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CMO50 2018 #4: Leisa Bacon

For ABC director of audience and marketing, Leisa Bacon, modern CMO leadership is an art in influencing and working more collaboratively with other parts of the organisation as well as the increasingly diverse marketing function.

CMO50 2018 #26-50: Suzanne Harman

Marketing working closely with sales and category teams is key to success, Suzanne Harman, general manager, marketing of Simplot Australia, believes.

CMO50 2018 #10: David McNeil

​There are not many marketers who can take a brand disaster and turn into around into a brand success, and then be willing to be open and talk about it frankly.

CMO50 2018 #12: Sweta Mehra

Since taking up the CMO mantle at ANZ last July, Sweta Mehra has been striving to go well beyond commercialisation and focus on building capabilities that will future-proof the bank. These, she says, are rooted firmly in the financial services group’s purpose across three levels: Enterprise, divisions and marketing.

CMO50 2018 #11: Richard Oppy

​Carlton and United Breweries (CUB) has undergone a stunning transformation in challenging trading times, and marketing has been central to this achievement.

CMO50 2018 Ones to watch: Chris Taylor

“Consumers are not rational and never will be,” National Heart Foundation’s Chris Taylor says. “Connect on an emotional level and you’re half-way there.”

CMO50 2018 #3: Susan Massasso

The a2 Milk Company is an A/NZ success story, rapidly growing to $8 billion market capitalisation and NZ$922 million in revenue in the 2018 financial year.

CMO50 2018 #7: Brent Smart

With so much pressure on marketers to perform and prove their worth, Brent Smart is unsurprised many pull the nearest and quickest levers to show impact. The problem is, those short wins aren’t going to build you a brand for the long term.

CMO50 2018 #8: Steve Brennen

“Relationships really matter. If you want to be successful in your business as a CMO, you have to have relationships outside of your team.”

CMO50 2018 #26-50: Neil Ridgway

One of the most important decisions Neil Ridgway says he’s made over his 15 years as CMO of the Rip Curl brand is to support the group’s pro team with the resources they need to win 10 world surfing titles in 10 years. It’s this dedicated and focus that’s made the brand what it is today, he says.

CMO50 2018 #26-50: Ben Wilks

Whether it’s electrification of vehicles or new mobility concepts, automotive companies are facing significant change right now, Volkswagen’s Ben Wilks says. Increasingly, this means differentiating not just by product, but by experience as well.

CMO50 2018 #26-50: Alexander Meyer

When Alexander Meyer joined ecommerce fashion retailer, The Iconic, in 2016, he was tasked with nothing short of building a cult brand.

CMO50 2018 #9: Damian Young

Chobani has come a long way. From a virtual unknown player in an overcrowded market seven years ago, to last year’s number one brand, Chobani has been playing a long game, a game that has paid off in spades.

CMO50 2018 #2: Martine Jager

2017 was a very big year for Martine Jager and the Westpac marketing team. Tasked with helping the organisation celebrate 200 years in the Australian market, she joined forces with her leadership team and a cross-functional group to inject history, traditional and emotional back into the Westpac brand.

CMO50 2018 #26-50: Renae Smith

It might feel like the latest corporate buzz phrase, but AIA Australia CMO, Renae Smith, doesn’t believe customer centricity is a new strategy for organisations to be adopting. What has been missing, she says, is the connection between customer and people.

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CMO interview: Building purpose at a B2B tech brand

Alicia Tillman was only two months into her role as chief marketing officer at German-based enterprise software maker, SAP, when she found herself in front of the company’s executive and supervisory boards.

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