This year's lineup
Hasan Minhaj is the host and creator of the weekly comedy show Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj that premiered on Netflix in October 2018. The series explores the modern cultural and political landscape with depth and sincerity through his unique comedic voice. Last year Minhaj earned rave reviews for his one-hour Netflix comedy special Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King that earned him a 2018 Peabody Award, and for his performance hosting the 2017 White House Correspondents' Dinner. A first generation American, Minhaj joined The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, where he was Jon’s last hire, in November 2014 as a correspondent and continued on in that role after Trevor Noah took over as host the following year. He remained on the show through August 2018.
Beth Comstock navigates change on a personal, team, and organizational level. She continues her quest for evolution having recently stepped down from her position as Vice Chair of GE, the first woman ever to hold the post, and now exploring a path as an author, instigator and connector. Over nearly two decades, she initiated GE's digital and clean-energy transformations, developed new businesses, increased GE's brand value and sales, and partnered to enhance its inventive culture. She led the creation of Current, an intelligent environments business, and was the company's first Chief Marketing Officer in 20 years. As President of Integrated Media at NBC Universal, Beth oversaw ad revenue and the company's digital efforts, including early development of hulu.com. She held a succession of marketing and communications roles at GE, NBC, CBS and Turner Broadcasting/CNN. Today, Beth is a director at Nike and trustee of The National Geographic Society.
Amy Purdy has overcome incredible odds to attain her personal and professional dreams. After losing both her legs at the age of 19, Amy earned a bronze medal at the 2014 Paralympics, a silver medal at the 2018 Paralympics, danced in a Madonna video, competed in CBS’s The Amazing Race and ABC’s Dancing With The Stars, and acted in an award-winning independent film. A New York Times best-selling author, co-founder of Adaptive Action Sports, and the only double-leg amputee competing in snowboarding at the world-class level, Amy is a true inspiration who has shared her story with audiences around the world.
Named one of the "Top 10 Creative Canadians" by Marketing Magazine, Ron Tite has been an award-winning advertising writer and creative director for some of the world’s most respected brands, including Air France, Evian, Hershey, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft, Intel, Microsoft, and Volvo. Tite is founder and CEO of Church & State, a content marketing agency based in Toronto. His work has been recognized by The London International Advertising Awards, The New York Festivals of Advertising, The Crystals, The Extras, The Canadian Marketing Association, and The Marketing Awards, to name just a few. His newest book, Everyone’s An Artist (Or At Least They Should Be), was published by HarperCollins in 2016.
Emily is a principal analyst focused on customer loyalty, with an emphasis on trends, technologies, services, and analytics. She helps marketing clients navigate the evolving customer loyalty landscape and develop intelligence-driven loyalty strategies and programs. Her research examines consumer attitudes and the tools, skills, and processes required for B2C Marketing Professionals to successfully foster meaningful relationships with their best customers.
Andrew Davis is a bestselling author and keynote speaker. Before building and selling a thriving digital marketing agency, Andrew produced for NBC and worked for The Muppets. He's appeared in the New York Times and on the Today Show. He's crafted documentary films and award-winning content for tiny start-ups and Fortune 500 brands. Today, Andrew Davis teaches business leaders how to grow their businesses, transform their cities, and leave their legacy.
Sameer Kazi is CEO at Cheetah Digital and brings nearly 20 years of experience as a public and private company technology and SaaS executive with operating and board roles at Salesforce, ExactTarget, Simply Measured and Emarsys. Sameer has collaborated with and held advisory roles with a number of investment partners including Bessemer Venture Partners, KKR and Vector Capital. Sameer lives in Chicago with his wife and three children and enjoys Formula One, shooting hoops in the backyard with his kids, early 90s hip hop (and all types of music except country), video games (PS4) and science fiction books, films and television.
Bill Ingram is the Chief Product Officer at Cheetah Digital, where he leads the innovation team, which includes product management, product marketing, engineering, and user experience. With more than 25 years of experience in product leadership roles, Bill most recently led the Analytics Cloud business as Vice President and General Manager at Adobe. Preceding his years at Adobe, he worked at a variety of enterprise SaaS organizations including Sybase and Omniture. Bill lives in Utah with his wife, Amy, and three kids. When he is not working you can probably find him fly-fishing or cycling.
Michelle Curless is the Chief Customer Officer at Cheetah Digital where she oversees the go-to-market Services and Delivery, Training, Consulting, Transformation, and Client Experience for clients around the globe. She has more than 20 years of experience in customer strategy transformation and has worked with leading organizations and startups across industries in consulting, operational, and business development roles. Prior to joining Cheetah Digital, Michelle led the post-sale organization at Monetate. She also previously served as Vice President, Customer Experience at Salesforce Marketing Cloud, where she established Customer Experience as a key business discipline. She resides in Michigan with her husband and two daughters.
