BLACK - Key Persons

Alesha Jackson

Job Titles:
  • Executive Assistant
  • Chief Operating Officer of DeskTop Ink Virtual Assistance
Alesha Jackson is the Chief Operating Officer of DeskTop Ink Virtual Assistance, a virtual assistant staffing and recruiting firm. In addition to DeskTop Ink, Alesha is a Senior Executive Assistant and Project Manager with over 20 years of experience and a realtor in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia. Alesha's administrative career has allowed her the opportunity to excel at providing proactive administrative and project support to C-Level executives around the country. Her ability to provide comprehensive support for executive-level staff, excel at project management, organization, coordinate meetings and logistics, manage travel, manage employees & be proactive in unpredictable environments makes her an invaluable asset. Originally from Mt. Morris, MI, a suburb of Flint, MI., Alesha graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. While attending college, Alesha began her administrative support career working for her family's business as the Executive Assistant and Personal Assistant to the CFO. This opportunity sparked Alesha's interest in administrative support. Alesha has spent most of her career using her skills as an Executive Assistant and Project Manager. She has either held executive level support roles or helped companies find Executive Assistants. Her experience includes Mann Bracken/Axiant, LLC., a law firm specializing in collections, Ch2mHill who held the contract to provide Public Works support for the city of Sandy Springs, GA., The American College of Rheumatology, Randstad USA supporting the CFO, Amtrak supporting the CIO, Heidrick & Struggles, Diversified Search Group supporting the CEO and CLO, The Black Executive CMO Alliance supporting the Founder and CEO, Symphony Chips supporting the Founder & CEO, and Magna Vista Partners supporting the Founder and CEO.

Amaiya Mills

Job Titles:
  • Marketing Intern, Undergraduate Student

Brand Innovators Article

Job Titles:
  • CMO of the Week: 3M 's Remi Kent

Brenda J. Lauderback

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Board
  • American Board Chair
  • Board Member / Chairman, Board of Directors
As the nation's first African American Board Chair at a public food service company, Brenda J. Lauderback is an executive trailblazer who drives bottom-line results, supports her community, and invests in future generations. Lauderback's track record of success, grounded in hard work and strategic thinking, has fueled her career, leading her into the senior ranks in corporate America, including her current role as chairman of the board for Denny's, Inc. (DENN), one of America's largest full-service family restaurant chains. Her career in retailing began at Gimbel's Department store in downtown Pittsburgh where she worked across the company in multiple departments, quickly learning what it takes to be an effective leader. She strategically navigated through Gimbel's before she decided to take on greater responsibility in Minneapolis as a merchandise buyer at Dayton-Hudson, now known as Target Corporation. She became the company's first and only African American to become Vice President and General Merchandise Manager for shoes, cosmetics, accessories, intimate apparel, and children. Lauderback moved to U.S. Shoe Corporation, where she became the president of the wholesale and manufacturing divisions while also leading the company's international offices. Later, when Nine West acquired U.S. Shoe, she became the company's president of the wholesale and retail divisions. All of these experiences in leadership and strategic business growth have positioned Lauderback as a highly sought-after board member and a widely lauded and recognized business leader. She is a member of the Sleep Number and Wolverine Worldwide corporate boards. Additionally, she is one of the National Association of Corporate Director's Top 100 Directors. She is on the National Restaurant News' Power List of Most Influential People in Foodservice and one of Savoy Magazine's Most Influential Women in Corporate America. She received the President's Lifetime Volunteer Service Award from the White House in May 2022 which resulted in the city of Charleston, SC, Mayor proclaiming May 9, 2022, as Brenda Lauderback Day. Lauderback's unique blend of experience has landed her on the covers or featured in Forbes, Essence, Black Enterprise, Ebony, and Savoy Magazines. As someone who values the importance of paying it forward, Lauderback is a major supporter of the James E. Clyburn Scholarship and Research Foundation and Tom Joyner Foundation, providing financial assistance to students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities. She also supports the International African American Museum in Charleston, the South Carolina Aquarium, and the Gibbes Museum of Art. Her business acumen and philanthropic efforts have not gone unnoticed. Over the years, she has received numerous awards, including the YWCA Greater Charleston "What Women Bring" Award for business achievement. The National Black MBA Association honored her with the President's Award, and she received an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration from her alma mater, Robert Morris University. She has also been awarded the Alumni Achievement Award and has a boardroom named in her honor. She is always willing to mentor young business leaders, especially other minority women. As a breast cancer survivor, she has actively supported the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Worldwide. She is a member of The Links, Incorporated, The Girlfriends, Chums, Smart Set, and the AKA Sorority. Lauderback, the daughter of Clayton and Dorothy, is married to Dr. Boyd Wright, and they have two children, Phallon and Adam. When she's not traveling, she resides between Dallas and Charleston, SC.

Briana Bruna

Job Titles:
  • BECA Intern, Student

Candace Matthews

Job Titles:
  • Founding Member
  • Amway in 2007 As Chief Marketing Officer
  • Candace Matthews Elected Independent Chairperson of Aptar 's Board of Directors
  • Retired Corporate Executive
Candace Matthews, a retired corporate executive, is now a full-time Board Member. Her most recent position was the Chief Reputation Officer (CRO) for Amway, responsible for overseeing Amway's global reputation strategy, Corporate Social Responsibility and Amway Brand. She was also the executive sponsor of Amway's Diversity & Inclusion employee networks. In that role, Matthews reported directly to CEO Milind Pant and served on Amway's Global Leadership Team, Amway's key decision-making body focused on strategy development and delivering meaningful ABO and customer experiences. She also served on Amway's Executive Staff comprised of cross-functional executive leaders focused on enhancing company culture, talent capabilities and global market needs. Prior to assuming the role of CRO in 2020, Matthews spent 6 years as Regional President (RP) of the Americas at Amway, heading all operations in North, Central and South America for the $8.8 billion direct-selling leader. During her tenure as RP, revenue increased 20 percent and profitability grew significantly (+6.3 points). With revenues of over $1.5 billion, the region leads the enterprise in growth. Matthews joined Amway in 2007 as Chief Marketing Officer. Prior, she managed all company operations as president of SoftSheen-Carson, a Consumer Products Division of L'Oreal USA, including the merger of the L'Oreal SoftSheen and Carson businesses. She has held marketing leadership positions at Coca-Cola, CIBA Vision (Novartis) Corporation, Bausch + Lomb, Procter & Gamble and General Mills, where she began her marketing career. Her board appointments include Herman Miller, Bic Corporation, Aptar, Fifth Third Bank - Regional Board, Spectrum Health Foundation, Figure Skating in Harlem and Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. Her former board appointments include Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Carnegie Mellon University Board of Trustees and Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council. Matthews earned her B.S. in metallurgical engineering and administrative and management science from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. She is the recipient of many awards, including the Black Enterprise "Most Powerful Women in Business" (2019), Café Mocha "Game Changer Award" and the Stanford Graduate School of Business Alumni Tapestry Award (both in 2014), Advertising Age's "Women to Watch" (2011), Black Enterprise "Corporate Executive of the Year" (2009) and CEW Achiever Award (2007).

