GE CMO Linda Boff to Keynote NYC Chief Digital Officer Summit on April 27, 2016

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Chief Digital Officers aren’t the only C-level professionals leading digital transformation.

Linda Boff, CMO at GE, proves the importance of digital leadership in the marketing function as she helps turn GE into a “digital industrial company.”

That’s why we are proud to announce that Linda Boff will be the Featured Keynote Speaker at the NYC CDO Summit, presented by Centric Digital, on April 27, 2016 at Thomson Reuters in New York City.

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In her fireside chat, “Unapologetically Digital: How GE Markets a Culture of Disruption,” Boff will reveal how she implemented innovative marketing and customer engagement practices at GE, and how a CMO can play a key role in their organization’s digital strategy.

Linda will be interviewed by award-winning CNBC Reporter Mary Thompson.

Part of the reason companies are hiring CDOs, Chief Marketing Technologists, and CMOs like Boff is the increasingly complex marketing technology landscape.

MarTech conference chair Scott Brinker recently posted a marketing technology landscape supergraphic, which lists an astonishing 3,874 marketing technology solutions on the market right now:


With the MarTech scene swamped with vendors and services, companies are reaching out to qualified individuals to make sense of it all.

Some are even creating hybrid titles, further blurring the lines – and responsibilities – between CDO and CMO.

Examples include Stephen van Rooyen, former CMO at Sky, who took on the company’s digital responsibilities along with the new ‘hybrid’ title of Chief Marketing and Digital Officer; and Jo Scarlett, formerly Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at BT Global Services, who was promoted to CMO & CDO earlier this year.

This discussion will explore what organizations need to know to navigate this incredibly complex marketing and business landscape.

Boff served as GE’s Executive Director of Global Digital Marketing for five years before becoming CMO in September, 2015.

CDOS-042915-5681 (1)She played a key role in GE’s transition to digital marketing and content creation. Under her leadership, GE’s marketing budget in digital media increased to about 35% to 40%, reported the Wall Street Journal recently.

While Boff’s main areas of focus are marketing and customer engagement, internal re-organization will also play a part in GE’s digital transformation, one example being the recent change of GE Software to GE Digital.

She also served as CMO of iVillage Properties, part of the NBC Universal. Boff joined GE in early 2004 with 18 years of experience in marketing, advertising and communications including senior roles at Citigroup, the American Museum of Natural History and Porter Novelli.

Boff is a 2014 AWNY Changing the Game Award winner, B2B Magazine’s 2012 Digital Marketer of Year and 2012 Media Maven. She is on the Board of Partnership with Children, a NYC-based organization which provides social support to 5000 hard-to-reach school children. Boff is also on the Ad Council’s Executive Committee and is a member of Digital 50.

Mary Thompson 2013Mary Thompson joined CNBC in 2000 as a general assignment reporter. She has covered a wide range of stories for CNBC, including the 2008 financial crisis, Hurricane Katrina from along the Gulf Coast and the mutual fund industry’s market-timing scandal in 2003.

In 2010, Thompson received a Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism for breaking news coverage of the Bernard Madoff scandal. In 2005, she received a National Headliner Award for her reporting on price fixing in the insurance industry.

Prior to joining CNBC, Thompson worked for Bloomberg Television and Bloomberg Radio, from 1992 to 2000

Whether you’re a CDO, CMO, or anything in between – you will not want to miss this important discussion with GE’s Linda Boff!

For a look back at GE’s efforts to combine data analytics with customer engagement, check out the “Insights to Engagement” panel from the 2014 CDO Summit with Ganesh Bell, Chief Digital Officer & Head of Digital Business at GE.

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See Select NYC Speakers:

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Lauren Lockwood
Chief Digital Officer
City of Boston

Kevin Eagan
General Manager
IBM Digital

Susan Poulton
Chief Digital Officer
The Franklin Institute

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Jonathan Becher
Chief Digital Officer

Linda Boff
Chief Marketing Officer

Kevin Bandy
SVP, Chief Digital Officer

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Sharon Feder
Chief Digital Officer
Rachael Ray/
Watch Entertainment

Larry Kramer
Harvard Business
School Publishing

Catherine Devine
Chief Digital Officer
American Museum of
Natural History

See All NYC Speakers Here >

If you are tasked with understanding what digital leaders must do in order to succeed in almost any industry, the best place to learn more is at the CDO Summit.

Register today for the NYC CDO Summit presented by Centric Digital, hosted at Thomson Reuters on April 27, 2016.

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The CDO Summit is the “must-attend” digital event of the year. The 2013, 2014 and 2015 CDO Summits received stellar endorsements from dozens of speakers and attendees alike:

“Sometimes a conference comes along that hits the trifecta – hot topic, high-caliber attendees, and stellar location. The first Chief Digital Officer Summit reached that mark with ease, and I look forward to attending the next one.”

“Congratulations and thanks to David Mathison for spotting the need for community and collaboration in the growing Chief Digital Officer space, and for having the wherewithal, network, and organizational talent to put together such a top-notch event in its inaugural year. Next year’s summit should be even more of a must-do for anyone working digital at senior levels in all kinds of businesses.”

“David, here’s a handy C^3 test for conference value: Did I learn at least three new perspectives? Check. Did I meet at least three interesting people? Check. Did I take back at least three relevant pieces of news I can use? Check. Flying colors for the Chief Digital Officer Summit 2013! Thank you so much, and yes, I’d be very pleased to participate next year!”

“Congratulations to David Mathison and his team on the simply amazing job they did on the inaugural Chief Digital Officer Summit. Probably the most informative, insightful, on target, entertaining, collaborative, thought provoking, and inspiring conferences I have ever attended. I learned more about my business and what I do in the past 12 hours than I have from any research white paper, articles or blogs over the past 12 months. The range of topics and speakers assembled were incredibly diverse, informative, collaborative, and most of all, inspiring. It has invigorated me to be the best possible professional CDO I can be. David Mathison’s skills as a moderator were impeccable, bringing out the best of the speakers and keeping the conversation flowing. His intimate and insightful knowledge of this space is only out-shined by his humility and graciousness. Kudos to David and his organizing team.”

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