Marketing Vanguard

10 Episodes

By: Adweek

The word “vanguard,” is defined as “a group of people leading the way in new development or ideas.” Marketing Vanguard: the podcast, spotlights the people who are driving the industry forward. It will feature valuable, must-listen nuggets of marketing-leadership wisdom, humility, stories, strategic insights, and growth opportunities in an era of ever more complex industry pressures and realities. Together we’ll dive into what's driving the decision-makers of today to move the needle of some of the world’s most exciting brands in incremental or monumental ways. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

Driving Awareness, Growth, and Loyalty: Insights from Jay Livingston, CMO of Shake Shack
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Welcome to this episode of the Marketing Vanguard podcast. Today, we have a special guest: it’s a pleasure to welcome Jay Livingston, Shake Shack's CMO. Learn about Jay's background and his unique journey from finance and technology to marketing and becoming a CMO. Gain insights into Shake Shack's marketing strategy, including the importance of performance marketing and collaborations. 

Jay discusses the challenges and changes Shake Shack faced during the COVID-19 pandemic and its growth and expansion plans, which focus on deepening its presence in existing markets while building brand awareness and loyalty. We also explore Jay...

Diversity, Mentorship, and Collaboration: Driving Change in Marketing with Jerri DeVard, Founder and CEO of BECA

Today, our guest is Jerri DeVard, Founder and CEO of BECA, an alliance designed to create opportunity, access, and equality for Black C-Suite marketers and to pay it forward. Join us as we discuss Jerri's career, the common challenges in marketing, and the importance of building diversity in marketing teams. 

Jerri encourages CMOs to drive change and build relationships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to hire marketing talent. The conversation also touches on the future of marketing and the potential for today's CMOs to become tomorrow's CEOs. The conversation also explores the power of m...

Being a Vanguard in an Established Company: Lessons from Kate Huyett, CMO of Bombas

Today, our guest is Kate Huyett, CMO of Bombas, a comfort-focused sock and apparel brand with a mission to help those in need. Join us as we discuss Kate's journey from Investment Banking at Goldman and Sach to her leadership roles in marketing. Kate shares Bombas’s mission, its evolution, and their unique marketing strategies. Learn about the importance of brand, collaboration, and the cross-functional nature of marketing. With insightful anecdotes and future plans, this podcast is a must-listen for marketing enthusiasts.

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Unveiling the Evolution of Consumer-Centric Marketing: A Conversation with Bazaarvoice's Zarina Stanford

On this week's episode, host Jenny Rooney sits down with Zarina Stanford, CMO at Bazaarvoice.

During the conversation, Stanford shared insights into the transformative journey of consumer-centric marketing and the pivotal role it plays in shaping modern business strategies.

As the marketing landscape continues to evolve, Stanford's vision for a more integrated and purpose-driven approach serves as a guiding light for marketers navigating the ever-changing tides of consumer influence and business innovation.

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Creating a Culture of Fearlessness: Insights from Taco Bell CMO Taylor Montgomery

On this week’s episode, Jenny sits down with Taylor Montgomery, CMO of Taco Bell as he shares insights into his journey, leadership philosophy, and the evolving landscape of brand management. 

Recorded live during ADWEEK’s Social Media Week event in New York, they discuss Montgomery’s early career at Procter & Gamble which provided him with invaluable lessons in leadership and the mechanics of brand management, setting the stage for his tenure at Taco Bell. 

He shares his journey rising through the ranks of Taco Bell where he began as a senior manager in produc...

Creating Value Through Design: Mauro Porcini's Vision for PepsiCo

On this week's episode, Jenny sits down with Mauro Porcini, PepsiCo's first ever Chief Design Officer.

During the conversation, Porcini discusses the intersection of design, marketing, and innovation within the company and shares insights into PepsiCo's approach to design, including the two-year process of redesigning the iconic Pepsi brand.

He also discusses the importance of aligning design with business goals and the iterative nature of the design process.

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Going Beyond the Aisles: The Evolution of Marketing at Instacart with CMO Laura Jones

Since 2012, Instacart has revolutionized the way people shop for groceries by offering convenient delivery and pickup services from local stores. As the company continues to expand its market presence and innovate its offerings, CMO Laura Jones has been at the helm of crafting and executing Instacart's marketing strategy.

On this week's episode of Marketing Vanguard, Jenny sits down with Jones to discuss her background at companies like Uber, Google, and Visa and her strategies as a marketing leader at Instacart.

Throughout the conversation, Jones emphasizes the importance of understanding customer needs and preferences. "...

Unveiling the Heart of Marketing: A Conversation with Marisa Thalberg

On this week's episode of Marketing Vanguard, Jenny sits down with Marisa Thalberg, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at SeaWorld.

During the conversation, Thalberg discusses the multifaceted essence of marketing leadership, the importance of creativity beyond traditional bounds, and having a holistic approach to business strategy.

This conversation was recorded in January during Adweek Outlook 2024.

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From Rebranding to Reinvention: The Marketing Journey of QUAD CMO Josh Golden

On this week's episode, host Jenny Rooney welcomes QUAD CMO Josh Golden for a discussion on the evolving landscape of marketing and his experiences leading change in various organizations.

During the conversation, Golden highlights the dynamic nature of the marketing industry, which continually evolves, demanding innovative decisions and impactful actions from marketers. Golden shares his journey from the entertainment industry to agency and brand roles, focusing on his passion for helping brands evolve and identifying golden opportunities for growth.

They also discuss the role of a CMO in today's landscape and the need...

Exploring the Creative Landscape: Insights from Squarespace CCO David Lee

On this week's episode, host Jenny Rooney sits down with Squarespace’s Chief Creative Officer David Lee to discuss the intricacies of creativity, brand strategy, and the evolving role of in-house capabilities.

During the conversation, Lee shares his journey from the agency world to Squarespace and the company's focus on design, creativity, and personal brand representation as core pillars of its mission. They discuss the brand's presence at the Super Bowl and how their marketing initiatives expand beyond the Big Game. He also shares why he believes that creativity is inherent to all and that it wil...