Charles A. Tribbett, III

Job Titles:
  • Senior Advisor
  • Vice Chairman
Charles Tribbett, III, is Vice Chairman of the Russell Reynolds Associates, previous co-lead of the Board & CEO Advisory Partners, and a key member of the Chicago office. He is a senior advisor and consultant to corporate boards and CEOs in corporate governance and fiduciary responsibilities. Charles is an expert in CEO and executive succession planning, board succession planning and refreshment, board and committee evaluations, CEO recruitment, board diversity, and governance benchmarking. He advises numerous Fortune 300 companies on new CEO recruitment, search, and succession planning, as well as board member alignment, and CEO and activist investor relations. Charles has led leading CEO assignments such as Starbucks, CH Robinson Worldwide, Cardinal Health, Avnet, Walgreens, CDW, Motorola, TIAA, Raytheon, Bank of America, and ACI Worldwide. He has also led board director searches at McDonalds Motorola, Disney, SuperValu, United Airlines, Target, Herman Miller, Hilton, Royal Caribbean, Hyatt, CDW, Abbott Laboratories, Eli Lilly & Company, The New York Times, and Boeing.​ ​Professional Experience​: Prior to joining Russell Reynolds Associates, Charles was a corporate lawyer for several years with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.​ Education​: Charles received his BA from Marquette University, with honors and Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his JD from the University of Virginia.​ Professional Affiliation​: Charles serves on several boards, including the Northern Trust Company, where he chairs the Compensation & Benefits committee and is a member of the Governance and Nominating committee. He is also a member of the boards of RUSH System and Northwestern University, as well as a member of the Dean's Advisory Board for Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.

Chris Foster

Job Titles:
  • CEO of Omnicom Public Relations Group
  • Founding Member / CEO, Omnicom Public Relations Group
  • Omnicom Names Chris Foster CEO of Omnicom Public Relations Group
Chris Foster is the CEO of Omnicom Public Relations Group, overseeing 15 communications, consulting and public affairs firms within Omnicom. In his role, he is focused on talent, innovation and cross-agency collaboration to drive growth. Chris previously was the President of North America at BCW Group, responsible for managing growth, talent and client relationships in the region. Prior to the BCW merger, he was the Global Executive Vice President and Chief Business Development Officer for Burson-Marsteller, leading both organic growth and new business development across the global operation. Chris took a break from public relations agencies in 2010 and spent 5 years at the global management consulting firm, Booz Allen Hamilton, where he was Senior Vice President and Partner leading teams and growth across the government and civil business. Chris has led national and global public awareness and communications campaigns for organizations such as the U.S Department of Defense, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Social Security Administration, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Amgen and Intel. He specializes in working with the federal government and private companies on understanding reputation risk and leveraging communications analytics to drive enterprise wide strategy. Foster serves on the Board of Directors for The LAGRANT Foundation, The Institute for Public Relations, 4A's, Public Relations Counsel (Vice Chairman) and the University of Virginia's School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Foster is also a founding member of the Black Executive CMO Alliance (BECA) founded in April 2021. He was named to PR Week's "U.S. Power List" in 2021 (#17) and 2018 and has been a guest lecturer at Columbia University School of Continuing Studies, the University of Maryland and Western Kentucky University. In 2017, Foster published his first book, "Reputation Strategy and Analytics in a Hyper-Connected World," a cross-disciplinary resource for communication and digital professionals alike. He earned an M.S. in Applied Behavioral Counseling from The Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in Philosophy from The University of Virginia.

DeLu Jackson

Job Titles:
  • Member / EVP & CMO, ADT
DeLu Jackson is Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at ADT, and member of the Executive Leadership Team where he leverages his 20+ years of marketing and brand leadership with the world's most recognizable brands to drive ADT's transformation forward. Prior to joining ADT in 2021, he served as Vice President, Precision Marketing at Conagra Brands, where he was responsible for integrated marketing, e-commerce, brand strategy, and advertising. DeLu's career includes senior roles for domestic and international brands, including Kellogg Company, McDonald's, Audi, Nissan, and Subaru. DeLu holds a Master of Business Administration from the NYU Stern School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Princeton University.

Forbes Article

Job Titles:
  • How Kim Paige, EVP and Chief Marketing Officer at BET Networks, Is Taking Multicultural Marketing Mainstream
Forbes Article: How Kim Paige, EVP and Chief Marketing Officer at BET Networks, is Taking Multicultural Marketing Mainstream

Gail Peterson

Job Titles:
  • Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Ecolab Inc
  • Founding Member / EVP & CMO, Global Marketing & Communications, Ecolab
  • Member of Ecolab 's Diversity
Gail Peterson is Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Ecolab Inc., the global leader in water, hygiene, and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources. Peterson leads the company's global marketing, communications, and brand development initiatives. Previously, she led market-expanding global strategies for the Global Healthcare business, which provides a broad portfolio of innovative infection prevention programs to customers in more than 90 countries. Prior to joining Ecolab in 2016, Peterson was with General Mills, Inc. for 15 years, where she held a number of roles of increasing importance and helped expand a number of businesses, brands, and strategic initiatives. Peterson is a member of Ecolab's Diversity and Inclusion Council, a founding member of the Black Leaders Forum, a member of the Executive Leadership Council, and serves on the board of directors for the Minnesota Children's Museum and MN Chamber of Commerce. Peterson earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Princeton University, and resides in Minnesota with her husband and 3 kids.

