CMO50 2015: Leaders in diversity

We look at the similarities and differences between marketing leaders in our inaugural CMO50 list

If there’s one thing CMO’s inaugural CMO50 list showcases about Australia’s marketing leaders, it’s that they have a desire to take charge of change, and are willing to extend their knowledge, teams and transform their organisations to make it happen.

The CMO50 is an annual list recognising those who are taking the leading role in developing new ways of thinking within marketing and the wider company using the core assets of data, technology, customer experience and creativity.

One of the first things that became apparent was just how diverse the title ‘CMO’ has become. In fact, two out of five on the list have roles that extend outside the traditional borders of marketing, encompassing ecommerce, CRM, customer service and loyalty, IT and technology, strategy, media, editorial and sales.

“There’s no one, other than the CEO, with such a generalist view,” commented one judge and former Qantas CMO, Tim McColl Jones, during the judges’ meeting. “It goes to show just how much the role of marketing has changed,” said fellow judge and former STW Group COO, Chris Savage.

Read our full report on the findings of the CMO50 2015 here.

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