Aaron Shapiro, CEO, Huge
Aaron Shapiro is CEO of Huge, where he helps companies reimagine how they interact with their customers and manage their businesses in the digital economy. Since 2005, Aaron has grown the firm from a small startup into a full-service interactive agency operating out of the United States, Europe and Latin America.
Aaron is the author of Users, Not Customers and is a regular commentator about the impact of digital technology on businesses and the economy. In 2011, he was included as one of New York's leading tech influencers in Crain's New York Business' "40 Under 40" list.
Prior to Huge, Aaron spent more than a decade as a technology entrepreneur, venture capitalist and management consultant. He also served as CEO of Silverpop, a leading email marketing company, which he cofounded in 1999 by raising $30 million in venture funding.
Shapiro received his MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA in Economics from Harvard University. He lives in New York with his wife Carolyn and three young children.
Tamara Gruzbarg , Senior Director of Customer Analytics and Research , Gilt Groupe
Tamara Gruzbarg is a Senior Director of Customer Analytics and Research at Gilt Groupe, where she is responsible for the development of the customer analytic direction and roadmap, enhancing organizational knowledge of the customer base and designing strategic applications of customer insights.
Prior to Gilt Tamara held senior analytics positions at Experian Marketing Services and JP Morgan Chase. She led analytics teams providing innovative solutions in the areas of promotion and cross-sell, retention and loyalty, multi-channel optimization and test design.
Tamara holds an M.A in Statistics and MBA from Columbia University, has had speaking engagements with marketing analytics conferences, conducted client webinars and has been interviewed by industry publications on the topics of e-mail, online marketing and data analytics.
Todd Cullen, Global Chief Data Officer, Ogilvy & Mather
Veeral Rathod, CEO & Co-Founder, J. Hilburn
Hil Davis and Veeral Rathod were working on Wall Street when they first bought custom shirts. While they loved the fit, feel and style of custom shirts, they didn't understand why they were so expensive.
They studied the men's market, and discovered that the supply chain was inherently inefficient, and that consumers were being stuck with the bill. Hil and Veeral saw an opportunity to build a new type of company for men and the vision for J.Hilburn was born. Drawing inspiration from direct sales, they found a way to bring luxury clothing to men at historically low prices and create a clothing brand that was about the individual and accessible to anyone.
So in 2007, J.Hilburn launched with custom shirts and is now a rapidly growing luxury lifestyle brand selling custom and ready-to-wear clothing and accessories for men through a combined direct sales and e-commerce business model. Today, Veeral acts as the CEO and co-founder of the company.
Veeral graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in International Relations and Economics. He started his career at Credit Suisse First Boston Technology Group as a mergers and acquisitions analyst, and then joined Cogent Partners, an advisory firm specializing in private equity secondary transactions.
B. Bonin Bough, VP of Global Media and Consumer Engagement, Mondelēz International
B. Bonin Bough is Vice President of Global Media and Consumer Engagement at Mondelēz International. In this role, Bough is responsible for all forms of media, including leading and developing the partnerships, internal capabilities and strategies across all forms of consumer connections, including digital, TV, print and outdoors.
Since joining Mondelēz International, Bough has been the driving force behind Mobile Futures, a first-of-its-kind program that partners the company's brands with leading mobile startups. He has also played an integral role within the teams behind OREO Daily Twist and the OREO Super Bowl commercial and real-time activations. Bough has been recognized as one of business' hottest rising stars in lists that include Fortune's 2011 "40 under 40", Fast Company's 2011 100 Most Creative People in Business, Ebony's Power 100 and The Internationalist's 2012 Internationalists of the Year. In 2013, he was inducted into the American Advertising Federation's Advertising Hall of Achievement.
Scott earned his bachelor of arts degree in film and television, with a minor in business, from Boston University.
Mirman has a master's degree in business administration with a specialty in marketing from the University of California-Irvine. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois where he received a bachelor of science in both economics and psychology. He currently sits on the marketing jury for the 2013 Shorty Awards.