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VP Marketing EMEA
As Adobe's vice president of marketing for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Mark pursues an aggressive marketing strategy across the regions during a transformational time for the industry. As Adobe's traditional creative business shifts from perpetually licensed software to a Creative Cloud membership model, Adobe's Digital Marketing team is also strengthening it's focus on targeting the CMO and marketing professionals with Marketing Cloud solutions across social marketing, media optimization, digital analytics, testing and targeting, web experience and cross-channel campaign management. Mark has been with Adobe for nine years covering Asia Pacific before being promoted to run EMEA marketing in January 2013. Prior to Adobe, he held senior executive roles with both Microsoft and IBM. An Australian national, Mark holds a bachelor's degree in finance and marketing from the University of Technology, Sydney and has completed business management curriculum at Wharton's Kellogg School of Management and London Business School. He is based in the United Kingdom.
Head of Strategic Marketing
Manish has 15 years of global marketing and business development experience across Aerospace & Defence, Computer Software, Information Technology and Information Security segments. He currently holds a Strategic Marketing leadership role for Airbus Defence & Space focused on the Satellite Communications market. Since 2010 Manish has also headed up Marketing for Paradigm Secure Communications. Prior to Airbus, Manish held senior marketing and business development management roles with 3Com, SafeNet and VMware. He has a proven track record of creating and implementing marketing/business development plans that drive quantum growth. Manish holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree (with honours) in Industrial Systems and Business Management from the University of Westminster. He is a Chartered Marketer and additionally a member of the Institute of Directors, Chartered Institute of Marketing and Chartered Management Institute. Manish is a British national based in the United Kingdom.
Head of Marketing
Filip Aerts is the Interim Head of Marketing at Argenta, Belgium's fifth bank & insurance group which also operates in The Netherlands and Luxembourg. In his previous role as CMO of Teleroute, Filip led the pan-European Marketing, PR/Communications and Product Management teams, based at Teleroute’s head office in Brussels, Belgium. Teleroute, part of Wolters Kluwer Transport Services (WKTS) division, is the leading freight and vehicle exchange service in Europe, active in 27 European countries, and serving over 70,000 customers with more than 300,000 transactions on a daily basis. Filip also oversaw the global marketing and communications strategy for the WKTS group. Filip began his career by starting one of Belgium’s first dedicated digital media agencies upon his graduation (Economics and Computer Science) in 1996. He sold his share of the company in 2002, having led the way to a client portfolio that included exclusive e-commerce and digital media activities for consumer brands like Sony PlayStation and Virgin Express in the Benelux, and for a strong portfolio of b2b clients in Europe. Wanting to take his digital marketing experience “client side” in a completely new environment, Filip moved to the pharmaceutical industry for almost 10 years in different digital/technology capacities: E-business Manager, then Director Integrated Business Technologies at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals (now Pfizer) in Belgium, and from 2009 to 2011 as the Head of Global Digital Customer Engagement for GlaxoSmithKline’s vaccines division.
VP Corporate Marketing
Fredrik Sjostedt is Vice President of Corporate Marketing at Barco, a global technology company which designs and develops visualization and collaboration solutions for a variety of professional markets. He leads the global marketing organisation across all of Barco's divisions and is responsible for Field Marketing, Corporate Communications, Events, Online, Creative Services, Channel Marketing, etc. Fredrik previously led Barco's global strategic marketing organisation for the Advanced Visualisation Systems division. In this role he was responsible for the product management, product marketing, industry marketing, strategic alliances and technical marketing functions – and ultimately drove the development of the go-to-market strategy for the division’s product and solutions portfolio. He has over 20 years of experience in the IT industry, gathered in both technical and marketing roles with hardware/software vendors including VMware, Symantec, Apple and 3Com. Fredrik studied systems analysis and mathematics at Lund University in Sweden and holds a Master of Business Administration from the Henley Business School at University of Reading in the UK.
Vice President of Marketing
César Santos is the Vice President of Marketing at BlackBridge, a market leader in the provision of satellite imagery and end-to-end solutions across the geospatial value chain. From the company’s headquarters in Berlin, César leads the global marketing strategy of the company, including communications and PR, product, channel marketing, and program development. He holds an Executive MBA, a Master of Science and Technology in Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Sciences. Over the course of his 15-year professional career, he has been actively involved in the geospatial industry, from operations and project management, to business development, with a special emphasis on European Union institutions. In his spare time, César enjoys bird watching, hiking, fishing, and cycling.
Pat Geary is CMO of Blue Prism, the pioneers of Business Led Computing. Pat leads the global marketing function with responsibility for the companies go to market strategy, brand development, offerings development, marketing communications, IR, AR, PR and partner development strategy. With over 20 years of experience in senior sales and marketing roles, Pat has a prove track record of developing and taking to market new high value propositions on a global scale.. His career includes leadership positions at Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), Sequent Computers, Searchspace, Skinkers and Livestation. After gaining a bachelors degree in Computing Science, Pat joined DEC as a graduate trainee in Software pre-sales, moving quickly into sales and then into marketing, running the UK Product Marketing and finally heading to Boston to head up the Corporate Marketing Group for Enterprise Systems. After nearly 10 years with DEC, Pat joined Sequent, responsible for worldwide marketing for the Enterprise migrations division. In 1998 he took the opportunity to join a 10 person, pre-IPO start up called Searchspace as CMO. Over 8 years the company grew to become an international success, creating and dominating a new market segment for Anti-Money Laundering Monitoring systems, concluding with a successful trade sale to Warburg Pincus. Pat joined Skinkers in May 2006 and in addition to developing the enterprise propostion Pat was instrumental in the launch of a new initiative for live TV streaming across the internet - Livestation. Recently Pat has taken on the role of CMO at Blue Prism, the pioneers of a new paradigm of business led computing, where the business user configures his own process automations and system integration with only light touch support from IT.
Currently Chairman, but former CEO and award-winning senior executive leader, author, speaker, Harvard Business School subject specialist reviewer and visiting Professor with broad and extensive international experience across a range of businesses from start-up to global corporations in technology, service, sport & leisure and not-for-profit. (eg. Hewlett Packard, Unisys, British Olympic Association, Local Authorities/RHA/Central Gov’t/BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT) Business strategy, communications, marketing, brand, reputation and customer management are particular in-depth functional expertise areas, along with IT, as a one-time practitioner and long-time functional ownership. Entrepreneur, business builder and extensive senior level negotiator, previous SME NED / Board Advisor / Chair experience and CxO mentor (British Olympic Association / Echo Research / Uffindell / ECsoft). Currently Non-Executive Chairman of DatacenterDynamics (DCD) and Board Adviser to Pennies and FiretechCamp (pro bono for charities). Sit on Advisory Board of Cranfield University Management School MSc Marketing programme.
