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Seth Godin to deliver keynote address at first annual Brand Innovators ’40 Under 40’ Celebration in New York, June 28

New York City, June 20, 2012 – Brand Innovators today announced the Brand Innovators ’40 Under 40’ Class of 2012, honoring the 40 most innovative brand marketers under 40 years old. This year’s winners will be acknowledged at the Brand Innovators ’40 Under 40’ Celebration at Eleven Madison Park in New York, Thurs., June 28. Marketing industry icon and best-selling author, Seth Godin, will deliver the ‘commencement address’ at the event.

The forty winners were selected by Brand Innovators based on their professional accomplishments, and ability to leverage digital media and emerging advertising technology platforms – including digital video, social media, mobile, content marketing, gamification, eCommerce, and Big Data — to implement “best-of-breed” marketing and advertising campaigns.

The following is a complete list of this year’s winners:

• Abhishek Dalmia, Head of Sales and Operations, Social Media Innovation Lab, Dell

• Adam Kmiec, Director of Global Digital Marketing and Social Media, Campbell Soup Company

• Alex Lopez, Brand Manager, Logitech

• Barbara Liss, Director of Digital and Social Media, Quaker Foods, PepsiCo

• Bonin Bough, VP of Global Media and Consumer Engagement, Kraft Foods

• Brad Ruffkess, Social Marketing and Connection Strategy, The Coca-Cola Company

• Brian Lenhart, Senior Manager of Platinum Card Product Management, American Express

• Brian Lipman, Digital Media Manager, MillerCoors

• Chad Stubbs, Marketing Director, PepsiCo Americas Beverages

• Charles Van Es, Brand Director of Newcastle Brown Ale, Heineken USA

• Chris Erb, VP of Brand Marketing, EA SPORTS

• Elliot Lum, VP of Strategic Marketing, Columbia Records

• Eric Horowitz, Brand Management and Digital Marketing of Pernod Ricard, ABSOLUT Vodka

• Greg Ross, Marketing Director of U.S. Oral Care, Colgate-Palmolive

• Gregg Weiss, VP/Business Leader of Social Media Marketing, MasterCard

• Jared Konstanty, SVP/GM of Pepperidge Farm Baked Snacks, Pepperidge Farm

• Jason Berman, Director of Online Marketing, DIRECTV

• Jason John, Sr. Director of Online, Mobile and Social Marketing, Gilt Groupe

• Jonathan Stephen, Head of Mobile, JetBlue Airways

• Jordan Corredera, Director and General Manager of Carnival Online, Carnival Cruise Lines

• Jorge Luis Fontanez, VP and Marketing Manager of Chase Community Giving, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co

• Julien Cahn, Marketing Manager, Nike

• Karan Bajaj, Marketing Director of Kraft Kids Beverages, Kraft Foods

• Keara Schwartz, Senior Design Manager of Personal Health Care, Procter & Gamble

• Kristin France, Director of Digital Media, Macy’s

• Marc Speichert, CMO, L’Oreal USA

• Marc Fonzetti, Media Director, Verizon Wireless

• Mark Aikman, Social Media Lead, Mercedes-Benz USA

• Mei Huang, Sr. Director of Digital Marketing, J. Crew

• Mike Dupuis, VP of eCommerce, The Children’s Place

• Nicole Fraley, Director of Marketing, Office Depot

• Pepper Evans, VP-Socializing Membership, American Express

• Raman Sehgal, Sr. Manager Media Strategy and Digital Marketing, Dannon

• Ryan Anderson, Director of Marketing, Equinox

• Randy Brandoff, CMO, NetJets

• Sarah Cooper, Manager of Global Media and Digital Marketing, Coty Prestige

• Steven Tedjamulia, Director of the Dell Marketing Cloud Group, Dell

• Todd Fischer, Manager of Marketing Communications, State Farm

• Victor Lee, Vice President of Digital Brand Marketing, Hasbro

• Rich Lesperance, Head of Digital Marketing and Emerging Media, Walgreens

“The Brand Innovators ’40 Under 40′ List represents the first generation of brand marketers that grew up with digital media as their native language, and therefore have truly embraced digital platforms to engage with consumers. Not only do they get it, they are driving the future of the media and communications industries,” said Marc Sternberg, Co-Founder of Brand Innovators.

“Brand Innovators searched the country for client side rock stars who are not only innovating within their organizations but progressing positive change for the industry overall. We’re extremely proud to share this list and we look forward to honoring each winner at our exclusive celebration on June 28th.” added Brand Innovators Co-Founder, Brandon Gutman.

For more details on the winners, please visit the Class of 2012 40 Under 40 site.

About Brand Innovators

Launched in 2011, the Brand Innovators community includes over 800 members in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston and Austin. The Brand Innovators Advisory Board includes some of the most influential brand marketers in the country. Brand Innovators produces over 30 events annually looking at how brand marketers are leveraging digital media – including digital video, social media, mobile, eCommerce, content marketing, gamification, and Big Data –to engage more closely with their consumers. The Brand Innovators blog covers marketing innovation and success stories on a daily basis.

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