Judd Marcello is the EVP of Global Marketing at Cheetah Digital overseeing a global team that is responsible for all aspects of the brand, demand generation, digital marketing, corporate communications, and sales development. A marketer at heart, Judd has more than 20 years of experience delivering high-impact B2C and B2B marketing leadership in the software, consumer packaged goods, consumer electronics, and food and beverage industries across the United Kingdom, Americas, Australian and European markets. Prior to joining Cheetah Digital, he held senior marketing roles at several companies, including Canon, Salesforce, ExactTarget, and Smartling. Judd is a husband, a dad, and spends most of his time spinning old blues, soul, and country records.
Jill Knesek is the Chief Security Officer (CSO) for Cheetah Digital, where she is responsible for providing enterprise-wide leadership in developing, planning, coordinating, administering, managing, staffing, and supervising all aspects of information security. This includes developing a world-class security framework for clients and the business as a whole, as well as security governance, policy development, security training and awareness, and security project portfolio development. She has more than 25 years of experience in cybersecurity, working in both internal and client-facing roles. She served as a Special Agent for the FBI, assigned to the Cyber Crime Squad in the Los Angeles field office and was the case agent for several high-profile cases, including the infamous Kevin Mitnick and Mafiaboy investigations. Prior to joining Cheetah Digital, Jill worked as the CISO for Mattel and BT Global Services. She is a frequent industry speaker, has written and published several articles, and has been recognized a number of times for her service to the security industry; notable awards include Hottopic.ht's "The Chief Information Security Officer 100 2017" and the CSO Online's "Top 10 Women in Cybersecurity".
Richard is an entrepreneur and the CEO of Wayin, a Cheetah Digital Company. Wayin Experiences empower the world’s biggest brands to deliver interactive marketing experiences that collect first, zero-party data and preference insights on every digital channel. Originally from London, Richard is now based in Denver, where through his work at Wayin he is helping brands gather the data, insights, and permissions needed to power personalized marketing and build lasting connections with consumers across the entire customer lifecycle.
Keith Lifschin is the Senior Director of Product Marketing at Cheetah Digital, where he helps shape the company’s suite of products and solutions to best help our customers succeed. With over 15 years’ experience, Keith was an early believer in cross-channel communications. His career has brought him a wealth of knowledge in email strategy and execution, solutions engineering, and loyalty programs. Keith received a B.A. in Communications from Marist College and jokes that one of the things he knows better than martech is how to smoke a mean rack of ribs.
Jacob Davis is the Senior Director of Analytics Services at Cheetah Digital. He is a cross-channel marketing professional with over 5 years working on evidenced-based strategies and analytics. Jacob leads a team dedicated to providing clients insight into their customers & campaigns using historical data, advanced analytical techniques, statistical methods and predictive modeling. Based in New York City, he works closely with enterprise brands, across all industry verticals, to help derive unique, nuanced insights and data products that allow for better marketing strategies and decisions. Prior to working at Cheetah Digital, Jacob spent time in developing product for Abercrombie & Fitch, doing land analysis for a subsidiary of Shell and consulting with a variety of small businesses.
Michael Murdza is the VP of Product Management at Cheetah Digital; focused primarily on messaging and data integrations. He has more than 20 years experience in the Digital Marketing space, with the past 13 years focused on delivering software to help global marketers achieve phenomenal results.
Alessandra Jacques is a Senior Product Manager at Cheetah Digital, primarily focused on workflows across the company's suite of products. Having spent a significant portion of her 12-year career supporting clients and using cross-channel tools, Alessandra has a deep understanding of the challenges marketers face in their day-to-day activities. She is dedicated to creating tools that are easy, fun, and most of all empowering to the user.
Kim Parlett is a Senior Client Success Director at Cheetah Digital, specializing in the retail, travel/hospitality, entertainment & financial industries. She is an accomplished enterprise marketing professional with expertise in digital marketing and database management, with a strong focus on email, cross channel marketing, and CRM. Throughout her 20 year career, she has established a track record in generating new business, building customer relationships, and achieving targeted goals.
As Associate Principal Consultant at Cheetah Digital, Ashley Lockridge leads a team of highly skilled strategists and personally creates cross-channel marketing strategies that deliver millions in revenue for several Fortune 500 clients. She has a proven track record of fostering relationships with senior management and developing highly effective multi-channel marketing solutions to meet and exceed brand objectives. Her in depth knowledge of the latest technology trends coupled with best practices on building customer loyalty, acquisition and retention enable her to host stimulating presentations for conferences, webinars, and internal educational sessions for the entirety of the Cheetah Digital Client Services team.
