Variety and Canva to Host Executive Interview Studio in Cannes

Variety and Canva will return to the Croissette to host an invite-only dinner along with the second annual Executive Interview Studio. Kicking off the festival, the dinner will take place on June 17, hosting the top CMOs and senior marketing executives participating in the studio and attending the festival.

The Executive Interview Studio will take place from June 18-20 at the Canva Villa with all conversations moderated by Variety journalists.

This year’s studio conversations include:

  • Cameron Adams, co-founder and chief product officer, Canva

  • Esi Eggleston Bracey, chief growth and marketing officer, Unilever

  • Lela Coffey, VP, P&G NA Multicultural Acceleration

  • Jon Cook, global CEO, VML

  • Domenic DiMeglio, chief marketing officer and chief data officer, Paramount Streaming

  • David Eilenberg, head of content, Roku

  • Justin Evans, head of analytics & insights, new product solutions, Samsung Ads

  • Sharb Farmaji, CEO, GroupM

  • Josh Feldman, CMO, NBCUniversal Advertising & Partnerships

  • Rita Ferro, president, global advertising, Disney

  • Diana Haussling, CMO, Colgate-Palmolive North America

  • Xavier “X” Jernigan, head of cultural partnerships and voice of AI DJ, Spotify

  • Laura Jones, CMO, Instacart

  • Ro Kalonaros, global director, growth and experience, Omnicom

  • Zach Kitschke, chief marketing officer, Canva

  • Mark Kirkham, CMO, PepsiCo International Beverages

  • Ynon Kreiz, CEO, Mattel

  • Queen Latifah, artist, actor, producer and entrepreneur

  • Tressie Lieberman, CMO, Yahoo

  • Matthew Lieberman, CMO, PwC

  • Jessica Ling, EVP, global brand advertising, American Express

  • Lisa McKnight, EVP, chief brand officer, Mattel

  • Sheereen Miller-Russell, EVP, client partnerships and inclusion solutions, Warner Bros. Discovery

  • MrBallen, host and creator, “MrBallen Podcast: Strange, Dark & Mysterious Stories”

  • Blad Norman, head of global marketing, Wondery

  • Ndidi Oteh, North America lead, Accenture Song

  • Oren Rosenbaum, partner and co-head, UTA Creators

  • Alex Schultz, CMO and VP, analytics, Meta

  • Michael Scott, VP & head of North American ad sales & operations, Samsung Ads

  • Kristine Segrist, global head of consumer marketing, Canva

  • Yara Shahidi, actress, producer and co-founder of 7th Sun Productions

  • Keri Shahidi, producer and co-founder of 7th Sun Productions

  • Mark Singer, US CMO, Deloitte Digital

  • Patrizio (Pato) Spagnoletto, global chief marketing officer, direct-to-consumer, Warner Bros. Discovery

  • Kath Swallow, worldwide head, deodorants, Unilever

  • Kenan Thompson, award-winning actor, producer, comedian and cast member, “Saturday Night Live”

  • Gayle Troberman, CMO, iHeartMedia

  • Tejal Vishalpura, SVP commercial strategy and marketing, Novo Nordisc 

  • Melissa Wasserman, head of marketing, Samsung Ads

  • William White, CMO, Walmart

  • Shannon Willett, CMO, Peacock

  • Nick Witters, CEO, Ballen Studios

  • Rachael Zaluzec, CMO & SVP, customer experience and brand marketing, Volkswagen of America

“We’re excited to bring together creative leaders and industry pioneers for what will no doubt be a series of inspiring and thought-provoking conversations, in partnership with Variety,” said Kristine Segrist, global head of consumer marketing at Canva. “As the marketing world continues to evolve with new technologies, priorities and global brands leading new and exciting campaigns, bringing together thought leaders in this space to shed light on their experiences could not come at a better time.”

Conversations from the studio will be posted on and across Variety’s platforms.

Variety is thrilled to once again partner with Canva to bring these critical conversations to the Croissette featuring the leading marketing executives in our industry” said Dea Lawrence chief operating and marketing officer, Variety.

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