Brand Innovators 40 Under 40

Honoring the Next Generation of Marketing Leaders

Now Accepting Nominations for the 2021 Awards

A new generation of marketers is coming. Or really--knowing how much marketing constantly bends to meet the needs and tastes of young consumers--they’re already here. They grew up on the Internet and are early adopters of all things digital. They Tweet, text, shop, and stay connected personally and professionally on their mobile devices all day long. They prefer online video to television. They are diverse and idealistic. They value authenticity and transparency. They are the Brand Innovators 40 Under 40. Don’t blink--they’ll be running your marketing department before you know it. Congratulations to this year’s honorees.

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HONOREES

2019 for All Regions
Midwest 2019

Brand Innovators Announces Seventh Annual List Of ’40 Under 40′ Brand Marketers in The Midwestern U.S.

Reception for the Class of 2019 and their guests was held at a Rooftop Event at Wrigley Field during Brand Innovators BrandFest Chicago.

in the Midwestern U.S. The group was honored during a VIP reception at MillerCoors, on the evening of Wednesday, June 6, during the 4th annual Brand Marketing Week Chicago, June 5-7.

CHICAGO, June 24, 2019– Brand Innovators has announced its seventh annual list of “40 Under 40” brand marketers in the Midwestern U.S. The group was honored during a VIP reception at Wrigley Field at a Rooftop Event, on the evening of Wednesday, June 5, during the 5th annual Brand Innovators BrandFest Chicago, June 4-6.

“These outstanding young marketing professionals are operating at extremely high levels of performance, ideating and leading some of the world’s most compelling innovations in marketing, amidst the backdrop of an extremely complex consumer media environment,” said Brandon Gutman, co-founder of Brand Innovators.

“We’re thrilled to honor these talented marketing executives; whose work is among the most innovative in the world. Through them, we’re getting a first look at how brand marketing is likely to be done for years to come,” added Marc Sternberg, co-founder of Brand Innovators.

Honorees were nominated by the Brand Innovators community which includes more than 25,000 brand side marketers across the US, Canada and UK. Winners were then selected by the Brand Innovators editorial team based on their professional accomplishments, expertise in leveraging digital media and emerging advertising technology platforms and a drive to continually keep their respective brands on the cutting edge of innovation.

Following is the Brand Innovators ’40 Under 40′ Midwest Class of 2019:

  • Dalia Adler, Associate Director of Marketing – Heinz, The Kraft Heinz Company
  • Thomas Allen, Director, Digital & CRM, Bridgestone
  • Courtney Ballantini, Sr. Director Media & Consumer Engagement, Tyson Foods
  • Sarah Bierig, Marketing Director, Head of Media & Digital Capabilities, PepsiCo
  • Talia Brookshire, Vice President, Marketing and Community Outreach, Sky Zone Indiana
  • Brandon Broxey, Director Brand Marketing, Best Buy
  • Erik Brust, CEO, Jonny Pops
  • Alfredo Carigga, Director of Store Systems & Enterprise Mobility, ULTA Beauty
  • Michelle Chirco, Marketing Lead – Customer Relationship Management, Ziebart International Corporation
  • Rachael Dillon, Executive Director, Global Communications and Influencer Relations, Aveda
  • Ashley Dudzik, Senior Brand Manager, Morningstar
  • Nora Esposito, AVP Digital Marketing, Bath & Body Works
  • Spencer Fivelson, Brand Director, Protein Snacks, Conagra Brands
  • Ryan Foley, Head of Brand, Senior Director of Marketing, Groupon
  • Erin Gulden, VP, Director of Inbound Marketing, U.S. Bank
  • Kathleen Judge, Senior Director, Digital Marketing, Orbitz Worldwide
  • Scott Kegley, Executive Director of Digital Media & Innovation, Minnesota Vikings
  • Claudia Klug, Executive Director, Consumer Insights, Aveda
  • Cameron Koslow, Senior Marketing Manager, Empire Today
  • Andy Leapaldt, Director Digital Strategy & E-commerce, SuperValu
  • Nathan Louer, Director, Consumer Engagement, Jimmy John’s
  • Ryan Meyers, Director of Social Media & Digital Platforms, Cresco Labs
  • Elly Moody, Digital Communications Manager, McDonald’s Corporation
  • Troy Neidermire, Senior Director – Digital Media, Search/Email/Affiliate Marketing, Target
  • Robert Nelson, Sr. Marketing Director – Jim Beam, Beam Suntory
  • Charlie Newberger, Senior Director Of Marketing, McDonald’s Corporation
  • Aaron Newhouse, Director, Shopper Marketing, Conagra Brands
  • Elena Parlatore, Director Ecommerce, PepsiCo
  • Julia Reardon, Brand Manager, RTD and Refreshment, Beam Suntory
  • Cory Rothschild, Head of Brand Marketing, Cresco Labs
  • Claire Schaul, Director, Personal Loans Marketing, Discover Financial Services
  • Scott Schraufnagel, Director of Integrated Marketing Communications – Purina, Land O’Lakes
  • Jessica Soddy, Marketing Manager, State Farm
  • Jeff Stender, Sr. Manager, Global Digital Transformation , 3M
  • Thu Teesdale, Manager Product Marketing, Robert Bosch
  • Jess Vultaggio, Head of Marketing – Oscar Mayer, The Kraft Heinz Company
  • Gary Weintrab, Director, Drugstore Class of Trade, SC Johnson
  • Ethelbert Williams, Head of eCommerce, The Boston Beer Company
  • Katie Wong, Brand Experience Senior Manager, Partnerships, General Mills
  • Laura Yarbrough, Senior Manager Ecommerce, Nestle

