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Brand Innovators today announced its Brand Innovators ‘40 Under 40 West’ Class of 2014, recognizing the 40 most innovative brand marketers under 40 years old working West of Chicago.

This year’s winners will be acknowledged this evening, October 23, at a special ‘40 Under 40′ celebration at San Francisco’s Walt Disney Family Museum, where Brand Innovators Mega-Trends Summit takes place today.

The 40 industry leaders were selected by Brand Innovators based on their professional accomplishments, ability to leverage digital media and emerging advertising technology platforms (including digital video, social media, mobile, content data and analytics and e-commerce) to implement “best-of-breed” marketing and advertising campaigns.


“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 are extremely proud to share this list and we look forward to honoring each winner,” added Brand Innovators co-founder, Brandon Gutman.

40 Under 40 West marks the fourth in a series of five regional Brand Innovators ’40 Under 40′ Celebrations the company has produced throughout the U.S., reseraching the top marketing talent in each of the areas. The fifth ceremony, 40 Under 40 Europe, takes place in London November 20.

Biographies of the 2014 class members as well as their assessments of the trends that will most impact the business in the years ahead can be found here, at the Brand Innovators 40 Under 40 website.

The following is a complete list of this year’s winners, alphabetized by company:

  1. Sean Alpert Director of Product Marketing, Salesforce.com
  2. Zeena Altamimi Marketing Director, Shaklee Corporation
  3. Saied Amiry Vice President, Digital Marketing, Apollo Education Group
  4. Bob Arnold NA Digital Media & Strategy Lead, Google
  5. AnnMarie Baba Senior Manager/Marketing, Adobe
  6. Jeanna Barrett Head of Inbound & Content Marketing, Kabbage Inc.
  7. Courtney Blacker Director of Brand Marketing, The North Face
  8. Amy Bohutinsky CMO Zillow
  9. Jeffrey Boorjian Regional Vice President of Marketing, Eastern Division, Caesars Entertainment Corporation
  10. Ryan J Bowling Global Director, Press Office and Digital Media, Mars
  11. Annalisa Camarillo Chief Publisher and Head of Sponsored Media, NetApp
  12. Meg Ciarallo VP of Marketing, Branding and Social, The San Francisco Chronicle
  13. Michael Dubin CEO, Dollar Shave Club
  14. Jill Erb Sr. Manager, Brand Experience & Activation, Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC
  15. Carrie Feigel Bischke Director of Brand Integrations, Brand Marketing, Ubisoft
  16. Adam Grenier Head of Performance Marketing, Uber Technologies
  17. Adrienne Hayes SVP Global Marketing & Communications, Motorola Mobility – A Google Company
  18. Dustin Hinz Vice President Brand Experience and Entertainment Marketing, Guitar Center
  19. Cory Jones VP Marketing & Product, FlightCar
  20. Matt Karson Group Manager Media – Shopper, The Clorox Company
  21. Michelle Killebrew Program Director, Strategy & Solutions – Social Business, IBM
  22. Raquel Lachman Director of Brand Marketing, Walker and Company Brands, Inc.
  23. Jennifer Lashua Editor in Chief Intel
  24. Jamie Lasser Director, Pet Snacks Innovation, Big Heart Pet Brands
  25. Helen Lee Senior Manager, Social Media, Charles Schwab
  26. Tressie Lieberman Director, Social and Digital Marketing, Taco Bell
  27. Greg Lull Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Credit Karma
  28. Andrew Lum Senior Manager, Product Marketing, Sony Computer Entertainment of America LLC
  29. Aaron Magness VP Marketing, Betabrand
  30. Covahne Michaels Senior Brand Manager, Big Heart Pet Brands
  31. Pamela Naumes Senior Director, Brand Engagement, Bolthouse Farms
  32. Lindsay Noren Digital Marketing Manager, The North Face
  33. Kevin Platshon Sr. Manager, Digital & Social Marketing, GoPro
  34. Lee Roth Senior Director, Head of Advertising, Media and Agencies, PayPal
  35. Zena Srivatsa Arnold Head of North America Marketing, Google Play, Google
  36. Gina Strayer Vice President of Brand, Lyft
  37. Kelly Tirman VP, Social Strategy and Trends – Enterprise Social Media, Wells Fargo
  38. John Wang Global Director, Business Transformation, Levi Strauss & Co.
  39. Rob Willey General Manager, Senior Director Digital + Ecommerce, method products pbc
  40. Elisabeth Yarbrough Senior Director, North America Digital Marketing, Visa
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Brandon is an expert connector and seasoned business development professional. As Principal of Brand Approved, he's led the advisory to become the bridge between brand marketers and best of breed service providers that are reshaping the industry.

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