A seasoned PR leader who has developed and delivered B2C and B2B campaigns for 95+ mainstream brands throughout a two-decade long marketing and comms career. Working both in-house and agency side within market, regional and global roles, John understands what is needed to deliver results, instigate behaviour change and win awards.
In his role at dentsu, John works with marcomms teams around the world to elevate and showcase some of the best work, partnerships and people within the Media industry. He is also responsible for establishing a hybrid in-house-agency style approach to PR within the business; fostering radical collaboration, dynamic craft adoption and transparent measurement.
An openly gay man from an unusual and uncommon minority ethnic background, John is passionate about DEI and the power of alternative views, fresh perspectives and challenging convention when it comes to the creative craft of PR and its output
Recognized by PR Week as part of its 40 Under 40 class in 2021, Business Insider’s top publicists for influencers in 2021 and 2022 and a nominee for Los Angeles Business Journal’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion Awards in 2022, Pristina Alford is a public relations executive with over 10 years of experience working across a multitude of industries within the entertainment and lifestyle space.
Steve oversees global internal, external and executive communications, media relations, corporate reputation management — including brand public relations, employee engagement and content creation, as well as global crisis and issues management.
Prior to joining United, Steve served as Vice President of Corporate Communications for Comcast Corporation leading the consumer PR team and prior to that, he was a Senior Director at Walmart, acting as a national spokesperson and responsible for campaigns aimed at expanding the company’s retail footprint in large cities across the country.
He spent the first decade of his career at MWW Group (now MikeWorldWide), one of the nation’s top independent public relations agencies.
Senior PR and communications professional with 13 years’ experience working across B2B and consumer PR, corporate communications, reputation management, and brand communications – both in-house and agency-side.
In my current role at Battenhall I lead a number of agency and client teams focusing on a range of brand comms and marketing. I also specialise in digital content marketing, strategy and execution, particularly for social media and web.
As a former journalist and editor, having spent 10 years in the media, I'm also keen to upskill the next generation of talent and offer training and mentorship to a number of colleagues in writing and editing.
Demar leads Allison+Partners’ global marketing efforts, blazing new trails for the agency to stand out in a sea of sameness. Through creative and strategic planning, brand storytelling, thought leadership and global awards, her efforts position the agency at the forefront of midsize global shops and places its leaders in conversations on topics driving the industry forward while also promoting growth in the business.
Arnaldo Smet has been working in the film, TV & media industry for over 15 years. Based in London, he currently heads up the marketing communications team at CNBC International and is responsible for corporate communications, brand & marketing strategy, partnerships and special events in global markets outside of the United States.
Previously, he served as Vice President Marketing EMEA at Hasbro eOne, where he led the development and delivery of omnichannel marketing plans and brand campaigns for the studio’s entertainment franchises, after spending nearly eight years at WarnerMedia, managing consumer, affiliate and trade marketing communications for the Turner channel portfolio, original productions and OTT services in Central and Eastern Europe.
Further experience includes roles in digital production, theatrical publicity and journalism.
Sherry Hamilton serves as Vice President of Public Relations and Communications at Acxiom. In her role, she manages the brand’s public image, cultivates relationships between Acxiom and key audiences, and oversees internal communications to the company’s associates. Before moving into this role, Sherry held a variety of marketing roles at Acxiom, including corporate communications, integrated marketing program management, and HR marketing. She also created and directed Acxiom’s industry analyst relations program.
Sherry holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Arkansas. She lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, with her husband and is the proud mom and stepmom to three boys.
I have been in PR for nearly 25 years. In my early career I was agency based with Tech B2B agencies with clients looking after semiconductor companies, mobile networks, telco and IT services firms. I now look after SAP Concur from a PR, influencer and general awareness perspective.
Courtney is a highly skilled communications expert responsible for developing and executing effective communication strategies for Whalar that drive brand growth and increase market share.
