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Enabling Marketing Leaders of today to become the CEOs of tomorrow

“The Marketing Academy provides the best marketing leadership programs in the world”

 – Syl Saller CBE, former Global CMO Diageo

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The Marketing Academy EMEA Fellowship

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The Marketing Academy EMEA Fellowship Program, developed in partnership with McKinsey & Company and sponsored by Salesforce is a highly exclusive, free, part-time program giving a select group of exceptional CMOs & marketing leaders a unique board level executive development opportunity.

Great CEOs and board directors need the ability to influence, engage and take risks. They should also have a deep understanding of the commercial drivers of their business, intellectual breadth, a well-honed ability to spot the right opportunities and an unfailing ability to understand what their customers want.

Designed to provide CMOs with access to board-level thinking and development in all elements of Board stewardship, this program ensures that marketing leaders accelerate their knowledge and experience to take on a future CEO or board role.

Why apply?

  • Fellowship places cannot be bought and are awarded following a selection process ensuring the highest calibre of delegates and the richest breadth of diversity of backgrounds
  • A maximum of 25 Fellowship places are awarded each year – enabling deep and meaningful relationship building with your peers
  • If your career ambition is to move toward CEO / President / Main Board the program will give you the tools you need
  • A recent survey of our Fellowship Alumni showed that post completion of the program 57% have moved into CEO / Board roles & 32% have been promoted or moved to bigger CMO roles

Established in 2013 in Europe and 2019 in the US and 2023 in APAC, our Alumni have come from top global brands and have said the program has been instrumental for their career progression into board roles. To view our Global Fellowship Alumni click here.

“The Marketing Academy Fellowship Program is a fabulous learning experience: it provides an opportunity to stimulate your mind and reflect on your own career, it provides the context and the insight to consider and define what career path you may want to pursue and equips you with real insights about your own leadership journey that will be invaluable in defining how to reach the goal that you set for yourself” Cristina Diezhandino, Global CMO – Diageo

Applications for 2025 are now open, please click here to register for your information pack.

Program Overview

Meet Our EMEA Fellows

Download The Marketing Academy EMEA 2025 Fellowship Guide here

Selection Criteria & Process

The EMEA Fellowship Program has been designed for time constrained individuals. It is anticipated that the program will take up to 12 days.

To be considered for a place on The EMEA Fellowship Program you:

  • Currently hold the top marketing, growth or commercial leadership role (CMO, chief commercial officer, chief growth officer or equivalent) within a leading, marketing-dependent organisation
  • Report directly to the regional or global president, CEO or EVP
  • Are leading large, complex teams and significant budgets, with P&L accountability
  • Have a minimum of 15 years leadership experience with the marketing and commercial function
  • Have a clear career ambition to become a CEO or to take a wider main board position
  • Have significant non-marketing leadership experience
  • Be employed on a permanent basis with no risk of resignation for the duration of the program
  • Have a proven reputation in the industry
  • Are able to travel to Europe for all in person residential sessions

Please note – The Fellowship Program is exclusively for client-side CMOs

Fellowships are awarded by invitation only. Potential delegates are required to submit a short application form, full CV, a written endorsement from their CEO and then take part in a discussion with a member of the selection panel.  The timeline for the application process for 2025 will be announced in June 2024.

Fellowships will be awarded to a maximum of 25 client side CMOs and high achieving marketing leaders who will benefit from:

  • A comprehensive knowledge curriculum developed and delivered by McKinsey & Company partners and functional experts, delivered during three Residential events with masterclasses covering the full CEO, leadership and board stewardship spectrum
  • Three residential events in Europe with knowledge topics covering the full CEO spectrum including a series of masterclasses covering all elements of board stewardship, designed and delivered by leading experts
  • Immersive CMO to CEO leadership journey program developed and led by Global CMO Leadership Expert Thomas Barta together with The Marketing Academy and McKinsey experts
  • Board-level executive coaching with individual one-to-one sessions from a professional executive coach provided by Wisdom8
  • One-to-one mentoring sessions with high profile board chairs, non-executives, CEOs, CFOs, board members and influencers
  • Peer-to-peer learning and development with an exclusive peer group from global business in diverse market sectors
  • 12-months access for you and your team to The Marketing Academy Global Virtual Campus. The curriculum consists of a minimum of 18 curated lectures and masterclass via a dedicated online platform.
Acceptance to the program is conditional on availability to attend the three residentials which will take place within Europe.  2025 dates will be announced soon.

Applications for our 2025 Program are now open, please click here to register for your information pack.  


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