Nominations for the Annual CommerceNexty Awards

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Today we announced that nominations are now open for the 2021 CommerceNexty Awards. The CommerceNexty Awards are presented by Bloomreach and celebrate excellence in ecommerce and digital marketing and will be judged by CommerceNext’s Advisory Board, which is a group of more than 30 ecommerce and retail leaders. Winners will be announced at CommerceNext IRL, which takes place September 28–29, 2021, in New York City. 

The CommerceNexty Awards celebrate the individuals and companies that are delivering truly breakthrough results. We encourage all interested executives in the retail and ecommerce community to nominate one or two people for this year’s awards, which include two exciting new categories—the Women in Retail’s Top Woman of the Year Award and the Global/Cross-Border Launch of the Year.

Previously, the CommerceNext community recognized innovative companies that included Bonobos, HelloFresh, Lamps Plus, Outer, Poshmark, Sephora and Warby Parker. The peer-reviewed awards identify and reward the best marketing performances among retail and ecommerce professionals.

Nominations are now open for the categories below, and marketing executives who would like to nominate themselves, a client or a colleague can do so by completing the nomination form by July 30, 2021.

This year’s award categories are:

  1. Marketing Innovator of the Year
  2. Most Impactful Social Responsibility Campaign
  3. Best Use of Data or Technology in Marketing 
  4. Most Effective Brand Storytelling
  5. Outstanding New Ecommerce Experience
  6. Best Use of a New Channel
  7. NEW! Global/Cross-Border Launch of the Year
  8. NEW! Women in Retail’s Top Woman of the Year Award

The category finalists will be selected on August 18th and voting on the finalists will take place from August 18th through September 8th. Winners will be selected based on a combination of votes, with a popular vote contributing 50% of the overall score and the votes of CommerceNext’s board of judges contributing the other 50%. The CommerceNexty Award winners will be announced at the close of CommerceNext IRL on September 29, 2021.

This year’s board of judges includes:

Web Smith, Founder at 2PM

Alix de Sagazan, CEO and Cofounder at AB Tasty

Melissa Grillo Aruz, Founder at Aruz Ventures

Sunil Kaki, EVP, Marketing at Beachbody

Elyse Burack, Head of DTC Marketing at Capsule

Lev Peker, CEO at

Emily Hickey, Founder at Chief Detective Growth Consulting

Emily Culp, fmr CEO at CoverFX

Ekta Chopra, Chief Digital Officer at E.L.F. BEAUTY

Amy Africa, CEO at Eight By Eight

Doug Jensen, SVP Go-to-Market (GTM) Analytics & Activation and Learning Center of Excellence (COE) at Estee Lauder Companies, Inc.

Matt Gehring, GM at Everlane

Geoff  Sanders, CMO at Firstleaf

Vijay Talwar, CEO of EMEA at Foot Locker

Shawna Hausman, CMO at FSA Store

Charlie Cole, CEO at FTD

Leslie Emmons Burthey, VP of Marketing, Gold and Telehealth at GoodRX

Jason Nickel, fmr SVP, Marketing & E-commerce at Kjaer Weis

Angela Hsu, SVP, Marketing and eCommerce at Lamps Plus

Qun Wei, Head of Growth Data & Analytics at Lemonade

Scott Ableman, CMO at LevelFields

Rob Schmults, Executive Board at MidOcean Partners

Bree Casart, Senior Director, Connected Consumer Experience at Nike

Liesel Walsh, fmr VP, CRM, Loyalty and Insights at Party City

Barkha Saxena, Chief Data Officer at Poshmark

Joe Megibow, CEO at Purple

Naomi Jacobs, Director, Social Strategy & Business Development at Qurate Retail Group (QVC, HSN)

David Cost, VP, Ecommerce & Digital Marketing at Rainbow

Rohan Deuskar, Founder & CEO at Stylitics

Anurag Kadyan, Vice President of eCommerce & Digital Marketing at S’well

Mike Lackman, CEO at Trade Coffee

Alex Waldman, Co-Founder & Creative Director at Universal Standard

Malena Higuera, General Manager at Urban Decay

Daren Hull, President at Vera Bradley

Sarah Henry, Sr. Director | Head of Content & Influencer Marketing at Walmart

Sarah Bowman, Vice President of Marketing at Wunderkind

Jon Mandell, SVP, Membership Marketing and Global Ecommerce at WW

Rosa Hu, VP of Product Marketing at Yotpo


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