Head of Consumer Media & Activation Strategy, Verizon
Karna Crawford is an inspirational and decisive leader, who marries data, creativity and innovation to deliver growth of businesses and talent, within competitive industries. Recognized as a leader in marketing and digital transformation, she consistently stewards businesses to challenge status quo and realigns organization capabilities towards future-facing visions. An outcome-driven leader, Karna has focused her career on being a talent magnet and exporter, while creating high performing teams that deliver indelible customer experiences online and offline.
In her role as Head of Integrated Media for Verizon Consumer Group, Karna leads a team in defining the vision for stewarding Verizon’s $1B media investment to maximize business result and brand love. Her team stewards industry transforming initiatives that are redefining how data and creativity combine to both drive sales and elevate the brand and consumer connections.
Prior to joining Verizon, Karna led a number of functions for the Consumer Bank at JP Morgan Chase, including Strategic Marketing; expanding the role of consumer connections, digital and user experience within their capabilities. Karna has also led integrated marketing communications, brand analysis, media and other roles for Fortune 500 companies, including The Coca-Cola Company, Miller Brewing Company, and various Publicis Groupe agencies.
Karna is an inductee into the American Advertising Federation Hall of Achievement, an elite industry award, honoring marketing executives for unparalleled achievements in transforming the marketing and media landscape.
Karna received her BSE in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University and her MBA in Strategy & Leadership from Emory University. She serves on the Board of the International Radio and Television Society (IRTS), focusing on increasing diversity among young media and marketing emerging leaders, while they are still in college. Karna has also been recognized as a Digiday Changemaker and CDO Club Top Influencer.