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Black Enterprise January/February 2013 : Page 90

SPECIAL REPORT Aubyn E. Thomas Vice President, Consumer Marketing, Lowe’s Cos. Inc. Marleta Y. Ross VP, Digital Marketing Strategy & Capabilities Development, Global Corporate Payments American Express Co. Barbara Ross Miller VP, Brand Activation Sony Electronics Inc. Cheryll Smith VP, Commercial Marketing MasterCard Trenesa Stanford-Danuser VP, Global Communications & Strategic Alliances, Origins Natural Resources & Ojon Brands The Estée Lauder Cos. Patalia Tate VP, Creative Strategy Ad Sales Marketing Scripps Networks Interactive Kheri Holland Tillman VP, Trade Marketing & Sales Strategy Heineken USA Aubyn E. Thomas VP, Consumer Marketing Lowe’s Cos. Inc. Talitha Watkins VP, Multicultural Marketing Universal Pictures Verchele Wiggins VP, Global Brand Portfolio, Holiday Inn Brand Family InterContinental Hotels Group Aer holding key marketing positions at Macy’s, Caesar’s Entertain-ment, and LensCraers, Thomas joined the home improvement operation in 2012. She is responsible for marketing, media, adver-tising planning, and sponsorship management including Lowe’s sports partnerships with NCAA and NASCAR. Her work in sports partnerships helps gain access to millions of sports enthusiasts and “helps build brand aȰnity where our customers live and play,” says Thomas, who believes taking risks has pulled her “into new directions and new ways of thinking that complement my overall toolkit.” —T.E.H. TOP DIRECTORS/ MANAGERS Donna Aaron Multicultural Marketing Manager, Chrysler Group L.L.C. Valerie Barker Waller Director, Brand Marketing Communications United Airlines Erika Priestley Marketing Director, Partnership Beats by Dr. Dre Dionne Colvin National Manager, Media Planning, Toyota Division Marketing Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. Brooke Ellis Multicultural Media Manager General Motors Kristine Friend Senior Director, Segment Marketing Marriott International Tia Hardeman-Cook Advertising Manager, Diversity, Chevrolet General Motors Corliss N. Hill National Director, Multicultural Marketing UnitedHealthcare Kimberly Hogg Brand Manager Brisk Tea, PepsiCo North America Adrienne Lofton Shaw Senior Director, Global Brand Marketing Under Armour Inc. Karine T. Méhu Senior Director, Strategic Marketing & Digital USA Network, NBC Universal Bozoma Saint John Director, Music & Entertainment, Cultural Branding PepsiCo North America Lesley Slaton McNorton Senior Manager & Acting Director, Global Marketing Hewlett-Packard Co. Shawn Thompson Multicultural Marketing Manager Ford Motor Co. Kecia M. Voorhees Senior Manager, Global Sponsorships & Access American Express Co. Yolanda White Group Director, POWERADE The Coca-Cola Co. be Nicole Bremser Head of African American Marketing, Director Multicultural Market Development MassMutual Sharonda L. Britton Director of Marketing Walmart Stores Inc. Kelley Coleman Walton Director of Marketing Hennessy, LVMH Wines & Spirits Melissa Gray Brown Manager, Multicultural Marketing The Home Depot Kim Lewis-Collins Director, Multicul-tural Marketing Verizon Wireless 90 WWW.BLACKENTERPRISE.COM • JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2013

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