The speakers and sessions are only a part of what makes Summit such a valuable experience. The entire Summit experience brings countless ways to engage with peers, partners, and Adobe experts. You'll leave with ideas, inspiration and new connections.
EVP & GM Digital Experience
As Executive Vice President and General Manager, Brad Rencher is responsible for driving Adobe's Digital Marketing business, one of the world's largest enterprise SaaS businesses and Adobe's fastest-growing business unit. He leads a global engineering and business organisation focused on creating the industry's leading end-to-end digital marketing platform - the Adobe® Marketing Cloud. Rencher has also driven strategic Adobe acquisitions including the January 2012 acquisition of Efficient Frontier, a leader in optimising digital advertising across search, display and social media. A thought leader in the digital marketing space, Rencher regularly presents at numerous industry conferences and trade shows on topics such as digital marketing, advertising and publishing, the power of big data, the business impact of mobile and social, and business optimisation.
Examples of his speeches and industry insights can be found on Adobe's Executive Perspectives blog and via Twitter. Rencher joined the company in January 2008 as vice president of corporate development of Omniture and was instrumental in the evolution of the Digital Marketing Suite. Following the acquisition by Adobe, Rencher served as vice president of business operations of the Omniture Business Unit. Before Adobe, Rencher worked at Morgan Stanley as part of the technology investment-banking team, where he executed mergers and acquisitions and capital-market financings for leading technology clients. Rencher earned his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, and completed his undergraduate work in finance at Brigham Young University. An active participant in the local technology community, Rencher serves on the board of directors of the Utah Technology Council.
President & CEO
Shantanu Narayen is president and chief executive officer of Adobe, one of the world's largest and most diversified software companies. Narayen's leadership, technology insight and operational expertise have strengthened Adobe's culture of innovation, expanded the company into new markets, and extended its product portfolio and global reach. In 2009, Narayen led the $1.8 billion acquisition of Omniture, Inc., expanding Adobe’s ability to help customers measure and optimise the value of online experiences, content and applications. Prior to his appointment as CEO in December of 2007, Narayen was Adobe's president and COO, responsible for the company's day-to-day global operations, product research and development, marketing and corporate development.
In 2005, he co-led the $3.4 billion acquisition of Macromedia, strengthening the company's presence in key markets ranging from enterprises and vertical industries to mobile devices and multimedia publishing. Previously, he held key product research and development positions within Adobe, including executive vice president of worldwide products, senior vice president of worldwide product development and vice president and general manager of the engineering technology group. Before joining Adobe in 1998, Narayen was co-founder of Pictra, Inc., an early pioneer of digital photo sharing over the Internet. Prior to that, he served as director of desktop and collaboration products at Silicon Graphics, Inc. and held various senior management positions at Apple Computer, Inc. Narayen holds five patents and is a frequent speaker at industry and academic events. He is a member of the U.S. President's Management Advisory Board, established in 2010 to provide advice on how to implement best business practices, including the application of technology, on matters related to federal government management and operation. He also serves on the Board of Pfizer, Inc. and the Advisory Board of the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley, and is president of the board of the Adobe Foundation, which funds philanthropic initiatives around the world. He formerly served on the Board of Dell, Inc. and Metavante Technologies, Inc. Narayen holds a bachelor's degree in electronics engineering from Osmania University in India, a master's degree in computer science from Bowling Green State University and a master's degree in business administration from the Haas School of Business.
Director, Business Operations | Advertising Cloud
Zarpana has spent 15 years in digital media creating experiences for brands and agencies. Most recently, she ran account management teams in the US and EMEA. She currently lives in London, heading up Business Operations for the Adobe Advertising Cloud. Prior to venturing into Programmatic, Zarpana managed teams and brands at leading digital media agencies. Her experience spans across brand marketing and direct response across key brands and verticals, such as entertainment, consumer packaged goods, pharmaceutical and telco.
As a Solution Architect at Adobe, Jo is responsible for helping our customers and prospects get the most out of all their Adobe solutions. She has a strong compliance background which means she is often involved in the emerging issues around data and privacy. Jo joined Adobe as part of the Neolane acquisition in 2013. She has a background of solution design and implementation across eCommerce, portals, content management and database technologies.
Broadcaster & Journalist
Gabby Logan is one of the UK’s foremost sports hosts, presenting multiple programmes for the BBC including the Invictus Games, Six Nations, MOTD and The Premier League Show, as well as being part of the BBC’s Olympic London 2012 and Rio 2016 team. In addition, she is a prolific writer, with a regular column for The Times, and has previously written for the Guardian, Sunday Mirror, Independent and Yorkshire Post.
Daughter of the Welsh footballer Terry Yorath, Gabby joined Sky Sports soon after graduating. She moved on to present ITV’s Premier League, Champions’ League and World Cup coverage - before becoming only the second woman to front Match of the Day. She has also hosted her own show on Radio 5 Live, bringing a light touch to a mix of sport and current affairs.
Gabby was less successful on Strictly Come Dancing, where she was controversially voted out before her husband, the Scottish rugby player Kenny Logan.
Gabby is also a patron of the Disabilities Trust, Prince’s Trust and Great Ormond Street, and vice president of Sparks.
