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NEW YORK CITY, April 13, 2015 – Brand Innovators today announced its third annual list of the 2015 “Top 50 Women in Brand Marketing,” honoring the year’s most innovative female brand marketers and celebrating the role women are having in driving marketing, media, and digital transformation at Fortune 500 companies and other leading brands.

In addition to publishing its list of “Top 50 Women in Brand Marketing,” Brand Innovators also announced its first “Women to Watch” list, honoring 50 notable women on the rise in the brand marketing industry. Combined with First “Women to Watch” List, the Brand Innovators April 28 Conference and Gala Will Be the Biggest Event of its Kind Honoring the World’s Most Innovative Female Marketers.

“It is truly an honor to recognize these exceptional women who are making great strides to innovate within the media and marketing industries,” said Marc Sternberg, co-founder of Brand Innovators. “These talented professionals relentlessly push the boundaries of creativity and raise the bar for the rest of us. They are the standard by which all professionals in our industry should be measured.”

The 2015 Brand Innovators “Top 50 Women in Brand Marketing” and “Women to Watch” will be honored during an exclusive Gala Celebration and VIP Dinner at the famed Le Cirque restaurant in New York City on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. The dinner will put the exclamation point on a full day of peer-to-peer education and networking, as Brand Innovators debuts its “Marketing to Women” conference, hosted by Time Inc. and featuring many of the honorees.

“These impressive women have demonstrated their willingness to challenge the norm and make significant changes, both within their organizations and throughout the industry,” said Brandon Gutman, co-founder of Brand Innovators. “We are thrilled to host this special evening dedicated to honoring these disruptors and their collective contribution to our community.”

Winners were selected by the Brand Innovators editorial team based on their professional accomplishments, expertise in leveraging digital media and emerging advertising technology platforms and a drive to continually keep their respective brands on the cutting edge of innovation. From digital video, social media and mobile to content marketing, gamification, ecommerce and data, honorees have consistently led “best-of-breed” digital marketing and advertising campaigns for their respective brands.

Following are the Brand Innovators 2015 “Top 50 Women in Brand Marketing”:

• Sheryl Adkins-Green, Chief Marketing Officer, Mary Kay
• Dana Anderson, SVP, Chief Marketing Officer, Mondelēz International
• Lara Balazs, SVP, Head of North America Marketing, Visa
• Maryam Banikarim, Global Chief Marketing Officer, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
• Jennifer Bazante, EVP Marketing, Humana
• Linda Boff, Executive Director, Global Brand Marketing, GE
• Kara Council, Chief Marketing Officer, Kenneth Cole
• Stevie Benjamin, VP Media Strategy, Target
• Leslie Berland, EVP, Digital Partnerships and Development, American Express
• Debra Berman, Former Chief Marketing Officer, JC Penney
• Amy Bohutinsky, Chief Marketing Officer, Zillow
• Gina Boswell, Executive Vice President, Personal Care Unilever
• Sona Chawla, President of Digital and Chief Marketing Officer, Walgreens
• Wendy Clark, President, Sparkling Brands and Strategic Marketing, The Coca-Cola Company
• Lisa Cochrane, SVP Marketing, Allstate Insurance
• Jill Cress, SVP Global Consumer Marketing, MasterCard
• Jerri DeVard, Chief Marketing Officer, ADT
• Pam El, Chief Marketing Officer, NBA
• Anne Finucane, Global Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer, Bank of America
• Wanda Gierhart, Chief Marketing Officer, Neiman Marcus Group
• Marie Gulin, Chief Marketing Officer, L’Oreal USA
• Maggie Chan Jones, Chief Marketing Officer, SAP
• Jeannine Haas, Chief Marketing Officer, Avis Budget Group
• Jennifer Hanley, SVP Brand Marketing, Nationwide
• Denise Incandela, President, Digital and Global Ecommerce, Ralph Lauren
• Denise Karkos, Chief Marketing Officer, TD Ameritrade
• Esther Lee, Global Chief Marketing Officer, MetLife
• Kristin Lemkau, Chief Marketing Officer, JPMorgan Chase
• Alison Lewis, Global Chief Marketing Officer, Johnson & Johnson
• Alicia Enciso, Chief Marketing Officer, Nestle USA
• Adrienne Lofton, SVP Global Brand Marketing, Under Armour
• Nagisa Manabe, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer, United States Postal Service
• Tara McRae, SVP Brand Marketing, Puma
• Jamie Moldafsky, Chief Marketing Officer, Wells Fargo
• Trish Mueller, Chief Marketing Officer, The Home Depot
• Shaun Nichols, VP Integrated Content Marketing, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group
• Kristin Patrick, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, PepsiCo Global Beverage Brands
• Denny Post, EVP, Chief Concept Officer, Red Robin
• Karen Quintos, SVP & Chief Marketing Officer, Dell
• Martine Reardon, Chief Marketing Officer, Macy’s
• Lisa Joy Rosner, Chief Marketing Officer, Neustar
• Diane Scott, Chief Marketing Officer, Western Union
• Jennifer Sey, Chief Marketing Officer, Levi’s Brand, Levi Strauss & Co.
• Ashley Sheetz, Chief Marketing Officer, Group Vice President, Sally Beauty
• AnneMarie Suarez-Davis, VP Frozen Foods Marketing and Innovation, Kellogg Company
• Lynn Vojvodich, EVP & Chief Marketing Officer, Salesforce
• Deborah Wahl, Chief Marketing Officer, McDonald’s
• Alexandra Wheeler, VP Digital Marketing, Starbucks
• Jackie Woodward, VP Global Media, General Mills
• Yin Woon Rani, VP Integrated Marketing, The Campbell Soup Company