Country Head of Marketing UK
Simon Hall is the UK Country Head of Marketing for Dell, where he is responsible for driving marketing strategies, marketing programs, market communications and channel plans to reach consumers, small & medium businesses, public and large enterprises customers. Before becoming UK Country Head of Marketing for Dell, Simon served as Head of Marketing for UK & Ireland for Consumer, Small and Medium business, leading to success a team of highly skilled marketers. Simon joined Dell in 2010 from Microsoft, where he served as EMEA Retail Sales & Marketing Manager for the Entertainment & Devices division. He also spent 5 years in Italy with Acer as EMEA Business Unit Manager , where he built-up from grass roots, and lead to success the Communication & Devices division; prior to that he spent about 5 years in Germany with Toshiba Europe, where he served as EMEA Product Marketing & Planning Manager. Simon holds a dual degree in European business from the University of Sunderland in the UK, and a BA in International trade & Business from the University of Mannheim in Germany. Simon has a passion for all things nautical and is a keen squash player. He resides in Ascot, with his wife.
Chief Marketing Officer
As Chief Marketing Officer for Deloitte, Annabel Rake is charged with overseeing go to market strategy across the firm. Whether it’s Corporate Brand or CXO Communities, Industries or Private Markets, Annabel provides direction to a wide range of activity – from sponsorships to targeted client relationship development. No stranger to challenge, one of Annabel’s key achievements involved responsibility for the largest sponsorship programme ever undertaken by Deloitte. As London 2012 Sponsorship Director, she ensured that the Games provided differentiated positioning for Deloitte amongst its clients, targets and its 13,000 people. Annabel is a passionate supporter of learning and development activity, so outside of her marketing day job, she is often found working with new talent or chairing the Career Development Board for Deloitte’s ‘Internal Client Services’ function. Annabel also sits on the European Advisory Board of the CMO Council, and the Executive Council of the Business Marketing Collective. Prior to Deloitte Annabel gained both professional services and FMCG sector experience working for brands such as The Chartered Institute of Marketing, PA Consulting Group and Nestlé.
Head of Marketing
Dimension Data Europe
Rupert has almost 20 years B2B marketing experience with global Telecoms and IT Systems Integrators. He began his marketing career with Scitor which was to become Equant in 1995. During his time there he held various global Marketing roles including Marketing Communications Manager and Marketing Programmes Manager. He also held the position of Indirect Sales Marketing Manager which included Account Management of three of Equants’s Channel Partners. Following his time with Equant Rupert joined Global TeleSystems (GTS) as their European Marketing Communications Manager where he developed a single pan-European marketing communications strategy. Following GTS Rupert was employed by CMGI Europe, a US based Venture Capitalist, as the European Marketing Manager responsible for the Marketing of CMGI’s European internet start-up companies. Rupert then joined Orange Business Services initially as their Client Communications Manager and latterly as their Brand Marketing Manager before leaving to join Dimension Data in 2005 as their Head of Marketing for the UK. During his career Rupert has held marketing management positions at country, regional and global levels and has been responsible for establishing marketing strategies, plans and budgets and management of marketing teams across all geographies. His marketing experience ranges from start-up companies, through mid-market to global organisations.
Executive Director - International Marketing & Purchasing
Fabio Scala is currently the Executive Director heading international marketing for Edgebold Capital, a UK private holding with a diverse range of investments and companies in Southern Africa, from logistics and mining, all the way to maritime chandling and real estate. Previously the Managing Director of BNI Bank, the national developing bank of Mozambique, where he joined as part of the founding team in 2011. He helped the government in the structuring and ramping up of the bank and later assumed the responsibilities of business development, marketing, research and sustainability. Prior to his appointment at BNI, Fabio was a member of the the board of several European companies, acted as Marketing advisor to the Hitachi Consulting (PT) and Headed the marketing department attending to over 40 countries at Portugal's largest furniture exporter. He was part of the managing team that took the first Portuguese company to be honored with the Design Managing Europe Award, leading another company to the same award years later. Before his years in Europe, Fabio held several managing positions in the United States, including a leading-role in the pioneering of sportswear and footwear e-commerce. Fabio started off his career as a trainee in the Caixa Economica Federal (the second largest state owned Brazilian bank), later joining the ranks of Young & Rubican creative department in Brazil.
As Country Director René pursues an aggressive strategy of transforming the Digital Signage and Cloud Connect services landscape in Denmark – known as Visual Communications. As industries are shifting from perpetually on premise Visual Communication solutions to a scalable digital cloud based platform, our sales team is also strengthening its focus on targeting CMO and marketing professionals with cloud based Visual Communications solutions. This in close concert with professional partners to optimize the customer experience through integration with social marketing, media optimization, digital analytics, facial recognition and more. Prior to Elisa Videra René held positions in Nokia and Siemens where he served as Strategic Marketing Manager in EMEA and the US. He also held senior executive roles with wireless broadcasters. A Danish national, René holds a Master’s degree in Engineering from the Copenhagen Technical University and a Business and Administration Diploma from AVT-People. René is based in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Vice President Marketing EMEA
Claire Macland joined Equinix in 2014 as EMEA marketing vice president. Previously, she was International vice president of marketing for Avaya, leading the company’s critical marketing and channel efforts across Europe, Asia-Pac and emerging markets, including: channel marketing, new product introduction, high-touch go-to-market programs, channel strategy, channel and market segmentation, and channel development across strategic partners. Ms. Macland also worked for Juniper Networks leading its EMEA marketing, driving penetration of the enterprise market through C-level marketing programs and pan-regional integrated campaigns. She holds a masters’ degree in information technology (computing and electronic engineering) from University College, London University.
Vice President Strategic & Tactical Marketing
Eva Sparr is Vice President Strategic & Tactical Marketing at Ericsson globally. In her role Ms. Sparr is globally responsible for marketing, content and demand generation strategies; as well as the Ericsson Networked Society Lab focused on bringing unique insights into the emerging opportunities in society enabled by Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). Prior to her current position she led Ericsson’s global Networks marketing organization spanning from business intelligence, customer business development, product marketing to external and internal communication. Ms. Sparr has more than 20 years of experience from high tech marketing, public relations and strategic communications and journalism. Since she joined Ericsson in 2000 she has held various leading marketing and communications positions in Sweden as well as in North America. Among others, she established Ericsson's global analyst relations function. Ms. Sparr holds a degree in Economics from the University of Stockholm, as well as Executive Education at London Business School, Kellogg School of Management and Columbia Business School. She is married with three children.
