Dana AndersonSenior VP, Marketing Strategy and Communications
Maryam BanikarimSenior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Gannett
In March 2011, Maryam Banikarim was named Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Gannett Co., Inc. She is responsible for all companywide marketing, communications and research efforts. She also oversees national sales for Gannett's publishing and digital businesses including USA TODAY. In addition, she serves as a member of the Gannett Management Committee (GMC).
Prior to joining Gannett, Maryam served as Senior Vice President for Integrated Sales Marketing at NBC Universal. She worked across the company’s vast portfolio of content to develop custom, innovative marketing solutions on behalf of clients. As part of this role, she spearheaded marketing for Women at NBCU, Green is Universal and Healthy at NBCU. She also oversaw the company’s in-house creative agency, which leads, develops and implements the company's corporate marketing strategy and supports the company’s cross-platform sales initiatives.
Previously, Maryam was the chief marketing officer of Univision Communications Inc., the premier Spanish-language media company in the United States. She oversaw marketing and communications activities across the Company’s areas of operation, which include television, radio and online, representing a combined $2.1 billion portfolio.
Maryam led efforts to raise Univision’s profile within the business community, and helped connect clients with the growing U.S. Hispanic market. She joined Univision in 2002 as senior vice president, Strategic Marketing, and played a key role in growing incremental sales and revenue for the company.
Maryam has more than 15 years of broadcast, publishing, multimedia and advertising agency experience. Previously, she provided management and marketing consulting services to a variety of clients including Time Warner, Deutsche Bank and Bacardi Ltd. Her experience also includes roles as Publisher at Macmillan Publishing and General Manager and Marketing Director for Citysearch. In addition, Maryam was a member of the first integrated marketing solutions group at Turner Broadcasting. She began her marketing career in account management at Young and Rubicam.
Maryam earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Barnard College, where she won the Harry S. Truman scholarship. She also holds an MBA and a Master of Arts in International Affairs from Columbia University.
She has received multiple accolades over her career, and was most recently named one of Fast Company’s 10 bold thinking “Disrupters” and a “Women to Watch” by Advertising Age. In 2010, she was named one of CableFAX’s “Most Influential Minorities in Cable.” In 2009, she was recognized by The League of Women Voters of the City of New York as a Woman of Distinction and selected by Multichannel News as a “Women to Watch.” In 2008, Maryam was honored by the Girl Scouts Council of Greater New York as a Woman of Distinction, by the New York Post as one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in New York” and by Crain’s New York Business as one of their “40 under 40” rising stars. In 2006, Maryam was selected as one of Advertising Age’s “40 under 40” up-and-comers, and earned a place on Fast Company’s “Fast Fifty” list of corporate trailblazers and trendsetters.
Maryam sits on the boards of Advertising Week and Mt. Sinai Adolescent Healthcare Center. She has lived and worked in several countries, including Argentina, Brazil, France, Iran and the United Kingdom, and currently resides in New York City with her husband and two children.
Rick BoykoVCU Brandcenter
Rick BoykoExecutive Director, VCU Brand Center
Rick Boyko, is the founding member of the Leadership Collective, a group comprised of some of the formost creative advertising and marketing leaders from around the country in partnership with Advertising Age. The Collectivae was formed to satisfy the desire of CEO’s and CMO’s for their employees to become more innovative and creative thinkers.
For the past nine years Rick was Director and Professor at the VCU Brandcenter. Considered the best gradute school for the Business of Marketing Communications, in 2012 a team of Brandcenter students bested the world’s leading business schools taking first place in the Global Innovation Challenge earning the school the title of the “Most Innovative Business School in the world.”
Prior to the Brandcenter, Rick spent 30 years at agencies including Leo Burneett, Chiat/Day, and Ogilvy & Mather New York where he became Co-President, Chief Creative Officer of North America, integrating Ogilvy’s North American offices and winning Agency of the year in 2000.
Throughout his career, Rick has been dedicated to improving the industry having served on the Boards of both the Art Directors Club and One Club. Currently, he sits on the Board of Advertising Week, and the Advisory Board of The Marcus Graham Project and has served as the Dean of the Roger Hatchuel Academy in Cannes for the past six years. He has previously sat on the boards of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Napster and Butler Shine Stern & Partners.
In March of 2012 Rick Boyko was inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Hall of fame in honor of his many contributions to the industry.
Dave BurwickWeight Watchers International
Dave BurwickPresident North America, Weight Watchers International
Dave Burwick joined Weight Watchers International as President of North America in April 2010. In that capacity, he leads the company’s approximately $1.3 Billion business and 20,000 employees in North America. Under his leadership, the company has strengthened its brand and broadened its relevancy via new advertising campaigns with Jennifer Hudson and Charles Barkley, developed and executed a new, modern retail footprint for its stores, and established a nascent B2B/Healthcare business.
He spent the prior 20 years at PepsiCo in a range of senior executive roles, including SVP and Chief Marketing Officer of PepsiCo North America Beverages and President of Pepsi?Quaker?Tropicana?Gatorade Canada (Pepsi?QTG), a $1.3 Billion business unit of PepsiCo. Under Burwick’s leadership, Pepsi?QTG was awarded PepsiCo’s “Business Unit of the Year” by the Chairman in acknowledgement of the best 2007 business and people performance across all PepsiCo divisions worldwide.
Prior to these roles, Burwick held a wide variety of North America and International general management, sales and brand management positions, including SVP and CMO for Pepsi?Cola North America for 4 years. In this position, he led all brand marketing, product innovation, digital marketing, consumer promotions, sports marketing and consumer insights. Burwick started with PepsiCo in 1989 as Assistant Brand Manager for Diet Pepsi.
Burwick is a board member of the Boston Beer Company where he chairs the Compensation Committee. He received an MBA in General Management in 1989 from Harvard Business School and a BA in History in 1983 from Middlebury College. Burwick, his wife, and their four children reside in Connecticut.
Paul CaineTime Inc.
Paul CaineEVP, Chief Revenue Officer, Time Inc.
As Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer, Paul Caine is responsible for all of Time Inc.’s ad sales revenues. He brings together the company’s groups – Style & Entertainment, Lifestyle, Sports, and News -- to best serve the company’s clients and ensure Time Inc.’s marketplace leadership.
Caine oversees Time Inc. Branded Solutions, an integrated, full-service, sales, marketing and creative organization that serves as a complement to Time Inc.’s brand sales. The group’s focus is on adding value for the company’s largest clients by harnessing the scale of Time Inc.’s assets with Time Inc. branded programs and ideas.
Caine’s Executive Vice President duties also include serving as President and Group Publisher of the Style & Entertainment Group, where he oversees its six category-leading titles: PEOPLE, InStyle, Entertainment Weekly, ESSENCE, People en Espanol, and People StyleWatch.
Through official partnerships with the Screen Actors Guild (SAG Awards), The Recording Academy (Grammy Awards), the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (Golden Globe Awards), and the Sundance Film Festival, the Style & Entertainment Group has unparalleled access to the biggest entertainment events each year. In addition to branded showcase events like the Essence Music Festival and People en Espanol’s Festival, the Group executes more than 12,000 retail promotions and events each year.
Under Caine’s leadership, PEOPLE has been recognized with some of the industry’s most prestigious accolades including Advertising Age’s “Magazine of the Year,” Adweek’s “Hot List” (ranked #1 in 2010), and Capell’s Circulation Report’s “Best Performers In Circulation.” In 2009, PEOPLE and ESSENCE both earned spots on Advertising Age’s “A-List,” while PEOPLE StyleWatch was ranked #2 on Adweek’s “10 Under 60 Hot List.” In 2008, People.com was named Adweek’s “Magazine Website of the Year;” PEOPLE StyleWatch earned a spot on Advertising Age’s “A-List;” Entertainment Weekly was featured on Adweek’s “Brand Leaders” list, and ESSENCE received an Advertising Age “American Magazine Vanguard Award.” People en Español was featured on Adweek’s “10 Under 50 Hot List” for four consecutive years.
Throughout his 20-year career at Time Inc., Caine has served in various positions including publisher at Teen People, Entertainment Weekly, PEOPLE, the PEOPLE Group, and as president and group publisher of the Time Inc. Entertainment Group. He successfully launched Teen People and PEOPLE StyleWatch, and played an integral role in the relaunch of People.com. Prior to joining Time Inc., he worked at USA Today and J. Walter Thompson. Caine has been honored with many professional awards including: MIN’s Sales Executive Hall of Fame in 2010, Crain’s New York’s “40 Under 40” (2002); the AAF’s “Advertising Hall of Achievement” and Jack Avrett Volunteer Spirit Award (2004); the AD Club’s President’s Award (2006), and the Time Inc. Presidents Award (1999). He also received the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award from The College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Association at Indiana University, and was named MIN’s Sales Team Leader of the Year in 2008.
