McDonald’s Appoints Morgan Flatley Global Chief Marketing Officer

This week in leadership updates, McDonald’s appoints Morgan Flatley as global chief marketing officer as Alistair Macrow steps down, Travel Nevada names Mikalee Byerman as chief marketing officer, Automation Anywhere taps Anna Rosenman as chief marketing officer, USClaims hires Haven Brady as chief marketing officer and more.


McDonald’s Elevates Morgan Flatley To Global Chief Marketing Officer

McDonald’s has named Morgan Flatley global chief marketing officer after Alistair Macrow, the company’s former global chief marketing officer, assumes the role of chief executive of the UK and Ireland division.

McDonald’s has also hired Tariq Hassan to fill Flatley’s shoes as chief marketing and digital customer experience officer for McDonald’s US.


Travel Nevada Scouts Mikalee Byerman As Chief Marketing Officer

Travel Nevada has appointed Mikalee Byerman as chief marketing officer.

Byerman joins Travel Nevada from Estipona Group, where she was vice president of strategy.


Automation Anywhere Taps Anna Rosenman As Chief Marketing Officer

Automation Anywhere has hired Anna Rosenman as chief marketing officer.

Prior, Rosenman served as Salesforce’s senior vice president of marketing.


USClaims Enlists Haven Brady As Chief Marketing Officer

USClaims has hired Haven Brady as chief marketing officer.

Brady was previously the head of digital marketing and customer acquisition for MDVIP.


RumbleOn Appoints Matthew McCartin As Chief Marketing Officer

RumbleOn has named Matthew McCartin as chief marketing officer

McCartin has held several marketing leadership roles including his most recent as Expedia Ventures – Vitalize Fitness’ brand president and chief marketing officer of digital content and ecommerce.

MLB Appoints Karin Timpone As Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer

This week in leadership updates, Major League Baseball appoints Karin Timpone as chief marketing officer, Reddit names Jonathan Flesher as vice president of business development, Virgin Media O2 taps Simon Groves as director of brand and marketing, LinkedIn hires Minjae Ormes as vice president of global brand and consumer marketing and more.


Major League Baseball Names Karin Timpone Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer

MLB has recruited Karin Timpone as executive vice president, chief marketing officer, according to the organization’s press release.

Timpone is MLB’s first chief marketing officer since 2016 when former chief marketing officer Jacqueline Parkes exited to join ViacomCBS.

Timpone enters the new role after having held senior positions at Marriott, the Walt Disney Co., Yahoo and Universal Studios. She also serves on the board of Atlas Obscura as an independent director.


Reddit Appoints Jonathan Flesher As Vice President Of Business Development

Reddit has scouted Jonathan Flesher for its vice president of business development role.

Flesher was previously the head of business development at Discord.


Virgin Media O2 Hires Simon Groves As Director Of Brand And Marketing

Virgin Media O2 has brought in Simon Groves as its first director of brand and marketing.

Previously, Groves held similar positions at O2 (Telefónica UK) and Tesco Mobile.


LinkedIn Recruits Minjae Ormes As Vice President Of Brand And Consumer Marketing

LinkedIn has brought on Minjae Ormes as VP of brand and consumer marketing.

Ormes has held several marketing leadership positions at Visible, YouTube, and Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide.


TikTok Appoints Serena Leith As Australia And New Zealand Global Marketing Director

TikTok has hired Serena Leith as global marketing director Australia and New Zealand.

Leith entered into the new role in March after having held several marketing leadership roles at Spotify, Universal Music Group, and Warner Music Australia.


Wingstop Transfers Stevie Benjamin To Senior Vice President Of Digital Marketing

Wingstop has elevated Stevie Benjamin to the role of senior vice president of digital marketing as it restructures its technology leadership department.

Benjamin enters into the new arrangement after having served as Wingstop’s vice president of media.


Corel Corporation Employs Michelle Chiantera As Chief Marketing Officer

Corel has picked Michelle Chiantera as its new chief marketing officer.

Chiantera previously worked at Cisco for 20 years.


Potbelly Corporation Enlists David Daniels As Chief Marketing Officer

Potbelly has selected David Daniels as its chief marketing officer.

Daniels previously held the position of senior vice president of marketing at The Food Hall Co.