Director of Marketing & Communications, EMEIA
Stephan Kuester is Director of Marketing and Communications at EY's Europe, Middle East, India and Africa practice where he develops go-to-market strategy and large, firmwide campaigns. His team is responsible for the design and deployment of integrated and multi-channel marketing campaigns across the EMEIA region, including the enablement of local practices to not only deploy but to adapt campaign content for local market response. The team includes a large marketing support group at EY's off-shoring center in India which serves 86 country marketing practices and delivers cost efficiency in marketing production. Previously to his EMEIA role, Stephan was the marketing leader for the Central European region, with responsibility for marketing teams in 22 countries. This followed five years of working with EY Global on the development of the firm’s key account portfolio, the global roll-out of an account management framework and the build of 14 Global Competence Centers of Industry Sector expertise. While based at the head office in London, Stephan spent significant periods of time in a variety of markets, including working in the US, key Asian Markets, India and Eastern Europe. Earlier roles included the leadership of marketing and business development functions at Arthur Andersen in Germany. Stephan started his professional career as a consultant at the marketing research company ACNielsen. Early on in his career he took responsibility for ACNielsen’s market entry into the life-sciences sector where he developed the market offering, a portfolio of international pharmaceutical clients and the team leadership for the new business unit. Stephan is a member of the Workshipful Company of Marketors and a Freeman of the City of London where he is engaged in promoting and developing the marketing profession. Stephan has an MSc in Economics and studied at the University of Bonn and the London School of Economics (LSE).
Chief Marketing Officer
GE Energy Germany
In his role as Marketing Executive for GE in Germany, Cavin is responsible for the Marketing Strategy as well as the Product Program and Sales Channel Partner Management for the Energy businesses in Germany. As an energy Market expert, he leads the development and communication of corporate statements regarding relevant energy topics for the utility sector. Cavin holds a degree in Business Administration/Marketing. He has gained over 15 years of experience in marketing and sales with a particular emphasis on the Energy business in his previous roles as Manager within several big German utility companies such as and RWE AG, Süwag, enviaM. Cavin is also a certified systemic coach with focus on leadership, career and organizational development. In his spare time, he is a teacher in traditional Japanese martial arts and enjoys acting on stage and TV.
Chief Marketing Officer
Abhishek takes care of Global Marketing, Corporate Strategy & Strategic Partnerships & Alliances, for HEROtsc. He is a visionary business leader, with over 17 years of distinguished performance & experience in BPO, IT Services & BFSI industry with global majors such as Hewlett- Packard, HCL Technologies & Kotak Bank, across functions like Strategy, Marketing, and Operations & CRM. His experience spans across Europe, Americas and Asia / Pacific wherein he had launched and created large business operations for Global ITeS/IT majors. Abhishek is a Harvard Business School alumnus, with Advance Management qualification and a Silver Medalist MBA, in Marketing. He is also the winner of prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru Research Fellowship (Young Scientist Award-1993) and had worked at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, (BARC) India - in the area of Superconductivity.
VP of Marketing, Communications & Citizenship
IBM UK & Ireland
Caroline Taylor is Vice President of Marketing, Communications & Citizenship for IBM UK & Ireland. Based in London, Caroline leads the teams responsible for go to market strategy, development of sales pipeline across IBM’s entire portfolio and the integration of brand to culture to build and enhance IBM’s reputation in the market place. Caroline also holds executive responsibility for Gender Diversity at IBM in the UK & Ireland. Previously at IBM, Caroline spent 2 years as VP of Marketing for IBM’s SMB organisation, 3 years as Director of Marketing for IBM’s consulting services division and 8 years as a senior marketing manager in IBM’s software and systems divisions. Caroline joined IBM in 1997, following 6 years in the independent software sector in sales and marketing roles. Prior to building her career in the technology sector, Caroline spent 8 years working in fine wine retail, including building and running her own mail-order wine business. With 28 years of professional marketing experience, Caroline is an Adjunct Professor at Imperial College Business School in London and is also the Business to Business Ambassador for the UK’s Marketing Society. Caroline has a personal and professional interest in sustainability issues, and sits on the Leadership Team of Start: HRH the Prince of Wales’ initiative which seeks to make sustainable living simple. She also chairs IBM’s UK Sustainability Board. Married, with 2 adult daughters, Caroline is a director and trustee of the Oasis Charitable Trust and chair of the board of trustees of Stop the Traffik (which coordinates a global coalition against the modern day slave trade). Caroline also sits on the board of Into Somerset, the inward investment body for the county of Somerset. She is active in social media, and can be contacted via LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter (where she is @green_goddess).
Chief Marketing Officer
Jim Slusser has over twenty years' experience as both a business leader and a consultant working with senior executive teams in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. He has held senior leadership positions in a number of global marketing service, retail and publishing companies and has worked in a wide range of industries including telecommunications, retail, IT, financial services, automotive, agriculture, the performing arts, pharmaceuticals and consumer products. In his current role as CMO with ITpreneurs reporting to the President and CEO, he has responsibility for all marketing, advertising, e-commerce and brand management functions worldwide.
Chief Marketing Officer - EMEA
William is the EMEA CMO for JLL, one of the world’s largest commercial property service firms. In his role William has end to end marketing responsibility for the region including Strategic Marketing, Service Line Marketing, and country Go To Market planning and execution. Having worked in five different cities in three countries, William is an international citizen with a diverse background in Strategy, Operations, Sales, and Marketing. He has lead large-scale change programs, has been part of industry defining growth, and is a passionate advocate for modern marketing and the role of consumer strategies in B2B. Prior to JLL William held senior global and regional roles at Samsung, BlackBerry and Telus.
VP & Head of Business Analytics Competency Centre
Peter Dorrington has more than 30 years of experience in IT and computing systems and is currently focused on supporting Monitise – a technology and services company delivering mobile banking, payments and commerce networks worldwide – to develop a Business Analytics Competency Centre (BACC). He is responsible for the development of the BACC, including the recruitment of a team of analysts and data scientists. He drives the execution of the data and analytics programs with a strategic focus on achieving results for Monitise & its clients. Key responsibilities include: ownership, direction and planning of engagements with key stakeholders, clients, partners in concert with other business functions, as well as coordination of collaboration / teamwork within the Business Analytics team as an integrated component of the Monitise go-to-market propositions. Previously, Peter was the Director of Marketing Strategy for the EMEA region at SAS Institute. In this role, he supported SAS’ regional marketing operations in developing marketing strategies and programs aligned around the needs of SAS’ markets and customers. Dorrington has extensive experience in a range of applications of Business Analytics in both the public and commercial sectors and in such diverse areas as customer relationship management, performance management, and counter-fraud strategy & systems. Dorrington is also a seasoned senior marketer, with direct experience of implementing business transformation within marketing departments. Originally sponsored as a systems designer by the Science & Engineering Research Council, Dorrington spent a number of years working with advanced computational systems and software before entering the private sector with Vodafone. He gained experience in software design, sales, and management before becoming a Principal Consultant with an independent, European IT services consultancy and then joining SAS. Dorrington is a Fellow of the Institute of Sales & Marketing Management, a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, a Member of the British Computer Society and a Chartered IT Professional.
