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5 fascinating facts about the CMO50 2019

It’s been five years since CMO took the wrappers off our inaugural CMO50 of Australia’s most innovative and effective marketing leaders. And during that time we’ve seen a transformation of the modern marketing function and leadership remit.

First pics: CMO50 2019 dinner

​More than 100 of Australia's most innovative and effective marketing leaders celebrated the achievements of their CMO peers at the CMO50 2019 dinner in Sydney on 17 October. Here are first pics - including the top 10 for 2019.

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The CMO50 2019 is revealed

Marketing chiefs from digital-first companies, FMCG, media, retail and ecommerce have dominated the fifth annual CMO50 list for 2019.

CMO50 2019 #6: Alexander Meyer

Alexander Meyer is a CMO imprinted with the notion of finding balance. The idea of balancing two, sometimes contradictory, sides is deeply ingrained and is at the heart of his approach to being a CMO.

CMO50 2019 #26-50: Russell Schulman

For Krispy Kreme CMO, Russell Schulman, getting his CEO onside is about showcasing how marketing activities can have a wide-ranging effect, not just on customers in a particular moment, but right across the business and departments.

CMO50 2019 #25: Pamela Cass

Want to get your CEO onside? Then align marketing objectives with broader business objectives, experienced VMware VP and CMO for Asia-Pacific and Japan, Pamela Cass, says.

CMO50 2019 #26-50: Ingrid Purcell

ME Bank’s chief experience officer, Ingrid Purcell, describes the big shift in marketing as one where brands have become “glass boxes”.

CMO50 2019 #26-50: Kate Massey

Maintaining an unwavering resilience when things are not going quite to plan is a mantra of Kate Massey’s. The CMO of JCurve, an Australian technology services firm, has spent 10 years helping the B2B business transform from on-premise and cloud solutions provider to cloud-based solutions player with specialisation in ERP. Along the way, acquisitions, changes in strategic direction and new customer needs have been navigated, with marketing adapting and changing its role accordingly.

CMO50 2019 #26-50: Amanda Johnston-Pell

A passion for customer insights and behaviour drives Amanda Johnston-Pell and it’s only been amplified in the role of CMO. When she started as a marketer, Johnston-Pell says, AI and machine learning-based marketing tools just didn’t exist. “Today they are at the centre of deep customer personalisation and that’s exciting.”

CMO50 2019 #8: Jonathan Kerr

Despite the new and evolving tools and tactics, marketing fundamentals remain the same, Auto & General’s CMO, Jonathan Kerr, believes. Which is why he disagrees with the view marketers are trying to be all things to everyone.

CMO50 2019 #1: Steve Brennen

Being intimately aware of your competitive strength is more important than ever for today’s CMO, Steve Brennen believes.

CMO50 2019 #9: David McNeil

Coming off the back of a brand disaster in 2017, Campbell Arnott’s has not only recovered, but grown over the last 18 months, achieving stunning success driven largely through new product development born of partnerships.

CMO50 2019 #24: Brent Hill

SATC’s Brent Hill is a firm believer taking risk creates creativity. “If you’re prepared to take a risk and do something a bit different, you’ll be creative but you’ll also get results,” the CMO says. “So find good people willing to take calculated risks.”

CMO50 2019 #26-50: Vanessa Lyons

Vanessa Lyons is the first to agree any marketing looking to orchestrate significant change in an organisation may find the business moving slower than they want it to. But it’s vital to suit the pace of such change to the speed your business can handle.

CMO50 2019 #26-50: Stacey Pennicott

"​Don’t be fooled by the title – my role encompasses all (and more) of what a CMO aims to achieve. It gives me a seat at the table of Tasmania’s premier member organisation, overseeing one of the largest membership databases in the state and delivering Tasmania’s number one brand to the wider community."

CMO50 2019 #26-50: Matt Vince

Over the past 12 months, Freedom Foods’ prime focus has been shifting from niche FMCG player into more scalable territories. Spearheading this charge is chief commercial officer, Matt Vince, who has strived to combine brand building ambitions with solid return on investment.

CMO50 2019 Ones to watch: Tom Willis

Telling creative stories and positioning the customer in these stories is far more valuable than simply showing what we sell, believes Tom Willis. And it’s this challenge which keeps the Lawpath CMO constantly imagining new ways to reach the target audience with messages and situations they can empathise with.

CMO50 2019 #26-50: Catherine Anderson

It was when Catherine Anderson was promoted from CMO to Powershop’s chief customer officer in mid-2018 she felt her mindset shift from marketing to all-of-business.

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