Bella Vita Organic Picks Akanksha Singhal As Vice President, Marketing And Brand

Bella Vita Organic has tapped Akanksha Singhal as its vice president of marketing and brand.

Singhal joins BVO after over 12 years as the chief operating officer and founder of AkkiDokie.

The Democratization Of Connection With Lunchclub’s Chelsea Cain Maclin

Chelsea Cain Maclin is the CMO of Lunchclub, where she leads the company’s marketing initiatives that drive brand awareness and user growth. Before joining Lunchclub, Chelsea served as the VP of Marketing for Bumble, where she has drawn inspiration for her role at Lunchclub.

On the show, Chelsea and I talk quite a bit about her background at Bumble and what she is trying to help Lunchclub achieve. Chelsea believes they can leverage technology to unlock human potential opportunities and connections that never would have happened without it. “When you’re using AI, it’s like sorting through the haystack and finding the needle way faster than humanly possible.” 

How do AI, the disintermediation of friends, and marketing all connect? Find out on this episode.


In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How to harness your networks and connections
  • How dating principles can inform your networking
  • Integrating the disintermediation of friends in marketing

Key Highlights:

  • [01:36] Chickens and art therapy
  • [03:27] Chelsea’s path to Lunchclub
  • [05:37] What is Lunchclub?
  • [08:30] The attraction to Lunchclub
  • [12:15] The disintermediation of friends
  • [15:45] In-person and virtual networking
  • [20:05] The perfect marketing mix
  • [23:06] An experience that defines Chelsea makes who she is today
  • [25:26] Chelsea’s advice for her younger self
  • [26:35] What marketers should learn more about
  • [28:06] The brands and organizations Chelsea follows
  • [29:15] The biggest threat and opportunity for marketers today

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Alan B. Hart is the creator and host of “Marketing Today with Alan Hart,” a weekly podcast where he interviews leading global marketing professionals and business leaders. Alan advises leading executives and marketing teams on opportunities around brand, customer experience, innovation, and growth. He has consulted with Fortune 100 companies, but he is an entrepreneur at his core, having founded or served as an executive for nine startups.

LA Rams Appoint Kathryn Kai-ling Frederick As Chief Marketing Officer

This week in leadership updates, the LA Rams appoint Kathryn Kai-ling Frederick as chief marketing officer, Hard Rock International names Kimberly Manna as SVP of retail and licensing, Lionsgate Film Group taps Marisa Liston as president of worldwide marketing while Mutual of America hires Brian Q. Severin for EVP and CMO.


LA Rams Hire Kathryn Kai-ling Frederick As Chief Marketing Officer

The LA Rams named Kathryn Kai-ling Frederick as chief marketing officer, according to Adweek.

Frederick joins the LA Rams from Live Nation Entertainment, where she was chief marketing officer. Previously, she served as chief marketing officer at Ticketmaster.


Hard Rock International Taps Kimberly Manna As Senior Vice President Of Retail And Licensing

Hard Rock International named Kimberly Manna as senior vice president of retail and licensing.

Prior, Manna held leadership roles at Panama Jack, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Saban Entertainment and Warner Bros.


Lionsgate Film Group Promotes Marisa Liston To President Of Worldwide Marketing

Lionsgate elevated Marisa Liston to the position of worldwide marketing head of their motion picture group after former CMO Damon Wolf stepped down.

Liston previously served as Lionsgate’s executive vice president after having worked at Sony Pictures Entertainment for 17 years.


Mutual of America Hires Brian Q. Severin As Executive Vice President And Chief Marketing Officer 

Mutual of America Financial Group appointed Brian Q. Severin executive vice president and chief marketing officer.

Severin has held several marketing leadership roles at Mutual of America.


Equiti Group Taps Chantelle Johnson As Chief Marketing Officer

Equiti Group has recruited Chantelle Johnson as their chief marketing officer.

Previously, Johnson held the role of global chief marketing officer at OANDA.


NBCUniversal’s Boston TV Stations and Regional Cable Network Names Laura Gremelsbacker As Vice President Of Marketing And Branding

NBC10 Boston/WBTS, NECN, Telemundo Boston/WNEU and NBC Sports Boston appointed Laura Gremelsbacker as vice president of marketing and branding. 

