Brand Innovators LLC
Brand Innovators LLC
Bernie Albers is Vice President of Business Development at Opal, creator of the world’s best collaborative planning software for brand marketing teams. Opal has brought together a world class team of product and customer experience pioneers, allowing today’s leading brand marketers the space to think creatively and develop truly engaging narrative. Opal’s customers are many of the world’s most successful brands including Target, Nestlé, Burberry & Starbucks. Prior to Opal, Bernie held leadership roles at ground-breaking organizations including Federated Media, SAY Media and Thismoment. @berniealbers, @workwithopal
Dan Best is a multimedia native. He is Director of Planning & Activation at Unruly and his career has spanned Broadcast, Magazines, Newspapers, In-Game advertising, VOD and branded content. Prior to Unruly he was Director of Multimedia Solutions at Create, the Daily Telegraph’s multi award-winning cross media solutions team.
Pernille Bruun-Jensen is a well-rounded international business professional and operator who has lived and worked around the world, and who ‘get’s the challenges of brands. She previously led the dramatic turn-around of Intuit’s UK operation as General Manager, delivering double digit growth on all dimensions, and fostering a thriving company culture to become the #1 Best Small Workplace. As VP and Global CMO she then led Global Expansion for QuickBooks Online – again for double digit growth. Prior to Intuit, Pernille held senior Marketing positions at Johnson & Johnson and also Kraft Foods. Pernille holds an MBA in International Management from the top European Business School ESCP (formerly EAP). She loves customer insights and innovation – compelling her to join NetBase to unleash social action powered by technology – with Brand and Agencies around the world. @PernilleBruunJ
Based in London, Alex Cheeseman heads up the Brands & Agencies team for Outbrain.com, the world’s leading content recommendation platform. For the past 11 yrears he has worked across global product launches, consumer and B2B marketing, market-entry strategies and product management.Prior to Outbrain, Alex was Commercial Director at GEKKO, a technology company offering contextual tools that monetize publisher content. Operating at board level, he worked with senior clients at Google, AOL, Bing, Yahoo!, Twitter, Tribune group, HSBC, Forbes, New York Times, Daily Mail, Telegraph and Pearson. As Business Development Manager for the BBC’s “Lonely Planet,” Alex drove key marketing initiatives with global partners such as Nissan, Barclays, Ellesse, CPP and Lloyds across mobile, digital and print. @mralexcheeseman
Nathan Clapton is Head of Mobile & Commercial Partnerships, leading TripAdvisor’s drive to be the primary resource for travel planning on mobile and tablet through strong partnerships. Over 150m TripAdvisor Apps have been downloaded. They feature 190m reviews and opinions, 26m traveller photos and a wealth of trip planning tools. Nathan joined TripAdvisor in 2007. Since then, he has set up Business Listings, growing a customer base of 20,000 hotels and B&Bs in one year. Before that, he set up and ran TripAdvisor’s Partnerships team enabling 150m people per month to see TripAdvisor’s award winning content in travel websites, newspapers and other media. Prior to working for TripAdvisor, Nathan was Commercial Director for Lonely Planet heading up their European Licensing businesses. Prior to Lonely Planet, Nathan worked for the BBC and the Guardian in a variety of commercial roles.
Julian Coleman is an accomplished consultative business sales professional with a background in leading edge technologies, internet and media spanning 20 years working for global companies through to technology startups as well as running his own businesses. His experience also includes leading sales teams in excess of 20 people across international territories. He is currently Vice President, Business Development UK & Europe for Tongal, a video co-creativity platform based in Santa Monica, California, with offices around the world. Tongal is a hub between brands and our community of global creative professionals that participate in program’s for ideation and produce content for our clients’ digital and broadcast content needs. At Tongal, Julian is responsible for the business development in the UK & Europe, extending business relationships of current clients within his territory and developing new client opportunities. @JulianColeman26
Jane Griffiths is Marketing Director EMERI for Christie’s, based in London. She also serves as a non-executive member of the board of directors of EMEA communications firm Communisis. Before joining Christie’s in 2013, Jane was EMEA Marketing Director for Citibank NA for 8 years, and prior to that worked for a number of advertising agencies including Ogilvy/OgilvyOne in London, New York and Korea, Arc Worldwide London (part of the Leo Burnett Group) and TBWA/GGT London, each with a seat on the senior management team and as a member of the board.