In addition to his professional work, Caine is dedicated to a variety of philanthropic causes. In 2009, he was named Chairman of MusiCares and in 2007, he and his wife started Griffin’s Giving Fund (in memory of their son, Griffin Matthew) to provide specialized children’s books and educational aids to families faced with the illness or death of a child.
A graduate of Indiana University with a BA in Business Communication, Caine lives in New Jersey with his wife and three children.
Alex CameronEmmis New York
Alex CameronSVP, General Manager, Emmis New York
Alexandra Cameron’s expertise in the media and entertainment industry spans two decades with some international flavor including Canada, Japan and the United States. Cameron has extensive experience in sales, product and talent development and overall strategic operations leadership. She has been the Senior Vice President and General Manager for Emmis Communications’ New York entity since 2008 which currently includes global hip hop brand HOT 97 a legendary radio station, Summer Jam the world’s largest hip hop festival at MetLife Stadium and the Loud Digital Network.
Cameron was tapped to bring vision and fresh attitudes to industry organizations like NYMRAD for which she served as Chairperson through 2010 and 2011 and remains on the executive committee. She is also a Board Director for The New York State Broadcasters Association. Her reputation is one of an inspiring leader of change, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit credited with many “firsts”. She has been recognized by Radio Ink Magazine consecutively since 2008 as one of “The Best Managers in Radio” and “The Most Influential Women in Radio” lists. She has also been recognized by AWNY – Advertising Women in New York as a professional mentor.
Prior to her current role with Emmis she was the Director of Sales over a cluster of three dominant radio stations, promoted from her first position with Emmis as General Sales Manager of HOT 97. Cameron originally moved to New York from Canada in 2000 to assume a position with Clear Channel as Local Sales Manager and Director of Market Development for WAXQ-FM/ Q104.3
She spent the earlier part of her career in Toronto and Vancouver Canada, initially as a Writer, Events Reporter and Morning Show Co-Host and News Anchor. Cameron’s entrepreneurial vision led her to consulting under her own boutique brand as Cameron Creations providing creative management to BBDO for an award winning telecom account campaign, as well as other independent contracts with The Hardrock Café and a Whistler resort property. She wrote and produced a syndicated radio feature “What’s On Vancouver” and wrote for Canada Wide Magazines as their first Creative Account Executive.
Cameron’s last post in Canada was General Manager of nRGYworks a division of MediaGroup West where she was responsible for representing 50% of their radio portfolio, led the specialty TV network business including The Weather Network and The Score sports channel and developed product placement and branded entertainment projects.
She studied Journalism and Philosophy at UWO in London Ontario followed by attending The American Academy of Dramatic Arts for performance and Universal Studios Masterclass for Screenwriters in Los Angeles, California. She has written a play and several screenplays. She has performed at UCB Theater in NY and The Broadway Comedy Club with Gotham comedy writers. She works to maintain her creative skills through continued study with the UCLA writers program. She is an avid believer that the best business results are driven by the ability to embrace both analytics and creative process.
Cameron is an advocate for the health and development of youth, licensed as a resource parent and a proud foster mom. She is also a dog enthusiast with two big pooches of her own and has been featured in Caesar Milan’s “The Dog Whisperer” magazine for features on “health and fitness with Fido”. She strives to squeeze the most out of life but is a firm believer in the responsibility of giving back. Her work hard, play hard character allows her to perform as a “work-a-luvit” and pursue sports like surfing and skiing around the globe.
Andrew CaponeNCC Media
Andrew CaponeSVP, Marketing & Business Development, NCC Media
Andrew Capone joined America’s leading cable sales and marketing representative firm, NCC Media, in 2003, and currently serves as Senior Vice President, Marketing & Business Development. In this role, Capone oversees NCC’s Strategic Business Development effort as well as Corporate and Sales Marketing, Content Development, Cable Network Relations, Corporate Communications, PR and Sales Promotions. He also launched NCC’s Multicultural, News and Sports Sales teams.
Capone has more than 25 years of experience in media sales, marketing and executive management. Prior to NCC, Capone spent 12 years rising through the ranks at NBC Television. There he held a variety of posts, including Senior VP of Marketing for the NBC Television Network, Vice President of Sales for CNBC Europe and Asia, VP Sales and Marketing for the NBC Owned and Operated Television Stations and Director of Sales at WTVJ Miami.
He has also held executive roles in digital media, including Executive Vice President of Marketing & Operations for streaming video innovator Microcast, and SVP Sales for USA Networks Interactive.
He began his career with MMT Sales and then moved to Media General Broadcasting at WFLA-TV in Tampa, FL.
Capone graduated from the University of Miami, and lives in Sea Girt, New Jersey with his wife, Cynthia, and two children.
Don ColemanGlobal Hue
Don ColemanCEO and Chairman, Global Hue
A former NFL linebacker and lifelong entrepreneur, Donald A. Coleman is a visionary and pioneer in the advertising industry. An advocate of ethnic and multicultural marketing, Coleman’s firm, GlobalHue, has been a conduit for companies wishing to speak to cultural markets using nontraditional messages that appeal to their values and beliefs.
After graduating from the University of Michigan and serving a four-year stint in the NFL, Coleman began his advertising and communications career at Campbell-Ewald Advertising in Warren, Michigan. After Campbell-Ewald, he worked for a Chicago firm that targeted the African-American consumer market. In 1988, Coleman fulfilled his dream and started his own agency, Don Coleman Advertising, with which, in 2002, he acquired the Hispanic agency Montemayor y Asociados and the Asian agency Innovasia Communications to form GlobalHue.
With offices in Detroit (Southfield) and New York City, GlobalHue is the nation’s largest minority-owned, full-service marketing communications agency with total market and cultural expertise. The agency handles total market for the Jeep brand and OneMain Financial, and for decades has been acknowledged for its multicultural expertise by its blue-chip clients, including Chrysler Group LLC, Verizon Wireless, Walmart and the U.S. Navy. In 2009, GlobalHue was recognized as the “Multicultural Advertising Agency of the Decade” by Adweek. Named one of the “12 Top Innovators in Marketing and Advertising” by Black Enterprise, and profiled in the New York Times as The Boss, a feature reserved for select leaders in the business world, Coleman is an innovator in the advertising industry and well known for his entrepreneurial spirit. His latest enterprise, GHV of New York, is an independent venture company that seeks opportunities in media, marketing and advertising to create alternative business for GlobalHue clients as well as for Fortune 500 companies.
Coleman is also a member of the board of several organizations, most recently being appointed to the Spelman College Board of Trustees. He is also a philanthropist, contributing more than $5 million over the last five years to various organizations. Further, to promote entrepreneurship as a career choice amongst ethnic college students, Coleman launched The Coleman Entrepreneurial Scholarship (CES) in 2009. The mission of the scholarship is to be a leading scholarship fund that assists future generations and entrepreneurs in fulfilling their dreams. Since its inception, the Coleman Entrepreneurial Scholarship has awarded over $150,000 to its recipients.
Frank CooperPepsiCo Inc.
Frank CooperGlobal Chief Marketing Officer, Consumer Engagement, PepsiCo Inc.
As the Global Chief Marketing Officer of Consumer Engagement for PepsiCo, Inc., Frank Cooper III is charged with leading brand marketing strategy, brand development, and brand activation for global platforms across all beverages. In this role, he expands his North American duties to include all territories throughout the world. In addition to leading the development of the consumer engagement model, Cooper also leads Global Media, Global Entertainment, and Digital Engagement. In that capacity, he has served as the lead negotiator on PepsiCo’s renewal of a multi-billion dollar deal with the NFL, led the negotiations and creative development of Pepsi’s partnership with the hit television show “The X Factor,” and charted a new course for digital through exclusive partnerships (e.g., Foursquare, Twitter), original content development, and real-time marketing.
From 2008 – 2010, Cooper served as Chief Marketing Officer, Sparkling Beverages for Pepsi-Cola North America (PCNA), where he oversaw PepsiCo’s entire soft drink portfolio (including TM Pepsi, TM Mountain Dew and TM Sierra Mist). Cooper led the re-launch of trademark Pepsi, positioning the brand around the idea of optimism and positive change while provoking active participation of consumers. From the iconic “Word Play” advertisements, to the Webby Award-winning “Dear Mr. President”, to the retro-inspired “Pepsi Throwback” product, and the Pepsi Refresh Project, this re-launch was widely recognized as one of the most innovative initiatives developed by a consumer products company.
Cooper also spearheaded the most successful limited-time offering in Pepsi history, through a consumer-generated platform called “DEWmocracy.” Working closely with Forest Whitaker, he developed an online story-based game that allowed consumers to create the next Mountain Dew product. In a 12-week period, the limited-time offering yielded over 17mm cases worth approximately $100 million at retail.