VP Marketing EMEA
David is the VP of EMEA Marketing & Business Developmentfor NetApp, based in Amsterdam. He is widely quoted in the media and is a regular speaker at industry conferences and seminars. David was formerly the Senior Director, Marketing EMEA for Adobe Systems and prior to that was VP for Marketing for EMC in Europe, Middle East and Africa. In this role, he was responsible for the key aspects of EMC's regional marketing efforts; including branding, demand creation, lead generation, internal communications, channel marketing, Web marketing and public relations. Between 2004 and 2006 David served as VP Marketing for EMC Software. Prior to the acquisition of Documentum by EMC in 2003, David served as marketing director and VP of Documentum EMEA, where he was responsible for marketing the Documentum product portfolio across the EMEA region; prior to that he directed global marketing for the financial services sector. He joined the company in 1995 and ran the partner channel across Europe where he was responsible for indirect sales channels including VARs, distributors and systems integrators. David's 25-year career in the technology industry spans roles at Oracle in marketing and sales positions; pre-sales management at Ingres, and pre-sales and technical roles at Unisys. David began his career at ICL as a graduate trainee. David holds an MBA from Henley Management College and a BSc from the University of Swansea, Wales.
Senior Director of Marketing EMEA
Andrew is the Senior Director of Marketing EMEA for Pegasystems, based in Reading with responsibility for execution, management and measurement of all marketing activities for all products in EMEA. This includes execution of all global and local marketing programs, with the responsibility to deliver qualified pipeline to the EMEA sales organisation. A career marketer with over 20 years’ experience in high tech B2B marketing, Andrew is a passionate believer in the benefits that strongly aligned sales and marketing teams can deliver and has led many breakthrough initiatives throughout his career that support this. Andrew was formerly the Director of Field Marketing for Progress Software and prior to that led the UK and Ireland Marketing function for IBM’s software business. His career also spans product and program management roles at Hewlett-Packard and Dell as well as an Account Director role at YesCentral a tech focused marketing agency. Andrew holds a BSc in Management and Administration from Aston University in Birmingham.
Head of EMEA Marketing
Sian Smith, Head of EMEA Marketing, leads SAP’s marketing across 65 countries in Europe, Middle East & Africa. Heading up a team of over 200 people across EMEA, her remit encompasses marketing strategy, demand generation, ecosystem and channel and marketing operations, as well as delivering transformation and best practice. Sian joined SAP’s UK Executive board in 2006 as UK & Ireland Marketing Director and also led SAP’s Northern European region before broadening her responsibility to EMEA in 2011. Sian has more than 20 years’ experience of leading and managing highly effective marketing teams for market-leading enterprises, principally in the technology sector – designing, developing and implementing change management initiatives spanning product lines and countries. Prior to joining SAP, Sian held a number of senior executive positions including General Manager of Business Marketing for Sony Europe and Head of Channel Marketing at Compaq Computer. Sian studied Marketing at Cranfield University, is a member of the Institute of Directors, SiriusDecisions and the Marketing Society, and actively participates in many other marketing forums and communities. Her areas of specialism are marketing as an art and science, brand evolution and agency relationships, and marketing leadership excellence. Sian lives in Windsor, UK with her husband and two children.
SAP is the world’s largest software solutions provider, offering applications and services that enable companies of all sizes and in more than 25 industries to become best-run businesses. With more than 160,000 business customers in over 120 countries, the company is listed on several stock exchanges, including the Frankfurt stock exchange and NYSE, under the symbol "SAP."
VP Sales Enablement & Customer Marketing
Jochen C. Wolter is VP Sales Enablement and Customer Marketing at Software AG, based in Germany. Jochen is a seasoned Marketing leader with 20 years of experience in the IT/Telecoms industry, primarily in the B2B-business and in international roles with european or global responsibility. Previously he was Head of Global Business Management, Pricing and Competitive Intelligence for Sony Ericsson / Sony Mobile. Before joining Sony Ericsson, Jochen was a Marketing Director for Nortel in Europe and a Senior Manager in Deloitte's IT, Telecommunications and Media practice delivering management consulting to several leaders in the industry like Siemens, British Telecom and Vodafone. Prior to this, Jochen held several senior positions in Sales, Marketing and IT at Siemens. He has a degree in economy and information systems and as a member of the Siemens Advanced Management Program, he received additional executive education from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
Senior Vice President, Marketing
Benoit Joly, as Senior VP Marketing for Technicolor Group, is building on over 15 years of experience in various marketing and business roles across the Telecom and Media industry. He began his career at MCI WorldCom, where he was responsible for the European marketing of network solutions that enabled telecom operators to enhance their internet access, applications and service portfolios. Joining Technicolor in 2002, he helped create the company’s VoIP devices strategy, before becoming involved with Video-over-IP products and systems in 2004 where he lead the marketing and pre-sales efforts for what then became one of the world’s leading IPTV and Mobile TV solutions. Benoit was next appointed VP Digital Home Solutions, responsible for developing and selling a comprehensive range of home network applications and technologies for broadband, cable and telecom operators. Now Senior Vice President of Operational Marketing for the company, he oversees the groups’ marketing plans, developing Technicolor’s global portfolio of marketing activities and go-to-market strategies. Benoit has a Master's Degree in Network and IT Engineering from E.S.I.E.E and an MBA from E.S.S.E.C, majored in Strategy and Marketing.