Andrew Grill is an internationally renowned thought leader in the field of digital and social media networks. Currently he is a Global Partner in IBM Interactive based in London with a remit to help drive understanding and deliver social business solutions to key IBM clients. Previously, Andrew was CEO of leading social influence platform Kred. He is passionate about explaining to large corporates how digital disruption will impact current thinking and strategy, with a focus on moving from social media to social business. Andrew presents at international conferences on a regular basis, and maintains the well-read blog LondonCalling.co tracking digital and social media trends. A former resident of Sydney, and a dual Australian-British Citizen, since 2005, Andrew deeply understands the issues facing companies, large and small, in the UK, US and European markets. Importantly, he firmly believes that “in order to get digital you need to be digital,” something he gleaned early on. Andrew launched his first website in 1994, while studying for a Master’s degree in Information Technology, He has since 1999 maintained andrewgrill.com. In fact he was serving email via bulletin boards as early as 1983. You can learn more about his career path, or follow him @andrewgrill.
Malwina Gudowska is an award-winning writer and editor with more than a decade of experience in the media industry, editing and writing for daily, weekly and monthly Web and print publications. Her extensive print and digital experience spans SEO, social media, digital marketing, e-commerce, content strategy and brand awareness expertise. She is a National Magazine Award winner published in the 2012 anthology of the best Canadian magazine articles of the past five years. Malwina has also done fashion and culture commentating for numerous TV and radio programs. Currently, she is on staff at the THE OUTNET.COM as the Social Media Writer, overseeing content across all of the social media platforms.
As Co-Founder of the Brand Innovators, Brandon Gutman 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. @BrandonGutman
James Harris is responsible for the strategic growth of AOL revenue across all agency holding companies in the UK and EMEA. Based in London, he has more than 20 year’s experience in media and advertising. Prior to joining AOL in June, James was at IPG Mediabrands, where he held the role of Chief Digital Officer and Managing Director of Digital Services EMEA, delivering consistent year-on-year growth for the business. Earlier in his career James was Chief Digital Officer at Universal McCann EMEA and Founder and Managing Director of Aegis Media Labs, the specialist digital division within Aegis Media. @jamesharris950
Caroline Hyde is the London-based, European Business Correspondent for Bloomberg Television. She regularly interviews chief executives, finance officers, politicians and research analysts across the region – including Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Adidas Chairman and CEO Herbert Hainer, Arcadia Group owner Sir Philip Green and Chief Secretary to the U.K. Treasury Danny Alexander. Caroline has also provided in-depth reports on the UK property sector, charitable institutions and developments in digital, music and visual technology. She joined Bloomberg in 2008, previously covered the European debt markets for Bloomberg News as a corporate finance reporter. Prior to joining Bloomberg, Caroline worked in public relations for London’s Moorgate Group, where she was a debt market specialist, managing campaigns for clients including Standard & Poor’s and Lloyds Banking Group. She holds an MA (Oxon) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University. @CarolineHydeTV
Shafqat Islam is the Co-Founder and CEO of NewsCred, the world’s leading content marketing and syndication platform. As CEO, Shafqat manages the strategic growth of the company, pioneering a new content ecosystem for brands and publishers. NewsCred is backed by world-class investors, including Mayfield Fund, FirstMark Capital, Greycroft Partners and IA Ventures. Shafqat has spoken at events, including Paley Media Center Summits, Business Insider Conferences, Internet Week, Digital Hollywood, Digitas Newfronts, AAN Media Conferences, and Wharton Entrepreneurship panels. Prior to NewsCred, Shafqat was a VP at Merrill Lynch. @shafqatislam and @newscred
Tim Jackson is Head of Marketing Strategy for specialist employee benefits insurer, Unum. Since 2011, he’s led Unum’s innovative B2B and B2C marketing campaigns to grow awareness of, and ultimately the total market for, Income Protection insurance bought through the workplace. This campaign is a fully-integrated marketing programme with social media at its heart, combining major platforms such as LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook with conventional TV, PR, digital, media partnerships and events. Previously he’s worked agency-side at Chemistry Communications as a Planner, and in both finance and business strategy consulting. He is a graduate of Oxford University, and of London Business School from where he received his MBA. He’s currently studying for the Master of Wine qualification, is a retired cox, a retired marathon runner, a part-time cyclist, and a terrible guitar player. @ABNegative
A thought-leader in the marketing community, Adam Kmiec is widely admired for his lively parries at the status quo. His challenges are grounded in solid experience at some of the most digitally forward-thinking organizations in the world, helping brands find success in the interactive and social space. In January he joined Walgreens as Senior Director, Social Media and Content. Prior to that, he held leadership positions at the Campbell Soup Company, where for the past two years he served as Director of Global Digital Marketing and Social Media. At Campbell, he developed global digital marketing and social media strategies across consumer-facing and corporate communications. Adam’s career spans the client and agency sides, including Fallon, Leo Burnett, and ConAgra Foods. @adamkmiec
