The BCMA’s Global Council is responsible for helping grow the association around the globe and is made up of representatives from the BCMA’s Executive Board, Chapter Heads and Affiliate Partners:
Andrew Canter: Global Chief Executive Officer
Andrew is the Global CEO of the BCMA and is amongst the leading practitioners in branded content and has over twenty five years experience working in marketing communications.
He is responsible for spearheading the development and launching BCMA Chapters and forming Affiliate Partnerships across the world. He has been instrumental in developing the BCMA’s proprietary content monitor evaluation system which has been widely used by the industry.
He also the Chief Content Officer (CCO) at Global Living Brands (GLB), and is responsible for selecting and developing suitable projects for the GLB Media Investment Fund, financing movies, TV formats and Digital content.
Patrícia Weiss: Chairman BCMA South America
SVP Head of Planning with 26 years experience in Advertising and Marketing, extremely devoted to developing Brand Narratives for the powerful intersection of Marketing, Entertainment, Advertising and Culture, engaging fans through Non intrusive territories in the Era of Participatory Culture.
Advisory Board Member & Strategic Consultant of Asas da Imaginação, a Cultural, Art, Branded Content & Entertainment and Transmedia platform.
Worked at McDonald’s, Citibank and in the agencies Ogilvy, Africa (ABC Group), DM9DDB, McCann and Leo Burnett. Also Co-founded the agency M&C Saatchi Brazil and designed the philosophy and culture of Wanted, a Transmedia and Branded Content & Entertainment Agency.
Jan Godsk: Chairman, BCMA Scandinavia
Jan is a Branded Content expert & Creative consultant, lecturer, serial award juror, and founder of Ideatakeaway – an idea and concept consultancy creating synergy between content and marketing, also known as Branded Content.
As a branded content expert Jan has created groundbreaking content campaigns for the Danish and Nordic markets on TV, radio and the internet for customers including Ford Motor Company, Unilever and more.
Jan has served on a number of award juries, including: the Cannes Lions inaugural Branded Content & Entertainment jury in 2012; the Cristal Festival Branded Entertainment & Content in 2014; and also Webby and Lovie awards.
Anton Efimov: Chairman BCMA Russia
Anton Efimov is managing director of OMD Fuse Russia, who have be responsible for a number of high profile branded content campaigns for global brands such as, Evian, Martini and McDonalds. They will work alongside AdIndex, an information service for the advertising/marketing industry which has the largest database of the advertising market in Russia and will assist the development of strategic partnership between advertisers and the companies represented in Russia.
Guido Mercati: Chairman BCMA MENA
Global nomad with twelve years of multichannel brand strategy experience Agency side, five of which spent in the MENA Region.
Former Head of Strategic Planning in Milano, London and Dubayy on local, regional and global businesses across every industry at Leo Burnett, Saatchi&Saatchi and GREY Group.
Today, as Global Council Member at the BCMA and Regional Director, Digital and Social Media at Leo Burnett MENA, Guido helps innovative brands to benefit from the Social Enterprise era through Digital Transformation, Content and up-stream Marketing.
Lecturer and Juror at Creativity Festivals, Innovation Congresses and Universities, such as M&M Global Awards in London, ID Cristal Congress in Dubayy and Polimoda International Institute of Fashion Design & Marketing in Firenze.
Sandra Freisinger-Heinl: BCMA DACH Region Affiliate Partner, Managing Director of MA Media:
As a branded entertainment consultant, strategist and journalist, Sandra connects products with content that fits the brand message. Sandra is also the Co-editor of BOBCM eBook for Germany.
Sandra specialises in 360-degree concepts that support an emotional impact on customers. As a journalist, she co-edits the blog BEO Branded Entertainment Online and looks forward to interesting interviews with international specialists.
Elena Grinta: Founder and General Manager at Osservatorio Branded Entertainment and BCMA Affiliate Partner (Italy):
Elena Grinta spent the last 15 years working full-time as a Marketing specialist, achieving and consolidating her experience in the media industry.
In 2013 she founded the Branded Entertainment Observatory in Italy that now runs with the role of General Manager with the enthusiasm and passion required for a start-up project.
She is a Keynote Speaker and Panel moderator at events and workshops around Italy
Since 2013 she is Adjunct Professor in branded entertainment Strategies at LUISS Creative Business Centre.
Formerly she worked for Viacom, Telecom Italia, LA7 (Italian independent broadcaster), France Télévisions and Institut National de l’Audiovisuel (INA)
Emily Bull: Co-Founder Hello Future TV, BCMA Affiliate Partner for Australasia
Emily is a branded content Executive Producer with over 15 years industry experience. Beginning her career at Pod Film in Sydney she then spent several years agency side in the UK at Grey London before establishing and running the first film content department at global digital agency AKQA. On her return to Australia, she again established a film content department at The White Agency in Sydney.
Tapping into her entrepreneurial spirit she went on to become cofounder and Executive Producer of award winning branded content creative agency hellofuture.tv Emily has been a passionate advocate of film content within the digital space and has worked tirelessly to raise its awareness and help brands of all sizes realise its potential. She has worked across numerous high profile brands such as Macquarie, P&G, Nokia, Mars, Nike, Fiat, Ferrari, GE, CBA, Xbox, Lexus, VW, Telstra, Diabetes Australia, Ancestry.com.au and hopes that her vision of brands becoming broadcasters in their own right one day comes true.
Outside of her many professional spinning plates she enjoys living by the ocean with her family in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, relearning the piano and raising a puppy called Art.