Jacqueline Woods

Job Titles:
  • BECA Founding Member Jacqueline Woods "Most Influential CMOs to Follow in 2023"
  • Chief Marketing Officer ( CMO ) and a Member
  • Founding Member / CMO, Teradata
Jacqueline Woods is Teradata's Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) and a member of the company's Executive Leadership Team. Woods is the company's chief storyteller and guides all aspects of marketing and communications, including strategic marketing planning and delivery, advertising, brand and reputation management, digital and social properties, as well as customer generation, influencer marketing, public relations, industry relations, events, corporate communications and creating enriching customer experiences. Woods is a results-driven technology and marketing executive known for leading corporate transformations and leveraging modern marketing approaches that utilize data and insights to accelerate business outcomes. Recognized for her track record in successfully growing businesses, Woods' experience covers both business-to-business and business-to-consumer initiatives. Woods joined Teradata from NielsenIQ where she was a member of the executive leadership team and Global Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, leading the revitalization of the company's brand, image, and perception. Previously, Woods was with IBM for nearly 10 years, including as CMO of IBM Global Partner Ecosystem Division, where she focused on building cloud, Data, AI and SaaS strategies. She also led strategy, marketing, communications, and offering management as the CMO of IBM Global Financing. Before that, she was Global Head of Customer Segmentation & Customer Experience at General Electric. Woods also held roles of increasing responsibility at Oracle for 10 years, as well as leadership roles at Ameritech and GTE. Woods serves on the Board of Directors for Winnebago Industries, the Board of Trustees for Community Reinvestment Fund USA, and the board of the Greater Fairfield County Foundation, Inc. Woods holds a BS from the University of California, Davis, and an MBA from the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California. Marketing Technology Highlights of The Week: Featuring Adobe, CallRail, Pindrop and more! Marketing Re-Imagined: Jacqueline Woods Of Teradata On How We Can Re-Imagine The Marketing Industry To Make It More Authentic, Sustainable, And Promote More Satisfaction

Jerri DeVard - CEO, Founder

Job Titles:
  • CEO
  • Executive
  • Founder
  • Chief Marketing Officer at Several Fortune 100
Jerri is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer of Office Depot, Inc., responsible for the P&L for e-commerce, customer service, all marketing functions, data & analytics, communications, and events, having previously served as its Chief Marketing Officer. She has 40 years of extensive marketing and leadership experience at large global brands. Prior to Office Depot, she served as Chief Marketing Officer of The ADT Corporation, a leading provider of home and business security services. Prior to that, Jerri served as Executive Vice President, CMO for Nokia based in Helsinki and London. Additionally, she held senior marketing roles as SVP at Verizon Communications, CMO at Citibank, VP at Revlon, VP at Harrah's Entertainment, at the NFL and at General Mills, formerly the Pillsbury Company. Jerri is an Economics graduate of Spelman College, where she served as a member of the Board of Trustees and received her MBA from Clark Atlanta University Graduate School of Business. Jerri DeVard has been a Chief Marketing Officer at several Fortune 100 companies and serves as a director on several corporate boards.

Julie Spencer Washington

Job Titles:
  • BECA Founding Member Julie Spencer Washington Promoted to Executive Vice President
  • Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing, Communications and Experience Officer at Trinity Health
  • Founding Member / EVP, CMO, Chief Communications Officer, & CXO, Trinity Health
  • the She - Suite Community Podcast: Winning As a Woman of Color / View
  • Top Blacks in Healthcare 2024 Honorees Announced / View
Julie Spencer Washington is Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing, Communications and Experience Officer at Trinity Health, a Catholic health care delivery system with hundreds of hospitals and continuing care locations. Mrs. Washington is responsible for the strategic leadership of marketing, communications, customer experience, and philanthropy. In addition, she leads organization-wide efforts to create and deliver an integrated and inclusive care experience. Prior to joining Trinity Health, she served as Chief Marketing Officer for Champion Petfoods, Chief Marketing & Innovation Officer for Jamba Juice, and marketing leader at Procter & Gamble, Gillette, Nestle Purina, and Luxottica Retail. Mrs. Washington currently serves on the corporate board of Amyris, Inc and is a trustee of Union Institute and University. She is a member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC). Her accomplishments and contributions have been featured in a number of arenas, including selection as one of Black Enterprise's "Top Women Executives in Advertising & Marketing" and Savoy magazine's "Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America." Mrs. Washington is a certified executive coach, speaker, and champion of diversity and inclusion. She is dedicated to mentoring and inspiring others toward personal growth, pursuit of purpose and advocating for the common good. Mrs. Washington received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry and Psychology from Emory University and Master of Business Administration degree from Washington University.

Julius W. Robinson

Job Titles:
  • Fortune Press Release: Marriott 's Focus on Personalization and Privacy Gave It an Advantage During the Pandemic / View
  • Member / CSO & CMO, Marriott International, U.S. & Canada
  • Travel Pulse Podcast: the Hotel Industry Rebound / View
He plays a pivotal role in the development and implementation of strategic priorities designed to yield profitable sales, he increased market share, and expanded competitive advantage for over 5,600 Managed by Marriott and franchised hotels. Mr. Robinson's experience in the hospitality industry spans nearly three decades. His senior leadership roles include Senior Vice President and Global Brand Leader for Marriott Hotels and Sheraton Hotels, the number one and three top fee generating brands within Marriott's 30 brand portfolio, respectively. He has also held the position of Global Brand Leader for Autograph Collection Hotels and Tribute Portfolio which represent Marriott's foray into independent and boutique hotels. Further, Julius served as Vice President of Global Sales, Vice President of Brand Franchising, and Regional Vice President of Revenue Management for the Eastern United States. Mr. Robinson serves on the Board of The Maryland Soccer Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing sports and recreation programs and services, funding the operation of the Maryland SoccerPlex, Adventist HealthCare Fieldhouse, and organizing or hosting events that create economic impact for the community through sports tourism. His senior leadership role previously included The Executive Leadership Council. Mr. Robinson earned his Bachelor's Degree from Rutgers University where he became a member of the African American Alumni Hall of Fame in 2020, and an MBA from the RH Smith School of Business at The University of Maryland. He currently resides in Germantown, Maryland with his wife and two children.