Many of Cooper’s efforts have established him as a leader in the industry for branded entertainment, including producing the DEWmocracy experience, the “Deathbowl to Downtown” documentary, “The Next Great Game Gods” television special on Spike TV, the “We Inspire” digital platform targeting women, “On the Bubble” animated series, Yo Sumo documentary (with Eva Longoria), Pepsi Musica television series, Green Label Sound music label for emerging artists, and interactive motion pictures through Green Label Studios.
Within PepsiCo, Cooper has also worked as vice president of promotions and interactive marketing, supervising Pepsi-Cola North America’s (PCNA) national and account-specific retail marketing efforts and leading the company’s digital strategy and initiatives. He joined PCNA in July 2003 as vice president for multicultural marketing & strategic initiatives.
Prior to Pepsi, Cooper spent a decade working as a senior business executive and entrepreneur behind some of the most powerful urban and new-media brands in the world. From 2001-2003, Cooper served as Vice President of Interactive Marketing at America Online, Inc., where he managed music sales and marketing programs.
In 1998, Cooper co-founded the largest Internet company focused on urban lifestyle and minority markets, Urban Box Office Networks, Inc. (“UBO”), and prior to that period he served as a senior business affairs executive for the two most iconic brands in urban music: Motown Records and Def Jam Recordings.
Cooper received his B.S. degree in business administration from the University of California at Berkeley and received his juris doctorate from Harvard Law School, where he served as Supreme Court Editor of the Harvard Law Review.
He served as Chairman of the American Advertising Federation (a leading advertising trade association with over 40,000 members) from 2009-2011.
Cooper has been recognized as Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business” (#44), Advertising Age’s Entertainment A-List, Billboard Power 100 (#17), and AdColor Legend award.
Debra CoughlinExecutive Vice President, Global Chief Marketing Officer, Draftfcb
Debra is an award-winning brand marketer whose career is a series of successes on both the agency and client sides. Her work in domestic and international marketing and advertising for such iconic brands as MasterCard, Colgate, Advil and JellO garnered numerous awards including the inaugural Grand Effie, Gold Effies, and Cannes Lions.
At Draftfcb, Coughlin aligns offerings in the network’s top markets worldwide to ensure seamless integration. As Draftfcb’s CMO, Coughlin leads the agency’s Global Capabilities team as well as the development, evolution and promotion of new and existing Draftfcb proprietary tools and intellectual property. She also seeds further awareness of the agency’s 6.5 Seconds That Matter operating system.
Since 2007, Coughlin had been at Citigroup as EVP/CMO for CitiCards and EVP Branding and Advertising for Citi NA’s consumer brand. Prior to Citi she was SVP Global Brand Building at MasterCard where she was a principal architect of the long-running, highly effective and wildly popular “Priceless” campaign.
Her agency experience includes leadership roles at J. Walter Thompson, where she was Senior Partner and Management Director, and Young & Rubicam, where she was SVP/Global Group Director.
Among career highlights, Coughlin has produced proven results while introducing brands like Advil and Colgate Total and turning around iconic brands like MasterCard and Jell-O. A resident of New York, Coughlin started her career in 1982 as an assistant account executive at Young & Rubicam on Johnson & Johnson Personal Products brands and General Foods desserts division after graduating from Columbia University Graduate School of Business with an MBA in marketing and finance.
Brian CurranCOO, DAS
Mark D'ArcyDirector of Global Creative Solutions, Facebook
In this role D’Arcy leads a team working to develop ideas that leverage the power of the social graph to transform industries, serve the needs of the company’s largest marketing partners and drive revenue growth.
Prior to joining Facebook he spent seven years at Time Warner where he was Chief Creative Officer of its Global Media Group. In this role he pioneered its industry leading transformation from a traditional cross-platform sales group into a highly successful media-arts practice serving the company’s largest marketing partners. In 2009 he was also named President of the group.
D'Arcy has been widely recognized for his creativity and received the 2010 KEA World Class New Zealand award for his leadership in creative industries.
He is a member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, serves on the Ad Council's creative review committee and the Board of Trustees for the Museum of the City of New York, The AD CLUB of NY and the Independent Filmmaker Project.
Colleen DeCourcyCEO and Founder, Socialistic
Colleen was the Cyber Lions Jury President at the 55th edition of the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival last year. She served in 2007 as a Titanium and Integrated Jury Member at this prestigious festival in France, and in 2006 sat on the Cannes Cyber Lions Jury. That same year, Advertising Age and the Advertising Women of New York association announced “25 Women to Watch” honoring the most savvy, empowered, accomplished and innovative women in the world of advertising, marketing and media; DeCourcy was named a member.
Colleen recently left the position of Global Chief Digital Officer at TBWA to found her own agency, Socialistic.
Amie DeutchFast Company
Amie DeutchAssociate Publisher, Fast Company
Since joining Fast Company in 2007, Amie Deutch has been responsible for developing and implementing sales and marketing strategies, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the print and digital business, and leading a stellar team of sales and marketing professionals. Deutch prides herself on working closely with clients to understand goals and objectives and believes successful marketing programs are a result of collaboration. This has translated to numerous successful cross-platform programs and advertisers who view Fast Company as a valued marketing partner. Throughout her tenure, Fast Company has been named to Adweek's Hot List three consecutive times and to the AdAge A-List in 2008.
Before joining Fast Company, Deutch held the same position at Elle Décor and prior to that FHM. During the course of her publishing career she has had roles at both consumer and business-to-business publications. Amie is a graduate of Boston University. She resides in New York City.
Erica FarberRadio Advertising Bureau
Erica FarberPresident & CEO, Radio Advertising Bureau
As President and CEO of the Radio Advertising Bureau, Erica Farber leads Radio’s advocacy efforts by helping to drive business, grow advertising revenue, and communicate Radio’s digital transition.
Farber joined the organization in January 2012, as Executive Vice President, responsible for membership, services and professional development. Most recently, she was the CEO of the radio consulting and Internet service provider, The Farber Connection LLC, a firm she founded in 2010. During her fifteen year tenure at Radio & Records, Farber held various positions including COO, President, Publisher and CEO.
Farber has held nearly every position in Radio Sales & Management including rising through the ranks at the INTEREP Companies and serving as Executive Vice President/Radio Development Director. During the early years of her career she held positions at KRTH-FM, KABC-TV, and KIIS-AM in Los Angeles. Her radio management career grew quickly when she was appointed General Sales Manager and General Manager of WROR-FM in Boston in the same year. Her success then led to an appointment as Vice President/General Manager of WXLO-FM, In New York.
In 2000, Ms. Farber received an American Broadcast Pioneer Award from the Broadcasters' Foundation and has consistently been voted one of ""The Most Influential Women in Radio"" by the readers of Radio Ink Magazine. In 2009 she was awarded the inaugural Trailblazer award by the Mentoring & Inspiring Women in Radio Group. She currently serves as Chair of the Radio Creative Fund. She serves as a Director on the following Boards: Ad Council, Arbitron, Broadcasters Foundation of America and the Library of American Broadcasting. In her spare time, Farber serves as President of the Society of Singers, a non profit, charitable organization dedicated to improving, preserving & maintaining the personal dignity, health & welfare of professional vocalists who find themselves in need.
Maria Luisa Francoli PlazaMPG
Maria Luisa Francoli PlazaGlobal CEO, MPG
Currently the Global CEO of MPG and Havas Media North America, Maria Luisa has served many roles at MPG since first joining as the Corporate Development Manager in 1993 responsible for the company’s geographical and business diversification. Thanks to Maria Luisa, in 1995, MPG became the first media agency worldwide to receive the ISO 9002 certification.
In 1997, Maria Luisa combined her extensive background and her instincts about the future of the industry to create Media Contacts, a digital agency within Havas Media, which is now a leading global interactive media network.
In 2003, Maria Luisa was appointed CEO of what was then known as the Media Planning network, the largest division of MPG, and was later named Global CEO of MPG in 2006, tasked with driving profitable and sustainable growth for clients and, as a result, MPG. Soon after being named Global CEO, Maria Luisa relocated to the U.S. from Spain.
Maria Luisa contributes large amounts of time and effort to major industry events and awards festivals, both as a juror and speaker. She is also a charter member of the IAB Agency Advisory Board and is on the Board of Directors of the Ad Council. In 2010, Maria Luisa was named a Working Mother of the Year by Working Mother magazine and AWNY.
Under her leadership, MPG North America has set a creative and effective precedent, collecting several “firsts” including a coveted Gold Cannes Media Lion in the U.S.; MPG Mexico won the country’s first Cannes Lion and was named Agency of the Year at the 2010 Festival of Media, marking the first time any Latin American agency has received such honors; MPG Canada doubled its operations; and MPG U.S. was awarded “Agency of the Year” by MediaPost’s MEDIA magazine in 2009, 2010 and again in 2011.
