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NEW YORK, June 2, 2015 – Brand Innovators, a leading producer of conferences for the advertising and emerging technology industries, today announced its fourth annual list of “40 Under 40” brand marketers in the Eastern U.S.

The group will be honored during a VIP reception at Pernod Ricard USA headquarters on the evening of Monday, June 8, during Brand Innovators Brand Week New York, June 8-12.

“These impressive young marketing professionals have proven they have the ingenuity, leadership and strategic foresight necessary to perform at the highest levels possible in the constantly evolving media and marketing environment,” said David Teicher, editor and chief content officer at Brand Innovators.

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.

The following is a complete list of the 2015 “40 Under 40” East Brand Marketers:

  • Michael Aki, Director, Digital Marketing, Aeropostale
  • Andrea Bernhardt, Director of Digital and Media, RB
  • Farrah Bezner, Marketing Director – Halls and Candy, North America, Mondelez Intl.
  • Ryan Bonifacino, Chief Marketing Officer & SVP Digital, Alex and Ani
  • Adam Broitman, VP & Senior Business Leader, Global Digital Marketing, MasterCard
  • Matt Burton, Director, Digital Marketing, Equinox
  • Patrick Cassidy, Global Digital Brand Marketing, New Balance
  • Daniel Clarke, Director of Innovation, USA, Pernod Ricard USA
  • Charlie Cole, CEO, The Line
  • Katrina Craigwell, Director, Global Content & Programming, GE
  • Jennifer Daly, Marketing Director, Unilever
  • David Fontanez, Associate Director, Head of Digital Media, Verizon Wireless
  • Jana Gauthier, Director of Digital Media, New England Patriots
  • Amanda Greenberg, Head of e-Commerce, KIND
  • James Ha, VP of Marketing & Communications, Ernest Alexander
  • Michael Herrera, SVP, Digital Marketing, Citi
  • Lindsay Knaak, Senior Director, Marketing Strategy, Kate Spade & Company
  • Marissa Kraxberger, Creative Director, Ivanka Trump
  • Katie Krum, Director, Digital Brand Marketing , Under Armour
  • Boon Lai, Chief Marketing Officer, VP Marketing Health and Wellness, Phillips North America
  • Terryn Lance, Director, US Media, American Express
  • Jenni Lee, Director of Brand, Marketing, Harry’s Grooming
  • Rob Lynch, Brand President and Chief Marketing Officer, Arby’s Restaurant Group
  • Nathan Marafioti, Marketing Director ECommerce, RB
  • Gordon Meyer, Director, Digital Marketing, Sirius XM Radio
  • Steve Micolo, Director of Marketing Development, Subway
  • Maryssa Miller, Head of Digital Commerce, JetBlue Airways
  • Will Misselbrook, Vice President, Director of Global Content Development, Coach
  • Sarah Montante, Senior Brand Manager, Women’s Deodorant Portfolio, Unilever
  • Jessica Nielsen, Vice President, Marketing & Communications, Lockheed Martin
  • Detty Nkonko, AVP Marketing, Maybelline, L’Oreal USA
  • Ryan Robertson, Senior Brand Manager, Vitaminwater, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Vanessa Rosado, Global Director, Strategy & Connections, Anheuser-Busch InBev
  • Jessica Ruscito, Director of US Media & Digital Branding, Reebok
  • Sarika Sangwan, Director, Digital Brand & Social Media Strategy, American Express
  • Vikas Satyal, Director, Commercial Marketing: U.S. Strategy & Planning, Heineken USA
  • Nilay Shah, Director Digital & Social Media, New York Football Giants
  • Dave Spinato, Global Director, Digital, Harman
  • Hanan Wajih, Brand Manager, Johnson & Johnson
  • Nicole Jeter West, Managing Director, Ticketing & Digital Strategy, United States Tennis Assn.

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 more than 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.

For more information, contact:

Tony Winders
Brand Innovators

Tim Koch

Comments for this Post


  1. Kate Pomeroy says:

    We look forward to welcoming you all at Pernod Ricard tonight! Congratulations to everyone and especially, Daniel of course!

  2. Congrats to Dave Spinato!!! and to all :)

  3. Nice job, Adam Broitman. He’s an amazing guitarist too!

  4. Kate Dickman says:

    Nice! Great list. Know a few of the talented folks listed here. It’s well-deserved.

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