Gremelsbacker joins the team after working at NBC CT & Telemundo CT’s as creative services director. 


SoundExchange Makes Two Marketing Leadership Appointments

SoundExchange appointed Stephanie Werner as vice president of brand marketing and industry engagement, according to a press release

Prior to her current role, Werner served as Global Citizen’s vice president, head of global marketing.

SoundExchange has also hired Barry LeVine as vice president of marketing and entertainment partnerships.

Levine has previously held roles at Gibson Guitar, ShoutCrowd Media, and Sony BMG Music Entertainment.


Topgolf Entertainment Appoints Geoff Cottrill Chief Marketing Officer

Topgolf hired Geoff Cottrill as chief marketing officer, according to D Magazine.

Cottrill joins Topgolf from Coca-Cola North America, where he was senior vice president of strategic marketing.

Cottrill currently sits on the board of five companies including Giving Kitchen, Unitea and FEED.FM.


Cinemark Elevates Wanda Gierhart Fearing To Global Chief Marketing And Content Officer

Cinemark promoted Wanda Gierhart Fearing to chief marketing and content officer.

Gierhart Fearing previously held the role of executive vice president, global chief marketing officer. She began her career at Cinemark in January 2018.


VisitPittsburgh Chief Marketing Officer Tom Loftus Exits

Tom Loftus, VisitPittsburgh chief marketing officer, stepped down after his six-year tenure at the organization.

Shannon Wolfgang, VisitPittsburgh director of marketing communications, confirmed that the company has kicked off a national search for Loftus’ replacement.


Underlining Names Amanda Johnson As Chief Marketing Officer

Underlining hired Amanda Johnson as chief marketing officer, reports Adweek

Johnson joins Underlining from Mented, which she co-founded and where she served as chief operating officer.


Glow Hires Matt Houltham As Chief Marketing Officer

Glow named Matt Houltham chief marketing officer, according to Research Live.

Houltham has been a member of Glow’s advisory board for the past two years and served as Glow’s acting chief marketing officer.

Houltham previously served as chief executive officer at Havas Media Aunz and Havas Melbourne.


General Mills Chief Brand Officer Brad Hiranaga Steps Down

Amid a major restructuring launched in June, General Mills chief brand officer Brad Hiranaga has stepped down. Hiranaga spent two decades at General Mills, according to Adweek.

Doug Martin, General Mills’ disruptive growth officer, has taken on Hiranaga’s duties. Martin was most recently president of the company’s dairy operating unit.

Express Launches Commission-Based Program For Fashion Influencers

As social commerce and influencer marketing continue to hold sway over brand strategy, Express has announced a new influencer program called Express Community Commerce that will enable a group of fashion enthusiasts to sell and earn commission on exclusive seasonal collections.

Express will coach a network of entrepreneurial fashion influencers, called Express Style Editors, who will promote Express collections among their followers. According to a press release, one of the brand’s goals is to help these fans turn their passion for style into a successful business or side hustle.

“Building upon the strong performance of our influencer marketing programs, along with our brand purpose which is to create confidence and inspire self-expression, Community Commerce will be a powerful and innovative way for customers to engage with Express,” said Tim Baxter, chief executive officer of Express.

Baxter told Glossy that the network of Style Editors will have the opportunity to create their own storefronts on a webpage that they can then promote on their social media accounts. The perks, he added, will be enabled via an exclusive app that they’ll have access to.

Though the influencer program is still in the pilot phase and isn’t launching nationwide until this fall, the retailer is looking to drive digital revenue and acquisition in anticipation of hitting $1 billion in ecommerce sales by 2024.

As many other retailers, Express was hit hard by the pandemic. The Express Community Commerce program could contribute toward a rebound. In Q4, its net sales plummeted by 29 percent while its Q4 comps declined by 28 percent.

In January 2020, Express said it would close 100 store locations by next year. While the company expects closures to reduce sales by $90 million, the decision will also save them $80 million per year over the next three years and in the long-term due to lower operating costs and the increasing share of revenue from ecommerce.

Late last year, Express reduced the corporate workforce at its Columbus, Ohio headquarters by 10 percent, which resulted in an estimated cost savings of $13 million.