Matt FreemanBain Capital
Matt FreemanPartner, Bain Capital
Alfredo GangotenaMastercard Worldwide
Alfredo GangotenaChief Marketing Officer, Mastercard Worldwide
Alfredo Gangotena is chief marketing officer of MasterCard Worldwide, with global responsibility for the company's advertising, sponsorships, promotions, research, insights and digital marketing initiatives.
Most recently, Mr. Gangotena was the Global Products & Solutions Lead and general manager for Europe at MasterCard Worldwide. Based in the European regional head office in Waterloo, Belgium, Mr. Gangotena was responsible for developing and implementing coordinated GP&S strategies and plans for the Region, including Product Development, Product Sales, Marketing, Communications and Advisors. Working with regional management and GP&S functional leads, he defined and prioritized GP&S activities which are in alignment with the regional priorities and customers, as well as executed integrated solutions designed to deliver top line revenue growth.
Mr. Gangotena came to MasterCard Europe in April 2006 and was appointed as general manager for Continental Europe and the SEPA Region, spearheading the company’s operations across the markets, focusing on strategic planning, acceleration of growth and development of innovative businesses with key Regional Banks and Merchant partners.
Previously, Mr. Gangotena was the senior vice president and general manager of the MasterCard Asia/Pacific Region, where he was instrumental in developing the company's competitive advantage and expanding the brand across the region. Mr. Gangotena, a French national, brings extensive general management and marketing expertise in international markets from his previous organizations. Before joining MasterCard in January 2004, he was CEO of Hutchison/Priceline, a joint venture between Hutchison Whampoa and priceline.com in Asia/Pacific. He also served as president and executive chairman of the Asia/Pacific Region for the Henkel Group of Germany. Prior to that, Mr. Gangotena held senior management positions with the Procter & Gamble Company as managing director Europe (Laundry Detergents Division), with Universal Music-PolyGram as CEO in France, and with the Walt Disney Company as senior vice president for the Disneyland Theme Park in Paris.
Mr. Gangotena holds a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in the United States and is a graduate Engineer from Ecole Centrale Paris, France.
Stephanie GeorgeTime Inc.
Stephanie GeorgeEVP, CMO, Time Inc.
Stephanie George has over twenty years of media and publishing experience. Formerly the Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Time Inc., she was responsible for the company's overall positioning and promotion, and for managing and growing Time Inc.'s marketing services capabilities and non-branded revenue opportunities.
She oversaw Marketing, Research and Insights, and Time Inc. Content Solutions, a custom publishing and marketing services division. Also in George's oversight were Media Networks Inc. (MNI) and Targeted Media Inc. (TMI). George managed Time Inc.'s relationship with American Express Publishing and held a seat on its board. In addition, she led the company's cross-enterprise relationship with the Time Warner Global Media Group.
George held an Executive Vice President title at Time Inc. since 2007, serving in several capacities. As President of Time Inc. Advertising Sales and Marketing from 2008 to 2010, she led the company to record gains in share of market, with the Corporate Sales & Marketing team winning min's 2010 Marketer of the Year award. Prior to that, George led the company's style and entertainment brands, including People, People en Español, People StyleWatch, Entertainment Weekly, In Style, and Essence.
Before being named an Executive Vice President, George was President of In Style, Real Simple, Essence, and The Parenting Group. George joined Time Inc. as President of In Style in 2001, establishing the brand as an unparalleled industry leader, and leading the transformation from magazine to global brand. Before joining Time Inc., George was at Fairchild Publications from 1988. She served as President, Women's Wear Daily Media Worldwide, as well as Executive Vice President of Fairchild Publications. Prior to that, as Publisher of W for ten years, she remade the broadsheet into a glossy consumer monthly and presided over the successful launch of Jane.
George serves on the boards of Burberry, Lincoln Center, and Advertising Week in New York and lends her time and energy to a number of causes and organizations, including Project A.L.S., Legal Momentum, and the Fashion Institute of Technology. George was recognized by the American Cancer Society as the 2008 Dream Ball honoree and in 2009 was named Woman of the Year by the United Service Organizations (USO).
George lives in Upper Montclair, N.J. with her husband, William Lenchinsky, and their daughter, Ali.
Bob GreenbergAdvertising Week Experience
Bob GreenbergExecutive Director, Advertising Week Experience
Gina GrilloThe Advertising Club
Gina GrilloExecutive Director, The Advertising Club
Jason HarrisPresident & CEO, Mekanism
President and CEO of the award-winning creative agency Mekanism, Jason works closely with brands to create shareable and provocative campaigns that engage audiences. Under his leadership, Mekanism was named an Ad Age “Small Agency of the Year” and has been profiled by The New York Times, Fast Company and “Nightline”. Jason is a Brand 50 member, on the board of directors for Advertising Week and his methods have been covered and studied by Harvard Business School. When not working or hanging with his family, Jason loves to play music or meditate to Joy Division.
Nancy HillAmerican Association of Advertising Agencies
Nancy HillPresident & CEO, American Association of Advertising Agencies
A veteran of 4A’s member agencies on both east and west coasts, Nancy Hill hit the ground running in 2008 when she assumed the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of the 4A’s.
During one of the worst economic downturns the advertising industry has ever experienced, Nancy has led the association’s transformation to provide leadership, advocacy and guidance to the advertising community on such issues as talent, compensation and intellectual property ownership. She has personally led the 4A's work on diversity, both in hiring and media buying guidelines. Additionally, she has been actively engaged as one of the founders of the Digital Advertising Alliance whose efforts on behalf of self-regulation for privacy and online behavioral advertising best practices are now being looked at as the standard to be adopted in many other regions of the world.
Nancy began her career in advertising at Doner/Baltimore in 1983, working primarily on Bell Atlantic Mobile (now Verizon Wireless) where she rose from traffic manager to executive vice president, account director. During her 10 years at Doner, Nancy was actively involved in many of the agency's community efforts including work for Downtown Partnership and Partnership for a Drug Free Maryland.
Next she worked at TBWA\Chiat\Day in both St. Louis and Los Angeles, before moving to San Francisco to lead Goldberg Moser O’Neill, which became Hill | Holliday in 2001. After that she joined BBDO, where she was first president of its San Francisco office and then later promoted to executive vice president and managing director for New York, overseeing several of the agency’s largest accounts. Her most recent position prior to the 4A’s was as Chief Executive Officer at Lowe New York.
Nancy’s background is steeped in technology experience from work with clients like Cisco, Microsoft, LucasArts, Sybase, Sony and Verizon. Honored as a Woman to Watch by Advertising Age in 2008, Nancy has been named by both the Arthritis Foundation and the Girl Scouts of New York as a Woman of Distinction.
She has served on the Board of Directors of the Miami Ad School and led the launch of its New York campus. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors of The Partnership at drugfree.org, The Ad Council, The National Advertising Review Council, TORCH, AdColor, The Digital Advertising Alliance, and The Marcus Graham Project, as well serving as CEO of Advertising Week/NY. She is also a Trustee of the University of Mount Union in Ohio.
In addition to numerous speaking engagements throughout the country and internationally, Nancy is an active member of the Board of People Helping People, an organization that builds schools and sponsors children for further education in Otavalo, Ecuador where she has had a home for several years.
Jon KamenFounder & CEO, Radical.Media
Jon Kamen is Chairman and CEO of @radical.media. He is well known for developing, producing and distributing award-winning projects in almost every conceivable media, including feature films, television, music programming, commercials, graphic and interactive design, smartphones and tablet applications, exhibitions, events and original photography. He has created a firm with a truly global worldview that offers its clients a platform for the development, production and distribution of groundbreaking content.
Jon has long identified the fluidity of the line between advertising and entertainment, and thus continued to expand @radical’s capabilities as a production company. Its ever-expanding entertainment division is a solution to a changing media landscape. In conjunction with the design, digital and integrated strategic marketing teams, he works closely with agency, network, and brand partners to integrate their visions into the DNA of the content @radical creates.
Under Jon’s leadership, the company has produced numerous award-winning documentaries, including the Oscar® winner for Best Documentary The Fog of War, to the Grammy®-winning memorial for George Harrison Concert for George. Additional documentary credits include Jay-Z's Fade to Black, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, which won Best Documentary at the Independent Spirit Awards, the critically-acclaimed feature film Blue Valentine and Crude, winner of the Cinema For Peace’s International Green Film Award. More recently, the company produced the Academy Award-nominated film Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, and Under African Skies, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, featuring Grammy® winning artist Paul Simon.
Jon's television credits include production of the pilot episode of the Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning series Mad Men for AMC, the Emmy®-winning series 10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America for History Channel, Dean of Invention with Dean Kamen for Planet Green/Discovery Channel, Visionaries: Inside the Creative Mind and Oprah’s Master Class for OWN. In addition, @radical produces Iconoclasts, which is currently in production on its sixth season for Sundance Channel and Grey Goose Entertainment, In The Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams, which premiered on PBS Great Performances, and Bon Jovi: When We Were Beautiful for Showtime. The company is currently producing programs for HBO, Sundance Channel, MTV, Discovery, ESPN and OWN.
