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The Marketing Academy reveals the CMOs selected to join their renowned US Fellowship Program

The Marketing Academy has selected the 19 CMOs and growth leaders who will form the 2021 cohort of their US CMO Fellowship Program. The board level executive development program, designed exclusively for CMOs, develops the skills to help make the transition to a CEO role or similar.

Developed in partnership with McKinsey & Company and sponsored by The CMO Club, the program is run by The Marketing Academy a highly respected non-profit organization which develops leadership capabilities in talented individuals working in marketing, media, advertising and communications. Acceptance to all Marketing Academy programs in the UK, Australia and the USA is merit based and all programs are free of charge.

The Fellowship Program is also supported by marketing leadership expert Thomas Barta and the board level coaching organization Wisdom8. The curriculum consists of three immersive residential events, with masterclasses covering all elements of Board stewardship including strategy, corporate finance, organizational health, leading transformational change, operational effectiveness and stakeholder influence. Fellows also benefit from mentoring, enabling them to spend one-on-one time with seasoned Board members and each are assigned an Executive Coach for the duration of the program.

Brian Gregg, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company said, “We are very proud to be the knowledge partner and sponsor of The Marketing Academy, as we believe wholeheartedly in the importance of the CMO and growth leaders and the path for them to take on broader organizational roles. The Marketing Academy provides an intimate and tailored program for senior marketing and growth leaders to build new functional and management capabilities that they will need to drive growth in their businesses. These executives will finish the program with a clear vision of the path they want to chart for themselves and their broader organization, as well as a practical foundation of skills needed to deliver against those ambitions.”

The list of over 140 Global Fellow Alumni of the program reads like the ‘who’s who’ of marketing leadership and includes; Adolfo Villagomez, President Online & CMO,  Home Depot -Anthony Storm, EVP Insights & Solutions, Liberty Mutual Insurance – Claudine Cheever, VP Global Brand & Fixed Marketing, Amazon – Clayton Ruebensaal, EVP Global B2B Marketing, American Express – David Doctorow, CEO, Move Inc – Dara Treseder, SVP & Head of Global Marketing & Communications, Peloton – Whit Alexander, EVP Chief Strategy Officer, Best Buy

The 2021 US Fellows are:

  • Bob Sherwin, CMO, Wayfair LCC
  • Boon Lai, MD Product Marketing, Google Workspace
  • Candy Lee, CMO, Hello Fresh Canada, Inc
  • Catherine Tan-Gillespie, Global CMO, Yum! Brands | KFC
  • Chris Curtin, Executive Advisor, PayActiv
  • Ed Pilkington, Chief Marketing & Innovation Officer, Diageo North America
  • Emily Ketchen, CMO & VP Intelligent Devices Group, Lenovo
  • Gaurav Bhatia, CMO, Penfed Credit Union
  • Jonathan Bennett, EVP & CCO, Beacon Building Products
  • Joshua Leatherman, CMO, Service Express
  • Michelle Boockoff-Bajdek, CMO, Skillsoft
  • Michelle Draper, Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer, Silicon Valley Bank
  • Sarah Long, CMO, Mars Wrigley North America
  • Sasha Lucas, VP Head of Digital Marketing, Verizon
  • Sean Barrett, SVP Marketing, Albertsons Companies
  • Stacy Simpson, CMO & Global Leader of Corporate Responsibility, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Genpact
  • Tanu Grewal, VP Marketing & Innovation, ALEN USA
  • TJ Abrams, CMO, Exos
  • Tuula Rytila, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Digital Stores
  • Victor Lee, CMO, Kin Insurance

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The Scholarship – a 9 month, free, part time program for 30 of the UK’s fastest rising stars in Marketing, Advertising, Media and Communications.

The Fellowship – Equips CMOs and Marketing Directors with the tools, knowledge and insight to make the move onto Boards and into General Management / MD / CEO roles.

12 month full paid Marketing Apprenticeship for young adults who because of challenging backgrounds, lack qualifications or poor life choices are normally overlooked for this kind of work experience