Director of Retail Strategy - Europe
As Director of Retail Strategy at ThoughtWorks Europe, RUTH HARRISON is a leading luxury brand specialist with over 25 years’ international market and multi-channel experience. Possessing a strong background in UK blue chip organisations, she has held senior executive operational and commercial roles within the consumer goods and services sector at John Lewis Partnership and House of Fraser, and most recently Selfridge Group and within the highly competitive Health & Beauty sector at Elizabeth Arden, Body Shop and Estee Lauder Companies. International experience includes assignments in the Middle East, where she was responsible for expanding leading beauty brands across the MENA region and successfully trebled the brands presence in the territory within 24 months. Returning to the UK in 2004 Ruth joined Estee Lauder Travel Retail division as UK & Ireland Country Manager, during this time she completed her dissertation study on behalf of MyTravel Airways: this extensive consumer research programme reviewed the in-flight consumer behaviour and customer retail proposition. The insight gained from this study was valuable and many of the recommendations made in the findings were adopted in full by the airline with considerable success in improving customer satisfaction and overall retail business performance. In 2005 she was appointed General Manager of Estee Lauder Companies owned luxury lifestyle brand Jo Malone and oversaw significant expansion and growth in revenue and profit at the company. Ruth was nominated for an Industry achievers award by Cosmetics Executive Women (CEW) in 2008 for her contribution to the Cosmetics Industry. Ruth is a European Advisory Board Member of Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council Europe, regularly contributing to research, informing market leading industry publications on marketing trends, analysis and implementation strategies. She provides advice to Private Equity, Angel investors and financial investment institutions prior to acquisition and investment and international expansion as an Executive Forum Member of Coleman Research Group. In 2011 Ruth spearheaded the re-launch of American luxury leather goods powerhouse COACH (Inc) in the UK and Europe, launching the brand flagship location on Bond St London and second flagship store in Regent St London, in addition to prime locations within leading luxury department stores and Outlet villages across Europe and launched e-commerce online channels. During 2013 she led the market repositioning and turnaround project for a British heritage personal care brand, successfully re-launching the brand with new product development, core identity, marketing communications plan and refreshed tone of voice, servicing new channels of distribution and implemented an omni-channel customer experience across all markets internationally resulting in significant improvement in sales and profitability, enhancing company valuation and brand equity. Recently Ruth was asked to be a regular contributor and guest speaker at Inspire the Future (www.inspirethefuture.org.uk) a forum and UK Government backed campaign to support women in business and provides mentorship to young women starting their professional careers. Ruth is based in the UK, key skills are strategic planning, brand building, business development and value creation in business turnaround. Ruth holds an MBA in International Retailing from Stirling University Scotland.
Head of Marketing Technology & Analytics
As Head of Marketing Technology and Analytics, Chris is charged with leading the transformation of Towers Watson’s global marketing function into the digital age. For a global professional services firm consulting in HR and risk solutions, this presents some cultural, as well as technological and process, challenges. Chris joined Towers Watson through the acquisition of EMB consulting in 2011. She has held a wide variety of jobs in sales and marketing throughout her career, starting with Mercedes-Benz and developing through senior international roles with IBM and Shell. She describes herself as a change agent, adept at getting to grips with new industries, technologies and market sectors, and specialising in strategy development and implementation. She is based in the UK, and holds a BA degree from Southampton University and a MBA from Henley Management School. One of her recent personal achievements has been to qualify as a yacht skipper.
Global Head of Digital & eCommerce
Corinne is an 18+ years experienced international general management, strategy, business development and turnaround management executive. Throughout her career, she has been accountable for yearly revenue 100m€+ and multifunctional teams up to 150 people based in multiple continents, streamlining organizations in both hyper growth and downsizing contexts in fast moving industries, with the ability to formulate a strategy and stretch to execution. Corinne is currently Global Head of Digital & eCommerce at AkzoNobel Decorative Paints. Previously, she was Chief Digital Officer at D.E Master Blenders 1753, the 3rd coffee and tea company globally. She defined the company's global strategy and execution plan to reach 20% cost saving, reduce brand footprint complexity (from 700+ digital properties) and align with local strategies to impact local business KPIs. Prior to this role, she led TomTom’s digital organization around the globe. As Vice President (VP) of Global eCommerce & Digital Marketing, she was responsible for developing TomTom’s overall digital strategy, marketing, e-commerce, social media and consumer engagement activities for all business units, across all geographies. She joined TomTom as VP for Services Marketing, leading content and services strategy for the consumer market. Before TomTom, Corinne managed a business unit of 150 people for the leading e-commerce website in France, voyages-sncf.com (subsidiary of SNCF, French railway) and its European partners, Eurostar.com, Thalys.com and tgv-europe.com (2006 – 2008). Before that, she created several business ventures and managed engagements for two major European IT consulting companies, Devoteam (2001 – 2006) and Steria (1996 – 2001). Corinne earned an MBA from IMD (Switzerland) in 2009 and a M.Sc. from ENSTB (France) in 1996.
Global Director, Customer Management
David Villaseca is Global Director, Customer Management at BBVA Group. His team is responsible for building financial and non-financial solutions under a strong global brand experience, based on a deep understanding of customer’s needs and leveraging the latest technologies. Previously, he led marketing operations in Spain and Portugal for Coca-Cola Company, Fanta and other Carbonated Soft Drink brands. Prior to Coca-Cola, David has worked for LVMH Group, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Cortefiel and Santander Group. Bachelor in Business Administration and Bachelor of Laws, Master in Marketing Management, and Stanford Executive Program in Innovation, David is a speaker on Marketing for different organisations and Business Schools. BBVA is a global Group that offers individual and corporate customers the most complete range of financial and non-financial products and services. It enjoys a solid leadership position in the Spanish market, where it first began its activities over 150 years ago. It also has a leading franchise in South America; it is the largest financial institution in Mexico; one of the 15th largest U.S. commercial banks and one of the few large international groups operating in China. BBVA employs 112,000 people in over 30 countries around the world, has more than 47 million customers and 890,000 shareholders.
Marketing & Strategy Director
Saj has over 20 years of global commercial marketing experience with senior roles in mobile, consumer & financial services. He is currently Marketing & Strategy Director at Bupa where he is responsible for marketing strategy and execution. Bupa is a leading international healthcare group currently serving 13 million customers in more than 190 countries. He was previously Group Marketing Director at Vodafone. Prior to joining Vodafone he was Sales & Marketing Director at RAC leading a major turnaround of the brand and the business. Prior to this he spent 10 years at American Express in 3 major global marketing roles include leading enterprise product development, setting up the digital channel globally & establishing a global CRM programme. This was preceded by a 7 year stint at Visa Europe in a variety of product management, product development and marketing roles. Saj is married with 2 young children and lives in London.
Carlsberg Croatia and Hungary
Carsten Haerup Christensen was apponted CEO of Carlsberg Croatia and Hungary in February 2013. He previously served as vice president of international premium brands in GSMI and in that time built a successful team of people and effectively managed a portfolio of products including Tuborg, Kronenbourg 1664, Grimbergen and Somersby. Under his leadership, Carlsberg experienced significant growth in the international premium brands category. Prior to this role, Carsten worked as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development in the Southeast Europe (SEE) region, and before that he held various positions in Eastern Europe.
General Manager Germany Austria
He has more than 10 years of experience in Marketing. He holds a degree in Political Science at Libera Universita' Internazionale degli Studi Sociali in Rome and a master's degree in Marketing. He started his career at Procter & Gamble, working on global brands such as Pampers and Always. Antonio moved then to Sara Lee Group in 1997, covering different marketing roles up to the position of European Marketing Director for the intimate apparel brands Playtex and the iconic brand Wonderbra. Since 2006, Antonio moved to Paris as Global Marketing Director for the French feminine and masculine apparel brand DIM, leader in France in the categories: hosiery, men underwear and intimate with primary market positions in Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Russia and Middle east. Since 2010, Antonio has held brand management responsibility for iconic Spanish men's underwear brand Abanderado. Antonio has ample experience in product development, communication, marketing intelligence, market research, consumer insight and innovation. Antonio is familiar with diverse trade international environment from supermarkets to own stores in all European countries including Eastern Europe and Russia. Antonio speaks English, French, Italian and Spanish.