Jon and the team have also become leaders in the realm of branded content, producing innovative projects for pioneering brands. With Ogilvy+Mather, the company produced IBM: Watson, which aired during a series of Jeopardy! episodes where champion contestants competed against IBM’s highly advanced supercomputer; the television documentary Summit on the Summit with Proctor & Gamble and MTV, aimed at raising awareness of the global clean water crisis; with Wieden + Kennedy, @radical produced the Nike Battlegrounds series for MTV, which has ranked among the network’s highest-rated programs. The company also produced two projects with Nike China airing on CCTV; both won a Gold and Silver at the One Show Entertainment Awards. Additional long-form branded projects include Honda’s The Power of Dreams series, as well as Volkswagen’s three seasons of Racing Under Green for Discovery Channel. Recently, the company received numerous accolades with Nissan & Playstation for the SpeedTV series GT Academy USA and Project Shiphunt, for Sony and Intel.
Always embracing new platforms for distribution of its content, in July @radical launched its first YouTube channel THNKR, offering viewers extraordinary access to the people, stories, and ideas that are transforming the world.
Expanding @radical’s entertainment division, Jon developed an award-winning design and digital team. The full suite of in-house resources and wide range of expertise allow the team rare freedom to create and communicate complete concepts, from inspiration to production, in engaging and innovative ways. Recent design and digital initiatives include the award-winning and Grammy-nominated interactive film The Johnny Cash Project; 192021, a groundbreaking study about the mapping and visualization of the world’s growing number of super-cities with TED founder Richard Saul Wurman and ESRI; a collaboration with NASA to develop a web site for Mission Juno to Jupiter; the award-winning interactive Arcade Fire film The Wilderness Downtown in conjunction with Google Creative Lab; the Gagosian iPad app as well as the Sting 25 Years app, which recently won the Cannes Lion award.
Jon has contributed significantly to public awareness campaigns and initiatives such as Conservation International, Get Schooled for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Viacom, the ONE campaign, Clinton Global Initiative, and works closely with the New York City Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater & Television. Last year, the company was part of a historic endeavor for the Middle East. They produced three original films for the nation of Qatar that were widely credited with helping secure their historic 2022 FIFA World Cup bid.
To consistently produce groundbreaking content, Jon invests in spotting, developing, and nurturing the highest caliber talent for every department in the company. As a result, his accolades span virtually every genre, medium, and audience. In addition to its Grammy®, Golden Globe and Oscar® wins, @radical.media has earned two Palme d'Or Awards at the Cannes Lions Advertising Festival. The company has won numerous Emmys®, Webbys®, D&AD Pencils, One Show Pencils, MTV VMA Awards, Clios, Art Directors Club medals and the prestigious Smithsonian National Design Award for Communications Media.
In addition to contributing to his clients’ bottom line, Jon strives to increase the reach, impact, and legacies of the advertising and entertainment industries. During his two terms as National Chairman of the AICP, Jon established “Art and Technique of the American Television Commercial,” now presented annually at the Museum of Modern Art. In 1994, the Mayor of New York presented Jon with the Crystal Apple Award for his outstanding contributions to the city’s production industry. And this year, Jon and @radical.media was presented the Made in NY award by Mayor Bloomberg.
Having established a global reputation as a visionary in the marketing and advertising fields, Jon regularly advises many of the world’s best-known brands and advertising agencies on future trends. A participant contributor to the TED conferences since 1987, Jon currently sits on the Board of Directors of the prestigious VCU Brand Center in Richmond, Virginia, and is a Trustee of the Rhode Island School of Design.
Jacki KelleyUniversal McCann
Jacki KelleyGlobal Chief Executive Officer, Universal McCann
Encouraged by individuals with an appetite for strategic evolution, Jacki understands the value of partnerships. With more than 20 years of global media owner experience, Jacki has established herself as an expert in forging strategic relationships to enhance business performance.
The media-owner perspective gives Jacki an incredibly unique marketplace advantage. By having worked with some of the most respected brands – USA Today, YAHOO! and Martha Stewart – Jacki has an acute sensibility on the rapid transformation in consumer behavior, not to mention a clear understanding on how (and when) to engage media owners to provide customized value for clients.
In 2011, Jacki lead the agency into a new business model transformation to drive excellence and business growth across the globe. The new operating platform, referred to as Media 3.0, bolsters UM’s proposition as a strategy and analytics-led organization, centered on business outcomes. The new process allows the agency to organize new compensation agreements centered on business growth, and work to assume a higher degree of risk with its clients focusing on business outcomes. This is the first of its kind in the agency world. This new structure will create a shift in emphasis, wherein the agency will embrace the precision and accountability that procurement provides to ultimately create value-based remuneration methodologies.
Jacki was appointed Global CEO for UM in January 2011 after having successfully served as President of North America. In that role Jacki held the responsibility of all regional operations, including planning and buying across all channels, as well as business development and the oversight of all North American accounts. Jacki has been a major contributor to the agency’s success. In 2009 UM was honored as Advertising Age Comeback Agency of the Year and Adweek’s Media Agency of the Year. In the same year Advertising Age also honored Jacki as a Women To Watch. In 2005, Jacki was inducted into the The American Advertising Federations Hall of Achievement and currently sits on the boards of the Ad Club, AAF and Free the Children.
Jacki came to UM from Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, where she served as Executive Vice President of Media Sales, and led the formation of an integrated media team. Previously, she served as Vice President, Worldwide Strategies and Solutions at YAHOO. She began her career at USA Today where she spent 18 years with her last position there as Senior Vice President of Advertising.
In 2012, Jacki was named Advertising Woman of the Year by the Advertising Women of New York (AWNY). This special award recognizes a woman who has contributed the most to her field by mentoring and encouraging excellence during the past year. She was also honoured by the Young Audiences New York Arts for Learning organization. They are the nation's first and largest arts-in-education network reaching more than five million school children annually. Jacki was selected because she is a leader in the media industry who is well respected by her peers, clients and associates, and cares deeply for the arts and the importance of it in education.
Coleen KuehnPresident Strategy & Planning, Mediavest
Coleen Kuehn leads the North American Strategy & Planning teams for MediaVest where she is responsible for Client Development, Talent Management and Tools & Techniques.
Having held marketing & media roles on both the client and agency side, Coleen has a strong track record of delivering business results through actionable insights and consumer-centric solutions. Coleen’s agency side experience includes serving as Chief Strategist at Havas/MPG and President of Digital & Emerging media at MediaCom. Working on the client side, Coleen held roles in marketing, advertising and new product development for three great iconic brands: American Express, Coca-Cola and Intel. Coleen is among a small group of women to be honored as one of Advertising Age’s Women to Watch. She was also tapped by Media Magazine as a member of the “New DNA of Media,” recognizing her strategic expertise and communication skills as exemplifying the innovative breed of talent changing the world of media and marketing. Finally, she was awarded the Bronze “e” integration award by MediaWeek, largely due to her team’s work on Masterfoods USA.
Coleen holds an MBA from the University of Michigan's School of Business and a bachelor's degree in science and management from Tulane University. While attending business school, she won the ""University of Michigan Pryor Award,"" an award given for most outstanding business plan presented to the university. She was also a finalist for the National Business Plan Competition.
She is a member of the Advertising Club in New York, AWNY, the AAAAs and serves on the board of Advertising Week. She has been a judge for the Effie awards, the Cannes Media Lions competition, among others. She was also a member of the MI4 task force initiated by the ARF; this group worked to define ‘engagement’ as a key measure of communications effectiveness. Coleen and her husband live in New Jersey with their five year old twins and eight year old daughter.
Paul LavoieChairman, Co-Founder, Taxi
Paul Lavoie co-founded TAXI with partner Jane Hope, successfully combining the disciplines of advertising and design. Growing into seven offices in Canada, the U.S. and Europe, and with an expanded digital offering, TAXI has been recognized in the industry for its fresh unconventional approach, creating consistently strong brands for companies such as BMW/MINI, Capital One, Kraft and VIAGRA.
TAXI has been named Agency of the decade in Canada and has been recognized as one of Canada¹s 50 Best Managed Companies for the last eight years.
Since arriving in the U.S., TAXI garnered the AAAA Creative Excellence Award in 2007 and again in 2008.
Marketing Magazine, in August 2008, named Lavoie one of the 10 most influential pioneers in Canadian marketing over the past century. He was listed by Creativity magazine as one of the 50 most influential creative minds.
Paul is the President of The Art Directors Club Advisory Board, an ex-member of the Marketing Advisory Committee of the MoMA, a board member of the Virginia Commonwealth University Brandcenter and a member of the International Advisory Board of the École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC Montréal).
