CMO Corner

Coverage of industry leaders from our journalists


  • Verizon's new CMO Leslie Berland leans against a white wall
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    Peloton CMO jumps to Verizon after less than a year in role

    As top marketer, Leslie Berland will have a wide remit and “usher in a new chapter” for the telecom’s brand, CEO Hans Vestberg said.

    By Dec. 7, 2023
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    Opinion

    Here’s what separates a good marketer from a bad one

    At the core is the desire to gain a holistic understanding, according to Meta Reality Labs' Dave Kaufman.

    By Dave Kaufman • Dec. 7, 2023
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    The Marketing Dive Outlook on 2021

    There is perhaps no facet of marketing that went untouched by a tumultuous 2020. Read on for the trends and topics that could shape the industry in the new year.

    By Marketing Dive staff
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    Q&A

    Hilton CMO on why its ‘For the Stay’ campaign is the hotel’s ‘Just Do It’

    Mark Weinstein shared the inspiration behind the marketing platform, the story of the company’s 10-minute TikTok and strategy tips for marketers.

    By Noelle Mateer • Dec. 4, 2023
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    Q&A

    Why Domino’s is awarding half a million dollars in snow plowing grants

    Chief Brand Officer Kate Trumbull explained how the chain’s latest effort shows off an “experienced by few, seen by many” ethos.

    By Dec. 4, 2023
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    Deep Dive

    How the best marketing campaigns of 2023 mastered pop culture nostalgia

    Brands faced a preponderance of global challenges this year and opted for a familiar playbook as the industry arrives at a crossroads.

    By , , Nov. 29, 2023
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    How Walmart’s shoppable rom-com bridges holiday content, commerce

    Ads on TikTok, Roku and YouTube showcase an assortment meant to balance “inspiration and impulse” for the season, according to CMO William White.

    By Nov. 28, 2023
  • A customer walks by a Pride Month merchandise display at a Target store on May 31, 2023 in San Francisco,
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    Deep Dive

    Brand backlash: Are 2023’s epic marketing fails part of a bigger problem?

    High-profile controversies have sent a chilling effect across an industry facing down another contentious election year and crusades against “wokeness.”

    By Nov. 28, 2023
  • A blue case of University of Texas co-branded Bud Light against a white backdrop
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    AB InBev US CMO to resign as Bud Light woes continue

    Benoit Garbe will exit at the end of the year, with marketing to be overseen by U.S. Chief Commercial Officer Kyle Norrington.

    By Nov. 16, 2023
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    Nike names new CMO as it chases next era of growth

    After leaving to found a creative ad agency, company veteran Nicole Hubbard Graham will return to oversee all aspects of marketing starting in the new year.

    By Nov. 15, 2023
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    Opinion

    How corporate communicators can stay ahead in the age of AI

    AI has the power to paint the picture and tell the story, tasking communicators to level up their strategy, according to Robert Gibbs and Jeff Nussbaum.

    By Robert Gibbs, Jeff Nussbaum • Oct. 31, 2023
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    Do CEOs understand modern marketing? 66% of CMOs say ‘no.’

    As the role of the marketer continues to evolve, CEOs must work to clarify responsibilities and create a framework for measurement, per McKinsey.

    By Oct. 30, 2023
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    Top takeaways from Advertising Week 2023 marketers need to know

    From rebrands and retail media to identity and ad fraud — plus plenty of Taylor Swift — here are the biggest lessons from the annual gathering.

    By Oct. 26, 2023
  • Four individuals pose together, smiling, as part of JCPenney's "Make Your Holidays Count" campaign imagery.
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    Inside J.C. Penney’s holiday marketing strategy

    On the heels of a new $1 billion turnaround plan, the retailer’s seasonal push includes paid creators, video ads and a “Penney Prepper” challenge.

    By Oct. 25, 2023
  • Taco Bell Chief Digital Officer Dane Mathews and DoorDash CMO Kofi Amoo-Gottfried dug into building brand trust at Advertising Week New York.
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    What Taco Bell and DoorDash learned about loyalty through collaboration

    Taco Bell Chief Digital Officer Dane Mathews and DoorDash CMO Kofi Amoo-Gottfried dug into building brand trust at Advertising Week New York.

    By Oct. 20, 2023
  • Jake from State Farm and Donna Kelce recreate one of Taylor Swift's viral moments
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    Q&A

    State Farm’s marketing head on ‘lightning-in-a-bottle’ Kelce-Swift stunt

    Marketing Dive caught up with Alyson Griffin at Advertising Week New York to discuss how it partnered with agency Maximum Effort for a viral Swiftie play.

    By Updated Oct. 18, 2023
  • Wendy's global CMO Carl Loredo speaks during an Advertising Week New York session on Oct. 16, 2023
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    What Wendy’s global CMO Carl Loredo learned from Taylor Swift

    The executive explained how fandom, value and nostalgia come together for the QSR chain during an Advertising Week New York discussion.

    By Oct. 17, 2023
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    McDonald’s US CMO on brand’s first-party data transformation

    After years of struggling with the youth market, the chain has turned things around thanks to its loyalty program and more culturally impactful campaigns.

    By Oct. 11, 2023
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    Mars Petcare appoints first chief brand and experience officer

    Najoh Tita-Reid, previously CMO at Logitech, will seek to elevate consumer experience and drive growth across a portfolio of brands and services.

    By Oct. 10, 2023
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    Q&A

    Celsius CEO on keeping a disruptor’s edge and staying focused on Gen Z

    The energy drink brand remains committed to the 18-to-24 demographic on an increasingly broad stage that now includes a national MLS sponsorship.

    By Oct. 9, 2023
  • OLAPLEX DUPES THE DUPERS ON TIKTOK WITH OLADUPÉ, WHICH WAS REVEALED AS ITS BLOCKBUSTER NO. 3 HAIR PERFECTOR
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    Why Olaplex created a faux product to address dupe culture on TikTok

    The brand’s Oladupé marketing stunt was strategized with agency Movers+Shakers, the first collaboration between the companies.

    By Oct. 5, 2023
  • A Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup on the road.
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    Ford hires Toyota veteran as global CMO

    Lisa Materazzo was formerly Toyota's top marketing executive in North America and joins as the automaker navigates the industry's electric “sea change.”

    By Sept. 13, 2023
  • CKE CMO Jennifer Take and CFO Mike Lenihan
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    Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s parent appoints CMO, CFO

    CKE’s new execs join the company during an ongoing brand overhaul focused on renovations, technology advancements and streamlined operations.

    By Aneurin Canham-Clyne • Sept. 8, 2023
  • Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott stands in the pain aisle in a Lowe's commercial
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    Q&A

    How Lowe’s is leveraging its NFL deal to inspire DIYers with new campaign

    Head of marketing Jen Wilson also explained how in-housing its retail media efforts and restructuring its marketing organization have paid off for the brand.

    By Sept. 7, 2023
  • A person doing a squat while holding weights and following an instructional Peloton video, with the exercise brand's Peloton Bike also in view.
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    Could Peloton’s brand refresh mark the start of its comeback?

    Vice President of Consumer Marketing Oli Snoddy details how the exercise brand is leveraging real users to broaden its reach and grow its app. 

    By Sept. 6, 2023
  • TGI Fridays CEO Brandon Coleman in a dark suit.
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    TGI Fridays promotes CMO to CEO

    Brandon Coleman III takes the reins as the chain experiments with virtual brands, a new loyalty structure and major menu overhaul in a growth push. 

    By Emma Liem Beckett , Julie Littman • Aug. 29, 2023