Guinness Global Content Director
Nik Keane is Diageo's Global Content Director for Guinness focused on leading a team to drive the growth opportunity in Africa markets. He was previously Diageo's Global Brand Director for its line of whisky products. Nik has a track record of accelerating the performance of brands internationally at both premium and luxury price points via distinctive positioning executed with creative flair that gets them noticed, drives engagement and in turn sales.
Marketing Vice President
A mechanical Engineer with a secondary school background focused on humanities, Luca started working in the electricity utilities sector in 1996 and still works in this sector today. Despite this, he has had many different experiences: fuel supply and logistics (1 year), power plant maintenance management (4 years), power production energy management (3 years), pricing Director (6 years), and now Marketing VP. As of today he is in charge of the Marketing department of Enel Energia, the Italian retail branch of Enel Group with more than 7,5 million customers. His main responsibilities are: strategic marketing, product development, loyalty program, communication and innovation marketing.
Chief Marketing Officer
As the Chief Marketing Officer, Ozgur is responsible for increasing customer value, improving marketing ROI and maximizing effectiveness of all digital and offline channels at Hepsiburada, Turkey’s leading e-commerce company. Previously, Ozgur was the General Manager of Data Solutions Group at Merkle, which is the largest privately-held customer relationship marketing agency and the fastest-growing agency of any discipline in the U.S for 2013. At Merkle, Ozgur oversaw the delivery of analytically driven digital and offline marketing solutions for Merkle’s clients. Ozgur has 15+ years of experience in building data driven marketing solutions for many Fortune 500 clients integrating digital and offline media. Ozgur’s marketing experience stretches across many functional areas such as strategy, analytics, technology, data and many clients, including DIRECTV, T Rowe Price, Procter&Gamble, Life Line, AARP, Citi and AIG. Ozgur is the recipient of multiple awards within Merkle, including the Exceptional Client, Operational Excellence, Database Marketing Excellence and the Chairman’s Award, which is the highest recognition within Merkle. Ozgur has spoken at various Marketing Events globally. Ozgur holds a B.S degree in industrial engineering and an MBA degree with a focus on marketing and management information systems from The University of Georgia.
Executive Director, Commercial
International Tennis Federation
Andrew Walker is the Commercial Director for the International Tennis Federation (ITF), the world governing body of tennis, where he leads sponsorship sales, partnership activation, television/media and revenue generation. The ITF's mission is to further grow the sport worldwide, to develop the game at all levels and ages, and to make, amend and uphold the rules of the game. It also organises major international tennis team events, including the Davis Cup, Fed Cup and the Olympic Tennis Event. Prior to this role, Andrew served as the CMO for the Women’s Tennis Association and played a key role in communications, marketing, sponsorship sales and activation, sales and strategic projects in helping drive the growth of women’s professional tennis. Walker’s marketing-communications acumen and ability to generate business results has contributed significantly to the unprecedented worldwide expansion of the sport. Walker began his career at the WTA in the role of the Special Assistant to the CEO. In 2004, Walker was promoted to Vice President of Business Affairs and shortly after assumed responsibility for the WTA’s Communications and Public Relations as the Vice President of Communications. In January 2009, Walker added Marketing to his growing list of responsibilities as Vice President of Global Marketing and Communications, and subsequently in June 2009 was again promoted to Senior Vice President of Global Marketing and Communications. He assumed the role of the WTA’s CMO in 2011, adding Sales and Sponsorship to his responsibilities. During his ten-year WTA career, Walker played a key role in some of the biggest accomplishments in women’s tennis, including being a key member of the revenue generating team that consummated WTA’s sponsorship deals and subsequent renewals with Sony Ericsson, Whirlpool, Dubai Duty Free, Oriflame, Jetstar, BNP Paribas, Rolex, USANA and others. Walker was also a member of the original team that developed the “Roadmap”, the most sweeping reform of the WTA’s circuit structure, designed to create a more fan-friendly and healthier calendar in order to consistently deliver stars to top events and reduce player withdrawals. Responsible for the public relations strategy that led to the historic achievement of equal prize money for women tennis players at Wimbledon and Roland Garros, Walker also initiated and consummated the tour’s historic social cause partnership with UNESCO to advance gender equality and create leadership opportunities for women all over the world. A 1993 Stanford University graduate, Walker began his career as a corporate lawyer at White & Case in New York, shortly after graduating from New York University Law School in 1997. In 2000, Walker moved to Paris to work at the global PR firm Burson-Marsteller and in 2002, Larry Scott, then President of the ATP, appointed Walker as a Communications Consultant for men’s tennis. In 2011, Walker was named to the prestigious Sports Business Journal's "Forty Under 40" list.
Director International Marketing
Laureate International Universities
Anja Deelen is the Director of International Marketing for Laureate International Universities, which operates the largest private worldwide network of degree-granting post-secondary institutions, composed of more than 75 campus-based & online post-secondary universities, serving students in over 30 countries. Prior to this role, she served as Head of Marketing since 2008 for Atradius, a global leader in credit insurance and debt collections. At Atradius, Anja was responsible for developing and leading the worldwide marketing and communications strategy including online marketing, marketing communications, market intelligence, database marketing, general marketing, lead generation, and prospect management for the Collections business unit. She was in charge of building and developing the marketing team and aligning marketing and communications with the commercial organization. During her time she doubled traffic to the company website and transformed it into the principal lead generating tool. Prior to Atradius, Anja held senior marketing positions at Rabobankand Western Union. She is fluent in five languages and enjoys mentoring MBA students, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Marketing Director, Southern Europe
Antonio Filipe is the Southern Europe Marketing Director for McDonald's, a 10-country region with 7 Billion Euros sales. He is a skilled marketer, brand champion, change agent and creative communicator in cross-cultural B2B and B2C market environments. With McDonald’s for a total of 5 years, Antonio has also been the Strategic Business Director for Fullsix Group, Siemens Marketing and Communications Director and Swatch Marketing Director in Portugal. He started his career at Procter & Gamble, where he assumed several brand roles in pharmacy, health and beauty care products in Portugal, Venezuela and Spain. Antonio is also an invited professor at WHMU. He completed a Brand Mastery course at Kellogg’s and a joint executive management degree by Duke/Babson.