Nick LawGlobal Chief Creative Officer, R/GA
As Chief Creative Officer, Nick is responsible for the creative vision of R/GA, the New York-based agency for the digital age. He guides teams of visual designers, copywriters and interaction designers as they create award-winning work for a many of Fortune 500 companies. He also ensures that R/GA stays true to the company’s unique legacy of collaboration between world-class creative and groundbreaking technology.
Since 2001 Nick has played a significant role in shaping R/GA’s creative vision. In that time, his work has won numerous international awards and has been widely published in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Asia-Pacific. Within a year of joining the company, he was promoted to vice president of visual design and shortly thereafter named executive creative director on the Nike account, an account responsible for some the industries most innovative and high profile work.
Nick’s background is extensive and diverse, spanning multiple marketing disciplines during 20 years at agencies in the United States and abroad. He began his career in branding and corporate identity and design before switching to advertising, and then ultimately, focusing on digital marketing.
Nick has won every major industry awards, including a Titanium Lion and Grand Prix Cyber Lion at Cannes, and a prestigious Black Pencil from D&AD. The last two years he has been named in Creativity Magazine’s “Creativity 50”, a list of the world’s most influential creatives.
Susan LeeCMO, Nederlander
Chief Marketing Officer, joined Nederlander in 2005 and oversees new business and corporate partnerships. She has launched Audience Rewards, now the official loyalty program for Broadway; The National High School Musical Theatre Awards aka The Jimmy¹s Awards, named in honor of James M. Nederlander; InTheatre Network, and Broadway Direct, a national entertainment e-newsletter. Prior to joining Nederlander, Susan oversaw marketing for Serino Coyne, Inc., the largest full-service agency on Broadway, where she implemented Visa¹s sponsorship of the Tony® Award-winning musical Movin¹ Out, which was supported by the largest integrated marketing campaign in theatrical history. In 1995, she introduced Camp Broadway, the ³original² Broadway summer program. Since then, over 300,000 students have attended its workshops and programs. Working in partnership with Sound Associates, Susan also introduced ShowTrans®, an assistive technology that provides multi-lingual audio commentary for non-English speaking audiences. As the Director of Marketing at The League of American Theatres and Producers, she launched Broadway on Broadway, The Broadway Line and, most notably, Celebrate Broadway: The 100th Anniversary of Broadway in Times Square. She is a member of The Association of Press Agents and Managers and served as the national press representative for several tours.
Robert LiodicePresident & CEO, ANA
Bob Liodice was appointed president and chief executive officer of the ANA (Association of National Advertisers, Inc.) in 2003. Bob was previously executive vice president, responsible for member relations and business development with a primary focus on strengthening relationships with ANA member companies and broadening the membership base. He joined the ANA as senior vice president in 1995.
Bob is a member of the boards of directors of The Advertising Council, Advertising Research Foundation, Advertising Self-Regulation Council, The Partnership at DrugFree.org, Advertising Educational Foundation, the Mobile Marketing Association, and the World Federation of Advertisers.
Prior to the ANA, he was vice president of global marketing and sales for Grupo Televisa, a major worldwide broadcaster. Previous experience includes more than 15 years in marketing and financial management at Kraft General Foods, including having served as category marketing manager for the Jell-O and Bakers brands.
Bob holds bachelor degrees in accounting and management and an M.B.A. in finance from New York University.
Maria Mandel DunscheAT&T Adworks
Maria Mandel DunscheVice President Marketing & Media, AT&T Adworks
Maria launched AT&T AdWorks -- the group within AT&T connecting advertisers with audiences across online, mobile and TV. Maria is on the executive team and is responsible for leading marketing, key client planning, training and lab.
Prior to joining AT&T, Maria was Senior Partner, Executive Director of Digital Innovation at Ogilvy and Founder of the NA Digital Lab. She consulted across the Ogilvy group of agencies on emerging communication platforms such as mobile marketing, gaming, digital out-of-home, social media and advanced TV.
She is a digital native with over 15 yrs. of digital marketing experience having run digital groups at Draftfcb, LoweWorldwide and Ammirati Puris Lintas. She was also a brand manager at Kraft Foods.
Maria is the North American Chair Emeritus of the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) as well a founding member of the AAAA's Mobile Committee. She is also on the ECHO Board of Governors at the DMA and a judge for IAB’s MIXX Awards. She has received over thirty-five industry awards including three Echo awards and seven Caples. She has been featured in many leading industry publications and contributed to a number of trade journals and publications.
She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton Business School. Maria is an adjunct professor of marketing at NYU’s Stern Business School where she teaches a course in digital marketing.
Wenda Harris MillardMedia Link
Wenda Harris MillardPresident & COO, Media Link
"In April 2009, Wenda Harris Millard became President and COO of MediaLink LLC, a leading strategic advisory and business development firm that provides critical counsel and direction to the media, advertising and entertainment industries and to companies and investors that interact with those sectors.
Before joining MediaLink, Ms. Millard was Co-CEO and President, Media for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. She joined MSLO in July 2007 after three years as a member of its Board of Directors. Ms. Millard oversaw MSLO’s media businesses, which include publishing, internet and broadcasting. She was the driving force behind creating cross-platform programs for marketers in TV, digital, magazines and radio.
Before MSLO, Ms. Millard was Chief Sales Officer at Yahoo! where she led the team that drove revenue from $700 million to over $6 billion in six years and was consistently credited as the number one sales organization in the media industry. On an industry-wide level her work at Yahoo! established brand advertising on the web. Prior to Yahoo!, Ms. Millard was Chief Internet Officer at Ziff Davis Media and President of Ziff Davis Internet. Previously, Ms. Millard was a founding member of the executive team at DoubleClick, where she served as Executive Vice President responsible for establishing the DoubleClick brand and overseeing the operations of DoubleClick Media. She also served as President and Group Publisher of SRDS, Senior Vice President and Publisher of Family Circle and Executive Vice President/Group Publisher of Adweek, Mediaweek and Brandweek magazines.
Ms. Millard has received numerous industry awards including the 2011 Oracle Award from Springboard, the 2009 ad:tech Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2007 John A. Reisenbach Award for Distinguished Citizenship, the 2006 “Advertising Person of the Year” Silver Medal Award from the AAF and the 2005 Matrix Award for “Women Who Change the World.” Advertising Age acknowledged her as a “Digital Media Master” -- one of the 20 most influential executives in interactive media. She was the subject of a profile by Tom Brokaw as part of NBC’s “Women to Watch” series.
Active on behalf of the advertising industry throughout her career, Ms. Millard is immediate past Chairman of the Interactive Advertising Bureau and former President of the Advertising Club of New York. She has served on the Boards of the Advertising Council, the American Advertising Federation, the Advertising Education Foundation and others. Currently, she sits on the Boards of several emerging media companies as well as on the Boards of the James Beard Foundation and Pop!Tech. She served two terms as a Trustee of Trinity College in Hartford.
Ms. Millard holds an MBA from Harvard University and a BA from Trinity College.
Matthew MillerPresident & CEO, AICP
In his position as president and chief executive officer of the Association of Independent Commercial Producers, Matt Miller presides over an organization whose members account for 80 to 85 percent of all nationally televised commercials in the United States. He is the spokesman for more than 270 production companies which, along with another 200 affiliated firms, comprise the AICP membership.
The association has national offices in New York and Los Angeles, as well as regional offices across the country, and aids its members by disseminating information; negotiating labor agreements; developing industry standards; providing professional development; and marketing American production through the AICP Show, The Art & Technique of the American Commercial. Now in its 21st year, the AICP Show is an exhibit of the artistry and expertise of commercial filmmakers in the U.S.
Mr. Miller is a member of the board of directors of the Brandcenter at Virginia Commonwealth University. He also serves on the advisory board of the Association of Film Commissions International; is a trustee of the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Producer Pension and Health Funds; and serves as chairman of the DGA Commercials Qualifications Administration. He sits on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Advertising Week, of which he also serves as a Treasurer, is a director of the AICP Foundation, and a member of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Entertainment Industry Diversity Task Force. He is also a member of the American Society of Association Executives. Prior to joining AICP, Mr. Miller was a director in the Member Services Department of the Association of National Advertisers (ANA). A native New Yorker, he and his wife Susan Hovdesven, a real estate agent, live in Southampton, NY with their daughters Samantha and Sydney.
Founded in 1972, the AICP represents, exclusively, the interests of commercial production companies in the United States, and serves as a strong collective voice for this $5.5 billion industry, addressing its many audiences within the advertising community, business circles and government offices.
Nigel MorrisAegis Media
Nigel MorrisCEO, Aegis Media
Mari Kim NovakMicrosoft Advertising
Mari Kim NovakHead of Global Marketing, Microsoft Advertising
Mari Kim Novak has been with Microsoft for 7 years and recently joined the Global Marketing team where she is responsible for all core global marketing services for Microsoft’s regions and business segments: the story creation, the brand, the integrated marketing planning, the top accounts and agencies marketing engagement, the global events, the external communications strategy and execution and the web services. Prior to this Mari Kim, oversaw Microsoft’s Global Agencies Engagement and Insights team, and her focus was to broaden relations with the individual media and creative agencies within the big holding companies and deepen the agencies knowledge of Microsoft’s offerings to help advance their usage of technologies with the agencies and to better serve their client base with solutions.
