EP222: Nicola Mendelsohn CBE, Vice President Global Business Group, Meta

Nicola Mendelsohn CBE is a British advertising executive. Active in the advertising industry since 1992, she was named vice-president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa for Facebook in June 2013. In 2021, Nicola was named Vice President of Meta’s Global Business Group. She is also a non-executive director of Diageo. The Daily Telegraph has called her “the most powerful woman in the British tech industry”. She was named in Campaign magazine’s Power 100 2020 list of top marketers.

EP221: Josh Johnson, Comedian

Josh Johnson is a stand-up, Emmy-nominated writer, performer, and NAACP award-winner from Louisiana by way of Chicago. He is currently a writer on The Daily Show, and is a former writer and performer on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where he made his late-night debut. Johnson is Comedy Central’s ‘most watched comedian ever’ with 40M+ views to date across their platforms.

EP220: Stephanie Dobbs Brown, Chief Marketing Officer, Intercontinental Exchange (ICE)

Stephanie Dobbs Brown leads the marketing team at Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) and the New York Stock Exchange, a Fortune 500 company. ICE is a global data and technology company that designs, builds, and operates digital networks across asset classes, with 9,000+ employees around the world committed to connecting people to opportunity through digital networks.

EP219: Kevin Gentzel, Global Chief Commercial and Growth Officer, Newsweek

This week on Great Minds, we’re pleased to welcome Kevin Gentzel. Kevin is the Global Chief Commercial and Growth Officer of Newsweek. He previously worked at Gannett | USA TODAY NETWORK as a President Marketing Solutions and CRO. Kevin Gentzel attended the University of Florida.

EP218: Michael Nyman, Founder & CEO, Acceleration Community of Companies

Michael Nyman has made a career by being on the leading edge of marketing trends. With his latest venture, Acceleration Community of Companies, he has created another new go to market strategy.

With Acceleration, Nyman, the former long-time PMK*BNC Co-Chairman & CEO, has developed a new business approach with a series of strategic and complementary acquisitions and build outs aimed at providing a unique collective of specialized agencies, designed to help clients move quickly and efficiently with their branding, marketing and media decisions.

EP217: Harshit Jain, Marketer, Storyteller, Doctor

A healthcare innovator, Harshit Jain, MD has been driving health transformation across the globe, delivering life changing, creative and sustainable solutions since his days as a Healthcare Professional. An MD from Chicago’s Northwestern University, Harshit practiced Medicine for a few years, after which he decided to cut his teeth at big advertising agencies, including McCann, where he held a series of positions including Country Head, Marketing Director & Innovation Lead in Asia, Europe and America. In the 13+ years of his professional journey, Harshit has skillfully (and successfully) weaved together his medicine domain expertise and marketing acumen, to grace the world with some outside-the-box campaigns in the healthcare space. Making the best use of advertising media, Harshit has addressed some of the biggest health challenges over the course of his career– Immunization, Vitamin D deficiency, Diabetes, etc., by using data creatively and innovatively. For his pathbreaking work, he has been conferred with eminent industry awards and accolades.

EP216: Courtney Rose, VP of Services Sector, Google

Joining Google in 2007, Courtney leads a team of ad industry experts across Google’s Services sector, including higher education, apps, B2B tech companies, home services, and performance advertisers. Her team is focused on maximizing client business outcomes and modernizing marketing across creative, data & measurement.

EP208: Julia Boorstin, Journalist (CNBC) and Author

Longtime friend of Advertising Week, Julia Boorstin, joins the show to discuss her career, from her early inspirations to her present career as at CNBC as Senior Media and Technology Correspondent, and her work with CNBC’s Disruptor 50.

Be sure to check out Julia’s new book, When Women Lead, from Simon & Schuster’s Avid Reader Press. Available now!

EP207: Paul Caine, President, IMG Events and On Location

Paul Caine is President of IMG Events and On Location, the premier experiences leader and official partner of the NFL, acquired by sports and entertainment leader Endeavor in 2020.