Istvan Kozari is the Global Digital Media lead for Vodafone, driving the digital media acceleration programme of the company and providing mobile and converged telecommunication services across 21 markets. Responsible for setting up global media partnerships, he is leads innovation and testing new media opportunities. He is a real digital enthusiast who previously worked for a digital publisher after working for Fastridge and Initiative in Hungary and in Central Europe. @kozisti
Jordan Kretchmer is the Founder and CEO of Livefyre, the first Social CMS Platform used by the largest companies in the world to engage consumers through a combination of real-time conversation, content creation, social curation and social advertising. Kretchmer founded the San Francisco based startup in December 2009, and has overseen its growth to 100 employees and over $35M in venture financing. Livefyre is the 4th largest site network on the web, delivering over one billion live content streams every month. Before launching Livefyre, Kretchmer was the Vice President of Brand at Current TV where he led brand redevelopment for the media company. Previously, he was the Digital Creative Director at Butler Shine Stern and Partners, and Vice President/Associate Creative Director at Mullen Advertising. Kretchmer is a sought after speaker at industry events, haven spoken at The Future TV conference, OMMA Social, Digital Hollywood, Social Data Week, and the American Magazine Conference, and has been published in Fast Company, The Huffington Post, Tech Crunch, Mashable, and many others. @jkretch
Pippa Lewis is a creative and brand passionate Assistant Brand Manager at Mondelēz International. She works across some of the nation’s most iconic Candy brands, Cadbury Eclairs, Maynards, Bassetts and The Natural Confectionary Company. Pippa has been responsible for launching the largest on pack promotion within the Candy Category this year, ‘Win Nothing But Fun Every Day’, PR activities, as well as launching a number of new products to the market. Previously, she worked within Savoury Snacks at Kallo Foods (a subsidiary of Royal Wessanen NV) where she held key responsibilities with the launch of the Regional TV campaign, PR and Digital alongside NPDs. A real foodie, Pippa was also behind the launch of The Penny Black Restaurant, a high end British restaurant know for exceptional food and dining.
Kristian Lorenzon is the Head of Social Media at O2 Telefónica UK. Kristian oversees O2’s central social media strategy, governance and the delivery of commercial and customer engagement activities. Areas of particular interest include consumer responses to new media, and social media’s role in omnichannel retailing. @krislorenzon
A true citizen of the world, Laila Mignoni lived in Morocco, France, Spain, Germany andthe U.S. After receiving her Masters of Art at La Sorbonne in Paris, she came tothe UK over 10 years ago to work for leading advertising agencies such as DDB, Havas and M&C Saatchi where she was managing global brands and implementing multi-channel digital solutions. She won numerous awards forcampaigns for the likes of Adidas, Volkswagen, RBS and Jaguar. With a core focus on social and content Laila has been appointed by Bacardi to lead Martini Digital Global Strategy and Implementation.
Adi Mohan is the Global Media Manager at Unilever working on communication planning and strategy, media innovation and digital marketing across many of Unilever’s iconic brands. Adi has been at Unilever for close to 8 years and has worked in brand management and innovation roles, both in emerging markets and at a global level in the London headquarters where he is based now. He also works closely with Google on managing the strategic partnership with them. He is involved in brand, content and digital work focussing on search and social media marketing. He is a big believer of the fact that the best way to predict the future is to create it.
Ted Rubin is a leading Social Marketing Strategist, Keynote Speaker, Brand Evangelist and Author. In March 2009, as CMO at e.l.f. Cosmetics (EyesLipsFace.com), he started using and evangelizing the term ROR, Return on Relationship (#RoR). He subsequently released in book form Return on Relationship, which explores social media Best Practices strategies from both the corporate and customer sides. In May 2011 Ted accepted the position of Chief Social Marketing Officer at Collective Bias, exiting that post in October 2013 to focus on his growing portfolio of writing projects and advisory clients. Many 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, 2013, and number #2 on the Leadtail August 2013 list of Top 25 People Most Mentioned by digital marketers. @TedRubin
Chris Seth is Managing Director at Dynamic Signal and is focused on developing the company’s business across EMEA. Dynamic Signal’s technology platform helps companies turn their employees and customers into brand advocates on social. Founded by the team behind comScore, Flycast and Adify and backed by a number of top tier investors, the company today works with many of the worlds largest brands, enabling them to scale their content marketing and deliver break through business growth. Over his career, Chris has helped build successful global companies at Stardoll, BBDO, Time Out and the New York Times. He is an investor and advisor to a range of early stage companies including Banjo, Future Ad Labs, CTRLio and Rippll. Chris is passionate about brand creation and the impact this has on the strength and value of an enterprise. He has lived in 5 countries, speaks 4 languages and has won numerous industry awards for his work in advertising and marketing. Chris is most proud of his family, but he also finds time to compete in triathlons and is a professionally trained chef. @chrisjseth
Nigel Sheldon provides advice on Digital strategy, evolving consumer behaviour and emerging technologies. He has spent much of his career in WPP agencies including JWT, The Henley Centre and Mindshare where he helped set up its Digital division. He now consults to a wide range of clients on their Digital and marketing challenges: he has helped Jaguar construct its global brand strategy; advised Experian on the development of its digital and research properties; and for the past two years has been working with Barclays to build its strategic approach to social media.
