We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, June 10,
in New York during
Brand Week!


Brandon Gutman

Brand Innovators LLC


Marc Sternberg

Brand Innovators LLC


Speakers New York 6-10-15

Frank Cotignola
Associate Director, Media Insights & Analytics, Mondelēz International

frank-cotignola.jpgAs part of Mondelēz International’s Global Analytics team, Frank Cotignola focuses on improving media measurement and analytics. He also helps teams to develop insights using social media listening and search tools. His efforts to develop both free and paid listening platforms and insights have led to the integration and usage of such research into traditional “asking” research and media measurement tools. Frank has significant analytic research experience across a number of well-known suppliers and manufacturers, and has spoken at a number of conferences on the research benefits of social media listening. @fco24

Javier Farfan
VP Marketing, Verizon

javier-farfan.jpgJavier Farfan is a marketing executive with a diverse background in using music, entertainment and culture marketing to build consumer brands. Prior to joining Verizon in March, he spent five years as Head of Music, Entertainment, and Culture Marketing at PepsiCo, Inc. Prior to that he was Director of Product Marketing, Entertainment and Devices, at Microsoft. Other brands Javier has helped build include MTV Networks, where he was Managing Director from 2002 to 2007, and JPMorgan Chase, where he was VP Marketing, and Accenture. @jfarfan

Elyssa Gray
Head of Media and Creative, Citi

elyssa-gray.jpgAs Citi’s Director of Creative and Media for the NA Cards, Elyssa Gray is responsible for strengthening the Citi brand and building customers’ trust and loyalty. In this role, Elyssa manages Citi’s advertising campaigns and media investment strategy for all of the US Cards business, with a focus on driving brand metrics and organic growth. She has also been responsible for championing the brand’s digital transformation and leadership, creating industry best in class digital programs. Prior to joining Citi, Elyssa was the Head of Global Media and Creative for Visa Inc. where she was responsible for leading global media strategy and management of Visa’s media investment, as well as overseeing all of Visa’s creative production for the U.S. market. During her 13 years at Visa, she led the advertising efforts behind numerous products, Hispanic segment marketing, and all of Visa’s sports and entertainment sponsorships, including the Olympic Games and NFL. Elyssa’s advertising foundation was built while working at BBDO NY in both Media and Account Services departments on consumer brands including Dupont, Gillette, Texaco, Visa USA, Armstrong and Thomasville. She graduated from the University of Vermont and currently resides in Rye, NY with her husband David and sons Ethan and Justin, who keep her very busy when she is not in the office, either on the soccer field or on the side of a mountain.

Brandon Gutman
Co-Founder, Brand Innovators

brandon-gutman.jpgAs Co-Founder of the 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 a name and drive meaningful ROI. A prolific, highly respected writer, Brandon is an expert blogger whose work has appeared on Forbes.com’s CMO Network. 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. @BrandonGutman

Ben Jankowski
Group Head, Global Media, MasterCard

ben-jankowski.jpgBen Jankowski is Group Head of Global Media for Mastercard. In this role, he is responsible for managing the MasterCard investment in marketing communications. This includes working with global, regional and local marketing teams as well as agency partners to drive engagement and preference among MasterCard’s core constituents. Having worked for many agency networks such as Omnicom, WPP, and Havas, Ben has a vast experience with helping drive business success of some of the world’s leading marketers such as Chase, Citibank, Dell, GE, Johnson & Johnson, Nestlé, Pepsico, Procter & Gamble, and Xerox. He holds a B.A. in Communications from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. He has also taught periodically on advertising topics at Temple. @bjankow

Joseph Klicsu
Senior Manager, Digital Communications, Energizer

joseph-klicsu.jpgAs the Senior Manager of Digital Brand Communications at Energizer, Joe Klicsu is responsible for working with all brands (Schick, Playtex, Banana Boat, etc.) within the Energizer Personal Care (EPC) portfolio to implement best practices and drive greater innovation across all aspects of the digital media ecosystem. Prior to joining EPC, Joe spent 6 years at digital marketing agency, Modem Media, as well as other client side roles at GE and Microsoft. He graduated from James Madison University in 1996 and lives in CT with his wife and two daughters.

