, NEXCOM
  • Jason Levine, CMO, North America, Mondelēz International
  • Sharon MacLeod, Global VP, Dove Men+Care, Unilever
  • Jennifer Sey, CMO Global Brands, Levi Strauss & Co.
  • David Stever, CMO, Ben & Jerry's

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 finalists are:

  • Sheryl Adkins-Green, CMO, Mary Kay, Inc.
  • Michael Barrette, Chief Marketing & Sales Officer, Dippin’ Dots and Doc Popcorn
  • Kathy Button Bell, SVP and CMO, Emerson
  • Erika Hill, VP Marketing, Trellance
  • Mike Linton, Enterprise CMO, Farmers Insurance Group of Companies
  • Alyssa Schaefer, CMO, Laurel Road
  • Liliana Torres, Global VP Marketing - ABB Electrification Products Industrial Solutions, ABB
  • Jan Van Acker, CMO, Merck

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

  • Amanda Brinkman, Chief Brand & Communications Officer, Deluxe
  • Daniel Cherry III, CMO - Esports Leagues, Activision Blizzard
  • Dan Csont, VP Brand Management, Delta Air Lines
  • Segolene Finet, CMO, Talentsoft
  • Andréa Mallard, CMO, Athleta
  • Manny Rodriguez, Chief Marketing & Experience Officer, UCHealth
  • Craig Rowley, VP Marketing, REI
  • Fabian Urquijo, SVP & CMO, Professional Brands, Revlon

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

  • Ed Dandridge, Global Head of Marketing & Communications, AIG - General Insurance
  • Terry Haley, Chief Growth Officer, Hopdoddy Burger Bar
  • Don Hoffman, SVP Marketing, Cracker Barrel
  • Chad Lusk, EVP and CMO, Chamberlain Group
  • Sonya Gafsi Oblisk, EVP Marketing & Communications, Whole Foods Market
  • Ukonwa Ojo, CMO, Consumer Beauty, Coty
  • Colin Raney, CMO, PillPack
  • Shane Sampson, EVP Marketing & Merchandising, CMO, Albertsons

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 finalists are:

  • Paula Puleo Blomquist, Chief Marketing & Merchandising Officer, Eyemart Express
  • James Brown, Founder, CMO & Chief Encouragement Officer, Encourage X
  • Jean Foster, VP Marketing, Consumer Technology Association
  • Michael Guillory, WW Corporate Brand Communications, Texas Instruments
  • Judy Hackett, President, Credibility, Dun & Bradstreet
  • Mirjana Prokic, Head of International Markets, Farecla Products Limited
  • Nerissa Sardi, VP Marketing, Medici
  • Kathleen Schneider, CMO, Sungard Availability Services

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, 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 650 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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