The CMO Club is pleased to announce the 2015 nominees for the annual CMO Club Awards. Bestowed annually across 10 categories, the awards recognize top senior marketing executives and are the only awards of their kind given to CMOs by their peers. A total of four winners per category will be determined by Sept. 30, and all finalists, winners and the 2015 CMO Hall of Fame inductee will be honored at The CMO Awards Dinner Nov. 17, 2015 in New York City.

2015 CMO Awards Categories and Nominees

The CMO Leadership Award recognizes demonstrated leadership in building, leading and motivating a high performing marketing organization. The nominees are:

  • Elisabeth Charles, CMO, Athleta
  • Phil Clement, CMO, Aon Corporation
  • Jeff Diskin, EVP Commercial Services, Hilton Worldwide
  • Steven Handmaker, CMO, Assurance
  • Rich Kylberg, VP Corporate Marketing and Communications, Arrow Electronics
  • Susan Lintonsmith, CMO, Quiznos
  • Heather Rim, Senior Vice President & Chief Communications Officer, AECOM
  • Jane Wakely, CMO, Mars Chocolate

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 nominees are:

  • David Christopher, CMO, AT&T
  • Kevin Iaquinto, CMO, JDA Software
  • Kevin Krone, CMO, Southwest Airlines
  • Marc Mathieu, CMO, Samsung Electronics America
  • Trish Mueller, CMO, The Home Depot
  • Jon Potter, CMO, Moet Hennessy USA
  • Rich Smith, CMO, Ditech Financial
  • Mark Tullio, VP Worldwide Marketing, Lantronix

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 nominees are:

  • Anthony Christie, CMO, Level 3 Communications
  • Jerri DeVard, CMO, ADT
  • Jennifer Dominiquini, Chief Marketing and Client Experience Officer, BBVA Compass
  • Alan Gellman, CMO, Esurance
  • Judy Hackett, CMO, Dun and Bradstreet
  • Lucas Herscovici, Vice President Consumer Connections, Anheuser-Busch InBev
  • John Howell, VP Marketing, Enterprise Holdings
  • Mike Wege, Chief Growth and Marketing Officer, The Hershey Company

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 nominees are:

  • Emily Culp, CMO, Keds
  • Chris MacDonald, Marketing Director, Martin Automotive Group
  • Corey Maynard, VP Marketing, YETI Coolers
  • Gina McDuffie, CMO, VER
  • Mark-Hans Richer, CMO, Harley Davidson
  • Kim Schuy, VP Global Marketing, Essilor
  • 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 nominees are:

  • Julie Cary, CMO, LaQuinta
  • Clay Cowan, CMO,
  • Paul D’Arcy, SVP Marketing,
  • John Dragoon, CMO, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Chris Edwards, CMO, Validic Healthcare Technology
  • Dawn Hudson, CMO, The NFL
  • Michael Mendenhall, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Flex
  • Tom Smith, CMO, Nissan North America

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 nominees are:

  • Jill Estorino, EVP Global Marketing, Walt Disney Parks; Resorts
  • Julia Goldin, CMO, The LEGO Group
  • Mark Hanna, CMO, Richline Group
  • Paul Hillen, VP Global Marketing, Cargill
  • Karen Quintos, CMO, Dell
  • Diane Scott, Global Chief Product & Marketing Officer, Western Union
  • Michael Senackerib, CMO, Campbell Soup Co.
  • Drew Slaven, VP Marketing, Mercedes-Benz USA

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 nominees are:

  • Linda Bartman, CMO, CDK Global
  • Patrick Bernardi, CMO, Hu-Friedy Mfg. Co., LLC
  • Wanda Gierhart, CMO, Neiman Marcus Group
  • Benjamin Karsch, CMO, Revlon
  • Carol Kruse, CMO, Cambia Health Solutions
  • Ellyn Raftery, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Fidelity Information Services
  • Jay Spenchian, CMO, Tempur-Sealy International
  • Michael Zuna, Chief Digital & Marketing Officer, PETCO

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 nominees are:

  • Juliene Conway, SVP Enterprise Marketing & Communications, Bank of America
  • Nigel Dessau, CMO, Stratus Technologies
  • Julie Garlikov, VP Marketing, Nuvesse Skin Therapies
  • Kieran Hannon, CMO, Belkin International
  • Emmanuel Laroche, VP Marketing & Consumer Insights, Symrise
  • David Minifie, CMO, Centene Corporation
  • Tim Suther, Managing Director, JPMorgan Chase
  • Lisa Woodard, CMO, Transamerica

The CMO Creativity and Story Telling Award recognizes demonstrated leadership in standout story telling and creativity that separates the brand from others in the category. The nominees are:

  • Bernard Acoca, CMO Americas, L’Oreal
  • Douwe Bergsma, CMO, Georgia Pacific
  • Michelle Fernandez, VP Marketing, Canon USA
  • Vicky Free, CMO, BET Networks
  • Brian Harrington, CMO, Zipcar
  • 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 nominees are:

  • Mary Renner, Beech CMO, Kate Spade & Co.
  • Pam El, CMO, The NBA
  • Dan Farrell, SVP Sales & Marketing, The St. Louis Cardinals
  • Jennifer Francis, Executive Director of Marketing and Communications, Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Kurt Kane, Chief Concept Officer, Wendy’s
  • Richard Marnell, SVP Marketing, Viking River Cruises
  • Todd Merry, CMO, Delaware North Companies
  • Buffy Sash, CMO, Alice + Olivia

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