Mari Kim has always focused her numerous roles on market engagement efforts, driving interactive marketing adoption by educating traditional advertisers and marketers about the effectiveness of online advertising. As the liaison between Microsoft Advertising and the Industry, she provided vital information concerning the emerging technology landscape and the future of online advertising and search in partnership with the industries top association (AAAA, IAB, ANA, IAA, AAF) and numerous trade publications.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Mari Kim was Senior Vice President of Strategic Client Development at Millward Brown. She lived in London for 3 years as Managing Director of Media Metrix UK (now known as Nielsen//NetRatings), where she launched the company’s European operations. She began her career at Grey Advertising, serving as Director of New Media Research and Strategy. Among her many accomplishments were developing innovative and strategically focused products for Procter & Gamble, Dell Inc. and Sprint Business. Mari Kim is on the Executive Board of Directors for The Advertising Club of New York, she is an active Board member of Advertising Week, Boulder Digital Works (BDW) as well as a co-chair of The Advertising Club of New York’s Access Committee, a Judge of the AAF Hall of Fame inductees and member of many industry organizations.
Mari Kim graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder with a degree in communications. She resides in New Jersey with her husband and two children.
Danny RobinsonThe Martin Agency
Danny RobinsonSVP, Creative Director, The Martin Agency
Jonathan PerelmanGlobal Business Leader, Google
Jonathan Perelman is the Global Lead for Google's Industry Relations team, a position he has held since 2009. Jonathan is responsible for brand identity initiatives and relationship management within the advertising and media industries. This also includes aligning Google's business and public policy priorities. Jonathan has served on the executive committee and has been a judge for ADmerica, the Advertising Hall of Achievement and the Advertising Hall of Fame. He is a board member of the International Advertising Association (IAA) and of the International Association of Internet Professionals (IAIP). In the fall of 2010 and 2011, he was an Expert in Residence, at Duke University. He is a Sr. Fellow at the USC Annenberg School’s Center for the Digital Future and is a member of Chatham House.
Randall RothenbergPresident & CEO, IAB
Randall Rothenberg is the president and CEO of the Interactive Advertising Bureau, the trade association for interactive marketing in the United States. The IAB represents over 500 leading interactive companies. Its members include Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, AOL, The New York Times, Walt Disney Co., NBC Universal, CBS, Cars.com, Yelp, and scores of other ad-supported digital media companies, which are responsible for selling more than 86% of online advertising in the U.S. To support the growth of the interactive advertising and marketing industries, the IAB serves as the industry’s public policy and lobbying organization, market and consumer research center, training and development base, and hub for the development of technical standards and operating best practices. The IAB has 37 affiliate associations around the world.
Mr. Rothenberg led the IAB from 2007 through 2010, and rejoined the association in March 2011, after a stint as Executive Vice President and Chief Digital Officer of Time Inc. Prior to his IAB role, Mr. Rothenberg was the Senior Director of Intellectual Capital of Booz Allen Hamilton, the international strategy and technology consulting firm, where he oversaw business development, knowledge management, and thought leadership activities, and directed the award-winning quarterly business magazine strategy+business, Strategy+Business Books, www.strategy-business.com, and other electronic and print publications published by Booz Allen for senior business executives. Previously, he served as the firm’s Chief Marketing Officer.
Prior to Booz Allen, Mr. Rothenberg spent six years at The New York Times, where he was the technology editor and politics editor of the Sunday magazine, the daily advertising columnist, and a media and marketing reporter. For 10 years, he was a marketing and media columnist for Advertising Age, and he continues to blog on the subject at www.randallrothenberg.com. Mr. Rothenberg is the author of Where the Suckers Moon: An Advertising Story (Alfred A. Knopf, 1994), a critically-acclaimed chronicle of the birth, evolution, and death of a single advertising campaign.
Mr. Rothenberg received an undergraduate degree in classics from Princeton. He and his wife, Susan Roy, an architectural historian and author, live in New York City.
Tony RuizThe Vidal Partnership
Tony RuizPartner, Communication Planning, The Vidal Partnership
Tony has almost 30 years of client side as well as general and Hispanic agency experience in the communications industry. In his 17th year at The Vidal Partnership, he works to define the value of U.S. Hispanics to his Clients’ businesses and lead the crafting of the strategic direction for creating meaningful connections of their brands to the increasingly important consumer that is the U.S. Hispanic.
In 1983 his career began in media planning and buying at SFM media where he worked on Isuzu Motors local market planning, honing his general knowledge of the media landscape on a market-by-market basis. His experience was complimented by packaged goods work on Ferraro Tic Tac’s and Fram Autolite Auto Parts.
He took his general experience and joined the media department at Conill Advertising, the largest agency specializing in U.S. Hispanics in the 80’s. While there he amassed extensive retail marketing experience on clients such as McDonald’s Corporation, Western Union, Zayre Stores and Toyota Motors. He rose to Media Director of Conill’s New York office and collaborated on the development of the first models for optimizing general and Hispanic targeted media delivery to the various consumer acculturation segments.
As a Regional Marketing Manager with McDonald’s Corporation in 1990 and ’91 he expanded his responsibilities across general and multicultural market segments, including strategic and creative development, kids and local store marketing.
He furthered his experience in strategic planning and packaged goods marketing upon returning to Conill in 1992 where as Managing Partner he lead work for Procter & Gamble, Scott Paper, Bayer Labs and Beneficial Management among others.
In 1995, Tony joined Vidal, Reynardus & Moya Advertising as Vice President and leveraged his experience to help grow that startup and became a Partner in 2000 when the agency evolved into The Vidal Partnership and its current status as a leader in the U.S. communications industry.
He is in his third year of service on the Board of Directors of the New York Ad Club and has served as a Hispanic Account Planning Excellence (HAPE) Awards judge.
Tony was born and raised in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood and is the proud son of humble parents of Cuban and Dominican origin. He holds his BA in Communication Arts and a marketing minor from Iona College in New Rochelle, New York.
Rosemarie RyanCo-CEO Brand Strategy, Co-Collective
Rosemarie Ryan is Co-CEO of co:collective along with her partner, Ty Montague. She is a renowned leader, brand builder and rebel rouser in the marketing industry, instrumental in positioning and building world-class brands for Diageo, Johnson and Johnson, Bing for Microsoft and Jetblue. Prior to co:, Rosemarie served as co-president for the North American operations of JWT, and was largely responsible for improving the creative output of JWT New York and North American while growing client relationships and the Microsoft business.
Russ J. Sapienza Jr.PricewaterhouseCooper
Russ J. Sapienza Jr.Partner, Entertainment, Media, and Communications Advisory Practice, PricewaterhouseCooper
Russell is a senior partner in PwC’s Advisory Practice with 34 years of experience in the media, entertainment, communications, and financial services industries. He has several distinct roles in the firm: • Lead Partner for various global media & entertainment clients. • Advisor to PwC's entertainment, media, and communications industry leadership team. • A senior member of PwC’s Advisory practice, focusing in areas such as business strategy, revenue growth, new business design and launch, business process controls, compliance (in areas such as consumer privacy) and risk management.
During Russell’s 24 years with PwC, he has focused on the media, entertainment, communications sectors. His practice works with clients to implement and execute the operational, financial, and management structures necessary to achieve revenue growth objectives. He works within the entire interactive advertising ecosystem, from content development, distribution, advertising creative development, media planning and buying, and back office measurement.
Examples of current and recent client assignments include: Overseeing an assignment related to development and support of digital content distribution services. The client is taking making its content available in the context of 'anytime, anyplace, anywhere'. Russ has PwC teams working in US, China, and India, providing business analyst, systems architect and developer support.
Led global assessments of the end-to-end media spend life cycle for both a multi-billion dollar advertisers and one of the world's largest media agency holding companies, covering processes and systems in over 25 countries. The project resulted in the design and implementation planning of 'future state' operating environments.
Currently conducting a recently announced study of the Gross Ratings Point Talent Compensation Model on behalf of SAG, AFTRA, and the JPC. The intent of the Study is to: 1) create a detailed and operational compensation model that could be implemented across the entire TV commercial industry, and 2) conduct a year-long pilot study on the impact the GRP model will have on actual performer compensation. PwC will design and construct the system engine, run the pilot, and perform the analysis.
Supported the transition of various media-related business processes from New York to San Jose, Costa Rica. PwC played a central role in the business case assessment, transition planning, business process assessments, real estate search, hiring, and overall project management.
In conjunction with a global business process standardization effort, created a global standard suite of business processes for media planning, buying, and bill/pay.