Marissa Kraxberger
Creative Director, Ivanka Trump

marissa-kraxberger.jpgMarissa Kraxberger is the Creative Director for Ivanka’s growing lifestyle brand. She is charged with the creative direction for the entire Ivanka Trump brand, which includes defining the voice of the brand, the overall creative and editorial direction of IvankaTrump.com, strategy and execution of the company’s social media presence and managing an in house creative and editorial team. She has had a diverse career in design, art direction and brand development for high-profile fashion and lifestyle brands including Diane von Furstenberg, Kate Spade New York and Oscar de la Renta. She is also the author of Lady & Prince (ladyandprince.com), where she blogs about her life as a working mom in the fashion industry, raising kids in the city and her travel adventures. @ladyandprince

Eric Mason
Director, Strategic Marketing Communications, Wix.com

eric-mason.jpgEric Mason leads US content and user-driven pr/communications and marketing strategies for WIX.com. Prior to WIX, Eric founded and led WigDawg Communications helping hundreds of SMB’s and entrepreneurs get their brands “Off The Leash”. From 2000-2007, Mason was the creative brand force behind the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology shaping it into a leading representative body for female technologists and scientific thought leaders. Mason’s diverse career involves brand initiatives ranging from open source robotics to large-scale international collaborations to sustainable agriculture and product branding. For 6 years he was a professional triathlete and product spokesperson for such companies as PowerBar, Trek Bicycles and AME sportswear. Mason spent 3 years in rural east Java with Stanford University affiliated postgraduate program Volunteers In Asia, and has a lifelong curiosity for the inner workings of people, cultures and organizations, and the stories that define them. @wigdawg

Tom Phillips
CEO, Dstillery

tom-phillips.jpgTom Phillips joined Dstillery as CEO in October 2009. He was founding publisher of Spy magazine in 1986; the original media chief for Starwave Corporation in 1993 (creators of ESPN.com, NFL.com, ABCnews.com and NBA.com); and CEO of Deja.com in 1998. After a stint as a venture partner at Insight Ventures, he joined Google in 2006 and managed media platforms and the DoubleClick integration before establishing the Search & Analytics team to pioneer new uses of Google data on behalf of major advertising clients. He holds a BA in Applied Math from Harvard and a MBA from Stanford. @tomdstillery

Ted Rubin
Strategic Advisor and Acting CMO, Brand Innovators

ted-rubin.jpgTed Rubin is a leading Social Marketing Strategist, Keynote Speaker, Brand Evangelist, and Acting CMO of Brand Innovators. In March 2009 he started using and evangelizing the term ROR, Return on Relationship, hashtag #RonR. Ted left his position as Chief Social Marketing Officer of Collective Bias on August 31, 2013. He remains the 5th largest shareholder. In the words of Collective Bias Co-Founder John Andrews… “Ted, you were the vision, heartbeat and soul of Collective Bias, thank you for building a great company. From innovations like cbSocially to the amazing relationships you built with the blogger community, clients and employees, you drove the epic growth. You will be missed!” Many people in the social media world know Ted for his enthusiastic, energetic and undeniably personal connection to people. Ted is the most followed CMO on Twitter according to Social Media Marketing Magazine; one of the most interesting CMOs on Twitter according to Say Media, #13 on Forbes Top 50 Social Media Power Influencers, and number #2 on the Leadtail list of Top 25 People Most Mentioned by digital marketers. ROR, #RonR, is the basis of his philosophy…It’s All About Relationships! His book, Return on Relationship was released January 29, 2013. His latest book, How To Look People in the Eye Digitally, is being released January 2015. Connect with Ted at TedRubin.com or @TedRubin.

Vikas Satyal
Director, Commercial Marketing Strategy & Planning, Heineken USA

vikas-satyal.jpgAs head of Commercial Marketing Strategy & Planning – Heineken USA Vikas Satyal leads the design, strategy and process for implementing channel-specific business plans across the Heineken brand portfolio (Heineken, Dos Equis, Strongbow, Amstel). Vikas coordinates Commercial Marketing, Marketing, Sales, Finance, and Business Intelligence functions, as well as digital/CRM engagement, and overall path to purchase for sales teams and distributors. Prior to joining Heniken in June 2014 Vikas was Director of U.S. Consumer Markets, CRM Vendor & Merchandising Engagements, for dunnhumby. Earlier, he was Senior Category Manager of Shopper Insights for Coca-Cola Enterprises.

