CMO Corner

Coverage of industry leaders from our journalists


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    Why Sonic drove away from in-car commercials for its latest campaign

    CMO Lori Abou Habib explains the food-focused change and how the QSR has benefited from parent Inspire Brands' bespoke media unit within Publicis.

    By Sept. 26, 2022
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    Dunkin’ promotes architect behind next-gen push to CMO

    Jill McVicar Nelson, who’s been with Dunkin’ since 2011, has spearheaded several menu offerings targeted at the “next generation of guests.”

    By Sept. 22, 2022
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    60% of CMOs to cut marketing analytics teams by 2023, Gartner predicts

    A survey calls out inefficiencies in data-driving marketing, which has seen rising importance but effectiveness hampered by cognitive bias and cherry-picking.

    By Sept. 16, 2022
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    Lowe’s chief marketing officer exits as company realigns structure

    Marisa Thalberg joined the home improvement retailer from Taco Bell just prior to the pandemic upending nearly every aspect of consumers’ lives.

    By Caroline Jansen • Sept. 7, 2022
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    What PepsiCo’s $550M Celsius deal means for the energy drink brand

    Celsius CEO John Fieldly detailed how the investment and distribution agreement will affect the energy drink’s marketing moving forward.

    By Aug. 22, 2022
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    Retail CMO budgets increased in 2022: Gartner

    Although marketers are spending more on social media, overall budgets still haven't bounced back to pre-pandemic levels.

    By Dani James • Aug. 17, 2022
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    Chili's names George Felix as new CMO

    The executive previously held leadership roles at Pizza Hut, KFC and Tinder, with his latest appointment arriving at a time of rebuilding for Chili’s. 

    By July 20, 2022
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    CMO of Amazon Prime Video, Studios exits at transitional moment for streaming

    Ukonwa Ojo, who held the role for two years, is leaving as the platform readies itself for “Thursday Night Football,” a pricey “Lord of the Rings” show and more.

    By June 29, 2022
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    Why Heineken is ramping up investment in consumer experiences

    CMO Jonnie Cahill explained how the beer brand is partnering with Formula 1 and professional soccer as the value of in-person engagement grows.

    By June 21, 2022
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    Absolut mixes cocktail personalities in biggest campaign in over a decade

    Pam Forbus, CMO of parent company Pernod Ricard North America, explains how the multiyear effort serves as a metaphor for a fraught global moment.

    By June 6, 2022
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    Q&A

    Carl's Jr. and Hardee's head to 'Jurassic World' as $500M brand transformation looms

    Chief Brand Officer Chad Crawford details how the brands are leveraging digital content across Uber and Lyft vehicles, Snapchat, TikTok and Waze.

    By May 26, 2022
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    CMOs 'sanguine' in face of inflation, global turmoil as budgets recover

    Gartner’s latest survey of marketing chiefs identified a shift away from a square focus on digital, with offline media now commanding 44% of budgets.

    By May 24, 2022
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    J.C. Penney taps new marketing chief

    John Aylward will help advance the retailer's omnichannel strategy and oversee marketing strategy, creative, visual merchandising and more.

    By Daphne Howland • May 13, 2022
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    Female CMOs overtake male ones for the first time, report says

    Tenure remained low in 2021 thanks, in part, to issues related to the pandemic combined with diversity efforts.

    By May 10, 2022
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    Anheuser-Busch InBev appoints Marcel Marcondes as global CMO

    The former president of the company's Beyond Beer division will bring a renewed focus to the brand's beer alternative options.

    By April 22, 2022
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    Dunkin' CMO departs after 9 months

    While Rafael Acevedo's tenure was short, changes overseen by the executive — including naming Anomaly creative AOR — could carry a lasting impact.

    By March 28, 2022
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    Arby's CMO dishes on Pusha T diss track

    To launch a spicy fish sandwich, the QSR tapped the rapper to take shots at McDonald's and the Filet-O-Fish.

    By March 22, 2022
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    Applebee's CMO on embracing everything from '80s nostalgia to metaverse buzz

    Joel Yashinsky details how authenticity is at the heart of a new campaign that was created with Grey and is set to the theme from "Cheers."

    By Feb. 14, 2022
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    Q&A

    PepsiCo's in-house content studio head on preserving brand trust as demand soars

    Saying no to projects isn't out of the question as Louis Arbetter tries to maintain quality while building out new capabilities in areas like social listening.

    By Dec. 20, 2021
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    General Mills names chief brand and disruptive growth officer after sunsetting CMO role

    A change in marketing leadership speaks to a desire to more closely wed brand-building with innovation as the pandemic resets expectations.

    By Dec. 17, 2021
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    Opinion

    CMOs must step away from the shiny objects

    To solve the CMO tenure problem, marketers must stop blaming the CEO, start thinking about new frameworks and revisit the fundamentals, Boathouse's John Connors writes.

    By John Connors • Dec. 9, 2021
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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