CMO Corner

Coverage of industry leaders from our journalists


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    Taco Bell appoints Jordan Brand CMO as global chief brand officer

    Sean Tresvant will lead the chain's efforts to drive culture and create impact with a focus on omnichannel initiatives and digital customer touchpoints.

    By Dec. 3, 2021
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    Burger King's Ellie Doty is latest marketer to leave brand

    The exit of the chain's first North American CMO comes as its parent company's growth lags behind that of competitors.

    By Nov. 5, 2021
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    KFC scores new CMO with Nintendo's Nick Chavez

    With more than 11 years at Nintendo of America, the executive has deep industry knowledge that reflects the growing importance of gaming and digital to consumer-facing brands.

    By Oct. 29, 2021
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    At Advertising Week: Less fluff and increased candor around industry's uncertain future

    Across four days in New York, marketers stepped out of their comfort zones with optimism that occasionally belied ongoing supply chain and engagement issues.

    By Oct. 26, 2021
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    Cadillac's CMO on shifting brand strategy to address supply chain, cookie challenges

    Melissa Grady said holiday ads this year could focus more on brand-building for the Lyriq, Cadillac's first EV, versus typical deals-oriented messaging.

    By Oct. 19, 2021
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    Under Armour names first chief consumer officer as marketing chief plans exit

    Massimo Baratto will take over the functions of the CMO in the new position, overseeing global marketing, e-commerce and retail.

    By Cara Salpini • Oct. 18, 2021
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    Why Planet Fitness went from 16 agencies to one with new AOR Publicis

    CMO Jeremy Tucker explained how a bespoke agency is expected to drive scale and efficiency and spur $40 million in incremental media investment.

    By Sept. 13, 2021
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    Anheuser-Busch taps new CMO, adds marketing role in C-suite shuffle

    The shakeup sees the brewing company making significant moves toward advancing its consumer-first media strategy.

    By Sept. 8, 2021
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    Bed Bath & Beyond brand chief departs after little over a year

    Chief Digital Officer Rafeh Masood on Monday took over Cindy Davis' duties on an interim basis, amid the retailer's private label push.

    By Daphne Howland • Aug. 31, 2021
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    McDonald's taps new global, US CMOs in executive shuffle

    The chain is refashioning some of its leadership structure following the creation of a customer experience team earlier this summer.

    By Aug. 25, 2021
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    MLB taps former Marriott exec as CMO to bolster digital efforts

    Karin Timpone brings a background in digital marketing that could help the league explore areas like loyalty and blockchain.

    By Aug. 18, 2021
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    Back from the brink: Why the CMO role has experienced a resurgence

    CMOs must be agile enough to capitalize on strategies that will align brand values and consumers, while also being prepared to change direction at any time, writes Toluna's Janice Caston.

    By Janice Caston • Aug. 12, 2021
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    Subway's CMO on why the brand's transformation is just beginning

    Carrie Walsh details how the brand experimented with new channels and collaborated with agency partners on a campaign featuring top athletes.

    By Aug. 11, 2021
  • Marketing budgets slip in relation to revenue, shrinking to 6.4%, Gartner finds

    The firm's latest CMO Spend Survey found that allocations to areas like external agencies continued to drop while investments in digital and commerce remained strong.

    By July 14, 2021
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    Burger King CMO becomes co-leader as president steps down

    Chris Finazzo's departure comes as the company attempts to reinvent itself, launching a digitally focused rebrand in January and a loyalty program.

    By Emma Liem Beckett • July 7, 2021
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    Opinion

    Top priorities for CMOs in the post-pandemic world

    Chief marketers will need to continue to embrace change, putting customers and employees front and center, writes Forrester CMO Shirley Macbeth.

    By Shirley Macbeth • July 6, 2021
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    Wendy's CMO on Twitter snark, 'Rick and Morty' and building a $1B breakfast business

    Carl Loredo, the chain's marketing chief since 2019, said his overall vision is unchanged by the pandemic, while tactics are evolving to meet tech needs.

    By June 28, 2021
  • As CMOs seek to fortify pandemic gains, confusion grows around brand purpose

    Executives from LVMH, Unilever and other brands discussed the evolving role of chief marketers during a virtual ANA roundtable as part of Cannes Lions.

    By June 24, 2021
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    NTWRK hires Foot Locker exec as first CMO

    The new chief marketer steps in as livestream platforms are raising capital and the U.S. livestream market is poised for growth.

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • June 22, 2021
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    Dunkin' taps Coke marketing vet as US CMO following two-year search

    Rafael Acevedo will shepherd a wide range of marketing functions, including digital initiatives, as the chain navigates the pandemic reopening.

    By June 21, 2021
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    How Yum Brands generates sales, cultural impact with a three-pronged marketing framework

    Former CEO Greg Creed and CMO Ken Muench went deep with Marketing Dive on an R.E.D. strategy — also the subject of their new book — that has turned brands like Taco Bell into category trendsetters.

    By June 17, 2021
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    Wells Fargo's marketing chief is leaving as bank retires that position

    The CMO's departure, which has no set date, has roots in a restructuring that divided the bank's three business units into five. Rather than keep a central marketing chief, the bank will assign a marketing lead to each division.

    By Dan Ennis • May 24, 2021
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    Häagen-Dazs' CMO details how a rebranding ties to the company's diversity goals

    Elizabell Marquez explains how the brand is reimagining luxury for a new generation with help from screenwriter, producer and actor Lena Waithe and WPP-backed creative agency Cartwright.

    By May 19, 2021
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    General Mills CMO departs and company will not seek a replacement

    Ivan Pollard recently told Marketing Dive that the pandemic has put marketing "more squarely back in the middle of a company's operations."

    By May 7, 2021
  • Almost half of CMOs are women, but role slips on other diversity fronts, study finds

    Last year's incoming class of CMOs saw a "steep dropoff" in racial and ethnic diversity despite a deluge of brands pledging to improve hiring practices.

    By April 30, 2021