Oversaw the program office for a major online video joint venture. Russ's team tracked several thousand discrete tasks needed to launch the business; reporting and managing ‘red flags’ prior to the issues becoming problems.
Russ led a ""Voice of the Advertiser"" study, which examined the digital marketing needs of advertisiers representing over $30 billion of annual media spend. The client was seeking to revise its strategies for building advertising platforms across the three screens (TV, PC, and mobile).
Russell has led numerous projects directed at improving the operational readiness of his clients as they launch new businesses, joint ventures, and new acquisitions.
Russ is a co-author and frequent contributor to all of the PwC thought leadership publications and whitepapers that are produced by the Entertainment, Media, and Communications Practice. Recent publications include, “How consumer conversations will transform business”, and “Navigating the era of the empowered consumer”.
He is a member of the Board of Directors for Advertising Week, North America’s largest gathering of advertising and media leaders. The PwC ""The Advertising Industry Business Transformation Series"" forums at Ad Week are widely attended by both the creative and business sides of the house.
Recently, Russ was honored with the 2012 President’s Award, presented annually by the Advertising Club of New York.
Russ has an MBA in Finance from St. John's University and a BS in Accounting from the University of Scranton.
Linda SawyerDeutsch Inc.
Linda SawyerCEO, Deutsch Inc.
"Since 1989 Linda has been a key player in helping Deutsch Inc. reach new heights and become a leader in the advertising industry. It was under Linda’s leadership in 2009 that Deutsch became the North American anchor of the Lowe & Partners global network. This unique model combines Deutsch’s fierce independence and strong culture with a global federation of creative, independent and diverse agencies around the world that allows Deutsch to take it’s business-focused approach to new levels and simultaneously enhance Lowe’s U.S. offering. As Deutsch Inc.’s CEO of North America, Linda has oversight of Deutsch NY, Deutsch LA, Lowe Roche Toronto and Lowe Healthcare.
A key architect in Deutsch’s organic growth, Linda has helped pioneer the addition of integrated capabilities to its repertoire – a pioneering shift that began in the early 1990’s and continues today has positioned Deutsch as the premiere industry model for providing clients with an array of full-service marketing initiatives.
Linda was honored for her outstanding achievement in the industry with a 2009 Matrix Award, presented by New York Women in Communications. She plays an important role on a number of committees engaged in the future of the industry. She is active as Chairman Emeritus of the Board for the Advertising Educational Foundation (AEF) and serves as Director-at-Large for the American Association of Advertising Agencies (The 4 A’s). Linda also sits on the Advisory Board for Women at NBCU, a “think tank” on marketing to women, and she serves as Chairman of the Board for styling salon, Blow. Involved with Advertising Week since its inception, she held the position of Co-Chairman from 2007-2009, and is deeply involved as a member of the Planning Board for the High School for Innovation in Advertising and Media in Brooklyn to promote diversity. In Seasons 1 and 2 of The Apprentice, Linda made guest appearances and shared her marketing insights. And Advertising Age named Linda one of advertising’s “Women to Watch,” a distinction bestowed upon a select group of women executives in the industry.
A native of New York, Linda graduated magna cum laude from George Washington University. Her passion for advertising is second only to her passion for her husband and their two boys.
Drew SchutteConde Nast
Drew SchutteExecutive Vice President & Chief Integration Officer, Conde Nast
As Executive Vice President and Chief Integration Officer, Drew Schutte leads the digital revenue strategy for Condé Nast and serves as the primary liaison between CNTechnology, CNMG and Condé Nast’s iconic media brands. Previously, Mr. Schutte was Senior Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer of Condé Nast Digital. Prior to that, he was Vice President and Publisher of The New Yorker, after serving for 7 years as Vice President and Publishing Director of Wired Media. At Wired Media, he oversaw not only Wired magazine, but also Wired Digital, and Wired brand extensions such as NextFest, the Wired Store, and Wired Home. During his tenure, Wired magazine was named to AdWeek's ""Digital Hot List.""
In November 2005, Mr. Schutte launched the Wired Store, an annual holiday shopping destination for tech enthusiasts. Mr. Schutte was also responsible for the creation of the acclaimed Wired NextFest and was instrumental in the creation of the spin-off magazine, Wired Test, a must-have buyers’ guide for consumer electronics and gadgets.
Before joining Wired in 1995, Mr. Schutte worked at Business Week, Inc., PC Week, and PC Magazine.
Condé Nast, a division of Advance Publications, operates in 25 countries. In the United States, Condé Nast publishes eighteen consumer magazines, two trade publications and twenty-seven websites that garner international acclaim and unparalleled consumer engagement.
Lori SenecalKirshenbaum Bond Senecal
Lori SenecalChairman & CEO, Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal
Industry thought leader, Lori Senecal, took the helm of the newly rebranded kirshenbaum bond senecal as CEO in September 2009. Well-known for pioneering innovative new approaches, she championed a culture of Creative Entrepreneurs, and spearheaded several major new initiatives including the kbs+ Client Stock Index, to align employee rewards with client financial performance, kbs+ Ventures, an investment arm that seeks to invest in early- and mid-stage companies that are pioneering Ad Tech, and Spies & Assassins, a technology shop that develops innovative products and software in-house. Prior to kbs+, Lori served as President of the flagship New York office of McCann Erickson. Before that as Global Chief Innovation Officer for McCann Worldgroup, she conceived of and launched TAG Ideation, a young-adult marketing specialist unit. KBS+ is proud to serve a blue chip roster of clients that includes BMW, Vanguard, PUMA, Coca-Cola, Rolls-Royce, John Frieda, The Daily and HomeGoods, among others.
Jerry ShereshewskyGrown Up Marketing
Jerry ShereshewskyChief GrownUp, Grown Up Marketing
Jerry has been at the leading edge for his entire 40+ year career. He may be the only executive in the digital arena to have created a new brand of soda pop (Mello Yello for The Coca-Cola Company) and he was the first person to conceptualize (and execute) a coffee-by-mail business (Gevalia Kaffe for Kraft Foods), and he helped transform a nascent online entertainment company into a powerful digital marketing services company that became so attractive that Yahoo! purchased it (Yoyodyne).
His credentials include being a Senior Vice President at Young & Rubicam, Wunderman and Burson Marsteller; making him one of the very few executives with significant experience in general advertising, direct marketing and public relations. He ran sales and marketing for a division of BMG Music and spent 9 years running marketing for Yahoo’s multi-billion dollar media sales organization world-wide. His creation of the Yahoo! Summit Series and the world-wide Yahoo! Big Idea Chair creative award program were both uniquely successful and long-lived.
Jerry became convinced that the enormous baby boomer market was under appreciated and under exploited. He joined a media start-up, Grandparents.com, as CEO, where he helped create a new media marketplace, establish a new brand and build reputation and awareness in the media industry.
He has now formed a marketing consultancy, GrownUpMarketing, to help companies tell their stories to the advertising and marketing communities. His clients include LinkedIn, Ace Metrix, the VCU Brandcenter, Zillow, Survey Monkey and others.
Jerry has served on the Board of Directors of the Direct Marketing Association, the Board of Directors of the New York Ad Club and the Dean’s Advisory Board at the University of Wisconsin School of Business. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Virginia Commonwealth University BrandCenter.
Jerry has been married to Catherine for more than 37 years and they are the empty nesting parents of two 20 something daughters and one very energetic brindle boxer.
Jimmy SmithThe Amusement Park
Jimmy SmithChairman, CEO & COO, The Amusement Park
Matt SchecknerExecutive Director
Lance PillersdorfVP, Marketing & Development
Keith WecksteinDirector of Operations
Danny WrightDirector of Partnerships
Danny WrightDanny combines a wealth of experience creating strategic partnerships for some of the industry’s most well know stars including, Aerosmith, Mariah Carey, Lauren Hill, Dido, Maxwell, Run DMC, The Fugees, and Erykah Badu. As a sales and business development executive Danny has worked with Fortune 100 brands such as P&G, Dell, Samsung, Intel, AT&T, Verizon and media companies like MTV, VH1, NBC/Telemundo, Bravo and the BBC. Danny has over 20 years of professional experience leading sales and business development teams and executing high revenue deals.
Danny is responsible for generating revenue by creating strategic alliances and through display, video, search and brand integrated advertising campaigns for Advertising Week.
Doug ZangerDirector of Social & Marketing
Doug ZangerDoug Zanger is a creative bohemian from Portland, Oregon, Director of Social and Marketing -- and a little North(west) of usual.
He started his Advertising Week journey in 2007 as the radio "voice" of The Week. Somewhere, there is a 30-minute interview with Matt Scheckner that may or may not be safe for work.
8:20In 2010, Doug took over the Advertising Week community and it has since grown in to the Advertising Week Social Club (AWSC), a new, independent voice for the industry visited by over half a million per month with contributors from around the globe.
His most important job is being a father to two energetic kids and husband to the most patient woman on the planet.