The 2015 Brand Innovators “Women to Watch” include:

• Azania Andrews, Sr. Director, Digital Connections North America, Anheuser-Busch InBev
• Sarah Beddoe, Director, Digital Experience & Social Engagement, Pizza Hut
• Wendy Bergh, Vice President, Mobile & Digital Strategy, Walmart and @WalmartLabs
• Sarah Choi, SVP/GM, Global Digital, Marc Jacobs International
• Alexa, Christon, Head of Media Innovation, General Electric
• Jill Denison, Vice President of Marketing, Pinnacle Foods Corporation
• Kelly Downey, VP Digital and Shopper Solutions, Philips North America
• Julie Fleischer, Sr. Director, Data, Content, and Media, Kraft
• Nicole Fraley, AVP Digital Marketing, Victoria’s Secret
• Fama Francisco, VP and General Manager, North America Baby Care, P&G
• Jessica Gelman, VP Customer Marketing & Strategy, The Kraft Sports Group and New England Patriots
• Camille Gibson, VP Marketing, General Mills
• Laura Gordon, VP Marketing & Brand Innovation, 7-Eleven
• Emily Gould, SVP Consumer Marketing, Showtime
• Elyssa Gray, Head of Creative and Media, Citibank
• Trisha Habucke, Digital Marketing Manager, Ford Motor Company
• Susan Hammes, VP Social Media Marketing, American Express
• Katie Haniffy, Director, Media Strategy and Investment, PepsiCo
• Erin Heath, Executive Director, WW Brand and Creative Content, Lenovo
• Laura Henderson, Associate Director, US Media & Communications, Mondelez
• Fara Howard, VP Global Marketing, Vans
• Jessica Intihar, VP Digital Marketing, The Walt Disney Company
• Sherrill Kaplan, Director, Digital & Loyalty Marketing, Dunkin Brands
• Debora Koyama, Global Vice President Marketing, Stella Artois & Craft, Anheuser-Busch InBev
• Mary Beth Laughton, SVP/GM, E-commerce and Digital Marketing, Sephora
• Sharon Leath, Director of Advertising, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group
• Joanna Lee, Vice President, Brand Marketing, J. Crew
• Chantel Lenard, Director, US Marketing, Ford Motor Company
• Tressie Lieberman, Sr. Director, Digital Experience & Social Engagement, Taco Bell
• Subha Modur, Director, North American Media, Kayak
• Patty Morris, Director, Marketing & Brand Content, State Farm
• Liz Nixon, Director, Emerging and Social Media Marketing, AT&T Mobility
• Anna Papadopoulos, VP Integrated Media, Prudential
• Amy Pascal, Head of Digital Strategy North America, Johnson & Johnson
• Tara Piper, Head of Entertainment Marketing, North America, The Coca-Cola Company
• Melissa Pordy, Group Director Media, Northern America Marketing, Tiffany & Co.
• Maggie Rae Shepard, VP Global Initiatives, Visa
• Marci Raible, Director of Media, Campbell Soup Company
• Chrissy Rajala, Director Media Planning, NHL
• Kiki Rees, SVP-Global Consumer Engagement, Revlon
• Arpita Sangha, VP Global Media and Digital Marketing, Hewlett Packard
• Liya Sharif, Sr. Director, Global Brand, Qualcomm
• Kelly Solomon, Head of Digital Marketing, Samsung Electronics
• Virginia Suliman, VP Digital Design and Development, Hilton Worldwide
• Lisa Materazzo, Corporate Manager, Media Strategy & Digital Engagement, Toyota
• Amber Tarshis, SVP Marketing, Guess?
• Amy Taylor, Vice President, Marketing, Red Bull North America
• Gail Tifford, Senior Director of Media, North America, Unilever

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• Kheri Tillman, Vice President Global Brand Development, Harman International
• Jill Toscano, Vice President, US Media, American Express
• Lauren Wexler, Senior Director, Global Media, Revlon
• Kimberly Yarnell, Vice President, Digital Media, Macy’s
• Wanda Young, Vice President, Media, Digital & Partnership Marketing, Walmart

About Brand Innovators

Founded in 2011, Brand Innovators is the largest professional organization of brand marketers, with a community of over 6,000 marketing professionals from Fortune 500 and other leading brands, throughout the United States and the UK. The Brand Innovators Advisory Board includes some of the most innovative brand marketers and “change agents” in the marketing and media industries. The company will produce over 100 events in 2015 in Atlanta, Austin, Bentonville, Boston, Cannes, Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Irvine, Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Norwalk, Minneapolis, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C., providing brand marketers with continuing digital education and intimate peer-to-peer networking opportunities. Events are underwritten by more than 100 “best-of-breed” growth stage and established digital media and advertising technology companies, from Bitly and Outbrain to AOL and Google. For more information, please visit www.brand-innovators.com.

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Press Contacts:
Marc Sternberg
Co-Founder
Brand Innovators LLC
marc@brand-innovators.com

Brandon Gutman
Co-Founder
Brand Innovators LLC
brandon@brand-innovators.com

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