The Idea

Alessandro Panella
Patron “CMO of the Year” Council

“The requirements that have to be met by a Chief Marketing Officer have undergone radical changes. Growing complexity, continuing fragmentation, the increasing number of communication options available and the break-up of traditional sales channels mean that such officers need higher levels of specialist knowledge, personal abilities, corporate vision and clear business acumen. Existing business models are undergoing further development in marketing departments, including the optimisation of their profitability.

With the “CMO of the Year” award, the members of the “CMO of the Year” Council, the previous year’s winner and the Innovation Day partners are honouring the Chief Marketing Officer who has most successfully met these requirements over the one-year review period. The CMO of the Year is therefore considered to be the representative role model for the entire sector. “

The award has been presented six times so far: 2019 to Tarek Müller, to Karsten Kühn in 2018, to Eric Liedtke in 2017, to Hans-Christian Schwingen in 2016, Godo Röben in 2015 and Dr. Ian Robertson in 2014.

CMO of the Year 2019

Tarek MüllerABOUT YOU

CMO of the Year 2018

Karsten KühnHornbach Baumarkt AG

CMO of the Year 2017

Eric LiedtkeAdidas

CMO of the Year 2016

Hans-Christian SchwingenDeutsche Telekom

CMO of the Year 2015

Godo RöbenRügenwalder Mühle

CMO of the Year 2014

Dr. Ian RobertsonBMW

The Methodology

From 2017 on the motto of the CMO of the Year award is “From CMOs for CMOs”. Potential candidates for the award have been chosen since 2014 from Germany’s top advertising spenders, nominated brands from the Best Brands study and nominations by a 20-strong circle of experts, but now the “CMO of the Year” Council is taking over responsibility for identifying the finalists. It consists of 80 Chief Marketing Officers from well-known German companies and assesses the potential prize-winners on the basis of the five criteria listed below.

The top candidates identified in this way are then discussed and evaluated by a balanced award jury in a meeting lasting several hours. Dossiers generated by the Institute for Marketing of the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) form the basis for this.

  • Person

    Experience and knowledge, awards, social commitment, etc.

  • Success

    Revenues, profit margin, market share, brand development, etc.

  • Image

    Reputation in the press, public perception, etc.

  • Innovation

    Products, price/distribution/communication policy, etc.

  • Internationality

    International sphere of influence of the CMO

The Jury 2019

Horst von ButtlarCapital
Dagmar Chlosta Faber-Castell
Matthias Dang IP Deutschland
Ronald FockenServiceplan Group
Erik FriemuthGroup CMO TUI
Florian HallerServiceplan Group
Thomas KanschatSpotCom
Thomas Michael KollerSenior Vice President Corporate Communications Siemens Healthineers

CMO of the Year 2018

Karsten KühnCMO Hornbach
Sascha LekicSamsung Electronics
Thomas LindnerF.A.Z.
Prof. Dr. Anton MeyerLMU
Ingo MüllerF.A.Z.
Geraldine TentenCMO DACH IBM
Dr. Jens ThiemerBMW
Frank VogelG+J Media Sales
Dr. Uwe VorkötterHorizont

The chairman of the 2019 jury was Prof. Dr. Anton Meyer, Head of the Institute for Marketing at LMU. The jury was chaired by Horst von Buttlar, Editor-in-Chief of Capital.

Here you get an overview of the council “CMO of the year” 2019:


The “CMO of the Year” Council has appointed ten Chief Marketing Officers to compete for the title of CMO of the Year 2019. The award ceremony took place during the CMO Award Night on September 25th in Munich.

Bernd Rützler


Boris Dolkhani


Claas Meineke


Hans-Christian Schwingen

Deutsche Telekom

Heiko Klauer


Julia Goldin


Dr. Martell Beck

Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG)

Susan Schramm


Tarek Müller


Thorsten Scheib

Philip Morris

The Winners

Tarek Müller

ABOUT YOU, CMO of the Year 2019

Karsten Kühn

Hornbach Baumarkt AG, CMO of the Year 2018

Eric Liedtke

Adidas, CMO of the Year 2017

Hans-Christian Schwingen

Deutsche Telekom, CMO of the Year 2016

Godo Röben

Rügenwalder Mühle, CMO of the Year 2015

Dr. Ian Robertson

BMW, CMO of the Year 2014



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