2022 Annual Conference Bios
Stephanie Dobbs Brown | Chief Marketing Officer, Intercontinental Exchange (ICE)
Stephanie Dobbs Brown is the Chief Marketing Officer at Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), a Fortune 500 data and technology company and parent company of the New York Stock Exchange. At ICE, Dobbs Brown is responsible for all components of marketing and brand management, inclusive of digital, creative, advertising, events, and marketing operations.
In 2022, Dobbs Brown led all aspects of ICE’s rebrand, a cohesive repositioning that links the company’s global expertise in designing, building, and operating digital marketplaces and networks that connect people to opportunity. As part of the rebrand, she launched ICE’s commercial campaign and facilitated strategic partnerships with McLaren Racing and CNBC’s Mad Money. She also forged a partnership with fashion house Balenciaga to debut its spring 2023 collection on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange, an unexpected move to reach new audiences and further cement its place at the heart of the cultural zeitgeist.
Simon Cook | CEO, Cannes LIONS
Simon Cook worked on the agency side before joining the Lions business. He has worked in the branded communications industry and Lions for over a decade. During his tenure with Lions he has overseen the creation and introduction of more than half of the Lions awards. Simon is deeply passionate about the work and is a tireless advocate for creative marketing excellence that drives business performance. Simon founded the Global Chief Marketing Officers Growth Council and is leading the expansion of the Lions brand including the provision of intelligence services and learning and advisory programs with creativity at the core.
John Copeland | VP, Digital Strategy Group, Adobe
John Copeland is a Vice President in the Digital Strategy Group (DSG) at Adobe. John leads a team of strategists working on transforming the way companies compete by advancing their digital capabilities. John has over 20 years of experience in marketing strategy, customer insights, and analytics. Before joining DSG, John led Adobe’s Marketing and Customer Insights team – providing customer intelligence to the business and leveraging advanced analytics to optimize the impact of marketing investments across the business. John also led the Marketing team’s contribution to Adobe’s Data-Driven Operating Model (DDOM). Prior to joining Adobe, John held leadership roles at McKinsey & Company, Accenture, Prophet, Rosetta, and ebay.
Kate Cronin | Chief Brand Officer, Moderna
As Chief Brand Officer, Kate Cronin is responsible for amplifying Moderna’s story and the promise of mRNA science for patients. Ms. Cronin joined Moderna from Ogilvy Health, part of WPP plc., where she served as Global CEO. In this role, she led the full spectrum of Ogilvy Health’s core capabilities including public relations and influence, brand strategy, advertising, medical education, market access, and patient and consumer engagement. Additionally, Ms. Cronin grew Ogilvy’s business in the health and wellness arena, encompassing a broad portfolio including pharmaceuticals, consumer health, insurance, hospitals, health technology and medical devices. Ms. Cronin led integrated campaigns involving social, digital, brand and public relations for Ogilvy’s largest, long-term health clients including BMS, Boehringer Ingelheim, Merck and Pfizer.
Prior to her role as CEO, Ms. Cronin held numerous leadership roles within Ogilvy including Global Managing Director, Managing Director of Ogilvy Public Relations’ New York office, and most recently Co-President of Ogilvy Health in the United States.
Victoria Davies | Founder, CEO, Newance
Victoria Davis is an entrepreneurial business leader with 25 years of experience in the advertising industry. She is widely regarded as a forceful leader of people and ideas with an artful balance of EQ and smarts and is a sought-after mentor and coach to industry leaders. Newance represents a passion to scale her leadership & mentorship, to help talent thrive in the rapidly evolving world of work.
Yvette Ellis | US Enterprise Marketing Excellence Leader, Deloitte
Yvette Ellis is the US Enterprise Marketing Excellence leader at Deloitte where she is charged with the responsibility of leading the efforts to achieve alignment across the firm’s priority initiatives, including Deloitte’s Purpose Office. In addition, she is also responsible for an integrated portfolio of offerings designed to address key client issues such as Sustainability, Climate & Equity, Technology Trust and Ethics, as well as a suite of technical offerings including Blockchain, M&A and Restructuring Services. Her team also provides strategic marketing council and support to the US Executive team.
Yvette has held a number of different roles during her tenure at Deloitte. Most recently, she served as the US Consumer Industry Marketing Leader where she built and led a team and provided the go to market strategy focused on clients in the Automotive, Consumer Products, Hospitality and Retail sectors. She has also worked globally as the Global Crisis Management Marketing Leader.
Russ Findlay | Operating Partner, H.I.G. Capital
Russell Findlay is a sales and marketing executive currently serving as a Senior Executive Director and Operating Partner for H.I.G Capital. Most recently, he served as the Global Chief Marketing Officer for the international insurer Hiscox, as well as CMO of their Asian subsidiary, Direct Asia. While at Hiscox, Findlay grew the Hiscox Direct to Consumer business from $23M to over $350M. Previously, he held executive marketing roles at IHOP, Major League Soccer and PepsiCo, where he launched the Sierra Mist and PepsiMax brands. Russell spent his first 11 years of his career at Unilever with roles in e-commerce, sales and brand management.
An award-winning marketer, Findlay volunteers his time giving back to the marketing community. He is on the following Boards: Board of Directors of ANA Business Marketing NYC and The National Advertising Review Board – Americas arbiter for companies disputing competitors advertising and claims.