David Kepets is a leading digital marketing expert that specializes in creative best practices for reaching and engaging with the multi-channel consumer. Throughout his career, Kepets has helped some of the world’s most recognizable brands to adopt a more data-driven, customer-centric approach to their email creative in order to deliver seamless customer experiences across channels. As Senior Director, Creative Services at Cheetah Digital, Kepets has spent the last decade studying how people interact with design through different types of messaging across devices. He is a sought-after resource on the topic of email creative and has appeared in many industry publications including MediaPost, Direct Marketing News, Chief Marketer and FierceCMO.
Kyle Schroeder is a Senior Director of Partnerships at Movable Ink where he works to connect strategic partnerships and integrations to the growing list of enterprise brands at Movable Ink. Prior to Movable Ink, Kyle has spent 9 years working in the digital marketing space working in partnerships and alliances at ExactTarget and Salesforce. He has a thorough understanding of how to build successful long-term relationships to provide value and support for clients and partners.
Kevin Myers is Chief Marketing and Information Officer at Donatos Pizza. In his first year Kevin has successfully “fused” the Marketing and Technology teams with innovations, growth projects, common purpose and joint goals, budgets and expected ROI. He joined Donatos following an impressive career in sales, software, marketing, emerging technologies and private equity industries. This includes his tenure as executive vice president of marketing and sales at global retail brand, Cold Stone Creamery during its growth from a few hundred stores to over 1,400 across 10 countries. Kevin specializes in connecting the dots often missed when chasing industry trends, implementing leading-edge technologies, and innovative branding/marketing programs designed to fuel sales, meet profits, leverage influencers and elevate the overall customer experience.
Michael Stutts was appointed Executive Vice President, Chief Customer Officer of Bloomin' Brands in May 2019, and is responsible for leading the global digital and customer strategy in partnership with brand leaders. Prior to joining Bloomin’ Brands, Michael served as a Partner and Managing Director at Boston Consulting Group, where he focused on the consumer, marketing and sales practice areas. He has worked on consulting engagements at more than 30 restaurant brands and partnered with clients to implement strategies that strengthen brands through enhanced digital customer experiences and customer loyalty programs. Michael earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He currently serves on the Learning and Writing Center Advisory Board at UNC Chapel Hill.
Manoj Das is Vice President, Product Management at Cheetah Digital where he is responsible for defining product strategy, vision, and roadmap. Manoj was previously the Vice President of Product Management at Stellar Loyalty and Oracle, where he managed the Business Process Management (BPM) product line. He also has many years of experience leading CRM, Integration, and BPM Products. Manoj has an MBA from the Haas School of Business and a B. S. in Computer Science from IIT Kanpur. An enthusiastic product evangelist, he has authored and co-authored multiple patents and numerous technical publications, collaborating with industry analysts and partners.
Sanjay Gill is Chief Executive Officer of Purebaby Australia, responsible for growing the Purebaby brand globally via retail, e-commerce and enterprise partnerships. Sanjay holds a Masters in Information Systems from Victoria University and is very focused on bridging the gap between commerce and technology.
Andrew Troemner is a data scientist at Cheetah Digital, responsible for ML and AI-related products. He has nearly a decade of digital marketing and data science experience working with a range of Fortune 100 companies. Before joining Cheetah Digital, Andrew was a data scientist at Salesforce and ExactTarget.
Kevin Dietz is a data scientist at Cheetah Digital specializing in machine learning marketing products. He has extensive experience in statistics, analytics, and marketing. Prior to joining Cheetah Digital, Kevin worked as a data scientist at Salesforce Marketing Cloud and as a statistical consultant.
Eric has spent the past 6 years at Movable Ink working with clients such as Hilton, Delta, Home Depot and eBay to deliver strategies for compelling and sophisticated email campaigns. Most recently, he has been focused on activating data for clients and building scalable solutions, many with third party data sources and various technology providers. The best thing he enjoys about working with clients is helping them solve complex and challenging problems daily.
Jennifer Granda is a leader in the global partner development ecosystem. She has over the past six years help Return Path become one of the most sought after email marketing analytic solutions companies for their largest ESP partners. Jennifer is now helping Validity, the company that acquired Return Path early this year, do the same for their global market. She lives in Colorado with her husband and daughter, the two most important people in her ecosystem.
Christian X. Caiazza leads the email production team at Chico's FAS. He has over a decade of digital marketing experience working in a variety of verticals such as education, healthcare, and consumer electronics. Christian joined Chico's FAS after leading the successful implementation of email marketing programs for a healthcare startup in Miami. Originally from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Christian now resides in Fort Myers Florida.
Sarah is a Marketing Manager at Starbucks with a history of focusing on operational efforts tied to email and app channels. Focusing on customer loyalty and acquisition, she’s able to partner with internal and external teams in order to help bring a range of campaigns to life. While she’s been with Starbucks for over four years, she has previous experience on the agency side working on clients with a variety of backgrounds.
Raquel Greenberg is the Digital Commerce Manager at Chicos FAS.
Leon Williams is the Assistant Manager of Email Marketing and Productions at Chico’s FAS.