Chief Marketing Officer
Philippa has worked in the internet industry for over 20 years and is a qualified web developer and MBA Graduate. She began at Scoot, building a dotcom business in the Classified Ads area before being offered a role at Yell as Business Development focusing on distribution with multi-national and global partners. In 2000, Philippa joined Microsoft in MSN and grew online Services by 300% in advertising revenue; she has subsequently managed PR, Marketing and Strategic initiatives for Microsoft in the UK and continues to demonstrate thought leadership and driving positive change. In her spare time, Philippa is passionate about technology, horse riding, and travelling, she currently plays Polo for Ascot Park UK.
CMO & Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Katie’s private sector experience covers over 20 years of marketing management and leadership posts within major blue chip consumer goods companies. After graduating with an economics degree from the LSE, she held various brand management posts of increasing levels of seniority within Nestle across the UK. Katie then moved to Europe where, after an 18 month period in Portugal as Marketing Director for a port wine company, she was appointed Dean of the European University Business School in Barcelona. She returned to the UK two years later to take up a senior marketing role at GlaxoSmithKline in their consumer brands division. Shortly thereafter she was promoted through a series of innovation/ideation director roles to a Board level strategic planning director position. Her ultimate post held at GSK was that of Vice-President Global Digital Marketing. This was a newly created position to deliver new ways of using digital marketing communications to drive brand awareness across the global consumer brands. Katie’s current position is Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Chief Marketing Officer, Middlesex University. The delivery of world class marketing and communications to prospective students and key stakeholders around the world is central to success, along with ensuring global recruitment targets are achieved. Use of digital marketing and communications tools and building networks of advocates and ambassadors remain the key focus on a global scale. She says “Unlimited opportunities, limited resources and the increasing weight of international competition remain the major challenges in this recently re-energised Higher Education sector.”
VP Sales & Marketing - Middle East, Africa & India
Stefano Paul Zanenga is VP Sales & Marketing - Middle East, Africa & India at the Natuzzi Group, a global leader in the furniture sector. He manages the Corporate Market Intelligence, Product Development, Merchandising, Marcomms, Media & Digital Marketing and Retail teams and is responsible for the development and deployment of the Natuzzi Italia Brand strategy and marketing mix in the 650+ stores and galleries around the world. Prior to his current role, Stefano served as Natuzzi's Global Marketing & Communications Director - Corporate, in charge of the Brand Plan development for the Group Brands Portfolio and defining the Marcomms mix and strategy on a global level. Before Natuzzi, Stefano held senior marketing positions at Mantero and Benetton, where he led the marketing teams and developed and implemented the brand strategy. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoys running, trekking, snowboarding, skiing and cycling in his spare time.
Chief Marketing Officer
NN Hayat ve Emeklilik
Deniz is currently CMO at NN Hayat ve Emeklilik (formerly known as ING Emeklilik) and a member of the management team, joining in July 2012. She is responsible for the development of the NN brand in Turkey, the marketing strategy and the performance of all marketing investments. Her role extends across all brand, customer, channel, communication and online marketing activities, as well as new product development and marketing intelligence. She has a passion for driving the digital engagement strategy and a vision to transform NN into the most customer-centric insurance company in Turkey. Deniz is a true through the line marketer with experience in brand strategy, communication, activation and innovation, gained predominantly in blue-chip multinational companies. Prior to working in the insurance space, Deniz spent more than 15 years in the FMCG industry, starting her marketing career in Unilever where she managed ‘mega’ brands such as OMO, Dove and Lipton across Central Asia, Caucasia and Turkey. In her capacity as Lipton’s brand manager, she was responsible for several groundbreaking advertising campaigns, along with the very successful introduction of Lipton herbal infusions and fruit teas into the Turkish hot beverages market. After 9 years of fulfilling experience in Unilever, she then moved on to join The Coca-Cola Company as Business Development Manager in 2005, where she was responsible for developing the company’s entry strategy into hot tea category for the first time in the world – which was a top priority project globally. Before joining ING, Deniz was Marketing Director at Yıldız Holding, with full authority for setting the marketing agenda, managing the communication strategy, media planning, consumer insight, brand innovation and activation schemes of a diversified portfolio of youth, mass market and premium brands. Deniz holds an MBA degree from Bosphorus University, Istanbul. She is married with a son and enjoys travelling, snowboarding and blogging about being an ‘organic’ mommy.
Global Sales & Marketing Director - Parts & Accessories
Mr.Gerald Porcario has a Political Science diploma from IEP Aix-en-Provence (Sc. Po Aix, 1992) and a Masters Degree in business administration from EM Lyon (Ecole de Management of Lyon, 1994). Mr. Porcario started his career with Exxon-Mobil in 1996 in retail operations. He joined Volkswagen group in 1999 as Network development manager for two of its brands in France (Seat and Skoda) and ensured extensive dealer coverage and implementation of international brand standards across the country. He joined Renault Group in 2001 and occupied various positions in network management in the South of France, international brand management (product launches in the upper-range segment), brand management - future projects - in the luxury segment before being being appointed in India in the Mahindra-Renault’s joint venture (Mahindra&Mahindra of India and Renault of France) in 2007 as General Manager Marketing and VP, Sales & Marketing for Renault India beginning in 2010. Mr. Porcario was appointed as Marketing Director for Renault & Dacia brands in Morocco in July 2010. In 2015, he took on his current global role with Renault Group as Global Sales & Marketing Director for Parts & Accessories, based in France.
Director: Group Strategy
Gail joined SABMiller plc in 2004 and is responsible for corporate strategy. Prior to this, Gail worked for Diageo / GrandMet Plc where she held senior roles in strategy, finance and business development and was latterly Business Development Director, taking the lead in several major M&A transactions. Gail has significant international experience in emerging and developed markets at corporate, regional and operating company levels. Gail has a first class degree in Business Studies from the University of Edinburgh and completed post graduate studies at Churchill College, Cambridge as part of the R W Wright Studentship Scheme.
Sind Tour Trading
Michele Meoni is currently the Managing Director of Sind Tour Trading Srl with full operational activity of 7 hotels, 3000 rooms and 11 villas across Romania. Michele was previously Chief Operating Officer of Continental Hotels where he managed all units (9 hotels between 3 and 4 stars) as well as the pro-opening and opening of Continental Forum in Sibiu. He was also involved in the planning of the expansion program of the Continental Hotel Group, which included 9 Greenfield projects and 3 refurbishments. He holds an EMBA from CASS (City University Business School), DMS in Management Sciences from Westminster University, and completed his technical skill development at Forte Hotels Plc with a 2 years Hotel Management Training placement in Grosvenor House Hotel, one of the 18 hotels forming the former Exclusive Hotels brand. He has 25 years of experience in hospitality operational management which includes 10 years in Tour operator and Travel Agency and Coach Management and the last years all in the hotels industry. He has been involved in development plans, pre-opening, opening and operating hotels and restaurants: Le Vendome restaurant in London where he was involved as Restaurant Manager in the opening and management of a new Baroque concept of restaurant Grosvenor House Hotel (later the Le Meridien Grosvenor House) while employed as Food & Beverage Manager where he was involved in the planning of the refurbishment program with a total CAPEX of GBP 30ml Capital Casinos, while employed as Multi site Hospitality and F&B Manager, where he has developed the business to the highest standard in London with the awards won by Crockfords Club Domina Coral Bay Resort and Casino, while Resort Dir of Operations, where he was the project manager of the expansion plan from 1400 to 2100 rooms, from 100 to 180 ha of land and the development of a Film production park.
