Adweek Announces 2019 Brand Genius Class of Top Marketers

Chrissy Teigen to accept Brand Visionary honor at the annual gala on Nov. 4 in Palm Springs, Calif. Charitable organization Stand Up To Cancer to receive Brand Save honor

NEW YORK (August 14, 2019) — Adweek, the leading resource for brand marketers, today announced the recipients of its 30th annual Brand Genius awards, the marketing and branding world’s consummate honor. Brand Visionary Chrissy Teigen and Brand Save winner Stand Up To Cancer will be celebrated, along with their fellow honorees at our Brand Genius gala on Monday, Nov. 4, at Brandweek in Palm Springs, Calif.

Holding the Brand Genius gala at Brandweek, a summit designed exclusively for the world’s leading brand marketers to participate in four days of interactive discussion, learning, problem-solving and networking, is the perfect fit to celebrate these leaders. More than 600 senior marketers from established and challenger brands will be attending Brandweek 2019.

“We are thrilled with this year’s class of Brand Genius winners, who will join the incomparable Chrissy Teigen as Brand Visionary and Stand Up To Cancer as our Brand Save recipient,” said Adweek Editor, SVP, Programming Lisa Granatstein. “The honorees and their teams have propelled breakthrough marketing work, demonstrating the most creative, colorful and ultimately successful instances of brand building in the past year.”

Adweek’s Brand Genius award recognizes the principal leaders behind the boldest and most imaginative marketing efforts across 10 key business categories. While the achievements of each recipient vary, all honorees have demonstrated a willingness to break with convention.

This year’s award recipients will be profiled in Adweek’s Brand Genius issue (Nov. 4) and on At the awards dinner and ceremony, Adweek editors also will name the Grand Brand Genius from the 2019 class, whose exemplary leadership and creative output rise above all others.

The 2019 Brand Genius award winners, as chosen by Adweek’s senior editors and industry experts, are:

  • Apparel: Deirdre Findlay, CMO, Stitch Fix
  • Automotive: Dean Evans, CMO, Hyundai Motor America
  • Banking: Jennifer Breithaupt, Global Consumer CMO, Citi
  • Entertainment: Mike Benson, Head of Marketing, Amazon Studios
  • Health and Beauty: Emily Boschwitz, VP of Marketing, Acquisition, Hims & Hers
  • Media: David Rubin, CMO, The New York Times
  • Restaurants: Tony Weisman, CMO, Dunkin’
  • Sports: Stephanie McMahon, Chief Brand Officer, WWE
  • Technology: Marvin Chow, VP, Global Marketing, Google
  • Telecom: Fiona Carter, Chief Brand Officer, AT&T

2019 Brand Visionary: Chrissy Teigen – author, entrepreneur, model and TV personality

Chrissy Teigen, author, entrepreneur, model and TV personality, will accept the honor of 2019 Brand Visionary at the gala during Brandweek. The Brand Visionary celebrates notable achievements that are changing the culture and, in the process, creating a world-renowned brand. With this honor, Teigen, who will be profiled on the cover of Adweek’s Brand Genius issue, joins an elite group of Visionaries. Past honorees include Serena Williams, Anna Wintour, Arianna Huffington, Bono and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

2019 Brand Save: Stand Up To Cancer – a charitable organization dedicated to accelerating the pace of cancer research and treatment

In recognition of the outstanding work undertaken in the not-for-profit sector, Adweek bestows the Brand Save award, spotlighting and celebrating the growing importance of cause-marketing that benefits philanthropies, charitable groups and other public-benefit concerns. This year’s honoree, Stand Up To Cancer, a division of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, was established in 2008 by film and media leaders who utilize the entertainment industry’s resources to engage the public in supporting a new, collaborative model of cancer research, and to increase awareness about cancer prevention as well as to spotlight the progress being made to fight the disease. The group, which will be profiled in the Brand Genius issue and, joins past honorees including Girls Who Code,, Pencils of Promise, Every Mother Counts and (RED). Accepting the award will be co-founders Rusty Robertson and Sue Schwartz, leading marketers, fundraisers and founding partners of Robertson Schwartz Agency.

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