Courtney has 13+ years of experience in spearheading PR, thought leadership, events, and marketing initiatives at some of the most notable agencies, and building trusted relationships with key stakeholders. Over the years, Courtney has secured coverage for some standout projects in publications including Ad Age, Adweek, Bloomberg, Campaign, Fast Company, Forbes, New York Times, TechCrunch, The Wall Street Journal, among others.
Beyond her deep industry knowledge and technical expertise, she possesses remarkable leadership skills that have proven instrumental in building a global and cross-functional team. Her collaborative approach and innate ability to inspire and motivate team members have fostered a positive work environment and driven creativity, innovation, and results.
Jennifer is a Global communications expert, specialising in corporate, stakeholder and employee communications. She has held significant roles at Channel 4 and Dentsu and award-winning agency, Emperor. Most recently she has been leading internal change communications at energy-regulator, Ofgem.
Global marketer with extensive experience in building brand positioning & purpose, developing global brand comms through the line and developing brand strategies for global implementation. Experience working in many industries for brands such as McDonald's, Deliveroo, Paddy Power & Hendrick's Gin.
Roy is the former Executive Vice President and Director of Worldwide Communications for BBDO. Roy served in this role for 20 years, leaving at the end of 2019 to set up his own communications consultancy, As Roy said, "It's a way to pay it forward and help out those people who helped me over the course of my career." Roy is a past co-chair of the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4As) Communications Committee and one of the original recipients of the Advertising Council’s GD Crain Award for outstanding contributions to public service.
Ann-Marie McIntosh is the Vice President of Marketing, Customer Experience, & Corporate Communications at FedEx Express Canada. As a four-person officer team member, McIntosh is responsible for driving growth and strategy for the Canadian division.
Brandon Dixon is Director, Communications at Stagwell (NASDAQ: STGW), the challenger network built to transform marketing. He steers Stagwell’s global communications, driving brand development, editorial content creation, messaging, investor communications, talent communications, and thought leadership. He was part of the team that launched Stagwell Inc. (NASDAQ: STGW) following the successful combination of MDC Partners and The Stagwell Group. Dixon is a graduate of Harvard University, where he studied History & Literature.
Julia Linehan founded The Digital Voice™ in 2012 and has built up a well loved B2B PR agency and team who live and breathe all things adtech PR, communications and digital marketing. In her role as Founder and CEO, Julia manages 30+ communications experts who deliver PR, communications, social media, content and events for their long term B2B adtech clients.
Known for her boundless energy, Julia started her career in digital advertising at Dennis Publishing 27 years ago and she has been at the heart of the changing digital media landscape ever since. She has held major commercial roles both agency and media side including Associated Newspapers, 614 Group, The Mirror Group Newspapers, Dennis Publishing, IAB, Nexus Business Media and UPC Media. She is also a co-founder of numerous industry groups as well as at the beating heart of many of the communities within the digital advertising industry.
A senior corpsumer professional with over 20 years experience, Debs has worked across a multitude of B2C and B2B PR campaigns for big name global brands and businesses.
More recently Debs moved into full service integrated marketing. She is now a Client Director at award winning Spinnaker London heading up a portfolio of food & drink, entertainment and lifestyle clients and is passionate about driving an agency culture of creativity, conversation and conversion.
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Daniel is a global marketer with a passion for growing brands! An expert in digital engagement, youth culture, brand and lifestyle marketing, new media, and strategic communications. Daniel has been responsible for transforming direction, strategy, and execution for some of the world's most valued brands including Red Bull, the Premier League, Harrods, and Virgin Racing.
Known for pushing creative boundaries to drive business growth, Daniel has vast experience designing global strategies that build, motivate, and influence consumer behaviour at the intersection of sport, culture, entertainment, and social purpose! Supported by an extensive network with media, broadcasters, agencies, talent, and governments around the world, Daniel has cultivated fandom for brands on an international scale, combining storytelling and purpose, with innovative execution.