According to the company’s first-quarter earnings, ecommerce transactions increased over 40 percent compared to 2020, with sales conversions up 19 percent and web traffic up 18 percent.

In turning fans into brand ambassadors, Express joins the likes of Sephora, Lululemon, Xbox and countless other brands trying to engage consumers, 80 percent of which say that social media directly impacts their purchasing decision and 35 percent who say they’re “very” or “extremely” likely to buy influencer-endorsed products online.

Reddit Taps Instagram, Facebook Executive Timo Pelz As VP Of Business Marketing

This week in leadership updates, Reddit taps Timo Pelz as vice president of business marketing, Global hires Cilesta Van Doorn as chief marketing officer, Twitch appoints Constance Knight as vice president of creators and more.


Reddit Hires Timo Pelz As Vice President Of Business Marketing

Reddit has named Timo Pelz as its first vice president of business marketing, according to Variety.

Pelz joins Reddit from Instagram, where he was head of business marketing. Previously, he was Facebook’s industry lead financial services, DACH.


Global Names Cilesta Van Doorn As Chief Marketing Officer

Global has tapped Cilesta Van Doorn as its next chief marketing officer, effective after current chief marketing officer Adam Johnson resigns.

Prior to Global, Van Doorn spent over three years at Virgin Media.


Twitch Taps Constance Knight As Vice President Of Creators

Twitch has appointed Constance Knight as its first vice president of global creators.

Knight was most recently working as Instagram’s global head of content curation, short-form video after having been at YouTube for over nine years.


STRATA Appoints Brent Cowgill As Vice President Of Marketing

STRATA Skin Sciences has recruited Brent Cowgill to fill the role of vice president of marketing.

Previously, Cowgill founded and managed Vantage Marketing.


Tire Discount Hires Chris Yapp As Chief Marketing Officer

Tire Discount has named Chris Yapp chief marketing officer and vice president of marketing.

Yapp joins Tire Discount from The Grass Feather Farms, where he was an advisory board member. Prior to that was Amazon’s head of marketing, Brilliance Publishing.


Topgolf Taps Geoff Cottrill For Chief Marketing Officer Position

Topgolf Entertainment Group has appointed Geoff Cottrill as chief marketing officer.

Prior to his new role, Cottrill held marketing and marketing leadership positions at Coca-Cola North America, Converse, Starbucks and Procter & Gamble.


The Alkaline Water Company Recruits Tom Hutchison As Chief Marketing Officer

The Alkaline Water Company has hired Tom Hutchison as chief marketing officer.

Most recently, Hutchison co-founded the online marketplace Oana. He has held marketing positions at Sprouts Farmers Market, Merchants Distributors and others.


Rare & Forever Diamonds Taps Chris Croteau As Vice President Of Marketing And Sales

Rare & Forever Diamonds has named Chris Croteau as its new vice president of marketing and sales.

Croteau joins Rare & Forever Diamonds from CD Peacock Jewelers and Hearts On Fire Company as store director and senior director of sales of North America, respectively.

Hootsuite Names Maggie Lower Chief Marketing Officer

This week in leadership updates, Hootsuite names Maggie Lower chief marketing officer, K-Swiss hires Kate Minner as vice president of marketing and ecommerce of the Americas, JPMorgan Chase & Co. taps Carla Hassan as chief marketing officer and more.


Hootsuite Appoints Maggie Lower Chief Marketing Officer

Hootsuite has named Maggie Lower as chief marketing officer, according to MarTech Series.

Lower joins Hootsuite from Cision where she was global chief marketing officer. Previously, she was the first chief marketing officer at TrueBlue.


K-Swiss Taps Kate Minner As Vice President Of Marketing And Ecommerce Of Americas Region

K-Swiss has hired Sperry’s chief marketing officer, Kate Minner, as vice president of marketing and ecommerce for the Americas region.

Prior to Sperry, Minner held leadership roles at Lacoste Footwear, William Grant & Sons and L’Oreal.


Lego Names Isabel Graham Head Of Marketing For UK And Ireland

The Lego Group has appointed Isabel Graham as head of marketing for its UK and Ireland division.

Graham has been with Lego for nearly 10 years, most recently as head of marketing for Lego Nordic.


