Conversations over a cuppa with CMO: Coles Group's Lisa Ronson

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In this week's instalment of Conversations over a Cuppa with CMO, we talk with Coles Group CMO and our former #1 from the CMO50 2018, Lisa Ronson, about how the supermarket giant has approached marketing and customer engagement and how she's coped with the transformative and significant impact of the COVID-19 crisis as a leader and brand strategist.

Lisa is an award-winning marketing executive with over 20 years of experience across multiple Australian and international brands. She has a track record of building strong consumer brands, leading high-performing teams and growing retail sales and market share.

Lisa joined Coles Group in May 2019. As Chief Marketing Officer, Lisa is responsible for leading the organisations marketing brand and media strategies, sponsorships and events, customer insights and analytics, and in store promotion.

Prior to joining Coles, Lisa worked across several brands and sectors including Carlton & United Breweries, Visa International, Telstra, David Jones, Westpac Group and Tourism Australia.

Lisa was recently recognised as the number one chief marketing officer in Australia, winning both the 2018 Marketer of the Year award from the Australian Marketing Institute and also being named as the No. 1 CMO in the 2018 CMO50 Awards from CMO Magazine Australia. Lisa and her team also won Marketing team of the Year, Campaign of the Year, best PR and social campaigns of the year and ten Cannes Lions in 2018.

Lisa is an active member of the Australian Marketing Industry, including writing regularly for the AFR, is an AANA (Australian Association of National Advertisers) Board Member and an Australian Advertising Standards Board Member. Lisa also takes part in several mentoring programs.

Lisa holds a Graduate Diploma in Management with Honors in Marketing from the Macquarie School of Management (MGSM) and bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Western Sydney. Lisa is also studying an MBA at MGSM.


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