Dima is founder & CEO of Good Advice, a PR agency with focus on finance, fintech and banking.
Dima has more than 10 years of experience in the PR industry, during which time he has worked with numerous tech giants such as Google and Microsoft, as well as a number of fast-scaling startups.
As well as his experience in technology and finance PR, Dima has also worked as a strategist across a number of high-profile public affairs and political campaigns.
Toby heads up the PR division at leading tech and B2B agency, Octopus Group, with a focus on driving creative and commercially effective campaigns for clients. With over 15 years experience in tech PR, working with both high growth start-ups and global tech players, he has a keen eye for campaigns that build brands and drive growth. Having won a number of campaign awards in the past - for work from Tudder (Tinder for Cows), KX's Microsecond Mindset and Google's Supermarket C-Suite challenge - he particularly loves to see unexpected ideas and stand-out creativity in campaigns.
A strategic team leader with over eighteen years’ brand, corporate, executive, and digital comms for global brands including VICE, Unilever, Coca-Cola, Diageo, and Bose. Passionate about connecting brands to culture and driving positive change. Believes that true creativity and relevance can be grounded in earned storytelling. Currently leading the global consumer PR team at the LEGO Group delivering campaigns across all markets with her team across brand, portfolio, and gaming for one of the most iconic brands in the world.
Industry veteran Kate Addy has spent two decades leading iconic comms campaigns for some of the world’s biggest brands. Her innovative work has landed multiple award-wins, including several Drum Awards. As managing partner at Ready10, one of the UK’s top 50 consumer PR agencies, she is responsible for agency growth and its client service offering, as well as leading PR for the likes of McDonald’s, BrewDog and Youth Music.
As the Asia Pacific Head of Digital Communications and Social Media, Harikumar (Hari) Rajasekharan leads the content and channel strategy for Deutsche Bank's digital channels in the region, based in Singapore. He is a seasoned communications professional with diverse experience in communications and marketing across the financial services & information technology services sectors.
Prior to Deutsche Bank, Hari worked with companies in the IT space, from start-ups to MNCs, building and managing the communications and marketing functions. Hari has also been actively involved in industry forums working on programmes to develop future communications professionals in Singapore, while supporting start-ups in the sustainability space and social enterprises.
Communication and digital leader focusing on keeping brands culturally relevant with strong earned media value . I have spent 15 years in creative agency in Europe and I am now at Danone in the global team, leading the PR and collaborations for our most iconic brands. I value collaborations and progressiveness.
I started my career in communications at IAG in 2012, before joining the British Airways PR team in 2014. I have been fortunate enough to work on some incredible global PR campaigns, as well as helping navigate crisis and issues. In my role now as Head of UK PR, I work alongside a fantastic team, responsible for promoting British Airways to media across the UK.
I am the Managing Director & co-founder of Shiloh PR as well as a former BBC Journalist who's worked across radio, TV and online. I am the author of the book ‘How to Carry out Media Interviews’ and is an international speaker/trainer who has had engagements across West Africa, the Caribbean, the UK and Europe.
I was honoured to be featured in the Women in PR ‘45 Over 45′ 2022 list as well as being listed in PR Week Power Book for 2022 & 2023 as well as winning the WINTRADE President Award’s in 2019.
I was awarded an MBE by the Queen in 1994 for my services to the African and Caribbean communities in Gloucester following years of charitable work.
I am currently a judge for the Great British Entrepreneur Awards (GBEA) and the Royal Television Society Journalism Awards. I am also a visiting lecturer at the University of Bedfordshire, Luton and University College London.
Armand is the corporate affairs director for BT Group’s Digital business, helping amplify the efforts of 4,000 colleagues tasked with transforming BT, internally and externally. He joined the Group in 2022, following 18 years at leading London agency Brands2Life, where he helped lead their technology teams. His past experience spans internal comms, external comms, public policy engagement, brand, sales and marketing programmes for a wide range of brands, in enterprise and consumer tech, aviation, industry, energy, health and more.
