Formerly known as the Brand Forum, the Marketing Leaders Summit has adapted and grown in acknowledgment of the escalating responsibilities and increasing importance that marketing and brands play in an organisation’s strategic growth.

Seismic change is erupting across the customer landscape – B2C markets are saturated, while consumers increasingly expect corporations to reflect their own polarising socio-political allegiances. In this climate, and with dominion over consumer touchpoints, modern CMOs must exhibit an acute awareness of their customers and the world they envisage for themselves to resonate at scale. Only then can marketing professionals stake their claim on shaping organisation-wide strategy.

Celebrating its 5th Year, the Marketing Leaders Summit is the most senior gathering of CMOs and brand marketing professionals in Australia. Gathering executives from leading local and international brands, this event is the ideal platform from which to formulate strategies to successfully overcome the challenges of the future and enhance business performance today.

Why attend?

This event features an ambitious, case-study driven agenda with over 40 frontline perspectives from the highest levels of B2C marketing in Australia. In a closed, invitation-only format, delegates will benefit by interacting and learning directly from some of the world’s foremost companies and how they implement a leading brand experience.

• Gain first hand insights from the world’s most influential organisations.

• Be inspired by the most distinguished minds in B2C management in Australia.

• Enhance your brand impact and purpose with help from the world’s highest-performing companies.

• Formulate a compelling strategic vision to lead your business towards ongoing success.

• Explore the future of marketing and how to position your company for advantage.

• Network with a premium audience of your peers at dedicated breaks in a five- star environment.

Gain access

// 12+ Keynotes
// 2 Powerful Days
// Executive Learning Agenda
// 35+ Industry Speakers
// 180+ Marketing Executives
// 5 Star Networking Environment


Marc Mathieu
Former Chief Marketing Officer
Samsung (USA)
Former Senior VP, Marketing
Unilever (UK)
Lisa Ronson
Chief Marketing Officer
Coles Group
Esmé Borgelt
Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand
Kellogg Company
Edward Bell
General Manager Brand, Insights and Marketing Communications
Cathay Pacific (HK)
Jeremy Nicholas
Chief Brand Officer and Marketing Executive
Suzana Ristevski
Executive General Manager of Marketing and Customer Experience
National Australia Bank
Brent Smart
Chief Marketing Officer
Emma Welsh
Emma & Tom's
Mark Migliorini
Chief Marketing Officer
Leisa Bacon
Director of Audiences
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Tamara Howe
Director of Marketing & Corporate Affairs ANZ
Kellogg Company
Julian Dunne
Head of Brand, Social and Creative Services
Kristen Hardeman
Country Manager, Australia
Russell Schulman
Chief Marketing Officer
Krispy Kreme ANZ
Olivia Dickinson
Digital & Communications Marketing Manager
Mukul Agrawal
Chief Citizen Experience Officer
Department of Human Services
Bettina Pidcock
Former Chief Customer Officer
Serena Leith
Director of Marketing, Asia Pacific
Nicole McInnes
Director, Marketing & Commercial ANZ
WW (Formerly Weight Watchers)
Steven Hannan
General Manager, Marketing
Leanne Cartwright-Bradford
Country Manager
Audible Australia and New Zealand
Mitchell Mackey
Marketing Director
Ansell Healthcare
Dan Ferguson
Chief Marketing Officer
Adore Beauty
Lauren Crawley
Head of Marketing & Innovation- Baby & Childcare
Tara Lordsmith
Chief Marketing Officer and Marketing Advisory
Lordsmith & Co.
Kim Clarke
Co-Founder, Investor
White Rabbit
Nicole Peters
Former Head of Customer Engagement
Mortgage Choice
Jeremy Brook
Head of Marketing, Australia
Sveta Freidman
Data Analytics & Science Director
Michelle Martinis
Executive Manager, Group Brand Properties
AAMI/ Suncorp
Tessa Court
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder
Fergus Koochew
Chief Executive Officer
Colin Barnard
Commercial Director
Criteo Australia and New Zealand
Andrew Sandes
Country Manager Australia & New Zealand





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Salt & Shein recruits executives in the fields of marketing, corporate affairs and communication. Please get in touch whether you are looking to make a hire, or thinking about the next step in your career.


The Australian Marketing Institute is the credible professional association for marketers in Australia. Our purpose is to provide cutting-edge marketing theory and practice to fuel progress in the careers of professional marketers. We deliver this through accreditation of tertiary courses, training programs and events. We celebrate marketing excellence through our Awards program.

