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CMO Accelerator Programme

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Want to deliver sustainable, endurable brand value for your organisation? Join the CMO Accelerator, Cannes Lions' premier learning programme for senior marketers.

Since 2013, over 400 alumni from 50 countries have attended the Accelerator. Some of the world's largest brands have taken a seat in the classroom for two days of thought leadership, inspiration and networking.

The CMO Accelerator Programme offers full-week access to the Festival, as well as a highly customised two-day Festival itinerary that helps senior marketing leaders to deliver better brand value than ever before.

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CMO Accelerator Package 2024

Registration confirms your place in the 2023 classroom and includes:

  • a full-week delegate pass to Cannes Lions
  • access to all Gold pass benefits
  • networking dinner on Monday 17 June 2024
  • post event breakfast on Saturday 22 June 2024
  • first refusal to book your space on the CMO Accelerator Programme 2025.

It’s all about you.

The Accelerator is built for senior marketers, with five key objectives for you and your career:

  • Be inspired with new ideas and possibilities
  • Raise standards in your work
  • Broaden your network and meet peers
  • Take the time and space to think about your work and personal development
  • Leave as a better leader.

Who should attend?

  • Exclusively for professionals working within brands
  • High-potential leaders poised and motivated to take on significant managerial responsibility in their organisations
  • Mid- to senior-level brand leaders and heads of product divisions from any company, any industry and any country within the private or public sectors

How it Works

The CMO Accelerator takes place on the final two days of the Festival in a 5-star hotel in Cannes. So before we gather, you're free to enjoy all the Festival has to offer. Attend client meetings, watch content and celebrate at the Awards shows before we get together and focus on you.

We kick off with a networking dinner on Monday 17 June hosted by Jim Stengel, LIONS and our partners. This informal get together is the perfect networking opportunity to meet the class of 2024 before two full days of learning.

Pre-event, we connect with attendees and gather individual ‘burning issues’ to help map out a targeted programme. Jim will evaluate and explore these topics in a series of roundtable sessions, ensuring each issue is addressed by the end of the week. Guest speakers will join us, presenting and taking questions. Is there anything more powerful than peer-to-peer learning designed to help you tackle your business problems?

The programme is built around three pillars:

Creative excellence | How to lead your teams and partners to unlock creativity that moves your business and society forward

Future-facing brand building | Exposure to cutting-edge thinking and approaches to help keep you current in the fast-moving marketing ecosystem

Leading with creativity | Unlocking your potential in the C-suite with a powerful set of tools across emotional, physical and professional aspects of managing a very demanding role

Led by Jim Stengel, CMO whisperer and former Global Marketing Officer of Procter & Gamble, this uniquely personal learning experience is the perfect opportunity to set up the second half of your year.

Attending The CMO Accelerator connects you with peers from across the world who are going through the very same struggles. For two days you can network, learn from global experts and gain mentorship from Jim while you learn about the latest best practices and newest ideas. It’s all about you.

CMO Accelerator Leadership Team

Jim Stengel

Jim Stengel


The Jim Stengel Company

Suzanne Tosolini

Suzanne Tosolini

Brand Strategy Consultant

The Jim Stengel company

CMO Accelerator Leadership Team

Jim Stengel is President/CEO of The Jim Stengel Company. A prolific writer, thought leader and advisor, Jim is the author of Grow: How Ideals Power Growth and Profit at the World’s Greatest Companies, and Unleashing the Innovators: How Mature Companies Find New Life with Startups. He is also host of the highly acclaimed The CMO Podcast, an Adjunct Professor at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and an investor and Board member at BERA.

Jim is widely known for his leadership in the brand purpose movement and for his commitment to building leading-edge marketing capabilities.n 2011, he was selected for the first-ever Fortune® Executive Dream Team. He has been named multiple times by Ad Age as the number one ‘Power Player’ in marketing and is a 2017 AMA Marketing Hall of Fame inductee. Jim served as Dean of the Young Marketers Academy at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity from 2011 to 2020 and in 2013 pioneered the CMO Accelerator programme at the Cannes Lions Festival. Jim is the former Global Marketing Officer of Procter & Gamble and a former member of the Board of Directors for AOL and Motorola.

Jim grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA. He holds a BA from Franklin & Marshall College, and an MBA from The Pennsylvania State University, Smeal School of Business. Jim and his wife Kathleen have two children and split their time between Cincinnati, Ohio, and Coronado, California, USA.

Suzanne Tosolini is a Brand Strategy Consultant with over 30 years’ experience. She started her career in brand management at P&G, where she worked for 20 years running businesses locally and globally in Western Europe, North America, Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East. She led brand strategy and communication best practices for the company globally and then left in 2009 to join Jim Stengel as a consultant. She now consults with some of the biggest companies in the world across industries as varied as consumer packaged goods insurance, high-tech, pharmaceutical, prestige beauty, telecom and luxury goods.

Suzanne has partnered with Jim to co-lead and tutor the Cannes Lions CMO Accelerator and the Brand Marketer Academy at Cannes Lions since 2011. She is on the strategic advisory board of a US-based ad agency and volunteers her time and passion for strategy as a mentor for a large start-up incubator. Suzanne holds a degree in Business and Social Studies from Trinity College in Ireland, where she grew up within an Irish/German household. She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her Italian husband and has two sons in college in the US.