He’s an immigrant to the UK, loves his family, burgers, sci-fi, progressive thinking & terrible puns, a heady mix of interests which has supported him in surprising ways as he works to drive change and innovation in comms.
Miguel Merino leads the external communication and creative strategy for Corona around the world, Miguel is an award-winning marketer with vast communications experience spanning Brand Management, Marketing Communications, Consumer Insights, Connections and more.
Miguel has managed some of the most valuable brands around the globe. Prior to AB InBev, he was at Nestlé in the Andean Business Unit where he built the Communications, Marketing Services and Capabilities team from scratch. In his decades-long career, he has also held positions at BellSouth and The Coca-Cola Company, where he was Head of Sparkling Soft Drinks for the Trans-Andean region.
Over the course of his career, Miguel has elevated the creativity of brands under his responsibility, developing campaigns that have resonated globally in festivals such as Effie, Cannes Lions, D&AD, LIA, Clío, El Sol, Ojo de Iberoamerica, and others. AdLatina, an Ad Age publication, recently recognized Miguel as one of Latin America’s most innovative marketers.
Miguel is originally from Peru and currently resides in New York.
Managing Director of HUNTER: London, Daisy Pack has over 20 years of consumer lifestyle and thought leadership experience for a combination of mainstream, premium and luxury brands. A specialist in insight-driven, multi-platform campaigns which earn media attention, excite influencers, and engage consumers, Daisy has delivered award winning work for some of the world’s most famous names as well as challenger brands and start-ups. Leading end-to-end global strategy and local execution, she has transformed perceptions, shown why shoppers should vote with their trollies and driven relevance for heritage brands. Heading a growing team which builds brand love through current culture, Daisy’s expertise helps earn positive attention for Hunter’s clients.
Jules is an agency leader who feels passionately about creating a mentally healthy workplace. One where people can enjoy delivering great work that triggers action. Energetic and creative, Jules loves pushing boundaries, testing and learning to find new and better ways of doing things - both within the agency and in response to client business challenges.
The Howard Method was founded by highly sought-after and award-winning communications executive Kristal Howard following her departure from The Kroger Co.—one of North America’s largest retailers—after 12 years during which she collaboratively transformed the publicly traded company’s approach to storytelling and positioning, resulting in increased market capitalization, an enhanced reputation, and deepened stakeholder relationships and engagement. During Howard’s yearlong sabbatical, it became increasingly clear her unique background of having both corporate and agency experience has positioned her to possess a wealth of valuable insights and an informed, well-rounded perspective that can benefit growth-driven companies. The Howard Method, launching later this year, provides an elevated and proven approach to modern public relations strategies that convert to scale brands and businesses.
Chloe leads PR and Communications for Intrepid Travel, the travel industry’s largest B Corporation. Originally from Glasgow, she started her career in newspaper journalism and went on to join the editorial team on travel trade title Travel Weekly. Having joined Intrepid in 2014, she has progressed through various PR roles and now leads PR and Communications for Europe, Middle East and Africa. She is responsible for elevating the Intrepid brand through delivering high volume and high quality results across print, online, broadcast, podcast, radio and more.
Her goal is to tell impactful brand stories that achieve strong reach, engagement, and brand sentiment.
A passionate storyteller, strategic communicator, and creative thinker, Rosie is the European media lead for Accenture Song, the $16 billion tech-powered creative group within Accenture. Beyond that, Rosie is responsible for leading the global PR strategy for Accenture Song’s global creative services, marketing, award-winning client storytelling, and strategic initiatives, including events and thought leadership, along with executive positioning. Prior to joining Accenture, Rosie honed her skills in tech PR at LEWIS Communications.