Kenny Mitchell

Job Titles:
  • Global Chief Marketing Officer of the Levi
  • Member / Global CMO, Levi Strauss & Co
Kenny Mitchell is the Global Chief Marketing Officer of the Levi's® brand at Levi Strauss & Co. He spearheads the brand's global marketing strategies, focused on building denim leadership equity, growing market share, and cementing its position as a lifestyle brand at the center of culture. Over the course of his 20+ year career, Kenny has been recognized for his innovative leadership, including being named one of "The Most Creative People in Business" by Fast Company, Forbes CMO NEXT, AdWeek 50, Business Insider: 25 Most Innovative CMOs, and Campaign Power 100. Additionally, he has won numerous creative awards, including multiple Cannes Lions, film festival selections including Tribeca, and two Emmy nominations. Kenny is also a Member of the Board of Directors for e.l.f. Beauty. Prior to joining Levi Strauss & Co., Kenny served as the Chief Marketing Officer of Snap Inc., the parent company of Snapchat, where he led the brand and business marketing efforts for Snap, with a focus on driving the growth of the global Snapchat community, as well as the base of advertising and developer partners. Kenny has also been an accomplished leader at McDonald's U.S., Gatorade, and NASCAR, where he oversaw the marketing efforts related to key consumer touchpoints - creative, digital, design, retail, and experiential. Kenny holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business. He was inducted into Dartmouth's Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the men's basketball team. He and his wife, Heather, live in Los Angeles and have a daughter, Carter.

Kerry D. Chandler

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Board
  • Board Member / Corporate Board Member
  • HR Business Executive
Kerry graduated from Lincoln University in Missouri with a BS in Public Administration, Washington University with an MA in Human Resources Management, and McGill University with an MS in Management. She also earned a certificate from INSEAD's International Masters in Practicing Management Program in Fontainebleau, France. Kerry is a highly accomplished HR business executive with experience in strategic planning, talent acquisition, performance management, and organizational transformation. As a seasoned executive, Kerry has a unique combination of experiences in industries that include technology, sports, media, entertainment, telecommunications, and retail. She is a highly influential and effective leader with a record of achievements at some of the most admired organizations in the world. She is a trusted advisor who builds strong relationships with teams, CEOs, and other C-suite leaders and board members. Kerry was most recently, Chief People Officer at Bombas. She was recruited to this role as part of the company's efforts to strategically prepare for its next stage of growth. At this highly reputable, early-stage, mission-oriented company, Kerry was responsible for developing all aspects of the Human Resources function, including organizational design and learning, succession planning, total rewards, talent acquisition, and employee relations. Her wealth of experience in the C-Suite served Kerry well in providing the necessary executive coaching and development to prepare this premium brand, B Corp, for continued growth and scale. In 2018, Kerry was recruited to become the Chief Human Resources Officer of Endeavor, a global leader in entertainment, sports, and fashion, reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer. She was responsible for all Human Resources strategy and operations including talent acquisition, organization and talent development, performance management, compensation and benefits, diversity and inclusion, HR business partnerships, employee relations, and budget for Endeavor worldwide. In 2020, Kerry's leadership was instrumental to the company's restructuring which was necessary as a result of the business impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic, and in 2021, Kerry was an important member of the executive team that took Endeavor public on the New York Stock Exchange. In 2015, she was recruited as Chief Human Resources Officer at Under Armour to restructure and build out the HR organization to meet the 15,000-employee company's emerging competitive challenges. Under her leadership, she created a global HR organization to scale while leveraging talent, enhancing culture, and driving long-term organizational change. She led a team of 160 HR professionals across North America, Asia, Latin America, and Europe. Notably, she was instrumental in restructuring benefits for a $34M+ savings to the company. During her tenure, she implemented executive-level succession planning and was a valued partner to IT, Finance, and SAP partners on an HRIS implementation. As part of the companywide Operational Excellence initiative, she expertly and sensitively managed a difficult reorganization that saved $55M. She was previously the Global Head of Human Resources with Christie's International, and the most senior Human Resources executive for the National Basketball Association (NBA), reporting directly to the NBA Commissioner. She led the multi-billion-dollar sports enterprise through organizational transformation to become a more global business entity with a strong culture and operating infrastructure including new NBA markets in China, India, Europe, and Africa. Kerry started her career in HR at the McDonnell Douglas Corporation (the Boeing Company), then worked at Exxon, Motorola, and IBM. The sports fan joined ESPN in 2000 as senior Vice President of HR,then worked in various capacities at Disney, including the top HR leadership role at Hong Kong Disneyland shortly after the park opened, leading all aspects of local Human Resources including HR services, learning and development, staffing, compensation and HRIS for the approximately 5,000 employees in the park.

Kevin Warren

Job Titles:
  • Founding Member / Corporate Board Director & Marketing / CX Leader
Kevin Warren is a purpose-driven marketing leader, brand and customer experience innovator and business growth driver. As an accomplished C-suite executive, he is recognized for his ability to deliver strong business results and inspire cross-functional teams to think big and act boldly. He is currently a member of the Fiserv board of directors, where he serves as audit committee chair and a member of the nominating and governance committee. He is also on the Georgetown University board of directors, where he serves as an executive committee member and chair of the committee on athletics. In addition, Kevin is a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame board of governors and the Executive Leadership Council. From 2018 to 2023, Kevin served as Executive Vice President (EVP) and Chief Marketing & Customer Experience Officer at UPS. As a member of the company's Executive Leadership Team, Kevin was responsible for U.S. and International Marketing, The UPS Store, Digital Access Program, Revenue Enablement, Business Planning, Forecasting & Pricing, Digital Marketing, Customer Experience, Global Business Services and Brand Relevancy. Kevin's tenure at UPS contains many achievements. His dedication to improving customer experience and enabling digital business growth helped drive a 12-percent increase in small and medium-size business (SMB) penetration. Kevin launched UPS's Digital Access Program (DAP), which enables UPS to partner with key digital platforms including Shopify, eBay and Worldwide Express. Within four years, DAP generated nearly $3 billion in annual revenue. He also increased UPS's net promoter scores through relentless dedication to customer success - leveraging The UPS Store as a strategic asset while improving our customer experience across the brand's physical and digital channels. In addition, Kevin brought a "cool" factor to UPS, positioning the company as the logistics brand of choice by meeting customers where they are by showing up in culture and leveraging key partnerships. In recognition of his leadership in the marketing industry, Kevin was named to Forbes' 2022 World's Most Influential CMOs list and recognized by Adweek as a 2023 Brand Genius. He also won one of Adweek's 2022 CMO Awards. Prior to UPS, Kevin spent more than 30 years at Xerox in a variety of positions including Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer for Xerox Corporation, where he was responsible for Marketing, Worldwide Channel Strategy, Salesforce Effectiveness and Global Client Engagement for the company's diverse portfolio of hardware, software, and services. Kevin joined Xerox in 1983 as an intern in Washington, D.C. A native of Washington, D.C., Kevin received his Bachelor of Science in finance from Georgetown University and is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School, having completed the Advanced Management Program.

