A panel of executives discuss why CEOs now rely heavily on CMOs at the Seventh Annual Marketing Forum hosted by The Economist in San Francisco.
Speakers include: William Pearce, Senior Vice-president and Chief Marketing Officer, Del Monte Foods; Jaya Kumar, Chief Marketing Officer, Frito-Lay; and Tony Hsieh, Chief Executive Officer, Zappos.com.
Moderated by Martin Giles, Senior Business Correspondent, The Economist.
Martin Giles is a Senior Business Correspondent for The Economist based in New York City, where he covers a range of business and financial issues. Prior to taking up this role in 2008, Mr Giles spent ten years on the commercial side of The Economist Group, latterly as Executive Vice-president of the Group's North American operations.
Prior to joining the commercial side of the company, he was editor of The Economist’s finance and economics section, and previously spent time as a reporter in both London and Paris. Mr Giles earned an MA degree from Oxford University and has an executive MBA from the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business.
He is a trustee of a British charity that supports students who wish to become financial journalists and sits on the Advisory Council of the Royal Institute of International Affairs.
The author of Delivering Happiness, Tony Hsieh is CEO of Zappos and previously co-founded LinkExchange. He initiated the Downtown Project to revitalize downtown Las Vegas and his company.
Tony Hsieh originally got involved with Zappos.com as an advisor and investor in 1999, about 2 months after the company was founded. Over time, Hsieh ended up spending more and more time with the company because it was both the most
fun and the most promising out of all the companies that he was involved with.
Hsieh eventually joined Zappos.com full time in 2000. Under his leadership, Zappos.com has grown gross merchandise sales from $1.6M in 2000
to $840M in 2007 by focusing relentlessly on customer service.
Hsieh focuses on continuing to grow the business at a rapid pace while maintaining the culture and feel of a small company. Prior to joining Zappos.com, Hsieh co-founded Venture Frogs with Alfred Lin. Venture Frogs is an incubator and investment firm that invested in Internet startups, including Ask Jeeves, Tellme Networks, and of course, Zappos.com. Prior to Venture Frogs, Hsieh co-founded LinkExchange, an advertising network that was successfully sold to Microsoft for $265M in 1998.
Jaya Kumar is the Chief Marketing Officer for Frito-Lay North America.
He is responsible for traditional marketing practices across all Frito-Lay brands, overseeing advertising, media, insights and innovation.
William "Bill" Pearce is Senior Vice-president and Chief Marketing Officer and oversees Del Monte’s entire marketing organization, including Pet and Consumer Marketing as well as Research, Package Design and Promotions.
Pearce joined Del Monte in 2008 and brings with him over 20 years of consumer packaged foods experience. His past accomplishments include working as Taco Bell’s CMO with broad responsibilities for accelerating the growth of the brand while building long-term brand equity and delivery of annual profit commitment, as leader of Campbell Soup’s ready-to-eat food brands with full P&L responsibility and with Procter & Gamble as marketing director responsible for the Snacks Division of the North America.
Jaya Kumar, Chief Marketing Officer at Frito-Lay, and William Pearce, Senior Vice-president and Chief Marketing Officer at Del Monte Foods, discuss how Wall Street's obsession with short-term growth contributed to the economic crisis.
Pearce says sustainable growth, not unrealistic expectations, makes a company great.