Rosie brings over a decade of experience in PR and strategic communications, working with leading brands, agencies, and media outlets in the creative industry, tech sector, and public services domain. Passionate about communication in multiple facets, Rosie is a language and cultural enthusiast, currently studying Swedish and Korean. Born in London, UK, Rosie now splits her time between the city and the country, residing by the sea in Cornwall with her family, husband, horses, and dogs.
Sherawaye (Shera) is a seasoned change agent. With a background spanning London, Sydney, and Singapore, she's known for establishing practices from scratch, winning major business deals, and driving brand transformations. Shera currently leads communications for Personal Care at Unilever which is a 13 Billon Euro business.
Tarryn Knight has 19 years of experience in marketing and brand management, 17 of which have been in automotive across volume, commercial and premium brands. As Head of Marketing, PR and Product for Audi South Africa currently, Tarryn directs the product portfolio, communication campaigns and experiential activities in South Africa. By uniting her love of powerful brand purpose with her passion for effective communication, she has built invaluable experience across the complete chain of marketing. Currently, Tarryn is spearheading the successful marketing and PR communications around Audi’s transition into electric mobility.
Over her 18 year career in PR and communications at global and independent agencies, Claire has worked with a wealth of big-name brands on memorable, impactful campaigns for consumer and corporate audiences.
Taking her experience as former agency operations director and head of business development, she now helps creative and comms agencies to improve their operations and processes, so they can focus on the fun.
She is passionate about improving diversity across the PR and comms industry, playing an active role in a number of initiatives and programmes which support comms professionals from ethnic minority backgrounds to get the careers they deserve.
Emily leads Trade and International Communications at Reddit where she is responsible for driving the perception and consideration of Reddit’s rapidly-growing business, and raising awareness of the company outside of the US. A passionate brand communications specialist with more than 12 years’ experience leading agency and global in-house teams in the US, UK and Australia, Emily is experienced in developing and executing sharp PR and communications strategies for global and boutique brands in the tech, luxury, entertainment, food and drink, and health and wellness industries. When she’s not at work, you’ll find Emily enjoying time with her toddler, deep in her favorite Reddit community (r/bravorealhousewives) or rediscovering her hometown of Melbourne after a recent move back following several years living in New York.
An experienced strategic creative with a demonstrated history of developing and implementing impactful work across multi-disciplinary campaigns in the UK, North America and beyond; from uniting Belvedere Vodka with the iconic James Bond franchise, delivering immersive experiences for The Body Shop, Peroni Nastro Azzurro and Netflix, creating social first audience led content for Veuve Clicquot and Hitachi and working with a leading financial institution on their workplace experience strategy and execution.
Communications and Marketing professional with more than 15 years (and counting) experience with focus on Branding, Content, Paid and Earned media strategies fully integrated with business efforts. Solid expertise in Influence Marketing, Digital and Social environment, big events and Consumer/customer Experience journey to build equity, reputation and influence for brands. In the professional background, companies such as Mondelez, Grupo Boticário, Novelis, adidas, Pernod Ricard, Lojas Marisa and currently at The Heineken Group in Brazil as a Head of Brand PR.
Stacey Richman serves as the SVP and Head of Communications for Team Whistle, a DAZN Group owned sports and entertainment media company, that creates content across the social platforms where young audiences are consuming content. She hails from Group Nine Media, where she most recently served as their Director of Consumer Communications. She spent two years in that role, where she was responsible for spearheading and executing the consumer strategies across The Dodo, Thrillist, NowThis, POPSUGAR and Seeker brands. Prior to joining Group Nine, Richman served as a Manager of Communications at WarnerMedia’s truTV, and before that as a Publicist for Discovery, Inc. and Animal Planet. Stacey began her career as a coordinator for CBS News.
Lynne is a strategic communications pro with a passion for the ad biz and a strong track record in Agency reputation management. A trusted advisor to C-Suite level execs, her consultancy spans media relations, social media strategy, crisis management, public speaking/coaching, industry award shows, and special events. Prior to starting her own business, Lynne held a variety of PR roles at Saatchi & Saatchi, Deutsch, Tribal DDB and FCB.
