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Brand Innovators has announced its Brand Innovators ‘40 Under 40 West’ Class of 2015, recognizing the 40 most innovative brand marketers under 40 years old working West of Chicago.

This year’s winners will be acknowledged the evening of July 13, at a special ‘40 Under 40′ celebration during Brand Innovators Brand Week San Francisco. Earlier on Monday, the Brand Innovators Mega-Trends Summit takes place at the Wells Fargo Learning and Events Center.

These 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.

  • Casey Acker Wolberg, VP, Social Media Marketing, Wells Fargo
  • Gedioen Aloula, VP, Head of US Consumer Marketing, Visa
  • Jennifer Bordner, Mobile Marketing Lead, CRM, Gap Inc
  • Travis Brennion, Brand Manager, Milk-Bone, Big Heart Pet Brands
  • Hamilton Brown, Sr. Brand Director and Managing Director – Taco Bell Foundation, Taco Bell
  • Judy Chan, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Urban Airship
  • Lindsay Chastain, Digital Marketing Director, Sephora
  • Christine De Martini, Director, Global Media & Marketing, Electronic Arts (EA)
  • Josh Ehren, Director of eCommerce – Digital Lab, VF Corporation
  • Tighe Flatley, Digital Marketing Manager, Gap
  • Kristen Gall, Sr. Director/GM, Global E-Commerce at LeapFrog
  • Carlos Gil, Global Sr. Social Marketing Manager, LinkedIn
  • Peter Giorgi, Global Head of Advertising and Content, Airbnb
  • Nick Higgins, Glad Marketing Director, Procter & Gamble
  • Justin Holmerud, Global Marketing Manager – Merchandising, Social Commerce & Personalization, Starwood Hotels & Resorts
  • Dawn Horrell, Media Director, Piperlime & Athleta, Gap Inc
  • Jennifer Hwang, Director, Online Marketing, Salesforce
  • Megan Imbres, Director of Marketing, North America, Netflix
  • Jennifer Kaplan, Brand Manager, Clif Bar and Company
  • Scott Kegley, Director of Digital and Social Media, San Francisco 49ers
  • Noelle Kim, Product Marketing Manager Google Glass, Google
  • Susan Kim, VP, Global Strategic Marketing, Benefit Cosmetics
  • PJ Lewis, Senior Director, Global Brand Marketing and Design, Mattel
  • Justin Manfredi, Senior Director, Digital Marketing, Activision
  • Shaunte Mears-Watkins, Director of Marketing – Laundry, The Clorox Company
  • Shay Miles, Digital/Mobile Commerce & Marketing, The North Face
  • Chris Murphy, Managing Editor, Newsroom, adidas US
  • Stephanie Naegeli, Digital Marketing Innovation Manager, Nestle
  • Jina Osumi, Director, Brand Strategy & Marketing Activation, Del Monte Foods
  • Alison Rezai, Vice President, Technology & Innovation Marketing, Visa
  • Bradley Roslyn, Digital Marketing, GoPro
  • Kristina Salcido, Shopper Marketing Manager, Starbucks
  • Brenden Schaefer, Marketing Director, Emerging Brands, PepsiCo
  • Denis Scott, Senior Director of Acquisition Marketing, OpenTable
  • Pooja Singh, Senior Director, Digital – Customer Experience, Walmart.com
  • Jesse P. Stollak, VP, Global Digital Brand and Innovation, Nike
  • Amity Valentin, Group Marketing Manager, Quickbooks Desktop, Intuit
  • Tom Valentin, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Digital Experience, AT&T
  • Michelle Weiskittel, Manager, Digital Media Marketing, Safeway
  • Rujul Zaparde, CEO, FlightCar
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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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