FanDuel Group Hires Brian Borkowski As Senior Vice President Of Marketing

FanDuel has tapped Hulu vice president of media and acquisition, Brian Borkowksi, as senior vice president of marketing.

Previously, Borkowski was chief marketing officer of Verikai and vice president of marketing at Neilson Financial Services, respectively

JPMorgan Chase & Co. Names Carla Hassan Chief Marketing Officer

According to Reuters, JPMorgan Chase & Co. has hired Carla Hassan as chief marketing officer.

Hassan joins JPMorgan from Citi, where she was chief marketing officer. 


McDonald’s Convenes New Team To Enhance Customer Experiences

McDonald’s has assembled a new team combining four existing departments — global marketing, global restaurant development and solutions, data analytics and digital customer engagement —  that’s tasked with implementing the growth pillars of the chain’s Accelerating the Arches initiative announced late last year.

McDonald’s has elevated Manu Steijaert, former vice president of international operated markets, to executive vice president, chief customer officer, to lead the new team.

Steijaert’s career at McDonald’s began 20 years ago when he joined as field service consultant of McDonald’s Belgium.

Aligning Your Brand And Product Messaging With Frankly Organic Vodka Co-Founders Philip And Kristen Risk

Husband and wife, Philip and Kristen Risk are the co-founders of Frankly Organic Vodka.

On the show, I learn how they met selling luggage, how they maneuvered from sales to marketing, and what brought them to founding a vodka company. They share what’s unique about Frankly Organic Vodka and how the liquor industry is not an easy place to survive and thrive. Yet this dynamite couple is doing just fine. Frankly Organic Vodka expanded its distribution from two states to thirteen states in 2020 and will continue to grow into 45 states. 

When they first founded the company, they focused on making sure the branding fit their product, values, and messaging: transparent, clean, and delicious vodka. Like they say, “It’s straight. Honest. To the point. And memorable.” Listen to the full episode to find out how brand alignment with their product has been key to their success.


In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • The importance of knowing what you consume
  • Doing the research and being transparent
  • Aligning your brand with your messaging 

Key Highlights:

  • [01:53] How Philip and Kristen met
  • [03:25] Why start a vodka company?
  • [08:12] Starting vodka with juice
  • [09:42] What makes Frankly Organic Vodka unique
  • [12:02] Branding the vodka
  • [13:40] Ups and downs of the journey
  • [18:00] Growth and expansion for the company
  • [24:28] Shifting go-to-market strategy 
  • [28:05] Lessons learned
  • [29:35] The experiences that defined Kristen and Philip
  • [31:25] Advice to their younger selves 
  • [32:45] What marketers should be learning more about
  • [33:20] The brands and organizations Kristen and Philip follow
  • [34:21] The biggest threat marketers face 

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Listen In: Creativity Never Sleeps


Alana Balagot joined Ayzenberg back in 2015 as a senior developer with our digital team. Her latest role finds her as Ayzenberg’s Technical Lead. Alana joins the show today to discuss her passions outside of Ayzenberg, from film composition to robotics, and how those extracurriculars continue to inspire her professional life in tangible ways.

The conversation examines how creativity can be space-agnostic—so much that it makes its way into our professional lives, adding value to the organizations we belong to and driving us to make insightful, personally fulfilling work. The ultimate takeaway from this episode is to consider how you’re translating your non-professional passion into your work-life and reflect on what impact it would make to do so.


About Listen In: Each week on Listen In, Bretz and a rotating cast of hosts from Ayzenberg will interview experts in the field of marketing and advertising to explore uncharted territory together. The goal is to provide the a.network audience with actionable insights, enabling them to excel in their field.

Confluent CMO Stephanie Buscemi Joins Clari’s Board Of Directors

This week in leadership updates, Clari appoints Stephanie Buscemi to its board of directors, Mercer Advisors taps Gary Foodim as chief marketing officer, Flymachine hires Jason Feinberg as senior vice president of marketing, Bridgestone appoints Sara Correa chief marketing officer and more.


Clari Names Stephanie Buscemi To Board Of Directors

Clari has appointed Confluent chief marketing officer, Stephanie Buscemi, to its board of directors.