Andy Smith has been at Bupa for two and a half years working in the central digital team and now finds himself on secondment to Bupa Australia. Andy’s role has predominantly centred around supporting Bupa’s global market units with a particular focus on mobile and emerging channels. Recent successes where delivering Bupa’s first global digital campaign in the shape of Chad Strider. Utilising his location in the UK Andy will tap into the talent and energy of the London when required to deliver projects for ANZ whilst also connecting the Australian business with UK, Global, Spanish and International market units to explore repeatable opportunities and global solutions across the business. Previously, Andy consulted at The FA for where he took the England Football Team, Wembley Stadium and FA Cup brands onto social media whilst supporting the marketing and comms team with the broader digital piece including mobile and insights. Although a keen footballer with London Aberdeen Andy’s recent exploits brought him to Melbourne to represent Great Britain in the Aussie Rules World Cup.@A_BSmith
Brian Solis is the Principal Analyst at Altimeter Group, a research firm focused on disruptive technology. A digital analyst, anthropologist, and futurist, Solis is also an author and in-demand keynote speaker who has studied and influenced the effects of emerging technology on business, marketing, and culture. Brian is also globally recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders in new media. His latest book, What’s the Future of Business (WTF), explores the landscape of connected consumerism and how business and customer relationships. His previous books include The End of Business as Usual and Engage, widely regarded as the industry reference guide for businesses to market, sell and service in the social web. @briansolis
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
Wendy Tarr is Associate Director, Marketing Performance Management at EY (formerly Ernst & Young). She’s responsible for developing and implementing effective measurement strategies for EY’s global Brand, Marketing and Communications (BMC) organisation. Her mission is to build and manage measurement and reporting standards in order for the BMC organisation to demonstrate their effectiveness, success and impact on business outcomes. Prior to joining EY as Digital Innovation Manager in 2012, Wendy was a consultant within the Digital Transformation Practice at Infosys, and before that worked in both the sales and marketing organizations at IBM for 10 years. @wendytarr
Kohlben Vodden is the co-founder of StoryScience Ltd., which brings science to the art of brand storytelling by creating data-driven strategic content marketing and social media solutions that deliver business value. Prior to founding StoryScience in 2013, Kohlben held various senior strategic roles in global creative communications agencies, which most recently included two years as Head of Social Media & Content Strategy for Ogilvy & Mather UK. He enjoys inspiring the industry by speaking about emerging marketing disciplines and technologies. @kohlben
Jereremy Waite is, in his own words, “a digital marketer, cyclist, writer and lover of good cheese and whiskey.” He is currently Head of Digital Strategy, EMEA, for Salesforce ExactTarget @MarketingCloud, which he joined in April, after nearly two years at Adobe, where he was Head of Social Strategy EMEA. His past experience includes owning his own agency, writing the book Sex, Brands & Rock’n’Roll and working for brands including Nike, MTV, Rovio, Zynga, Reebok, Dell, BMW and Vodafone. Jeremy also previously headed strategy for TBG (Facebook’s largest ad agency at the time), built the UK’s largest social media program for Phones 4u Group and led social strategy for Adobe EMEA. You can see what he’s been up to at his blog, JeremyWaite.Tumblr.com. Jeremy is passionate about building communities and helping brands “stand for something bigger than themselves,” and, in case you’re wondering, his is always an Old Fashioned. @JeremyWaite
Ben Walmsley is the Managing Director of Sizmek UK. He has over a decade of experience in business development and managing commercial teams in the digital marketing industry, working with agencies, publishers, data providers, rich media, video and mobile technology providers, offline data companies, and data warehousing platforms. He joined MediaMind from Yahoo! where he was responsible for the management of the EMEA search network and business development team. @bencwalmsley
Michael Wrigley has spent the majority of his career working in digital agencies and has specialized in marketing software, hardware and telecom brands. Most recently he was Managing Director at WPP agency Banner. In his time, Michael has created awareness and driven demand for some of the world’s most recognized brands, including Adobe, HP, Cisco, Sony, Symantec and Dell. @wrigsy