The 30 brand visionaries of 2023: DACH edition
Unveiling Frontify's most inspiring, trailblazing brand visionaries.
Brand manager, Kia
Marketing and brand strategist Rishaad Saccor is Head of Brand Strategy Europe at Kia, the multinational automobile manufacturer. He also co-founded the Reva app, which maximizes the power of personalized video to accelerate business through fast creation, collaboration, and sharing.
CMO, eBay kleinanzeigen
Jasmine Richards is the Chief Marketing Officer at ebay Kleinanzeigen. She’s responsible for all marketing through the funnel, across both C2C and B2B, for Germany’s seventh most visited online destination. Previously, Jasmine was the Head of Marketing at Zalando SE and Global Brand Marketing and Product Marketing Lead at ASOS.
Creative Director, EIGA Deisgn
Elisabeth Plass is the Creative Director and Managing Partner of EIGA Design, an independent strategy and brand design company. Her experienced insights now guide the Art Directors Club Deutschland (ADC) in her position as the board’s juror.
Creative Director, ACRE
Jonas Zieher is an award-winning designer and the founder of and Creative Director at ACRE. His design practice engages the power of motion, striking imagery, and refined typography. Previously, Jonas brought his talent to Pentagram, the world’s largest independently owned design studio, and Spin, a London-based design studio.
Founder and Designer, Zacht Studios
Zach Grosser is the owner and director of Zacht Studios, The Presentation Design Agency. He’s also the co-host and editor of both the Bézier and Charged podcasts and the former Communications Design Lead at Square and Design Education Manager at Figma.
Jan Martin co-founded Pitch, a collaborative presentation software for modern teams. Previously an investor and product designer, Jan is an entrepreneur and branding specialist.
Once a marketer for Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC, Christoph Grainger-Herr now leads IWC Schaffhausen as its CEO. He’s also a trained architect and a designer for the IWC Manufakturzentrum, a state-of-the-art facility creating breathtaking timepieces.
Tobias van Schneider
Designer, House of Van Schneider
Tobias van Schneider is the founder of and Creative Director at House of van Schneider. The award-winning designer works at the intersection of digital product design and brand identity and has influenced products used and loved by millions, including Spotify, Red Bull, NASA, BMW, Google, Wacom, Sony, Toyota, Ralph Lauren, and Bwin.
Jennifer Phan is a VC-turned-founder on a mission to support creatives in driving their businesses. She’s the co-founder and CEO of Passionfroot, a platform empowering independent creators to handle business aspects such as sponsorships, collaboration requests, and payments.
Phillipp Westermeyer founded the acclaimed OMR (Online Marketing Rockstars) festival. He’s the founder of two advertising companies that have been sold (one to Outbrain [Ligatus] and one to Zalando), and Philipp’s leadership and insights inspire thousands in his popular German-speaking marketing podcast OMR Podcast.
Chief Marketing, Digital & Information Officer, Bayer
Recently shortlisted for the WFA Global Marketer of the Year 2022, Patricia Corsi is the Chief Marketing, Digital & Information Officer at Bayer and an independent non-executive director at Tate & Lyle.
Yaël Meier co-founded Zeam, a consulting company building bridges between decision makers and Gen Z. She was named on Forbes 30 Under 30 list and is the best-selling author of Gen Z für Entscheider:innen.
Chief Creative Officer, Ogilvy
Dora Osinde is the Chief Creative Officer at Ogilvy, podcast host, and entertainment and pop culture enthusiast. She has created powerful campaigns for brands like Netflix, Meta, MTV, Spotify, and Amazon Prime Video. Listed on the W&V Top 100 People to Watch list in 2022, Dora’s more than 10 years of experience in social media and marketing are deeply rooted in understanding audiences and the things people care about.
Till Diestel is the Chief Creative Officer and a partner at Serviceplan. He’s also part of the Meta META EMEA Creative Council and was named in the Top 100 People to Watch List by W&V.