Through partnerships with more than 150 rights holders, including the NFL, NCAA, PGA of America and USTA, and relationships with key festivals, musical artists and other creators, On Location provides official and exclusive access for corporate clients and fans to memorable experiences at marquee events.

Before joining Endeavor and On Location, Caine amassed an extensive track record building, operating, transforming and investing in small- and large-scale public and private businesses. He most recently served as Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) of Bloomberg, as Chief Executive Officer of Westwood One and in numerous roles at Time Inc. over 23 years, including Executive Vice President, CRO and Group President. He is also the Founder of PC Ventures (an investment and advisory company), Chairman of the Board of Engine Group, where he also served as Interim CEO, and Chairman of the Board of Telaria (formerly Tremor Video), where he also served as Interim CEO.

In addition to his executive positions, Caine has held various industry leadership roles, including serving on the boards of the IAB (Interactive Advertising Bureau), RAB (Radio Advertising Bureau) and MPA (Association of Magazine Media), as well as retail franchising company Nexcen Brands.

Caine’s philanthropic involvement includes serving on the board of the John A. ReisenbachFoundation and the Indiana University Media School Dean Advisory Board and previously as Chairman of MusicCares (National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences). Caine and his wife Pam are also the founders of Griffin Cares.

Caine lives in Tenafly, NJ, with his wife and three children.

EP205: Alex Beller, Co-founder and President, Postscript

Alex Beller is the co-founder and President at Postscript, an SMS marketing platform for growing Shopify businesses. Brooklinen, Kopari, Native, and Fanjoy rely on Postscript for hyper-segmented campaigns and texting with customers. Forbes named his company a Next Billion Dollar Startup in 2021 and has raised more than $106M from top investors like Dick Costolo’s venture firm 01 Advisors, Twilio Ventures, Expanding Capital, m]x[v Capital, Greylock, Accomplice, Elephant, and OpenView. He was previously a Director of Business Development at StackCommerce.

EP204: Jon Evans, Chief Customer Officer, System1

A man of many talents (not to mention a voice made for radio), Jon also hosts the Uncensored CMO podcast, where, over the course of 50 episodes, he has sat down with everyone from the duo behind LinkedIn’s B2B Institute to the vice chairman of Ogilvy, as well as the CEO Of Clear M&C Saatchi. As far as his day job, Jon helps brands tap into the world of ad testing, to ensure they’re communicating with customers in the strongest, most relevant ways possible.

EP203: Dan Robbins, VP, Marketing, Roku

On this episode of Great Minds, recorded ahead of Advertising Week New York 2022, we’re pleased to feature Roku’s VP of Marketing, Dan Robbins. Dan talks about the future of television, the present state of streaming vs broadcast, as well as delving into the state of ad measurement in the industry.


EP202: Kristina Heney, CMO, Hornblower Group

Kristina Heney is a live experience marketing expert, storyteller, brand builder and performance marketer who has spent the last two decades connecting fans with world-class brands including Cirque du Soleil, Madison Square Garden Entertainment and the National Basketball Association.

Currently, Kristina is the EVP, CMO of Hornblower Group, the world’s largest on-water experiences company, featuring a global network of ferries, sightseeing and micro overnight cruises. As CMO, Kristina oversees all aspects of Hornblower’s global marketing, guest experience, and brand communications across 30 ports, leading a team of 400 marketers.

EP201: Lizzie Widhelm, SVP, B2B Marketing and Sales, SXM Media

This week we have a special treat for listeners. Recorded live at Advertising Week New York 2022, at the SXM Media Podcast Activation, we’re pleased to welcome Lizzie Widhelm, SVP, B2B Marketing and Sales at SXM Media. Lizzie takes us on a journey through her career from beginning to present.

EP200: Lindsey Vonn, Olympic Gold Medalist & World Cup Alpine Skier

For our 200th episode of Great Minds, we’re beyond thrilled to be speaking to Olympic Gold Medalist and World Cup Alpine Skiing legend Lindsey Vonn. Lindsey takes us on a journey through her spectacular career, from her childhood to her greatest wins and finally to her philanthropic work with the Lindsey Vonn Foundation.