CMO Corner

Coverage of industry leaders from our journalists

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    Coke names new marketing lead for North America amid strategy shift

    The appointment is one of several leadership changes taking effect in January as the company tries to reduce complexity and improve speed.

    By Nov. 30, 2022
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    Little Caesars promotes digital trailblazer to CMO

    Greg Hamilton takes the reins for marketing as the chain ramps up digital transformation and its relationship with the NFL.

    By Oct. 31, 2022
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    Inside American Eagle’s holiday social media strategy

    The Gen Z retailer looks to immerse consumers in celebrations as company research found this holiday season is all about “revenge living.” 

    By Oct. 31, 2022
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    Burger King teams with Call of Duty for expansive international promo

    The tie-up comes just over a year after the chain’s former CMO Fernando Machado joined Call of Duty publisher Activision Blizzard as CMO.

    By Aaron Baar • Oct. 28, 2022
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    Future focused: How Diageo prioritizes sustainability

    The company’s Society 2030 program tailors sustainability goals by brand, avoiding a one-size-fits-all approach.

    By Oct. 25, 2022
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    Pepsi CMO on state of media fragmentation: ‘A double-edged sword’

    At Advertising Week, Todd Kaplan discussed the overvaluation of paid media and his view of emergent channels like the metaverse, calling it a “fat word.”

    By Oct. 19, 2022
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    American Eagle CMO says now’s the time for marketers to take risks

    At Advertising Week, the exec cited evidence that stepping outside the box has reaped major benefits, like becoming Roblox’s second most visited virtual brand.

    By Oct. 19, 2022
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    State Farm CMO who brought back the Jake spokes-character retires

    Following a 12-year run, Rand Harbert will be replaced by Kristyn Cook, who has focused on emergent media channels like TikTok and gaming.

    By Sept. 29, 2022
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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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    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