With a solid background in broadcast, agency and in-house roles, Tamara has more than 20 years Public Relations and Communications experience and is currently Virgin Group Director of Communications and External Relations working with more than 40 Virgin companies across the world. Before joining Virgin, Tamara led an award-winning communications team at the British Heart Foundation, working across news, celebrity, fundraising, research and policy, Previous brand experience includes Nike, ITV, MTV and many more. She was also selected as one of fifty women from across the world to attend the Santander Leadership programme at UCLA.
Lucy has 14 years' experience developing campaigns for clients in the consumer lifestyle sector and now leads Pitch Marketing Group's PR division, working across clients including EE, Beats by Dre, Red Bull, ASICS and F1. She thrives on a creative challenge, loves an idea that drives pop culture and is looking for the right campaign to bring back B*witched. It’s only a matter of time.
Lisa Hafer is SVP, Global Marketing & Communications for FCB Global, overseeing agency marketing and communications across the global network. Previously, she led prospecting for the agency, supporting new business and development efforts globally. Prior to FCB, Lisa served as Group Account Director at Powell Communications, leading client relationships and PR programs for creative, media and design agencies; production and post-production companies; and individual brand marketers. In her previous life, before advertising, Lisa was a talent agent at Agency for the Performing Arts (APA) where she booked the agency's roster of musicians, dance troupes and specialty performing arts in venues across the U.S. She is a lifelong fan of smooth jazz, as result.
Charlotte Pollard has over 15 years PR, Communications and Social experience in the fashion and retail sector. Working for companies such us, The Communications Store, BPCM & Modus. More recently, Charlotte has spent the last several years heading up PR and Social at M&S where she works with a multitude of influencers & leading publications to help bring to life the unique position of M&S, as a leading British retailer. Charlotte, has recently played a key role in implanting strategic partnerships and brand initiatives with the FA, Talent & Seasonal Campaigns.
Beatrice is a recognised global communication and marketing leader with years of experience in large and complex international companies. She is the Strategic Marketing Communication Director for the Consumer Health Division of Bayer.
Daniela has over fifteen years of experience working in Government Affairs, Public Relations, Project Management, Stakeholder Engagement, and Marketing & Communications, working for large international companies and inspirational brands. She has served as a Director in many non for profit organizations, such as the Canadian council for the Americas, a trade based organization, and most recently, the UN in Sweden. in her spare time, she enjoys singing, learning and spending time with his partner, son and dog.
Experienced professional working in the industry for two decades. Leading Edelman's award-winning work across major FMCG business, Unilever. Passionate about the power of earned creative to drive business impact and positive social change.
Managing Director of The Möbius Agency (TMA) with 20+ years experience driving strategy and direction across sectors with global brand names such as, Ajinomoto, Dell, IBM, Microsoft, Ford Motor Company, Nissan, Spotify, Coca-Cola, Telenor Asia and Tetra Pak. A seasoned C-suite advisor with expertise in coaching across crisis communications, media management and public speaking.
Emma Critchley-Lloyd founded award-winning agency BIG little London to give brands more bang for their buck in brand strategy, PR, social media and influencer marketing.
Prior to BIG little LDN, Emma spent several years in-house and most recently as the PR for two global agencies. It was during her role within these agencies that she experienced the operational and financial inefficiencies that was making the services of these agencies unaffordable for so many businesses.
That’s when she set out to demystify marketing and PR and make it accessible to the masses, through a lean, agile agency model where the senior expertise clients need is in hands reach, not arm's length - and doesn’t cost the earth for the privilege.
Emma is also a long-standing member of the DMA B2B Council, an Institute of Promotional Marketing Awards Judge and the 2023/24 Co-Head of Marketing and Comms for Bloom.