Prior to Confluent, Buscemi served as chief marketing officer of Salesforce.


Mercer Advisors Taps Gary Foodim As Chief Marketing Officer

Mercer Advisors has named Gary Foodim chief marketing officer.

Most recently, Foodim was chief marketing officer at Strategic Financial Solutions NY.


Renfro Brands Elevates Kadian Langlais To Chief Marketing Officer

Kadian Langlais, Renfro Brands’ vice president of digital and direct to consumer, has accepted a promotion as the company’s chief marketing officer.

Previously, Langlais consulted with major brands and retailers on their ecommerce and digital marketing strategies. Additionally, she was director of ecommerce for Kayser-Roth Corporation.


Flymachine Appoints Jason Feinberg Senior Vice President Of Marketing

Flymachine has hired Jason Feinberg as senior vice president of marketing.

Feinberg joins Flymachine from Universal Music Group, where he was senior vice president of marketing.


Bridgestone Names Sara Correa Chief Marketing Officer

Bridgestone has hired Sara Correa as chief marketing officer, according to Modern Tire Dealer.

Correa joins Bridgestone from TE Connectivity, where she was most recently vice president and segment chief marketing officer of transportation solutions.

Correa is replacing Philip Dobbs, who will retire in late October after serving as chief marketing officer for a decade.


General Motors Middle East Appoints Sharon Nishi Chief Marketing Officer For Chevrolet, GMC Brands

General Motors Middle East has hired Sharon Nishi as chief marketing officer for the Chevrolet and GMC brands.

Nishi has worked at General Motors since 1987 in various leadership roles across sales and marketing. Most recently, she was regional director of sales and marketing for General Motors of Canada.


Houston Rockets Hires Julian Duncan As Chief Marketing And Strategy Officer

Julian Duncan has joined the Houston Rockets as chief marketing and strategy officer, the NBA recently announced.

Previously, Duncan was chief marketing officer and senior vice president of social responsibility and impact for the Jacksonville Jaguars.


Fox Entertainment Elevates Darren Schillace To President, Marketing

According to Deadline, Fox Entertainment has promoted Darren Shillace to president of marketing.

Most recently, Shillace served as executive vice president of marketing.

Prior to Fox, he was senior vice president of marketing strategy for ABC Television and vice president of marketing for the Oprah Winfrey Network, respectively.


Sprinkles Cupcakes Names Michelle Wong First Chief Marketing Officer

Sprinkles Cupcakes has appointed Michelle Wong to the newly created role of chief marketing officer.

Wong joins Sprinkles from Dailey, where she was the first female president and managing partner.


Hyundai Canada Taps Christine Smith As Director Of Marketing

Hyundai Canada has hired Christine Smith as director of marketing, according to Markets Insider.

Smith previously served as senior vice president of client business at INNOCEAN Worldwide Canada, where she oversaw integrated brand and retail campaigns for the Hyundai and Genesis brands in Canada.


Lazard Asset Management Appoints Joanne Choi As First Chief Marketing Officer

Joanne Choi was named Lazard Asset Management’s first managing director and chief marketing officer.  

Choi joins Lazard from Goldman Sachs, where she spent the last 18 years, most recently as head of marketing.


IDEO Names Detria Williamson As Chief Marketing Officer

IDEO has hired Detria Williamson as chief marketing officer, reports Apparel News.

Most recently, Williamson was managing director, digital transformation and global inclusive customer experience lead for Accenture Interactive. Prior to that, she served as chief marketing officer of Vestergaard.


Netflix Fires Three Marketing Executives Over Disparaging Remarks About Their Peers Sent Via Slack

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Netflix has dismissed three senior film marketing executives after it was discovered that they were criticizing their peers via a public company Slack channel.

Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos addressed the issue in a LinkedIn message:

“Very early on at Netflix, Reed Hastings wrote a culture memo for the company with Patty McCord, then our head of talent. At its heart was the notion of integrity and feedback, which they described as ‘you only say things about fellow employees you say to their face.’”

“What happened here was unfortunately not simply venting on Slack or a single conversation. These were critical, personal comments made over several months about their peers (not their management as suggested by The Hollywood Reporter)–including during meetings when those peers were talking or presenting.”