Donovan Neale-May


Neale-May is founder and executive director of the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council (, a global affinity network of more than 16,000 senior marketing executives in 10,000 companies controlling nearly $1 trillion in annual, aggregated marketing spend. He is also the founder and executive director of the Business Performance Innovation (BPI) Network (, a global community of executive change agents dedicated to transformation, business remodeling, process innovation and corporate renovation.

Neale-May recently formed and leads a new Growth Officer Council for chief growth, revenue, commercial, finance and business development leaders and RevTech innovators. The first thought leadership initiative, dubbed Growth Engineering: Mapping Routes to Revenue, includes an online content resource (

Neale-May also serves as president of GlobalFluency, Inc., an international demand generation marketing firm and innovator of thought leadership content marketing using an Intelligent Market Engagement® model. Previously, he held senior management roles at marketing, promotions, and PR agencies, including Ogilvy & Mather, in Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, New York, and London. During his four decades as an international marketing and brand strategist, Neale-May has consulted with over 300 leading multi-nationals, new venture starts and emerging growth companies.

A native South African, Neale-May also founded and runs the SABLE (South African Business Link to Experts) community, a trusted group ( of global expat South Africans. These domain experts provide mentoring, coaching and advisory services to South African companies, entrepreneurs and institutions seeking to fund or commercialize innovation, as well as enter, grow, and partner in worldwide markets.

Neale-May served for 18 years on the board of directors of Travelzoo (NASDAQ: TZOO). He chairs the Rhodes University Trust in the USA and sits on the university’s board of governors in South Africa. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Seoul National University in South Korea. Neale-May left South Africa in 1974 to play rugby professionally in Italy. He now keeps a home in Simon’s Town, South Africa to escape the California crush in Santa Cruz.

Bryan Derose


DeRose brings to the CMO Council more than 12 years of direct and channel sales and business development experience in the Technology, Telecom, Professional Services and Manufacturing verticals. As the Vice President of Business Development and Partnerships, DeRose leads global sponsorship and partnership activities including oversight of all academic, media and event partnerships around the world. In his role DeRose works to craft and execute campaigns to drive authority leadership, demand generation and new business opportunities for global enterprises within the CMO Council’s channel of insight, access and influence.

Prior to joining the CMO Council, DeRose served as the Director of Membership Development of the American Electronics Association (AeA), high-tech’s leading trade association, founded by by David Packard and several of HP’s suppliers to help lobby for government contracts. DeRose, a graduate of California Polytechnic State University–San Luis Obispoalso, also spent time in the technology and start up spaces with brands like Netbuy and Questlink.

Tom Kaneshige

Tom Kaneshige

Tom Kaneshige is the Chief Content Officer at CMO Council. He creates all forms of digital thought leadership content that helps chief marketers, line of business leaders, as well as growth and revenue officers succeed in their rapidly evolving roles. As a content marketing strategist, he helps vendors shape and influence demand for their products and services. His pre-sales role is to gain brand influence, prominence and trust, as well as source qualified leads and customer opportunities. A Silicon Valley native, Kaneshige has covered the intersection of business and technology for 20 years as an award-winning journalist at IDG (CIO Magazine, InfoWorld), Informa/Penton and TechTarget, and as a senior analyst at Forrester Research. He is immersed in the expanding marketing and sales technology landscape, disruptive trends impacting business leaders, and game-changing technology such as artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things. Kaneshige heads a team that produces research reports, articles, white papers, strategic briefs, news releases, social media and web site information. He also edits monthly journals, digital magazines, newsletters, blogs and web content for Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council’s executive networks. These include the Business Performance Innovation (BPI) Network, and the newly formed Growth Officer Council and Growth Guidance Center.

Natalie Fleisher


Natalie Fleisher leads branding and creative development for CMO Council. She manages the digital media and interactive services team and plays an integral role in maintaining and evolving the CMO Council brand identify across all campaigns, properties, assets and marketing communications activities (web, interactive, print, email, social media). Russian-born, Fleisher has helped assemble and orchestrate a world-class creative team at CMO Council, focused on producing a wide range of websites, digital brand assets and campaigns. Before launching her career as a graphic designer, she worked as a professional architect and researcher for architectural companies in Russia, Israel and the United States. An avid skier, Fleisher earned her PhD in architecture at the Russian Research and Design Institute of Dwelling. She currently lives in the Bay Area, making as many trips to the slopes of Lake Tahoe as her schedule allows.

Kevin Sugarman

Kevin Sugarman

Kevin Sugarman is a PR pro with a decade of agency experience. In his role as Director of Media Relations, Sugarman focuses on team management, customer program development, digital and social media, and program planning. Sugarman excels in story placement and has a track record of securing coverage in top-tier publications in both the business and trade press. His experience crosses both the consumer and technology markets, and he has deep experience in many industries, including mobile, ad-marketing, telecommunications, enterprise, legal software, BPM, ERP, cloud and SaaS solutions. He has a BS in mass communications with an emphasis in public relations from San Jose State University. As a newly minted and first-time father, Sugarman will gladly share photos of the little girl who he firmly believes is the “cutest in the world.”

Louise Burgers

Louise Burgers

Louise has 25 years’ experience in B2B publishing as an award-winning editor, columnist and journalist on media brands in Africa; also working with brands/NGOs as a content strategist. She is currently Editorial Director of the CMO Council; a part-time lecturer in Marketing & Advertising Communications at Red & Yellow School of Creative Business in Cape Town, SA; and writes retail brand blog She holds a Master of Commerce: Strategy and Organisational Dynamics, from University of KwaZulu Natal, in conjunction with Copenhagen Business School in Denmark and UK Open University.