Paul Hirsch | President and CCO, Doremus
Paul is a creative leader with a history of producing beautifully crafted work for some of the world’s most interesting brands. Guided by the belief that good design is good business, Paul’s experience includes leading global agencies and starting an award-winning, independent one. Among his honors are an Emmy, an Amazon charting book, and awards of all shapes and sizes from Cannes, The One Show, the Effies and D&AD. None of which his kids admire as much as his trophy for “Best Dancer” from Elaine Grossman’s Bat Mitzvah.
Nicole Huynh | Head of Enterprise Growth Marketing, BNY Mellon
Nicole Huynh is the Head of Enterprise Growth Marketing at BNY Mellon, where she is responsible for developing go-to-market strategies and campaigns to accelerate growth of key segments and regions for the Bank. Previously, she was the head of marketing for Digital and Data Solutions, and Securities Services & Digital. An experienced B2B and B2C marketer, Nicole has held leadership positions at MSCI, Neuberger Berman, and J.P. Morgan. She has built her career around developing transformative brand and client engagement programs to help businesses grow in a competitive marketplace. Nicole is a proud graduate of Bryn Mawr College. She currently serves as a member of the College’s President’s Advisory Council.
Etienne Katz | SVP, Event Partnerships & Strategic Growth, CNBC | NBCUniversal
Etienne Katz is the SVP, Event Partnerships & Strategic Growth at CNBC | NBCUniversal, responsible for leading the team that drives experiential impact for advertisers through event sponsorships. With over three decades in the world of advertising, Etienne’s career has spanned sales leadership positions at Ziff-Davis, Time Inc., Dow Jones / The Wall Street Journal, Twitter, and how, in his current role that brings the power of the CNBC newsroom to in-person and virtual event experiences. He takes pride in giving back to the industry via long standing posts on the Board of ANA Business Marketing NYC and The Financial Communications Society, along with dedicating time to a robust group of mentees.
Jon Miller | CMO, Demandbase
Jon Miller is the CMO of Demandbase. Most recently, Miller was the co-founder and CEO of Engagio, which merged with Demandbase in June 2020. Earlier, Miller was co-founder and CMO for Marketo (acquired by Adobe). He is the author of many books including Demandbase’s Clear and Complete Guide to Account Based Experience (ABX) and Marketo’s Definitive Guide to Marketing Automation. He was named ‘Most Influential Marketing CEO of the Year’ by the Corporate Excellence Awards, one of the ‘10 Most Influential Tech Marketers’ in the world by B2B Marketing, and a Top 10 CMO for companies under $250M the CMO Institute.
Ray Oram | VP, Account Based Marketing, IBM
Ray has held several key executive positions at IBM in communications, sales enablement, and marketing. Ray currently leads account-based marketing for 300 top clients globally. Ray is known for building outcomes focused, intensely collaborative and inspired teams. Ray reinvented the sales enablement profession company-wide, launching a centralized enablement platform with over 150,000 users. Ray has led strategic communications and brand experience for North America, Southwest Europe, and Global Sales – resulting in increased brand consideration, improved employee engagement and higher client relationship NPS. Ray has been recognized by IT Services Marketing Association, Direct Marketing Association and American Marketing Association.
Tom Stein | Chairman and Chief Growth Officer, Stein IAS
Tom is Chairman and Chief Growth Officer of Stein IAS. He’s been a B2B marketing leader, thought leader and innovator for more than 35 years. Tom is part of the leadership team that has propelled Stein IAS to global B2B Agency of the Year designation by ANA for an unprecedented nine times over the past 12 years. In 2021, Stein IAS earned the distinction of being named Agency of the Year on four separate occasions in a single year and received the first-ever WARC Effectiveness Award for B2B (gold) in association with LIONS. In 2022, Stein IAS became the first agency to win the WARC Effectiveness Award for B2B (gold) at Cannes two consecutive years.
Long an advocate for creativity in B2B, Tom was a significant influence in the decision by Cannes Lions to launch a Creative B2B Lions at the 2022 Festival. Tom in turn was invited to join the inaugural B2B Lions jury. In 2017, Tom was among the first inductees into the ANA B-to-B Hall of Fame.
Allison Knapp Womack | Chief Operating Officer, Effie Worldwide
Allison Knapp Womack is a Chief Operating Officer at Effie Worldwide, the global organization that leads, inspires, and champions the practice and practitioners of marketing effectiveness. As COO, she oversees key worldwide programs including the Effie Awards, the development of Effie’s global network, and broader operations for Effie Worldwide.
Allison brings over two decades of agency and marketing experience, most recently as SVP and Chief Marketing Officer at Enterprise Community Partners, a national affordable housing nonprofit. She has also held multiple leadership roles at Omnicom’s B2B agency Doremus, including President of the flagship New York office. Prior to joining Doremus, Allison held senior positions at Ogilvy, Young & Rubicam and Wunderman.
Heather Keets Wright | Co-Founder and CEO, Wright Creative
Heather is a creative and thought leader in the agency and branded content space, having led work for large, complex clients for over a decade. In 2015 she co-founded Wright Creative with her husband, documentary filmmaker Mark W. Wright. Wright Creative’s clients include TIAA, Sunbelt Rentals, Trane, Parkdale, and Kellogg.
A winner of the Women in Content Marketing Award 2020 – General Excellence, Heather is a graduate of Syracuse University—she and Wright Creative blend journalism and brand storytelling to bring diverse thought to content where there is none. Heather recently served as Supervising Producer for Milestone Generations, an HBOMax documentary about the first and only Black superhero universe. Upcoming documentaries from Wright Creative include The Bison Project and Can’t Retire from This.