Midwest List Honorees 2019

Dalia Adler

Associate Director of Marketing – Heinz, The Kraft Heinz Company

As the Associate Director of Marketing for Heinz, Dalia Adler leads Brand Building for Heinz in the US – spearheading the brand’s creative, innovation, and long term growth strategy. Passionate about branding, design, and communications, Dalia has worked to bring the brand to the forefront of cultural conversation and reintroduced Heinz’s most iconic equities into its advertising model. Since joining Kraft Heinz, Dalia has led marketing efforts across some of the company’s most recognizable brands – including Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, Miracle Whip, and Velveeta.

Northeast 2019

Brand Innovators Announces Seventh Annual List Of ’40 Under 40′ Brand Marketers in The Northeast U.S.

Honorees were nominated by the Brand Innovators community which includes more than 25,000 brand side marketers across the US, Canada and UK. Winners were then selected by the Brand Innovators editorial team based on their professional accomplishments, expertise in leveraging digital media and emerging advertising technology platforms and a drive to continually keep their respective brands on the cutting edge of innovation.

Following is the Brand Innovators ’40 Under 40′ Northeast Class of 2019:

  • Stephanie Miller, Director, Digital & Emerging Media, Verizon
  • Will Carafello, Director, Social Media, New York Mets
  • Vinny Rinaldi, Head of Addressable Media and Technology, The Hershey Company
  • Allison Stadd, VP Marketing, Bark
  • Vivian Chang, VP Growth, Nutranext DTC, Clorox
  • Rachael Wolfson, Director, Global Media, Consumer Engagement, Estée Lauder Companies Inc
  • Nina Alexander Hurst, Senior Director, Brand Marketing – Luxury and Lifestyle Brands, Hilton
  • Stephen McDonagh, Director, Digital Marketing and Growth Brands, 1800 Flowers
  • Ashley Harding, Managing Director, Growth & Engagement Marketing, The New York Times
  • Janis Huang, Executive Director, Marketing & Media Strategy, The New York Times
  • Jessica Burns, VP Brand Marketing & Creative, Grubhub / Seamless
  • Judd Pratt-Heaney, Senior Director, Global Sales & Marketing, WWE
  • Spencer Gordon, Sr. Director, Digital, Anheuser Busch
  • Nabeel Alamgir, Chief Marketing Officer, Bareburger
  • Eddie Revis, Vice President, Brand Marketing & Media Chobani
  • Blair Aires, Senior Director Communications, Chobani
  • Anne Balestrieri, Media Manager, Heineken
  • Amy Marino, Vice President, Global Social Media, Content & Talent Strategy American Express
  • Brad Blondes, Vice President of Brand Creative and Design, MetLife
  • Matt Fantazier, Director, Digital Strategy, Johnson & Johnson
  • Jessica Redler Director, Digital Media & Content Shiseido Americas Corporation
  • Bette Ann Schlossberg, Director, Influencer Marketing, Lyft
  • Janna Zagari Director, Audience Engagement SiriusXM
  • Alphonzo Terrell Director, Digital and Social Marketing HBO
  • Melissa Hughes, Global Marketing Director, L’Oreal
  • HL Ray, VP, Marketing, Brand Experience & Business Development, Samsung Electronics America
  • Heather Fresco, Senior Manager, Digital Customer Experience, Avis Budget Group
  • Paul Gelb Head of Social & Programmatic, Bayer
  • Taylor Foxman, Director of External Communications and Customer Success, Pernod Ricard USA
  • Jacob Messina, Senior Director eCommerce & Performance Marketing, Loews Hotels
  • Kathy Azeez, VP – Digital Experience & Marketing, American Express
  • Nathan James, Director, North America Media & Analytics, PepsiCo
  • Dana Flax, VP Digital Marketing & Content, HBO
  • Ryan Curran, Director, Brand Marketing, Peleton
  • Bhalla Pankaj, Brand Director, P&G
  • Walter Frye, VP Global Brand Engagement, American Express
  • Sophia Viridaud, Senior Brand Marketing Manager, Schwarzkopf, Henkel
  • Selena Kalvaria, SVP Brand, Away
  • Brian Magida, Senior Director, Performance Marketing, Warby Parker
  • Eva Valerio, Director, Global Digital, Social and CRM The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

Northwest 2019

Brand Innovators Announces Seventh Annual List Of ’40 Under 40′ Brand Marketers in The Northwestern U.S.