Claire Cronin graduated from Warwick University in 2001 with a Law degree and enrolled on the Barclays Leadership Programme. After 10 years’ working across product and marketing in Western Europe, she was headhunted by NetJets, the largest private aviation company in the world. During her three year tenure at NetJets, she was promoted to the board with dual accountability for Customer Service and Marketing.
In 2014 she moved out of the luxury sector, to become the marketing and customer experience director for Virgin Holidays and in 2015 was appointed as a non-executive director on the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship board.
In 2017, Claire was promoted to the CMO role at Virgin Atlantic, with global accountability for corporate affairs and marketing.In her spare time, Claire is an advisory board member for Beyond Analytics and she is an active member of the 2017 Marketing Fellowship Alumni Programme.
Anthony Joshua MBE
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Anthony was born in the United Kingdom, but spent part of his childhood growing up in his ancestral homeland of Nigeria before returning to the UK, aged 12 to attend Secondary School in Watford.
He was a phenomenal athlete growing up and it could be argued that the promise he showed both as a sprinter and as a footballer would have allowed him as successful a career in either of these fields as he is having as a boxer. He came to boxing late, aged 18 in 2007 where he joined Finchley ABC in Barnet, North London and in a short couple of years found himself the proud holder of the Haringey Boxing Cup two years running, in 2009 and 2010.
Anthony entered his twenties winning all of his 18 fights at amateur level, including winning the Senior ABA Championships in 2010. He was to then turn down the offer of £50,000 to turn professional. In 2011, Anthony started to stamp his mark globally on the boxing scene by securing a place at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Representing his nation in a home Olympics, AJ stood out as one of the shining lights as he won the Gold Medal in the Super Heavyweight division. He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year’s Honours list for his services to boxing.
Anthony eventually turned professional in July 2013, signing with Matchroom Boxing. For the next three years, he remained undefeated in all 19 of his fights. This included his first successful defence of a title; the Heavyweight belt that he won in April 2016 against USA’s Charles Martin and retained in a fight with Dominic Breazeale later that year in June, knocking him down twice in the 7th round. AJ wound up the year by retaining it for a third time in December against Eric Molina.
Anthony produced the performance of his career to add the WBA Super Heavyweight title to his IBF belt as he beat Wladimir Klitschko by TKO in the 11th round at Wembley Stadium. 90,000 fans enjoyed an unbelievable display of everything boxing has to offer and in the end Joshua threw his arms in the air as deafening roars echoed around Wembley in what was his toughest test to date.
VP of Strategy, Business Development & Marketing
As Vice President of Strategy & Business Development and Marketing, John Mellor advances growth and market leadership strategies for Adobe’s Digital Marketing business unit. With over 25 years of experience in the enterprise software industry, Mellor drives the enterprise marketing efforts and global strategic alliances that fuel the explosive growth of the industry’s leading solutions within the Adobe Marketing Cloud.
Mellor joined Adobe through the company’s acquisition of Omniture in 2009 where he served as executive vice president of marketing and drove all marketing efforts to strategically advance the largest standalone web analytics business. Mellor’s previous experience includes senior leadership positions with RichFX, an online merchandising company, and co-founding Viewpoint, an interactive media technology provider, which was later acquired by Computer Associates.
Head of Digital Analytics & Decisioning
Rob McLaughlin is head of Digital Analytics & Decisioning at Sky - Europe’s largest media & entertainment provider. Rob joined Sky in 2016 and has been working to transform the omnichannel experience by focusing on executing real-time personalisation to its 22.5 million customers while delivering against revenue, retention and service objectives. Rob has an accomplished track record of bringing customer data into the complex marketing and technology landscape. Prior to Sky, Rob managed analytics projects at DigitasLBi, Barclays UK, Canon Europe, Blue Latitude, Oracle, comScore, and BrightTALK. Having worked both as a consultant and in-house, he has in-depth knowledge of how businesses from multiple verticals can leverage data to achieve efficiency and growth at scale and speed.
Meghan is an experienced digital marketing professional dedicated to connecting prospective clients with the best information and resources to solve to their marketing and business challenges.
Over the past seven years at Adobe, Meghan has leveraged her cross-cultural communication skills to make working with global stakeholders efficient, effective and enjoyable. She brings technical expertise and a breadth of global market insight to her analysis and presentations as a solutions consultant, publishing content and sharing knowledge to marketers internationally.
Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer
Abhay has always been fascinated with how things work — from gadgets to hardware and software. His early passion for tinkering paved the way for his commitment to tech innovation and formed the basis of his core belief: Continuous reinvention is how businesses disrupt and lead. At Adobe, Abhay is applying that same desire to disrupt and lead to the company’s technology strategy, bringing fresh ideas and insight to initiatives across cloud platform, mobility, data science and ecosystems. Before joining Adobe in 2015, Abhay led teams at IBM, Oracle, Microsoft, i2 and Kony and contributed to more than 20 patents.
If Abhay were not at Adobe, he would spend time hiking mountains and canyons pursuing landscape photography.
Senior Solutions Consultant
Steve is an experienced IT professional who is passionate about the coming together of people and technology, its implications and how we can better understand and use it to our advantage in a Digital Marketing context.
With 20+ years of experience in IT and over 11 years of that focused specifically on marketing technology, Steve has worked with many of the top brands across Europe to realise the goal of putting the right content in front of the right customer at the right time.