We look forward to seeing you March 26!


Brandon Gutman

Brand Innovators LLC


Marc Sternberg

Brand Innovators LLC


Speakers New York 4-3-14

Emily Brimmer
Retail Marketing Manager, C. Wonder

Emily Brimmer recently joined the C. Wonder team after her work with high profile companies including Michael Kors, and Saks Fifth Avenue. Currently C. Wonder’s Retail Marketing Manager, she oversees all marketing activities for their brick-and-mortar stores. This includes developing advertising plans, in-store events, nurturing developer relationships, and working with her ecommerce counterparts to successfully craft a truly onmi-channel experience for the C. Wonder customer. Emily is a graduate of NYU and received an MFA from l’Ecole Supérieure des Arts et techniques de la Mode in Paris.

Brian Catalano
Senior Brand Manager, Global eCommerce, Pepperidge Farm

Brian Catalano oversees eCommerce for one of the world’s leading food companies, Pepperidge Farm. Top U.S. and international brands include Goldfish, Milano Cookies and Pepperidge Farm signature breads. Brian joined Pepperidge Farm from Nestlé where he led Emerging Business for their largest Direct to Consumer business and established Nestlé’s first Global eCommerce Acceleration Team. Prior to Nestle, he held brand management leadership roles with Kraft Foods, including responsibility for their fastest growing digital business and the online introduction of the Tassimo one cup coffee system. Before joining Kraft, Brian was Vice President at Chase, where he played an integral role in launching their first eBusiness credit card products and the rollout to the retail banking units. Brian holds a Master’s degree from New York University.

Charlie Cole
President & CEO, The Line

Charlie Cole has run the gauntlet in the digital space. He helped IPO a digital real estate company in 2004, went on to grow an online advertising agency to over $200 million in online revenue and took an established fashion brand’s e-commerce initiative to unprecedented levels of success. He was later recruited by a TPG Capital-owned company to create a direct-to-consumer channel, something they had never done in 75 years of business. This leadership team ultimately drove the company to the highest multiple ever paid for a company in the vitamin, mineral and supplement space. Launched in late 2013 in partnership with creative directors Vanessa Trania and Morgan Wendelborn, The Line seeks to provide consumers with the quintessential items of everyday life, encompassing the home, fashion and beauty space. Follow him @CharlieCole

Liane Dietrich
Chief Operating Officer, Rakuten Linkshare

As Chief Operating Officer Rakuten LinkShare from April 2012, Liane Dietrich is responsible for the planning and execution of the Rakuten LinkShare vision to deliver world class online marketing solutions. Since joining Rakuten LinkShare in 2003, Liane has contributed to Rakuten LinkShare’s successes in service delivery, strategic direction, and international expansion as Director, Vice President, and Managing Director in Chicago, New York, and London respectively. From 2008 to 2012 Liane has been Managing Director of Rakuten LinkShare UK, leading it to be ranked as a top Affiliate Marketing Network in the UK. Prior to joining Rakuten LinkShare, Liane held a variety of management positions General Electric Company with increasing responsibilities in operations, finance, and marketing, including the GE-wide internal business consulting team and ultimately as a GE Financial Marketing Product Manager. Liane is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt (a statistical process improvement designation), is a speaker at numerous industry events, has a business process US patent, and received a B.S. in Mathematics at the University of Notre Dame. Follow her @RakutenMKTG_US

Brandon Gutman
Co-Founder, Brand Innovators

As Co-Founder of Brand Innovators, Brandon is responsible for developing premium content which means tapping marketers from the world’s most successful brands to share how they’re utilizing emerging technology and new media vehicles to build their brands and drive meaningful ROI. A prolific, highly respected writer, Brandon is an expert blogger at Forbes where his weekly contributions are featured on Forbes’ CMO Network, Leadership and Technology sections. Prior to launching Brand Innovators, Brandon held marketing and business development positions in the executive search sector where he forged relationships with some of the most influential brand marketers, technology developers and venture capitalists in our industry. Follow him @BrandonGutman

Sam Gagliardi
Marketing Director, Digital Shopper Solutions, Reckitt Benckiser

Sam Gagliardi created and leads RB’s digital push into understanding and serving the digital needs of the shopper. Sam specifically leads E-Tailing Marketing, E-Commerce and Omni-Channel strategy development for the US. After several years of working across marketing, sales and shopper marketing functions within large CPG firms like Colgate-Palmolive and Johnson & Johnson, Sam joined RB to help change the way they do business. Sam has over 15 years of industry experience earned his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. He resides with his family in Northern NJ. Follow him @SamGagliardi1