Reception for the Class of 2019 and their guests was held at the Battery Club during Brand Innovators BrandFest San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, June 24, 2019– Brand Innovators has announced its seventh annual list of “40 Under 40” brand marketers in the Northwest U.S. The group was honored during a VIP reception at the Battery Club, on the evening of Monday, June 24, during the 4th annual Brand Innovators BrandFest San Francisco, June 24-26.

“These outstanding young marketing professionals are operating at extremely high levels of performance, ideating and leading some of the world’s most compelling innovations in marketing, amidst the backdrop of an extremely complex consumer media environment,” said Brandon Gutman, co-founder of Brand Innovators.

“We’re thrilled to honor these talented marketing executives; whose work is among the most innovative in the world. Through them, we’re getting a first look at how brand marketing is likely to be done for years to come,” added Marc Sternberg, co-founder of Brand Innovators.

Honorees were nominated by the Brand Innovators community which includes more than 25,000 brand side marketers across the US, Canada and UK. Winners were then selected by the Brand Innovators editorial team based on their professional accomplishments, expertise in leveraging digital media and emerging advertising technology platforms and a drive to continually keep their respective brands on the cutting edge of innovation.


Following is the Brand Innovators Northwest Class of 2019:

  • Desi Wiese, Marketing & Customer Acquisition, 23andMe
  • David Gee, Senior Manager, User Acquisition Marketing, HotelTonight, Airbnb
  • Elliott Pesut, Director, Marketing, Alaska Airlines
  • Alma Salazar, Director, Consumer Marketing | Invisalign®, North America, Teen, Align Technology
  • Lindsay Chastain, Senior Director, Global Digital Marketing, Ancestry
  • Abigail Flora, Senior Director of Marketing, Athleta
  • Jen Tank, Head of Creative and Brand Strategy, Brandless
  • Robecta Ma, Vice President of Marketing, Airbnb
  • Beau Vasquez, Sr. Director, Integrated Marketing, DocuSign
  • Peter Michaelian, Director, Product Experiences, Dolby Laboratories
  • David Bornoff, Head of Brand and Creative DoorDash
  • Christine Hunt, Director of Acquisition, e.l.f. Cosmetics
  • Victoria Ekwenuke, Global Brand Manager, eBay
  • Doug Thielen, Integrated Brand Marketing and Content Strategy, Filson
  • Bryan Strauss, Sr. Director, Performance Media, Golden State Warriors
  • Kayla Glanville, Head of Growth, Hill City
  • Guillaume McIntyre, Head of Acquisition Marketing, Instacart
  • Kim Tanimoto, Global Media Manager, Intel
  • George Olexa, Director of Global Social Media, Intel
  • Michelle Taite, Global Brand Marketing Director (Quickbooks), Intuit
  • Fahad Khawaja, Global Head of Marketing, Johnson & Johnson
  • Charlotte Ronemus, Director, Global Social Media & Influencer, Marketing Kendo Brands
  • Brooke Shapiro, Brand Engagement Manager, Channel, The Clorox Company 
  • Monica Ohara, Head of Acquisition and Growth Media, Lyft
  • Benjamin Lord, Executive Director, Global Omnichannel Marketing, CRM & Loyalty, NARS
  • Orchid Bertelsen, Digital Innovation Lead, Nestle
  • Desmond Marzette, Director of Global Advertising at Nike / Jordan Brand, Nike
  • Zach Riggar, Global Digital Brand Director, Jordan Nike
  • Jennifer Liu Andrews, Director of Marketing, Nordstrom
  • John Della Bona, Marketing Manager, AI and Machine Learning, NVIDIA
  • Hedy Payghambari, Director of Marketing, Media, Papa Murphy's International
  • Lorena Hathaway, Marketing Director, Demand Generation, Americas, Pitney Bowes
  • James Schwartz, Vice President of Marketing and Media Strategies, RE/MAX, LLC
  • Sachin Puri, Head of Global Performance Marketing & Customer Acquisition, Stubhub
  • Meg Ciarallo, Senior Director of Brand Marketing, StubHub
  • Saquib Pasha, Director, Digital Media & Marketing, Norton & LiveLock, Symantec
  • Jennifer Reilly, Associate Director, Brand Engagement, The Clorox Company
  • Nicole Chang Manager, Global Brand, Sponsorships and Innovation Marketing, Visa
  • Tina So, Brand Management - Private Brands, Walmart E-Commerce
  • Greg Comolli, Director, Digital Advertising and Strategy, Wells Fargo

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