The CMO Club Announces Winners in 10 Distinguished Categories For 2015 CMO Awards

Los Angeles, CA (October 14, 2015) – – The CMO Club is proud to present the winners of the 2015 CMO Awards in the categories for Content Engagement, Creativity and Story Telling, Customer Experience, Growth, Leadership, Marketing Innovation, Officers, Rising Star, Social Responsibility, and President’s Circle.

The CMO Club will host a 2015 CMO Awards dinner in New York City, Tuesday, Nov. 17, at The Dream Downtown Hotel, to honor all 40 winners and announce and present the “CMOs Choice” award to one CMO from each of the 10 categories. In addition the 2015 CMO Hall of Fame Inductee will be honored and enshrined.

Established to celebrate the marketing industry’s brightest leaders and to provide a forum to share their successes with other CMOs, the 2015 CMO Awards is the only CMO Awards program driven, voted on, and decided entirely by an elite group of “peers only.” An Awards panel made up of CMO Club Chapter Presidents and key CMO Club members determined the four winners per category.

The CMO Club is pleased to announced the following CMO Award category winners (in alphabetical order):

  • The CMO Leadership Award recognizes demonstrated leadership in building, leading and motivating a high performing marketing organization. The Winners are:
    Elisabeth Charles, CMO, Athleta
    Phil Clement, CMO, Aon Corporation
    Steven Handmaker, CMO, Assurance
    Rich Kylberg, VP Corporate Marketing and Communications, Arrow Electronics
  • The CMO Marketing Innovation Award recognizes demonstrated capability in creating an innovative environment that delivers break-through marketing and game-changing outcomes in ROI, customer engagement and/or for the industry as a whole. The Winners are:
    Kevin Iaquinto, CMO, JDA Software
    Marc Mathieu, CMO, Samsung Electronics America
    Trish Mueller, CMO, The Home Depot
    Rich Smith, CMO, Ditech Financial
  • The CMO Officers Award recognizes demonstrated ability to democratize the brand beyond the marketing department and/or to lead the growth agenda for the company across functional areas. The Winners are:
    Anthony Christie, CMO, Level 3 Communications
    Jennifer Dominiquini, Chief Marketing and Client Experience Officer, BBVA Compass
    Judy Hackett, CMO, Dun and Bradstreet
    Lucas Herscovici, Vice President Consumer Connections, Anheuser-Busch InBev
  • The CMO Rising Star Award recognizes a demonstrated range of capabilities in leading an organization, marketing innovation and leading a company’s growth agenda, with fewer than 10 years of senior marketing experience. The Winners are:
    Emily Culp, CMO, Keds
    Mark-Hans Richer, CMO, Harley Davidson
    Sydney Seiger, CMO, TXU Energy
    Missy Walker, VP Brand Strategy and Communications, Strayer University
  • The CMO Growth Award recognizes demonstrated leadership in the development and implementation of new strategies, tools and programs resulting in significant company growth. The Winners are:
    Paul D’Arcy, SVP Marketing,
    Chris Edwards, CMO, Validic Healthcare Technology
    Dawn Hudson, CMO, The NFL
    Michael Mendenhall, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Flex
  • The CMO Social Responsibility Award recognizes demonstrated leadership in corporate social responsibility and/or marketing efforts for social and other charitable causes – “doing well by doing good.” The Winners are:
    Mark Hanna, CMO, Richline Group
    Paul Hillen, VP Global Marketing, Cargill
    Karen Quintos, CMO, Dell
    Diane Scott, Global Chief Product & Marketing Officer, Western Union
  • The CMO Content Engagement Award recognizes demonstrated leadership in creating and curating relevant and valuable content to develop brand affinity, engage audiences, create community and positively impact customer experiences. The Winners are:
    Patrick Bernardi, CMO, Hu-Friedy Mfg. Co., LLC
    Wanda Gierhart, CMO, Neiman Marcus Group
    Benjamin Karsch, CMO, Revlon
    Carol Kruse, CMO, Cambia Health Solutions
  • The CMO President’s Circle Award recognizes a marketing executive’s demonstrated dedication to the mission of the CMO Club by building relationships with peer members, collaborating and sharing with members and helping new CMOs to benefit from the peer-based community conversations. The Winners are:
    Julie Garlikov, VP Marketing, Nuvesse Skin Therapies
    Emmanuel Laroche, VP Marketing & Consumer Insights, Symrise
    Tim Suther, Managing Director, JPMorgan Chase
    Lisa Woodard, CMO, Transamerica
  • The CMO Creativity and Storytelling Award recognizes demonstrated leadership in standout story telling and creativity that separates the brand from others in the category. The Winners are:
    Douwe Bergsma, CMO, Georgia Pacific
    Jonathan Mildenhall, CMO, Airbnb
    Caralene Robinson, EVP Brand Marketing and Creative, VH1
    Diego Scotti, CMO, Verizon Communications
  • The CMO Customer Experience Award recognizes demonstrated leadership in creating high-impact customer experiences. The Winners are:
    Dan Farrell, SVP Sales & Marketing, The St. Louis Cardinals
    Jennifer Francis, Executive Director of Marketing and Communications, Philadelphia Museum of Art
    Todd Merry, CMO, Delaware North Companies
    Buffy Sash, CMO, Alice + Olivia

“The CMO Club is thrilled with the quality of all CMOs nominated and then selected as category winners for this year’s CMO Awards voted on by their peers,” said CMO Club Founder and CEO, Pete Krainik. “We are not only excited about the awards event to honor their accomplishments and legacies, but also look forward to the 2015 CMO Award Winner’s Roundtable prior to the dinner that will enable us to share their expertise and insights with other CMOs in The Club and the industry through our CMO Club Solutions Clubhouse.”CMOs To Be Honored at The CMO Awards Event Nov. 17

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