Colin Schoenberger
Social Media and Analytics, Associate Director, WNET New York Public Media

colin-schoenberger.jpgColin Schoenberger is Associate Director of Social Media and Analytics at WNET, New York’s flagship public media provider and producer of national PBS series such as Nature, American Masters, Great Performances and Finding Your Roots. In that capacity, Colin has promoted viewership across platforms and developed loyalty via social media for WNET-produced series, both at the national and local level. Since joining WNET in 2010, Colin has evolved conversion-focused reporting and content strategies, bridging divides between social, web, mobile and broadcast. Prior to joining WNET, Colin was a freelance journalist, social media strategist and digital content producer. From 2007-2009 he was a staff writer for LogoTV.com. @colin_schoen

Liya Sharif
Senior Director, Global Brand, Qualcomm

liya-sharif.jpgLiya Sharif is a Senior Director of Global Brand at Qualcomm, responsible for corporate brand strategy and execution. Liya brings more than 15 years of experience in integrated brand marketing, digital marketing and public relations. At Qualcomm, she pioneered the global social media program, launched the first-ever company blog, and inspired the strategy behind the innovative publishing content engine. She played a central role in developing original content and immersive campaigns that have generated millions of views. Prior to joining Qualcomm in 2009, Liya was Senior VP and Managing Director at JHG, a digital marketing agency. Earlier, she held leadership roles in public relations, integrated communications and brand strategy at Townsend Inc and Widcomm. Formerly a professional Russian ballet dancer, Liya still continues to train and explore dance in her free time. @lsharif

Jes Santoro
Senior Vice President, Enterprise Sales, TubeMogul

jes-santoro.jpgJes Santoro is a media executive with over 18 years of integrated media and ad technology experience. A leader in the field, he has expertly matched top credentials in traditional media and marketing with a passionate commitment to digital mediums and programmatic software applications. Jes possesses an ultra-focused strategy, unparalleled creativity and an established strength in building long, profitable relationships in advertising, media and technology. He has also served on various trade groups and committees such as being a former Co-chair of the CTAM On Demand Consortium (ODC); Agency Advisory and Advanced Workflow committees as well as a former member of AAAA Media Directors and Executive Committees. Jes is currently on the Board of Advisors of VMA Media and active with numerous aspects of other trade groups. @jessantoro

Marc Sternberg
Co-Founder, Brand Innovators

Marc Sternberg is co-founder of Brand Innovators, a leading producer of conferences for the advertising and emerging technology industries. From 2007-2011 he was president and COO of AlwaysOn, annually producing more than 20 successful conferences in the digital media, clean technology and cloud computing sectors. From 1989-2007 Marc was the vice president of advertising sales for The Hollywood Reporter. 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. @MarcSternberg1

Peter Tarrant
Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships, Collective

peter-tarrant.jpgPeter Tarrant is an Advertising Sales Director with experience across multiple industries — including startups, digital, and social media — and continents (North America, Europe, and Australia). Currently the Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships at Collective, his experience encompasses all aspects of digital and online advertising, mobile advertising and marketing, SEM, new business development, client growth, new lead generation and building digital teams to meet enterprise objectives.

David Teicher
Chief Content Officer, Brand Innovators

david-teicher.jpgDavid Teicher is Chief Content Officer at Brand Innovators, managinging content for the 30-plus live summit programs and dozens of special events Brand Innovators produces annually, and contributing thought-leadership to Brand-Innovators.com and related content. David joined Brand Innovators in June from Ad Age, where he worked since 2010, most recently as Social Media and Event Content Manager. He also contributed columns and articles to AdAge.com, with a special emphasis on emerging media, technology and start-ups. In 2012 he helped launch Brand H@cker, which he continued to manage. @aerocles