Kimberly E. Paige

Job Titles:
  • Founding Member / EVP & CMO, BET / Paramount
  • Paramount As EVP, Chief Marketing Officer
A seasoned brand marketer and general manager with over 25 years of experience, Kimberly is widely recognized as a leading business executive known for driving transformative growth among existing and emerging brands and companies. She cites her ability to stay connected with consumers and culture, cultivate strong collaborative partnerships, unlock revenue growth opportunities, and build inspired and empowered teams as keys to her success. Kimberly recently joined Paramount as EVP, Chief Marketing Officer, BET Networks. In this role she is responsible for managing and implementing brand strategy across all platforms including the BET and BET Her linear networks, BET+ streaming, BET Social, and stewards the highly successful BET Live Events business. Prior to joining BET, Kimberly was the Chief Operating and Brand Officer, Sundial Brands where she partnered with founder and CEO, Richelieu Dennis, to craft the overall strategic direction for future growth across the entire Sundial portfolio, including SheaMoisture, Nubian Heritage, Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture, and Nyakio. Kimberly oversaw operations, marketing, international, and sales, and played a leading role in the launch and marketing of the $100M New Voices Fund in support of Women of Color Entrepreneurs. Prior to Sundial, Kimberly was Chief Marketing Officer of the Beauty Division of Coty, Inc., the makers of several fragrances and iconic beauty brands such as COVERGIRL, Clairol, Sally Hansen, and Rimmel. During her time at Coty, Kimberly stewarded the U.S. relaunch of several flagship brands, including Rimmel's Street Beauty, the modernization of Sally Hansen, and Clairol's Nice N' Easy relaunch which delivered the most significant innovation in the hair color category in the last 50 years. Prior to joining Coty, Kimberly worked at The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) for 16 years in various roles in North America and Global. Her roles included Vice President, Venturing and Emerging Brands (VEB) where she was responsible for leading marketing, innovation, and assessing high growth merger and acquisition opportunities of emerging beverage brands. She is widely known for her leadership, turnaround, and delivery of record growth of the $3.5B Sprite and Flavors portfolio. During her leadership, she relaunched The Coca-Cola Company's 2nd and 3rd largest global brands and led key marketing partnerships with the NBA, LeBron James, Drake, and many others. Kimberly started her career in brand management at Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, OH. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications & Business from Howard University and an MBA from Clark Atlanta University. She has been recognized as one of the "Top Marketing Executives to Watch," interviewed by leading industry publications, and has spoken on a number of panels on women's empowerment, how to expand brands globally, and effectively market to youth, millennials and multicultural consumers. She is actively involved in many professional and social organizations and has been nationally recognized for her efforts to address childhood literacy. Ad Age Article: Rebrand Creates An Open Canvas for Culture Ad Age Podcast: How to Not Miss the Mark on Multicultural Marketing

Lauren Kelly

Job Titles:
  • Chief Commercial Officer at ThoughtExchange
  • Founding Member / Chief Commercial Officer, ThoughtExchange
  • Lead Brand Advisor for the CEO Leadership Alliance of Orange County
Lauren Kelly is the Chief Commercial Officer at ThoughtExchange where she oversees the company's Product, Marketing, and Sales functions to ensure that ThoughtExchange customers have unbridled access to the true collective intelligence of their organizations. ThoughtExchange's collective intelligence platform enables leaders to quickly gain critical insights, improve strategic decision-making, and unlock performance across complex, matrixed organizations. In 2021, Lauren Kelly also joined the global consulting firm, Prophet, as the newest member of its board of directors. Lauren has 20+ years of experience successfully launching new, innovative platforms and repositioning established businesses for sustainable growth. A pioneering business executive and digital marketing expert whose leadership roles span consumer and B2B, she helps companies across industries thrive in an uncertain landscape. Lauren was previously SVP and CMO at Irvine Company, where she repositioned the company's 50 million square foot workplace portfolio to meet evolving Millennial workforce needs via industry-leading digital and account-based marketing, new product and experience innovation, and a comprehensive rebrand. Irvine Company is a founder-led, multi-billion dollar enterprise and California's largest private land owner and developer. Previously, Lauren also led commercial strategy for two Fortune 50 companies: Dell, representing nearly $60B in global revenue, and PepsiCo Americas Foods, a $22B division of PepsiCo. Prior to her CMO and corporate strategy responsibilities, she held progressively increasing Marketing and P&L ownership roles at PepsiCo, including two $1 billion+ portfolios. Lauren began her career as a consultant with Monitor Group (now Monitor-Deloitte). She was the engagement leader on several long-term strategic consulting projects for pharmaceutical, vaccine, beverage, packaged food, and utility clients. As a complement to her go-to-market and brand positioning expertise, Lauren helped establish the firm's Organizational Strategy practice with senior Monitor leadership. In addition to her commitment as a founding member of the Black Executive CMO Alliance (BECA), Lauren is the Lead Brand Advisor for the CEO Leadership Alliance of Orange County, a CEO-driven organization committed to accelerating sustainable and inclusive economic development. She serves on the Internet Marketing Association advisory board and is a member of The Executive Leadership Council. Lauren holds a BA (1998) and an MBA (2004) from Harvard University. In 2020, she was honored as a Top Diverse Leader by California Diversity Council and the Internet Marketing Association's CMO of the Year.