Paco Recuero: Marketing Director, Pernod Ricard España, President BCMA Spain
Paco is the Marketing Director & Digital Transformation Leader in Pernod Ricard Spain. Leader of a young and disruptive team of 50 entrepreneurs. Focused on transforming organisations towards more efficiency and profitability by installing a new operating system based on a contagious digital mindset, true innovative spirit and an entrepreneurial attitude. Member of the Executive Committee reporting to the CEO. He was also a founding partner of the Spanish Branded content marketing Association BCMA Spain.
Born in Madrid, Paco spent 4 years in the advertising agency and 3 years working for the tobacco industry (Lucky Strike, British American Tobacco) before joining Pernod Ricard Spain in 2004 as Brand Manager for Havana Club Rum. There he progressed to Marketing Manager in 2007 taking on the responsibility of Beefeater Gin, Absolut Vodka, Jameson and Ballantine’s Scotch Whiskey. In 2011 he was appointed Global Brand Director for Beefeater Gin in Chivas Brothers, London, UK. After 2 years he returned to Pernod Ricard Spain as Marketing Director.
Pernod Ricard is the #1 spirits company in the Spanish market with leading brands in each category: Beefeater, Seagram’s Gin, Ballantine’s, Absolut, Chivas, Havana Club, Malibu, Ruavieja and Mumm amongst others.
Sheila McGillivray: Founder, One Lady and a Tribe Advertising, Head of BCMA South Africa
Sheila McGillivray, is the Tribe Leader at One Lady and a Tribe Advertising, who singlehandedly put South Africa’s very first live TV commercial, Hyperama Price Busters, on air, and who, with a passionate team working with her, has built the Centrum Guardian branded content campaign into the award-winner it has become.
The Guardians are the courageous folk who work for South Africa’s Emergency Services – the paramedics, firemen and national sea rescuers – and together with the multivitamin brand Centrum, One Lady & a Tribe have made it possible to dedicate a TV series and award-winning campaign to them.
Sheila’s knowledge of the advertising industry spans four decades. And, it’s the years between then from JWT London, TBWA, Grey, McCann De Villiers to Saatchi Saatchi X and now that have provided Sheila with an intimate knowledge of the communications industry….her passion is Cause Marketing – doing good and doing good business.
Sam Zises: Founder & CEO [L]earned Media, BCMA USA President
Sam Zises is the Founder and CEO of [L]earned Media, a content marketing and design agency.
Before [L]earned Media, Zises founded the social media startup Wendr, which he sold and licensed to Budweiser in the U.S., and BlackBerry in Latin America.
Zises’ prior experience includes Ogilvy & Mather’s OgilvyEntertainment and Big Fuel, where he developed and executed branded content campaigns for clients including American Express, UPS, IBM, Colgate-Palmolive, Fisher-Price, McDonald’s, Yahoo! and KFC.
Zises has been a featured speaker at both Google and New York University. He is a leader of the Northeastern University New York City Alumni Chapter, where he graduated with a degree in communications and a concentration in media studies. Zises serves on the UJA-Federation of NY’s Young Entertainment Executive Committee and was the inaugural Chair of the Birthright Israel Alumni Council of New York. Zises is also President of The Branded Content Marketing Association’s U.S. Chapter.
András Furák: Portfolio Director Republic Advertising Agency, Chairman BCMA Hungary
András Furák is the portfolio director of Republic Advertising Agency. Republic Group is one of the biggest independent branding agency in Hungary. They won the only Gold Lion winner awarded for the integrated campaign of that launched Vodafone Hungary. Republic is a partner of Siegel+Gale, New York and has managed successful campaigns including, T-Mobile, Coca–Cola and E-On.
Furák is part of the Republic Board and has fifteen years experience in marketing and communications. He worked for Axel Springer Ag where he was responsible for Portfolio communication and sales figures. He joined Republic Group in 2011 and is responsible for new business and executional branding processes.
He is a main organiser of BrandFestival, which is the most influential media and leadership summit in Central Europe. As a BCMA Hungary Chairman his main challenge is to educate the region from consumer and client side, to accept and use branded content as a new effective way of marketing.
Kaaren Whitney-Vernon: Founder and CEO shift2 Inc, President BCMA Canada
Founder and CEO of shift2, a branded entertainment agency servicing Fortune 100 clients, Kaaren Whitney-Vernon is recognized for her visionary approach to reaching millennials and youth. With a focus on collaboration between agencies and brands, shift2 seeks to create engaged audiences and drive profitable brand experiences.
Kaaren has been quoted in BNN, Adweek, The Wall Street Journal, Globe and Mail, on CBC and also sits on several North American marketing advisory boards and judging panels. She is part of the movement to bring a universally accepted measurement for branded content.
Adam Hua: VP of Partnerships, CitizenNet, A Condé Nast Company (BCMA USA West Coast Representative)
Adam Hua is the VP of Partnerships at CitizenNet, a Condé Nast company. CitizenNet specializes in prediction technology for social media advertising in Los Angeles, CA. Adam conceptualises and brings new solutions and products to market while fostering partnerships and business development. He has 15 years of digital and social advertising experience.
Previously, Adam held senior executive roles at Adaptly, Compass Labs, and Marchex and been a part of two exits in the startup space. He is also the co-founder of Discovered, an entertainment marketplace, and an advisor to The Joint Chiropractic (Rosemead, Hoboken Franchisee), Magnitude Digital and HeroLA.