Stefan Konopatzki is CMO for Stilago, a Slovakian based international fashion retailer. Stefan is also Managing Director of Stilago’s Slovenian subsidiary. Covering 14 Central and Eastern European countries, Stefan implements new direct marketing mechanisms across the region in order to push lead generation and develop customers to become brand evangelists. With a strong focus on details, Stefan has strategically designed and operationally implemented a granular eCRM customer communication program which covers traditional channels as well as social media. Based on customer requests, live online tests and market best practices, the eCRM strategy has become a significant driver for the company's ongoing growth. This truly multi-channel approach merges marketing and customer service activities into one holistic approach to the customer. Previously, Stefan was the group CMO at a global coupon network and co-founded Alienware Europe, Dell’s high-performance computer branch.
Chief Marketing & Innovation Officer
Gennady was born in Moscow. After serving in the Soviet Army and graduating from Moscow State University with a major in physics, Gennady worked for a Strategy Consulting firm where he helped a major multinational enter the Russian market. In 1994 he was accepted as one of the first Russian students to the INSEAD MBA program and received a scholarship from the European Union. After INSEAD Gennady went to Geneva and joined the Procter & Gamble Marketing branch. He worked in P&G for more than 15 years in various marketing and commercial positions, on Global, CEEMEA (Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa) and Western European businesses living in Geneva, Beirut and Moscow. Currently Gennady is Chief Marketing & Innovation Officer at Strauss Coffee (one of the top 5 coffee producers in the world with 1+BLN in sales and roughly 6,000 employees). He is also responsible for the away-from-home business and serving on the board of directors of Tres Coracoes – Strauss Coffee joint-venture in Brazil (leading coffee company in Brazil). On the weekends Gennady lives with his wife and 2 children in Switzerland. The rest of the time he’s traveling to where the business and consumers are.
VP Marketing - Europe, Russia & CIS
Umesh Maini is a strategic marketing professional with significant and progressive international experience (Global, Middle East and India) within the fields of telecommunication, electronic payment and consumer goods. He has demonstrated a proven ability in bringing firm consumer understanding, delivering strategic business development initiatives, brand development and marketing management experience. He joined Western Union in February 2012 as VP Marketing, leading the bank's marketing efforts across Europe, Russia and CIS. Previously, Umesh was Head of Global Brand & Marketing for Nokia's Mobile Financial Services, Umesh was responsible for creating and leading Go To Marketing activities on a global basis. Aside from marketing mix this included channel roll-out, retail and sales deployment, CRM and product development. In this role he created the Nokia Money sub-brand - specifically brand positioning, character, architecture, and relationship to the Nokia Brand. He established brand expectations by setting an explicit direction for the brand and translating prioritized opportunities. Prior to this role, Umesh held senior management positions within Nokia including Head of Global Consumer Insights and Category Marketing Head MEA.
CMO, KFC Germany
Dr. Thorsk G Westphal is Chief Marketing Officer at KFC Germany, a division of YUM! Brands. His responsibilities range from developing and driving the vision, positioning, and competitive strategy for the brand in Germany while navigating the growing pains of a small but rapidly evolving business that is predominantly franchisee-owned. Prior to joining YUM! Brands, Dr. Westphal gathered over 11 years of international marketing experience in FMCG with L’Oreal and Reckitt Benckiser, across Australasia, North America and Europe, and across a diverse set of brands, from Garnier beauty care to Durex, Vanish, Calgon, Dettol, Airwick, Clearasil, Veet, and Cilit Bang, among others. He is well-regarded and has been recognised for his entrepreneurship and rigour in marketing, which has proved to get results. Dr. Westphal holds a BCom (Hons), Diploma for Graduates as well as a PhD in (Marketing) Management from the University of Otago, New Zealand.
CONSULTING BOARD MEMBERS
VP International Marketing
Seema (Kotecha) Cunningham served as Vice President of International Marketing at NBC Universal, based in London. She was previously the Head of Marketing, BBC Journalism, where she provided dedicated marketing leadership across the BBC’s international news services. Seema oversaw all global B2B and B2C marketing for BBC World News television, BBC.com/news and the BBC World Service’s 28 language services (including BBC and BBC Persian television). Prior to this role, Seema was Head of Business Marketing, Communications & Audiences for BBC Global News where she was responsible for strategic marketing support for all business-facing teams (including BBC World News Ad Sales and Distribution and BBC World Service Business Development). Seema was also previously Head of Marketing for BBC World News, where she spearheaded some of the most powerful brand work in the channel's history as well as managing an international marketing team. In addition to her roles at the BBC, Seema has worked for Microsoft, where she was hired to oversee the launch of Microsoft TV; as Marketing Controller at BSkyB, where she was responsible for developing and implementing the annual marketing plan to increase subscribers in the business market; as Marketing Communications Manager for Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd., where she managed the team responsible for several award-winning campaigns; and as European Marketing Manager at Debonair Airways Ltd where she managed the European team implementing a multiple market campaigns. A fluent French, Spanish and Gujerati speaker, Seema has a degree in European Studies and Languages from the University of Manchester, part of which involved spending a year at the University of Granada in Spain. She has also worked as an intern in the European Commission in Brussels.
Formerly Chief Marketing Officer
David Newberry was previously the Chief Marketing Officer at OB10, the most trusted global e-Invoicing network (part of Tungsten Corporation). OB10 works with Fortune 500 companies and the world's largest BPO providers to enable straight-through processing and early payment financing. David was previously Chief Marketing Officer at Pitney Bowes Software and was responsible for the division’s global corporate marketing, product/solution marketing and field marketing activities. He led internal transformation initiatives as the division sought to become a leader in customer communications, both digital & physical, through the application of data management, predictive analytics and communication solutions. Prior to Pitney Bowes, David spent 20 years at British American Tobacco in a range of general manager and brand marketing positions. He also co-founded a west coast-based marketing technology cloud based Software Company in addition to time spent as a senior consultant in a leading marketing consultancy practice in London. David has worked and lived in 9 countries across 5 continents including US, UK, South Korea, South Africa and the Middle East and has experience combining fmcg brand marketing, marketing technology and B2B marketing disciplines.