Dax Hamman
Chief Strategy Officer, Chango

With 14 years in the digital space, Dax Hamman has experience in campaign strategy, media planning, usability, affiliate marketing and email marketing. Prior to joining Chango, Dax founded the global display media group at iCrossing, running it for four years. Before iCrossing, Dax headed up the European division of Bluestreak (ad server and ESP) where he was responsible for overseeing all local operations, including managing business development and client services. Dax frequently speaks publicly on media planning, media exchanges and the synergies between search and display. He writes on digital topics at daxthink.com. Follow him @DaxHamman

Scott Hendrickson
Head of Advertising Solutions, PayPal

Scott Hendrickson leads PayPal Media Network’s national sales team and is the chief brand evangelist with national brands/merchants and their agency partners. He is responsible for defining and executing the business unit’s go-to-market strategy for its multi-channel advertising solutions and demand-generation products. Prior to joining PayPal, Scott worked briefly as a consultant to select start-ups and spent over nine years with Time Warner Inc. serving in various sales and sales management roles within Time Inc. and Warner Bros., rolling out a multitude of successful multi-channel advertising and licensed products. Scott has a B.S. from Penn State University and currently resides in New York City. Follow him @hendricksons

Jason John
VP Online, Mobile, Social Marketing, Gilt Groupe

Jason joined Gilt Groupe in 2010 and has been leading their online, social, and mobile marketing efforts. Prior to Gilt, he was the VP of eCommerce of Redcats USA, a billion dollar retailer based in France, leading all US eCommerce efforts across its various titles. Jason also has an extensive background in CRM, as he lead Database Marketing for J.Crew, and implemented new CRM systems & programs for Martha Stewart Living post their IPO.

Anurag Kadyan
Director, eCommerce Marketing, Tourneau

Anurag Kadyan is the Director of eCommerce Marketing for Tourneau, the largest, US-based luxury watch retailer. In this role, he is responsible for user experience and customer journeys for web and mobile channels, customer acquisition via email campaigns and SEO, and other ecommerce marketing activities to drive customer conversion in digital channels. Prior to Tourneau, Anurag was a Marketing Director at Dell where most recently he was leading the launch of Dell Outlet business in Brazil, and also managed Dell Outlet’s Global Pricing and Marketing Analytics functions. During his 9 years at Dell, Anurag has had various roles with progressive responsibility across a wide variety of marketing functions, including P&L management, Merchandising, Pricing, Marketing Operations and Marketing Analytics. Anurag holds an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin and a BTech in Mechanical Engineering from National Institute of Technology – Kurukshetra, India. Prior to moving to the US for his MBA, Anurag worked as a software engineer in India on various US based client engagements.

Scott Lux
Vice President, E-Commerce and Multi-Channel, Diesel

Scott Lux has experience in various aspects of ecommerce, digital strategy, marketing, and analytics from both the brand side and agency perspective. Scott began his digital career in Seattle leading Product Development for Washington Mutual’s Online Banking. From there he moved to the Global Digital Agency Possible. While at Possible, he led digital strategy for Faconnable, Entertainment Weekly, Motorola, and REI. After five years with the agency, he moved back to the brand side leading ecommerce and digital strategy for Kiehls, AmEx, and Morgans Hotel Group. He is currently VP of Online and Multi Channel Strategy for Diesel USA. Follow him @ScottyDLux

Jeff Rosenblum
Co-President, Questus and writer/producer/director of The Naked Brand

Jeff Rosenblum is a pioneer, a disruptor and is widely regarded as one of the leading innovators in the field of digital marketing. He has worked on teams that have helped revolutionize market research, magazine publishing, sports broadcasting as well as advertising. As a Founding Partner of Questus, Jeff breaks down the boundaries between research, strategy and creative. He has brought this multi-disciplinary philosophy to help the Questus team produce industry-changing results for leading brands such as Capital One, General Mills, The NFL and Suzuki Motorcycles. Every few years, Jeff likes to take on an insane challenge, including participating in the “Vermont Toughman Competition” and jumping in the frozen Atlantic Ocean in the middle of winter to raise money for the Make a Wish Foundation. He is the writer/producer/director of the film The Naked Brand, about how corporations can help save the planet one small step at a time. Jeff lives in New York City with his wife and two children. Follow him @JRQuestus

Catherine Schenquerman
Manager of Customer Experience Marketing, JetBlue Airways

Catherine began her career at Crispin Porter & Bogusky working on the TRUTH campaign then moved on to BSG Advertising Group where she managed Hertz Car Rental, St Regis Hotel, and several Travel & Hospitality accounts. Catherine then moved on to the client side at Carnival Cruise Lines where she was in charge of digital advertising and media planning. Nowadays, Catherine works at Jetblue Airways where she has managed advertising and all marketing/customer experience efforts for JetBlue Getaways.