Head of Creative Studio, ON
Laurence Stoffel is the Head of Global Creative Studio at On, the Swiss performance sportswear company. Formerly an industrial designer, her creative work was also hugely influential at FREITAG, the famous Swiss bag brand.
Eric Wahlforss founded SoundCloud, one of the world’s largest streaming platforms. Eric is also the founder and CEO of Dance, an electric mobility subscription company, and advocates for micromobility and creating more liveable cities.
Global Head of Brand and Communications, Futurice
Simone Mitterer is the Global Head of Brand and Communications at Futurice, an innovative digital transformation company empowering the world to act. She has nearly 20 years of experience in international communications and marketing roles, and her talent has influenced various industries, including food, mobility, energy, healthcare, travel, and consumer electronics.
Creative Director, BBDO Group
Erin Conboy is a Creative Director at BBDO Group, Germany’s leading communications network and most-awarded agency group in 2021. Her talents have influenced many well-known brands, including Ford, Whatsapp, O2, and Deutsche Bahn.
Burkhard Müller is the Chief Digital Officer at Mutabor and sits on the board of the Art Directors Club (ADC) in Germany. He leads transformational projects for well-known companies such as Bosch, Migros, Swatch, and Vodafone, and hundreds of thousands of people use his products daily.
Patricia Reiners is a podcaster, influencer, and UX design expert. Her popular podcast, The Future of UX, explores cutting-edge user experience design, immersive technology, artificial intelligence, and augmented reality.
Former Group CEO and Member of the Supervisory Board, Douglas
Tina Müller is an international business leader, author, and activist. She’s a beauty industry expert and a member of the Douglas Supervisory Board, for which she was formerly the Group’s CEO.
Founder, Essence und Catrice
Christina Oster-Daum founded Essence and Catrice, two award-winning beauty brands with global footprints, and was recently described as a “hidden champion” by the well-known OMR Podcast.
Head of Group Communications and Brand, GEA Group
Jill Meiburg is the Head of Group Communications and Brand at GEA Group. Informed by over 25 years of expertise within communications and journalism, Jill shows how combining the global agenda with storytelling creates successful communications. In previous positions, she led the way at Deutsche Post DHL Group and Deutsche Telekom in corporate responsibility and sustainability.
Senior VP Corporate and Mobility Marketing, Brand Management & Communication Strategy Bosch
Named CMO of the Year three times, Boris Dolkhani is a creative and innovative brand and marketing executive with over 20 years of experience. In his current role as Vice President of Marketing and Mobility at Bosch, Boris focuses on using brand marketing and communication to establish Bosch as a “technology brand for life,” which has led to him receiving even more acclaim as the German Brand Manager of the Year 2022.
CMO and CXO, Deutsche Bank
Tim Alexander is the Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Experience Officer at Deutsche Bank. Previously, he has led marketing and branding for major companies, including Swisscom and Telefónica.
Kristine Zeller und Dr. Kati Ernst
Kristine and Kati founded ooia, the female empowerment company striving for societal change by developing innovative products for women.
Serge Rompza co-founded NODE, a Berlin- and Oslo-based creative studio that works collaboratively across various media for diverse clients focusing on print, identity, exhibition, and interactive work. He’s also a sought-after teacher across multiple international design and art academies.
Founder, Ad Girls Club
Isabel (Stenner) Gabor is the Freelance Creative Director Diversity , Senior Copywriter, and Strategist for her own creative company, Isabel Gabor. Named a LinkedIn Top Voices in 2022, she’s also the founder of Ad Girls Club, a collective fighting sexism and other forms of discrimination in the advertising industry.
One of the biggest influencers in Germany, Pamela Reif is a fitness model, influencer, best-selling author, and entrepreneur. She founded the food brand Naturally Pam and the Pam app, a fitness and nutrition app.
Kevin Hipke is a Senior Designer at Anomaly, which was nominated as the 2022 US Creative Agency of the Year by Adweek. Most recently, Kevin’s work on rebranding the automobile brand Kia led to his talent being widely recognized and celebrated.
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