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Enabling Marketing Leaders of today to become the CEOs of tomorrow

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 – Syl Saller CBE, former Global CMO Diageo

The EMEA Fellowship is sponsored by

The Marketing Academy EMEA Fellowship

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The Marketing Academy EMEA Fellowship Program, developed in partnership with McKinsey & Company and sponsored by The CMO Club 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, 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 EMEA Fellowship has been way more than I expected it to be and one of the best learning experiences of my life” EMEA Fellowship Alumni

Program Overview

Fellowships will be awarded to a maximum of 25 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 live lectures and masterclasses via a dedicated online platform
Acceptance to the program is conditional on availability to attend the three residentials which will take place within Europe:

Four-day Residential    Evening of Monday 30th January to Friday 3rd February 2023
Two-day Residential    Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th June 2023
Three-day Residential  Evening of Tuesday 12th to Friday 15th September 2023

Meet Our EMEA Fellows

Download The Marketing Academy EMEA 2023 Fellowship Guide here

Selection Criteria & Process

The EMEA 2023 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.

Applications for our 2023 Program are now closed

Applications for the 2024 cohort will open in Summer 2023.  To register interest please email

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