Daniel Slagen
SVP of Marketing, Nanigans

Dan Slagen is SVP of Marketing at Nanigans the largest software platform on Facebook spending over $350M per year with over 250 customers such as eBay, Wayfair and Vistaprint. As m ,SVP of Marketing, Dan oversees all things marketing, launched the Nanigans Agency Partner Program and serves on the executive team. Dan has been featured on CNBC Fast Money, Bloomberg TV and in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal and more. Nanigans offers the only SaaS platform that optimizes to Predictive Lifetime Value™. Its technology empowers in-house performance marketers to find, acquire and retarget their most profitable customers at scale across social and mobile. Prior to Nanigans, Dan was leading Global Marketing Relations at HubSpot, where he was responsible for global advertising, events and partnerships with over 60 companies, including Google, Salesforce, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and more.

Evan Schwartz
CEO and founder, ActionX

Evan Schwartz is the CEO and founder of ActionX, a leading mobile customer acquisition and retargeting platform. Prior to founding ActionX, Evan was the CEO and co-founder of Thumbplay where he acquired more than 5 million mobile customers for the mobile entertainment service and sold the business to Clear Channel in 2011. Evan was SVP of Online for Columbia House and part of the start-up team at the pioneering ecommerce site CDnow. Evan graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.

Eric Smith
Director, Marketing Effectiveness and Online Retail Analytics, Philips Consumer Lifestyle, North America

As Director of Marketing Effectiveness and Online Retail Analytics for Philips Consumer Lifestyle of North America, Eric Smith is spearheading the organization’s transformation from traditional business management, tracking and metrics to the digitalal realm with real-time, progressive data and analytics. Prior to his current position, from 2011 to 2013 he ran Phillips’ E-commerce operations. Earlier in his career he worked at Procter & Gamble.

Marc Sternberg
Co-Founder, Brand Innovators

Marc Sternberg is CEO of Rising Tide Media, a leading producer of conferences for the advertising and emerging technology industries. Marc was president and COO of AlwaysOn, from 2007-2011, where he produced over 20 successful conferences in the digital media, clean technology and cloud computing sectors. Marc was the vice president of advertising sales for The Hollywood Reporter, from 1989-2007. Marc has served on the boards of numerous charitable and non-profit organizations, including Make-A-Wish Foundation of Los Angeles and the Anti-Defamation League/LA. Follow him @MarcSternberg1

Rosalie Sutherland
Director of Mobile Marketing, AnastasiaDate

Rosalie Sutherland is an operations and marketing executive with over 15 years of mobile and e-commerce marketing and technologies experience across Fortune 500 and small start-ups. Her background includes a proven ability to create highly profitable multi-million dollar programs through implementing mobile and digital initiatives. Rosalie joined AnastasiaDate in March 2014 and is responsible for defining its mobile initiatives including marketing and development strategies. Previously she managed mobile marketing for Bloomingdale’s, implementing m-commerce globally for Toys R’Us, and spent 9 years at Atrinsic where she implemented innovative mobile features for partners like ShoutOuts for MusicChoice. Rosalie often speaks publicly on mobile marketing and innovative technologies.

Rob Walker
Manager, Digital Shopper Marketing, The Campbell Soup Company

For over fifteen years Rob Walker has been at the leading edge of digital marketing. Experiences include launching several online businesses, leading ecommerce for a Fortune 500 software giant and developing the mobile product strategy for Crayola. In 2013 he took on a new role at Campbell to develop the capabilities required to win in the rapidly changing CPG world. Leading efforts to work closely with retailers to drive the innovation needed to meet tomorrow’s consumer needs. Follow him @robcwalker

Steve Weinrib
Director, eCommerce, ABC Carpet & Home

Steve is currently Director, eCommerce @ ABC Carpet & Home, the iconic luxury retailer located in Union Square, Manhattan. At ABC, Steve leads cross functional teams to ensure the long term success of abchome.com. As an Adviser, he has consulted with multiple companies ranked in the Internet Retailer 500 as well as startups in the eCommerce space. In his spare time he can be found surfing waves in Long Beach as mentioned in WSJ, working on his non profit documentary, lecturing @ General Assemb.ly or rock climbing with his wife & two beautiful daughters.

Joseph Yakuel
Senior Director of CRM and Digital Marketing, The Vitamin Shoppe

Joseph Yakuel is the Senior Director of CRM and Digital Marketing at The Vitamin Shoppe. He manages customer acquisition and retention marketing for the ecommerce business & 660 retail stores. Previously, Joseph managed cross site marketing at Quidsi, a subsidiary of Amazon, which owns and operates Diapers.com, Soap.com, Wag.com, and several other websites. At Quidsi, Joseph managed digital marketing channels as well as marketplace partnerships. Joseph was the Founder of Fireforless.com, an Ecommerce business selling fireplaces and outdoor products. Mr. Yakuel is attending NYU Stern for his MBA, and has received his undergraduate degree from Tulane University with a Major in Finance.