The CMO Club

September 17, 2015 10:00 ET

The CMO Club Announces Nominees for The 2015 CMO Awards

Finalists and Winners to Be Honored at The CMO Club Roundtable and Awards Event Nov. 17

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Sep 17, 2015) - The CMO Club is pleased to announce the 2015 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 Sept. 30, and all finalists, winners and the 2015 CMO Hall of Fame inductee will be honored at The CMO Awards Dinner Nov. 17, 2015 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. This year, two new awards were created -- "Creativity" and "Customer Experience" -- representing significant areas of focus that club members felt were essential to honor across their peer community.

Prior to The CMO Awards Dinner Nov. 17, all award finalists and winners will participate in an "All-Star" Thought Leadership Roundtable as well as participate in the development of a 2015 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."

2015 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:

Elisabeth Charles CMO, Athleta
Phil Clement CMO, Aon Corporation
Jeff Diskin EVP Commercial Services, Hilton Worldwide
Steven Handmaker CMO, Assurance
Rich Kylberg VP Corporate Marketing and Communications,
Arrow Electronics
Susan Lintonsmith CMO, Quiznos
Heather Rim Senior Vice President & Chief Communications Officer,
Jane Wakely CMO, Mars Chocolate

The CMO Marketing 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 as a whole. The nominees are:

David Christopher CMO, AT&T
Kevin Iaquinto CMO, JDA Software
Kevin Krone CMO, Southwest Airlines
Marc Mathieu CMO, Samsung Electronics America
Trish Mueller CMO, The Home Depot
Jon Potter CMO, Moet Hennessy USA
Rich Smith CMO, Ditech Financial
Mark Tullio VP Worldwide Marketing, Lantronix

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:

Anthony Christie CMO, Level 3 Communications
Jerri DeVard CMO, ADT
Jennifer Dominiquini Chief Marketing and Client Experience Officer,
BBVA Compass
Alan Gellman CMO, Esurance
Judy Hackett CMO, Dun and Bradstreet
Lucas Herscovici Vice President Consumer Connections,
Anheuser-Busch InBev
John Howell VP Marketing, Enterprise Holdings
Mike Wege Chief Growth and Marketing Officer,
The Hershey Company

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:

Emily Culp CMO, Keds
Chris MacDonald Marketing Director, Martin Automotive Group
Corey Maynard VP Marketing, YETI Coolers
Gina McDuffie CMO, VER
Mark-Hans Richer CMO, Harley Davidson
Kim Schuy VP Global Marketing, Essilor
Sydney Seiger CMO, TXU Energy
Missy Walker VP Brand Strategy and Communications,
Strayer University

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:

Julie Cary CMO, LaQuinta
Clay Cowan CMO,
Paul D'Arcy SVP Marketing,
John Dragoon CMO, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Chris Edwards CMO, Validic Healthcare Technology
Dawn Hudson CMO, The NFL
Michael Mendenhall Chief Marketing and Communications Officer,
Tom Smith CMO, Nissan North America

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:

Jill Estorino EVP Global Marketing, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts
Julia Goldin CMO, The LEGO Group
Mark Hanna CMO, Richline Group
Paul Hillen VP Global Marketing, Cargill
Karen Quintos CMO, Dell
Diane Scott Global Chief Product & Marketing Officer,
Western Union
Michael Senackerib CMO, Campbell Soup Co.
Drew Slaven VP Marketing, Mercedes-Benz USA

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:

Linda Bartman CMO, CDK Global
Patrick Bernardi CMO, Hu-Friedy Mfg. Co., LLC
Wanda Gierhart CMO, Neiman Marcus Group
Benjamin Karsch CMO, Revlon
Carol Kruse CMO, Cambia Health Solutions
Ellyn Raftery Chief Marketing and Communications Officer,
Fidelity Information Services
Jay Spenchian CMO, Tempur-Sealy International
Michael Zuna Chief Digital & Marketing Officer, PETCO

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:

Juliene Conway SVP Enterprise Marketing & Communications,
Bank of America
Nigel Dessau CMO, Stratus Technologies
Julie Garlikov VP Marketing, Nuvesse Skin Therapies
Kieran Hannon CMO, Belkin International
Emmanuel Laroche VP Marketing & Consumer Insights, Symrise
David Minifie CMO, Centene Corporation
Tim Suther Managing Director, JPMorgan Chase
Lisa Woodard CMO, Transamerica

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

Bernard Acoca CMO Americas, L'Oreal
Douwe Bergsma CMO, Georgia Pacific
Michelle Fernandez VP Marketing, Canon USA
Vicky Free CMO, BET Networks
Brian Harrington CMO, Zipcar
Jonathan Mildenhall CMO, Airbnb
Caralene Robinson EVP Brand Marketing and Creative, VH1
Diego Scotti CMO, Verizon Communications

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

Mary Renner Beech CMO, Kate Spade & Co.
Pam El CMO, The NBA
Dan Farrell SVP Sales & Marketing, The St. Louis Cardinals
Jennifer Francis Executive Director of Marketing and Communications,
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Kurt Kane Chief Concept Officer, Wendy's
Richard Marnell SVP Marketing, Viking River Cruises
Todd Merry CMO, Delaware North Companies
Buffy Sash CMO, Alice + Olivia

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
  • Members-only voting for "CMO's Choice" in each category
  • CMO Award winners 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 a membership organization exclusively for senior marketing executives who want to meet, share and learn from each other. Fueled by inspiring local dinners, regional events, CMO Innovation Summits, virtual Roundtables and the Digital "Members-Only" Clubhouse, marketers provide and receive valuable insights from each other, in a "non-vendor-selling" environment. Working with the over 800 club members and best-in-class strategic partners, The CMO Club also addresses the top CMO challenges each month with thoughtfully curated content.

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