According to a recent study, Americans are exposed to brands anywhere from 3,000 to 20,000 times every day—on the Web, on TV, in print and on packaging. How is a company supposed to cut through all that clutter and get noticed? One thing certainly helps: making sure you have the most focused and most talented marketing chief. For the 26th year, Adweek is pleased to introduce the recipients of its Brand Genius Awards, presented this year by Oracle Marketing Cloud. It is our moment to honor those whose leadership and vision have helped build the most innovative and successful brands. These executives have each played a key role in making their companies great and ensuring that their brands stand out in the crowd—no matter how many others are vying for attention.