Louise Pentland - Chairman

Job Titles:
  • Chairman
  • Member of the Board
  • Board Member / Chief Counsel & Strategic Advisor / the Walt Disney Company
  • Chief Counsel and Strategic Advisor
  • Member of the Experian Board of Directors
Louise Pentland serves as Chief Counsel and Strategic Advisor to the Chairman of Disney Experiences, a segment of The Walt Disney Company. Previously, Louise served on PayPal's Senior Leadership Team as a counselor and senior advisor, supporting the company's executive team and Board on key strategic priorities. From 2015 through 2021, Louise served as PayPal's Executive Vice President, Chief Business Affairs & Legal Officer, a role in which she oversaw the company's global Legal, Corporate Affairs, and Board functions, as well as matters relating to PayPal's Environmental, Social and Governance strategy and impact. From 2019 through mid-2021, Louise also led the company's Human Resources function. Having spent 20 years as a senior executive at innovative global technology companies, Louise brings a global understanding of business, law, HR, leadership, innovation, and culture to her role on PayPal's Senior Leadership Team. Before joining PayPal, Louise served as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at Nokia Corporation where she managed a team of more than 400 lawyers, IP experts, government relations professionals, and support staff working in more than 30 countries. During this time, she led M&A integration and ran an intellectual property P&L of over one billion euros annually. Early in her career, Louise was an in-house lawyer at Avon Cosmetics, worked in a law firm in England, and taught corporate law and business as a law professor for two colleges in the UK. Louise has been a member of the Experian board of directors since November 2022, The Black Executive CMO Alliance (BECA) since March 2022, and Hitachi Ltd's board of directors since 2015. She was a board member of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley's board from 2016 to 2022, served a two-year term on the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity's board from 2018 to 2020, and Nokia Siemens Networks from 2012 to 2014. Louise holds an LLB (Hons) law degree and is licensed to practice law in England, Wales, and Ireland, and is a licensed attorney admitted to the New York bar.

Maurice Cooper

Job Titles:
  • Chief Customer Officer at Bath & Body Works, Inc
  • Member / Chief Customer Officer, Bath & Body Works
Maurice Cooper is the Chief Customer Officer at Bath & Body Works, Inc. In his role, Cooper is responsible for executing a comprehensive strategy to strengthen and elevate the brand, including growing and retaining Bath & Body Works' passionate customer base through the development of a personalized, connected, and compelling end-to-end customer experience. Prior to this role, Maurice served as the Senior Vice President of Marketing - Guest & Brand Experience at Target. Maurice is a dynamic storyteller, award-winning marketer, and proven general manager, developing an inspiring and bold vision for multi-billion dollar brands, and translating it into strong financial performance and consumer love. Maurice served as SVP, Chief Marketing Officer, and then was promoted to EVP, Chief Growth & Experience Officer at Wingstop Restaurants, a publicly traded, $1.5 billion fast-growing fast-casual concept, with 1,350+ restaurants in 9 countries. Under his leadership, Wingstop saw same-store sales growth exceed Wall Street consensus by more than 2.5X, restaurant transactions increase by 900bps YOY, a statistical growth in brand awareness and equity scores leading to nearly 2MM new guests, and a digital sales mix that outpaced the industry by 3X. As a result, Maurice received national recognition as a 2019 CMO Club Growth Award recipient for outstanding acceleration in the business. Prior to Wingstop, Maurice had progressive domestic and global brand leadership responsibility at InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), where he led global brand definition, strategy, and innovation for the four brands of the Holiday Inn Brand Family. Heading up an estate of more than 3,500 hotels, in over 50 markets, and contributing more than 70% of IHG's EBITDA, Maurice drove global marketing communications platforms delivered around the world and across digital channels, as well as food and beverage, service, and hotel design strategies. For nearly 10 years, Maurice was a "next generation leader" and standout marketer at The Coca-Cola Company, responsible for the Coca-Cola, Sprite, and Coke Zero brands, as well as serving as a General Manager of the company's Venturing and Emerging Brands business unit (e.g., Honest Tea, illy coffee, ZICO coconut water, and Core Power protein drink). During his tenure, Maurice outpaced internal forecasts to lead Coke Zero past $2 billion in sales, co-authored and executed the turn-around strategy for Sprite and launched product and digital innovations, such as My Coke Rewards, the largest consumer products loyalty program in the US. He consequently was honored during this time by AdWeek, The Internationalist, and MediaVest for marketing excellence. Maurice began his career as a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group and is a graduate of both the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, where he received his MBA, and Morehouse College, where he received a BA in Marketing.

Milind Pant - CEO

Job Titles:
  • CEO

Nadja Bellan-White

Job Titles:
  • Diversity Woman Elite 100 Class of 2023 / View
  • Founding Member / CEO, SS K
  • Vice Media CMO Steps Down to Lead Public Affairs and Marketing Firm
  • Vice Media Group 's First Global Chief Marketing Officer
Third party endorsers have said, "Nadja rejects the term ‘digital first' because everything is digital." She prefers to say she is human first. Before it became fashionable, she embraced the trend to combine the principles of what drives behavior using data, creativity, technology, and smart media to transform brands by making the right customer connections. As Vice Media Group's first Global Chief Marketing Officer, Nadja is responsible for developing the enterprise brand strategy for the media conglomerate. She oversees marketing, brand strategy, data and insights, and global communications in over 25 countries. Prior to joining Vice Media Group, Nadja was the Executive Partner and WPP Team Leader for Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide. At WPP, Nadja led the Brand Transformation for Unilever across Beauty and Personal Care focusing specifically on Dove and led behavior change for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation globally. She is known as "the fixer"; the person brands call when they are facing challenges in brand transformation. Nadja utilizes her 26+ year career in integrated marketing, media, and communications to transform brands. Using her background in digital, brand, and consulting she has a unique approach that makes her an invaluable member of the team. During her career, Nadja has led brand transformations for such clients as American Express, LG Electronics, IKEA North America, RBS Citizens, Bharti Airtel, Coca-Cola, and Safaricom/Vodaphone. While in Africa, her team partnered with key African government leaders in driving business growth in countries across East and West Africa. Context, culture, and creativity are also critical for Nadja. Nadja was the recipient of AdColor's Legend Award for her excellence in advertising, media, and communications, the 2019 recipient as one of Savoy magazine's "Top 100 Women in Corporate America," named one of the top "Women to Watch" for AdAge Europe in 2020, and recently named one of the "Top 25 Women of Color in Communications" in 2021. Ms. Bellan-White is an A Better Chance, Inc. Scholar recipient, and earned a BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish from The University of Virginia in 1989 and an MBA from NYU-Stern School of Business in 1994. She has served both as a member and the President of Dubai Lynx, Creative Effectiveness Jury; member of the Council of Urban Professionals Board (NY); Executive Leadership Council, Executive Director of The Roundhouse.Org (UK); and was recently elected to the Board of the Ad Council in 2021.

