The Influence 100 2018
Charting the future of public relations

The 2018 Influence 100

Introduction & Methodology | Profiles | Demographics & Background | Teams, Budgets & Agencies | Future Challenges, Diversity & Inspiration | The Crossover Stars | The Rising Stars | Sponsored Content: Digital Reductionism

The Holmes Report's Influence 100 recognizes the most important and influential in-house communicators from around the world. 

Major corporations are facing more intense public and media scrutiny than ever. And their senior communications and PR executives are expected to deliver more than ever, from insights and strategy, to creative content across multiple channels, to bottom-line results. Meanwhile, smart CEOs realize that a trusted communications advisor is integral to their — and their organization’s — reputation and business success.

Read more about the methodology used to identify the Influence 100 here.

aaron-sherinian-2018-influence-100 Aaron Sherinian
Director Global Communications
Aga Khan Development Network
adrienne-lofton-2018-influence-100 Adrienne Lofton
Senior Vice President, Global Brand Management
Under Armour
aline-santos-2018-influence-100 Aline Santos
EVP Global Marketing & Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion
Unilever
anders-bylund-2018-influence-100 Anders Bylund
Head of Group Communications
Interogo Holdings (IKEA)
andreas-gall-2018-influence-100 Andreas Gall
Chief Innovation Officer
Red Bull Media House
andrew-parker-2018-influence-100 Andrew Parker
Group Executive, Government, Industry and International Affairs
Qantas
andrew-pirie-2018-influence-100 Andrew Pirie
General Manager Corporate Relations
Spark New Zealand
andy-pharoah-2018-influence-100 Andy Pharoah
Vice President, Strategic Affairs and Corporate Initiatives
Mars
ann-mukherjee-2018-influence-100 Ann Mukherjee
Global CMO
SC Johnson
anthony-palmer-2018-influence-100 Anthony Palmer
President, Global Brands and Innovation 
Kimberly-Clark
beatrice-dautreseme-2018-influence-100 Beatrice Dautresme
Executive Vice-President Corporate Communications & External Affairs
L'Oreal
bea-perez-2018-influence-100 Beatriz Perez
SVP & Chief Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability Officer
Coca-Cola
brian-lott-2018-influence-100 Brian Lott
Chief Communications Officer
Mubadala
chris-monteiro-2018-influence-100 Chris Monteiro
Chief Communications Officer
KPMG
christine-graeff-2018-influence-100 Christine Graeff
Director General Communications
European Central Bank
christof-ehrhart-2018-influence-100 Christof Ehrhart
Executive Vice President Corporate Communications & Responsibility
Deutsche Post DHL Group
claire-divver-2018-influence-100 Claire Divver
Group Communications Director
BAE Systems
corey-dubrowa-2018-influence-100 Corey duBrowa
VP Global Communications and Public Affairs
Google
dan-bartlett-2018-influence-100 Dan Bartlett
CCO and SVP Corporate Communications
Walmart
dan-tarman-2018-influence-100 Dan Tarman
EVP Corporate Affairs
Ebay
darcy-rudnay-2018-influence-100 D'Arcy Rudnay
CCO
Comcast
dave-samson-2018-influence-100 Dave Samson
General Manager Public Affairs
Chevron
david-palombi -2018-influence-100 David Palombi
Senior Vice President & Chief Communications Officer
CVS Health
deborah-yeh-2018-influence-100 Deborah Yeh
SVP Marketing and Brand
Sephora
devry-boughner-vorwerk-2018-influence-100 Devry Boughner Vorwerk
Corporate VP, Global Corporate Affairs
Cargill
Don Nathan
Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer
UnitedHealth Group
dustee-jenkins-2018-influence-100 Dustee Tucker Jenkins
Global Head of Communications and PR
Spotify
ed-walsh-2018-influence-100 Ed Walsh
SVP Global Head of Integrated Communications & Events
Phillips
eugenio-simioni-2018-influence-100 Eugenio Simioni
Group Corporate Communication & Public Affairs Director
Nestlé
frank-x-shaw-2018-influence-100 Frank X. Shaw
Corporate Vice President, Communications
Microsoft
franz-paasche-2018-influence-100 Franz Paasche
SVP, Corporate Affairs
PayPal
geoff-morrell-2018-influence-100 Geoff Morrell
Group Head of Communications & External Affairs
BP
isabel-de-paoli-2018-influence-100 Isabel de Paoli
Chief Strategy Officer
Merck KGaA 
jake-siewert-2018-influence-100 Jake Siewert
Global Head of Corporate Communications
Goldman Sachs
jan-runau-2018-influence-100 Jan Runau
Chief Corporate Communications Officer
adidas
jane-lawrie-2018-influence-100 Jane Lawrie
Group Communications Director
Tesco
jay-carney-2018-influence-100 Jay Carney
SVP Corporate Affairs
Amazon
jennifer-kuperman-2018-influence-100 Jennifer Kuperman
Head of International Corporate Affairs
Alibaba Group
Jerilan Greene
Global Chief Communications Officer
Yum! Brands
jill-hazelbaker-2018-influence-100 Jill Hazelbaker
SVP, Communications and Public Policy
Uber
jon-banner-2018-influence-100 Jon Banner
Executive Vice President Communications
PepsiCo
jonathan-adashek-2018-influence-100 Jonathan Adashek
Alliance Global VP Communications
Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance
joy-tan-2018-influence-100 Joy Tan
President of Global Media and Communications
Huawei
kaisa-lipponen-2018-influence-100 Kaisa Lipponen
Director of Corporate Communications and Brand Marketing
Neste
Karen Kahn
Chief Communications Officer
HP
kate-james-2018-influence-100 Kate James
Chief Corporate Affairs & Global Marketing Officer
Pearson
kc-kavanagh-2018-influence-100 KC Kavanagh
Global Chief Communications Officer
Bacardi
kelly-bennett-2018-influence-100 Kelly Bennett
Chief Marketing Officer
Netflix
kelly-mcginnis-2018-influence-100 Kelly McGinnis
SVP & Chief Communications Officer
Levi Strauss
ken-hong-2018-influence-100 Ken Hong
Senior Director Global Communications
LG Electronics
kim-rubey-2018-influence-100 Kim Rubey
Head of Social Impact and Philanthropy
AirBnB
kristina-duncan-2018-influence-100 Kristina Duncan
Vice President, Global Marketing Communications
Mattel
laurent-glepin-2018-influence-100 Laurent Glepin
Group Executive Director of Communications
Carrefour
marc-mathieu-2018-influence-100 Marc Mathieu
CMO, USA
Samsung
marc-pritchard-2018-influence-100 Marc Pritchard
Global Brand Building Officer
P&G
margit-wennmachers-2018-influence-100 Margit Wennmachers
Partner
Andreesen Horowitz
mark-truby-2018-influence-100 Mark Truby
Vice President, Global Communications
Ford
martin-von-arronet-2018-influence-100 Martin von Arronet
SVP Corporate Communications
Electrolux
mary-lynn carver-2018-influence-100 Mary Lynn Carver
CCO
General Mills
michael-mullen-2018-influence-100 Michael Mullen
SVP of Corporate & Government Affairs
Kraft Heinz
michael-preuss-2018-influence-100 Michael Preuss
Head of Communications and Public Affairs
Bayer
michael-sneed-2018-influence-100 Michael Sneed
Worldwide Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs & Chief Communication Officer
Johnson & Johnson
michelle-russo-2018-influence-100 Michelle Russo
EVP, Global Communications
Discovery
michael-oneill-2018-influence-100 Mike O'Neill
EVP Corporate Affairs & Communications
American Express Company
nasser-al-nafisee-2018-influence-100 Nasser Al Nafisee
VP, Corporate Affairs
Saudi Aramco
nick-fox-2018-influence-100 Nick Fox
Partner & Director of External Relations
Virgin
nick-ragone-2018-influence-100 Nick Ragone
SVP Chief Marketing & Communications Officer
Ascension Health
nigel-powell-2018-influence-100 Nigel Powell
EVP, Chief Communications Officer
Nike
olga-podoinitsyna-2018-influence-100 Olga Podoinitsyna
Global Head of Communications and Marketing
VTB Capital
oliver-roll-2018-influence-100 Oliver Roll
CCO
Cisco
Paul Cohen
SVP CCO
Visa
paulo-henrique-soares-2018-influence-100 Paulo Henrique Soares
Director, Corporate Communications
IBRAM
phil-thomson-2018-influence-100 Phil Thomson
President, Global Affairs
GSK
pierre-goad-2018-influence-100 Pierre Goad
Group MD and Group Head of Communications
HSBC
pradipta-bagchi-2018-influence-100 Pradipta Bagchi
Chief Communications Officer
Tata Sons
pragnya-ram-2018-influence-100 Pragnya Ram
Group Executive President, Corporate Communications & CSR
Aditya Birla Group
rachel-whetstone-2018-influence-100 Rachel Whetstone
VP Communications
Facebook
raja-rajamannar-2018-influence-100 Raja Rajamannar
CMO & CCO and President, Healthcare
MasterCard
ray-day-2018-influence-100 Ray Day
Chief Communications Officer
IBM
robert-gibbs-2018-influence-100 Robert Gibbs
Chief Communications Officer & EVP of Corporate Relations
McDonald’s
sabia-schwarzer-2018-influence-100 Sabia Schwarzer
Global Head of Communications and Responsibility
Allianz
sally-susman-2018-influence-100 Sally Susman
EVP, Corporate Affairs
Pfizer
stephen-doherty-2018-influence-100 Stephen Doherty
Group Head of Corporate Relations
Barclays
steve-dowling-2018-influence-100 Steve Dowling
VP of Communications
Apple
steve-john-2018-influence-100 Steve John
Partner, Global Director of Communications
McKinsey
steve-thomas-2018-influence-100 Steve Thomas
Head of Group Branding and Communications
AIA
sujit-patil-2018-influence-100 Sujit Patil
VP & Head of Corporate Brand & Communications
Godrej Industries
suzanne-mccarron-2018-influence-100 Suzanne McCarron
VP Public Affairs
ExxonMobil
sy-lau-2018-influence-100 SY Lau
Chairman
Tencent
tim-ellis-2018-influence-100 Tim Ellis
EVP Chief Marketing Officer
Activision Blizzard
tom-collamore-2018-influence-100 Tom Collamore
SVP, Communications and Strategy and Counselor
US Chamber of Commerce
tony-cervone-2018-influence-100 Tony Cervone
SVP Global Communications
GM
tony-cudmore-2018-influence-100 Tony Cudmore
President, Corporate Affairs
BHP Billiton
torod-neptune-2018-influence-100 Torod Neptune
VP of Global Communications
Lenovo
tricia-primrose-2018-influence-100 Tricia Primrose
Chief Global Communications and Public Affairs Officer
Marriott
valerie-tan-2018-influence-100 Valerie Tan
VP Public Relations, Social Media and Internal Communications
Emirates
wrenelle-stander-2018-influence-100 Wrenelle Stander
SVP, Public Affairs
Sasol
Zenia-Mucha Zenia Mucha
CCO, EVP Corporate Comms
Disney