The Marketing Leaders Summit is unparalleled in the level of delegates and speakers it attracts. A strict screening process and strong delegate focus ensures a senior executive only event to discuss the future of brand marketing in Australia. A unique sponsor format will position you and your brand as a thought leader amongst the decision makers in brand marketing. From knowledge sharing, to brand exposure and lead generation, sponsors have an effective platform to engage this audience, before, during and after the event.

As a marketing platform to demonstrate your expertise and credibility, the Marketing Leaders Summit offers unrivalled cut through and the opportunity to grow your business amongst CMOs and senior marketing professionals.

This event was sold out in 2019.

Jack Martin – Commercial Manager
Tel: 02 8004 3172
Email: jackm@connectmedia.com

  • Terms & Conditions

    Delegate Package:

    Delegate Pass includes access to all sessions, refreshment breaks, networking lunches, networking drinks reception, and access to speaker presentations. Please note: not all speakers choose to provide presentation papers. One delegate pass is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. Organiser’s reserve the right to deny entry to anyone not registered.

    Payment & Discounts:

    Payment of invoice is due within 7 days of registration. A 3% surcharge is payable for all credit card transactions. Only one promotional discount code can be applied per registrant. All prices quoted are inclusive of GST. Payment in full is required by the first day of the event. Please note: Registrations made within 7 days of the event can only be paid via credit card.

    Organiser’s Rights:

    Connect Media and Communications Group Pty Ltd endeavors to ensure the conference programme and speaker line-up is correct at the time of the event. All advertised details are correct at time of publishing. Due to unforeseen circumstances Connect Media and Communications Group Pty Ltd reserves the right to alter the programme prior to the event without notice. We also reserve the right to cancel or postpone the event when full refunds will be issued. In the unlikely event that it is cancelled or postponed, no compensation will be provided for cancelled/amended travel arrangements. Connect Media and Communications Group Pty Ltd reserves the right to deny access to any individual that engages in or is alleged to engage in practices that are considered unprofessional and inappropriate for a business conference. We reserve the right to deny access to delegates that may affect the client / vendor ratio of attendance in favour of the interests of sponsors and commercial partners of the event.

    Photography and Video:

    Connect Media and Communications Group Pty Ltd may take photographs and/or video of the event you are attending and in doing so your image may be included in the photographs and videos reproduced and distributed by Connect Media and Communications Group Pty Ltd in any medium to any part of the world. By attending the event you irrevocably agree to submit your image for reproduction by Connect Media and Communications Group Pty Ltd in distributing marketing material and/or video footage of the events. Should a delegate not agree to the above image release, they must advise team@connectmedia.com.

    Cancellation Policy:

    A substitute delegate is welcome at any time provided the request is made in writing. A full refund less a $250 (GST Inclusive) processing fee is applicable on cancellation requests made in writing within 10 days of registration. No refunds are available for cancellations made more than 10 days after registration.

    Full payment is required within 7 days of registration – if payment is not received in this time and cancellation is requested more than 10 days after registration – payment is to be honoured.

    Privacy Disclosure:

    We take your privacy seriously. Information collected on this registration will be held in the strictest of confidence on a secure database. This information may be used in order to contact you regarding future events, product development and services offered. If you do not wish to be contacted please email team@connectmedia.com. To view our full privacy policy please visit: https://connectmedia.com/privacy-policy/.

  • FAQ

    What’s included in my delegate pass?
    A Delegate Pass includes access to all sessions, refreshment breaks, networking lunches, networking drinks reception, and access to provided speaker presentations.

    Is there a group booking discount?
    Yes – groups of 3 people or more are entitled to a discount. Full discount information is available on our registration page.  If you have any questions about how group bookings work, please contact team@connectmedia.com

    Can I transfer my pass?
    A delegate pass is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. A substitute delegate is welcome at any time prior to the event, provided the request is made in writing to team@connectmedia.com.

    How do I receive my delegate pass?
    Following the completion of your registration and payment, you will receive an email confirmation. We will contact you via email one week before the event to provide final information regarding your participation. Delegate badges and all event material will be provided upon arrival at the event – nothing will be sent in the post.

    What is a Service Provider?

    A Service provider refers to an individual or organisation who supplies products and/or business services to the primary audience of marketing professionals.

    Service providers may only have one representative at the event. A delegate pass is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. All service providers who apply for a pass will be reviewed internally before a registration is completed.

    Is media registration available?
    No, this is a closed and confidential event. Media registrations are not available.

    Cancellation Policy
    A full refund less a $250 (GST Inclusive) processing fee is applicable on cancellation requests made in writing within 10 days of registration. No refunds are available for cancellations made more than 10 days after registration.

    Will there be a delegate list available?
    No, Connect Events does not provide delegate lists to attendees.