Paul Alexander

Job Titles:
  • Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for the Questrom School of Business
  • Founding Member / CMO, Questrom School of Business, Boston University
Paul Alexander is the Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for the Questrom School of Business at Boston University. He reports to the Dean of the Business School, Susan Fournier. He is responsible for the design, execution and assessment of marketing and communications strategies and plans that build Questrom's global visibility and brand reputation in support of the Business School's strategic goals. Prior to working at Questrom, Paul was the CMO of Eastern Bank based in Boston, Massachusetts. Paul joined Eastern in 2015 and developed and executed marketing, social media, communications, and PR strategies that contributed to three consecutive record profit years for the bank (2017-2019), as well as increases in brand equity and employee engagement via the award-winning "Join Us For Good" campaign. Paul is part of the management team that led Eastern's successful IPO in October of 2020. (EBC:Nasdaq) Before Eastern, Paul served as EVP and Chief Communications Officer for Liberty Mutual Insurance (2008-2014), a Fortune 100 global property and casualty insurance company, where he held responsibility for all corporate brand marketing, advertising, communications, public relations, meeting management and event strategy, and major sports sponsorships. Paul set the direction of Liberty Mutual's marketing strategy, built a high-performing marketing and communications team, and led the negotiations to secure Liberty Mutual's first-ever global sponsorship for Liberty Seguros, Brazil's sponsorship of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, as well as Liberty Mutual's sponsorship of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams and the U.S. Men's and Women's National Soccer teams. Paul is currently on the Board of Directors of Skyword, a content marketing software and services company, is a Board member of the Ad Club of Boston, and is also on the Board of Directors of Johnson Outdoors, a leading global innovator of outdoor recreation equipment and technology. He is also on the Executive Committee of the Board of the Association of National Advertisers (ANA), the largest marketing trade association in the U.S., where he serves as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee. In 2018, he was selected by GetKonnected as one of the GK100: Boston's 100 Most Influential People of Color. Active in the community, Paul currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of The Partnership, Incorporated and is on the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Fine Arts of Boston (MFA) and Lahey Hospital & Medical Center (LHMC). Paul is also a member of and former Chair of the Trustee Board of Myrtle Baptist Church in West Newton, MA and is Board member Emeritus of Feeding America. Paul earned an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1987 and his undergraduate degree in government from Harvard College in 1982. He is married to Evelyne Martial and has two adult children, Fay and David.

Paula A. Price

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Board
  • Board Member / Independent Board Director & Strategic Advisor
  • Independent Board Director and Strategic Advisor
Paula A. Price is an independent board director and strategic advisor, currently serving public and private companies. Today, she serves on the boards of the following publicly traded companies: Accenture (NYSE: ACN) chairing its Audit Committee, Bristol Myers Squibb (NYSE: BMS), and Warner Bros. Discovery (NASDAQ: WBD) chairing its Audit Committee. She also serves on the board of Reddit, chairing its Audit and IPO Readiness committees. Price was EVP and Chief Financial Officer of Macy's Inc. (NYSE: M) from 2018 to 2020. As CFO, she was a principal architect of Macy's transformation journey and, during the COVID-19 pandemic, led its financial restructuring including raising $4.5 billion to recapitalize and sustain the company. Since July 2018, Price continues to be a Visiting Executive with Harvard Business School, and prior to that was a full-time Senior Lecturer of Business Administration in the Accounting and Management Unit, having joined the faculty in July 2014. Until January 2014, Price was EVP & Chief Financial Officer of Ahold USA which she joined in 2009. At Ahold, Price led Finance, Accounting and Shared Services; Strategy and Planning; Real Estate Development and Construction; and Information Technology. Price transformed the Finance function and delivered a $1 billion cost savings program to fund strategic growth initiatives. Prior to joining Ahold, Price was Senior Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer for CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), and a key player in the $26 billion CVS/Caremark merger transaction. She also previously served as Senior Vice President and CFO for the Institutional Trust Services Division of JPMorgan Chase. Price began her career as an intern in public accounting at Arthur Andersen & Co. before joining full-time. Price's clients were in the financial services, consumer packaged goods, and healthcare sectors. Price's career includes finance, general management, and strategy roles based in New York, Boston, London and Chicago in the retail, financial services, and consumer packaged goods sectors. Price earned her MBA in Finance and Strategy from the University of Chicago, and her BSc in Accountancy from DePaul University. She is a certified public accountant. Price lives with her family in Manhattan and on Martha's Vineyard, where she enjoys painting and outdoor activities.

Ralph Santana - CEO

Job Titles:
  • CEO
  • Founding Member / CEO, Recteq
Ralph Santana is CEO of recteq, a technology-driven, multi-faceted designer, marketer, and direct seller of premium pellet grills, accessories, and other outdoor products. As CEO, Ralph oversees day-to-day operations of the company and is responsible for P&L management and brand marketing responsibilities for all divisions. Prior to joining recteq, Ralph was Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of HARMAN, a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Ralph led a team of over 175 marketers worldwide, where he was responsible for all aspects of HARMAN's marketing strategy across B2B and B2C programs as well as corporate communications and PR. This included brand stewardship, sponsorships, artist relations, experiential marketing, insights, and product innovation for all HARMAN products and technology brands including the iconic brands AKG®, harman/kardon®, and JBL®. In addition to overseeing marketing worldwide, Ralph had P&L accountability for HARMAN's e-commerce business as well as its design agency named Huemen. Ralph also served as Head of Latin America for HARMAN where he was accountable for strategic business development, management oversight, and delivering the operating budget and P&L. This spanned HARMAN's businesses in consumer electronics, professional audio, and automotive industries across 49 countries, 6,400 employees, and five manufacturing sites. Under Ralph's leadership, HARMAN built the most powerful audio brand portfolio in the industry. Before joining HARMAN, Ralph served as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Samsung Electronics North America from 2010 to 2012. In that role, he was responsible for launching Samsung's U.S. e-commerce business and building out branding strategies that drove significant visibility, putting the Samsung brand at the center of culture. Ralph's experience prior to Samsung included a 16-year career at PepsiCo Inc. (NYSE:PEP) that spanned multiple international and domestic leadership roles in marketing. In his last assignment at PepsiCo, Ralph served as vice president of Colas, where he spearheaded a massive creative overhaul and re-launch of Pepsi-Cola, recognized with various Webby, Effie and Event Marketer awards. He was also the driving force behind the groundbreaking Pepsi Refresh Project, a social media initiative that leveraged new forms of consumer engagement. During his tenure at PepsiCo, Ralph served as Vice President of Sports, Media, Branded Entertainment and Interactive Marketing, Vice President of Consumer Promotions and Customer Marketing, and led marketing for the Caribbean region. He also held positions with Frito-Lay's international and North America operations. Prior to PepsiCo, Ralph worked for Beverage Marketing Corporation as a beverage industry consultant designing market entry and expansion strategies. Ralph received his bachelor's degree in English literature from Dartmouth College, and his MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. Ralph currently serves on the board of Dollar General Corporation (DG). He is also a member of The Wall Street Journal's CMO Network. Previously, Ralph served as a board member of the Association of National Advertisers (ANA), was named an "A" list marketer by Advertising Age and was honored with Street & Smith's prestigious 40 Under 40 Award.

Remi Kent - CMO

Job Titles:
  • CMO
  • Chief Marketing Officer of Progressive Insurance
  • Founding Member / CMO, Progressive Insurance
Remi is the Chief Marketing Officer of Progressive Insurance, where she leads the company's brand and marketing strategy, marketing research, insights, analytics, consumer and customer marketing, internal and external communications, digital and mass advertising, and Ninety6, the company's in-house agency. Prior to Progressive, she served as the Global Chief Marketing Officer for the 3M Consumer Business Group, leading the company's global integrated marketing, media, e-commerce, and consumer insights and analytics. As Global Business Director, she led two of 3M's most iconic brands-Post-it® and Scotch™-restoring meaningful innovation and growth to both brands. Remi joined 3M after a long-standing career with Procter & Gamble, where she led billion dollar businesses across North America, Asia, and Western Europe with leadership experience in brand building, P&L ownership, strategy, and successful new product launches. Throughout her career, she has received numerous accolades for her leadership in business and marketing, including the likes of Ad Age Leading Women and 40 under 40, Twin Cities Women in Business Award, 100 Most Influential Black Leaders, Comparably 50, She Runs It Quantum Leap Award, and Influential Marketing Leaders Changing the Industry. She earned her MBA from Florida A&M University and currently serves as a board member of both the YWCA of Minneapolis and the Mobile Marketing Association. Remi actively leads and participates in various actions to help dismantle racism in her work and community. She enjoys life with her young son, along with traveling, reading, fashion, and volunteering. Get ready to hear more Progressive Insurance ads on podcasts, according to CMO Remi Kent

Ronald A. Williams - CEO, Chairman

Job Titles:
  • CEO
  • Chairman
  • Senior Advisor
  • Chairman and CEO of RW2 Enterprises
Ronald A. Williams is Chairman and CEO of RW2 Enterprises, LLC and is the former Chairman and CEO of health insurance giant Aetna Inc. Mr. Williams is the bestselling author of "Learning to Lead: The Journey to Leading Yourself, Leading Others, and Leading an Organization". Mr. Williams focuses his energy on private equity health care value creation, corporate boards, value-based leadership, and transformational change. Through his firm, RW2 Enterprises, Mr. Williams counsels C-Suite corporate executives on strategy and transformational leadership. As Operating Advisor to private equity firm Clayton Dubilier & Rice, he oversees portfolio companies including serving as Founding Chairman of agilon health and Chairman of apree health (previously Castlight/ Vera Whole Health). He previously served as Chairman of naviHealth and PharMedium. He is a Director of The Boeing Company, Warby Parker, former Lead Director of American Express and served on the Johnson & Johnson Board. Mr. Williams became president and joined Aetna's Board in 2002. In 2006, he became chairman and CEO until he retired in 2011. Mr. Williams is Chairman of The Conference Board, a member of the President's Circle of the National Academies, and a member of the Cleveland Clinic Board of Trustees. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a trustee of the Committee for Economic Development. He served on President Obama's President's Management Advisory Board from 2011 to 2017. He is a graduate of Roosevelt University and holds an M.S. in Management from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Rudy Wilson

Job Titles:
  • Member / President, Global Consumer Brands, SC Johnson
Rudy Wilson was named President of the Global Consumer Brands (GCB) business unit in February 2021. In this role, he is responsible for delivering strategic objectives across the GCB portfolio, which includes category-leading iconic brands like Ziploc®, Glade®, Raid®, OFF!®, Mr Muscle®, Duck®, Windex®, and Scrubbing Bubbles®. Rudy's purview spans Sales, Marketing, Research & Development, Finance and Supply Planning, with revenue from more than 170 countries, and powered by about 4,000 employees. Previously, Rudy served as GCB's Global Chief Marketing Officer from 2019 to 2021, where he was responsible for driving sustainable growth across the portfolio worldwide, through a process of commercial excellence, creative disruption, and consumer centricity. Rudy held the role of Senior Vice President responsible for owning the total P&L across Africa, the Middle East, Russia, and Turkey from 2018 to 2019. He was Vice President of Home Storage from 2016 to 2018, where he was responsible for Ziploc's growth strategy, brand equity platforms, innovation pipeline, and international expansion. Prior to joining SCJ, Rudy was Global VP of Brand Marketing and Advertising at AT&T, where he drove marketing best practices, developed consumer-facing advertising for the AT&T Brand portfolio, and led consumer engagement programming and activation. Rudy spent a decade at Frito-Lay where he held both marketing and commercial leadership roles including VP Marketing of Core Brands (Tostitos, Doritos, Cheetos, Fritos, and SunChips) and Group VP of Consumer and Shopper Engagement. Rudy has been honored with multiple awards, including Gold and Silver Cannes Lions, Effie Awards, Clio Awards, One Show Awards, Favorite Website Awards, a D&AD Award, a Sabre PR Award, and a Webby Award. Rudy is on the board of directors for Whirlpool Corporation and the National Association of Manufacturers, and he is an active member of BECA (Black Executive CMO Alliance). He proudly holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and a BS in Marketing from Arizona State University. Outside of the office, Rudy enjoys an active life with his family. You may find Rudy engrossed in family game night with his wife Nichole, daughter Ella, and son Carter. Or, he might be 100 feet underwater taking photos of sea life as a PADI Advanced Scuba diver.