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The CPG Guys

The CPG Guys

CPG commerce industry icon Sri Rajagopalan, consumer loyalty expert Peter V.S. Bond & retail shopper marketing legend Bryan Gildenberg explore how brands and retailers understand and engage with consumers in-store, online and everywhere in between.

Recent Episodes

Shelf Edge In-Store Media That Converts with Vestcom's Shock Torem

March 27, 2023

The CPG Guys are joined by Shock Torem, SVP & GM of CPG & Retail Media Solutions at Vestcom (an Avery Dennison Company), the industry leader in shelf-edge media for Retailers and CPGs. Their data-integrated media solutions e…

Retail Media

In-Store Retail Media Networks with Stratacache’s Chris Riegel & Jonathan Rosen

March 24, 2023

The CPG Guys are joined by Chris Riegel CEO of STRATACACHE & Jonathan Rosen SVP, Content Strategy & Consumer Experience at PRN, a STRATACACHE company. The STRATACACHE family of companies, which includes PRN and SCALA, is acc…

Guest: Chris Riegel
Personalization Shoppable Media Digital Shelf Direct To Consumer

Reducing Friction in Ad Networks Performance Marketing with Pear Commerce's Eric Martell

March 21, 2023

The CPG Guys speak with Eric Martell, co-founder of Pear Commerce, the retail ecommerce platform that connects CPGs to retailers, converting shoppable media into actionable insights that fuel performance marketing. Pear part…

Guest: Eric Martell

Perishable Food eCommerce Imperatives with Hostess Brands' Bret Thurston

March 15, 2023

The CPG Guys speak with Bret Thurston, Director of eCommerce & Shopper Marketing at Hostess Brands, a leading sweet snacks company focused on developing, manufacturing, marketing, selling and distributing snacks in North Ame…

Spirited Personalization with DIAGEO's Gina O'Halloran & Aki's Risa Crandall

March 11, 2023

The CPG Guys , PVSB and Sri are joined in this episode by Gina O'Halloran, U.S. Media director at DIAGEO, a global leader in premium drinks, across spirits and beer, a business built on the principles and foundations laid by…

Retail Media

Retail Media Networks in 2023 with GroupM's Lauren Lavin & Mindshare's Jeff Malmad

March 8, 2023

The CPG Guys speak with Lauren Lavin, Executive Director, Commerce at GroupM and Jeff Malmad, Global Head of Commerce at Mindshare, both part of the broader WPP organization. This episode was recorded in January at CES in La…

About the Hosts

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Sri Rajagopalan

Co-Founder & co-Host

Sri Rajagopalan has over 30 years of leadership experience at Fortune 500 companies, overseeing eCommerce and P&L for some of the most recognizable CPG brands in the world.
He has worked as Senior Vice President of eCommerce & Digital Sales at Revlon, Vice President of eCommerce & New Business Models at Johnson & Johnson, and General Manager of Sales & eCommerce at PepsiCo.

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Peter V.S. Bond

Co-Founder & Co-Host

Peter is the Senior Vice President of Commercial Strategy & Business Development at Fetch Rewards, a mobile loyalty platform. Prior to joining Fetch Rewards, Peter held leadership roles at PowerReviews, CVS Health, dunnhumby, IRi and He holds a BA from Wesleyan University, a MBA from The Stern School of Business at New York University and Executive Education Certificates from the Business Schools at Columbia University and Cornell University.

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Andrea K. Leigh

Fresh 4 Co-Host

Andrea Leigh is the founder & CEO of Allume Group. She is an eCommerce strategist and enthusiast. With over 20 years of eCommerce experience working with thousands of brands, her deep expertise has unlocked sustainable growth opportunities for brands of all sizes. A ten-year former senior executive at Amazon, she led over 15 product categories, helped launch Amazon’s automated pricing system and CRaP (Can’t Realize any Profit) programs, and ran Amazon Prime for Amazon Canada. She is a recognized thought leader in the commerce industry and a frequent keynote speaker at various conferences and corporate events.

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Melissa Burdick

Fresh 4 Co-Host

Melissa Burdick is the President of Pacvue and is an expert in designing for online and e-Commerce marketing strategies. A 10-year Amazon veteran, Ms. Burdick helped launch the Amazon CPG/Health & Beauty retail business, building a business from the ground up with an evolving strategy to sell profitably online. She was an early leader of the Amazon Media Group, launching the first vendor display video ad, and developed and grew the Amazon advertising business. Ms. Burdick is well known as an e-Commerce thought leader, Forbes Agency Council member, and participates as a speaker at e-Commerce conferences and industry podcasts.

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Bryan Gildenberg

Host - The Gildenberg Omnicomment

Bryan Gildenberg is the host of "the Gildenberg Omnicomment," a weekly video series appearing Thursdays on The CPG Guys LinkedIn page. He is the founder & CEO of Confluencer Commerce. Previously, he served as the SVP, Commerce, for the Omnicom Commerce Group (OCG), a community of best in class consultancy, creativity and capability in retail, shopper and commerce marketing, focused on driving sales growth through increased conversion. Prior to Omnicom Bryan led global retail research for Kantar’s retail practice. His perspective has been featured on broadcast media such as CNBC, Fox Business, and the BBC, and he is frequently cited in a range of U.S. and global business publications. An engaging speaker, Bryan has addressed thousands of industry/corporate meetings over his near 25-year career. A particular area of focus for Bryan is the US drugstore channel and he has significant expertise in the marriage between retail and healthcare. Bryan has been a frequent speaker at major drugstore industry events and has a long-standing partnership with the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS).

Bryan earned an MBA summa cum laude from Babson College and an undergraduate degree from Cambridge University in Cambridge, England. He is currently locked in his home in New Jersey.

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Jeff Malmad

Host - The Mindshare Retail Media Minute

As Head of Global Commerce at Mindshare North America, Malmad helps brands understand the opportunity that emerging technology and connected devices present and pioneers the latest programs in mobile technology. His mobile-first view drives strategy and innovation across the Mindshare NA client base​; Mindshare has been awarded Mobile Marketing Association’s Global Mobile Agency of the Year twice in the last three years alone, on top of honors such as Adweek’s Media Plan of the Year Awards, IAB MIXX Awards, Mobile Marketer’s Agency of the Year, and more.

Throughout his career, Malmad has showcased his passion for digital. He joined Mindshare from Joule, a WPP subsidiary where he led marketing programs for Dell and Unilever. Previously, he built integrated programs based on consumer insights at MediaCom and separately developed sponsorship programs at startup 24/7 Media for clients such as Comedy Central, AT&T, and Yahoo!.

Malmad holds a BA from Ohio State University, and is a member of the 4As Mobile Task Force. A respected industry thought leader, he’s presented for numerous conferences from Advertising Week, IAB, MediaPost, and the 4As. His insights on mobile technology and marketer opportunities have been featured in Advertising Age, Adweek, Financial Times, Mashable, Entrepreneur, and more.

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Sean Halter

Host - “CPG Bites”

Sean is the host of the weekly video series “CPG Bites” which appears on the CPG Guys LinkedIn page every Monday. He is the CEO & Founder of MiO Marketplace, the leading media intelligence tool for buyers & sellers of media. Sean also Principal at Connectivity Holdings which invests in emerging companies in the digital, data science, media and marketing landscapes. Sean hosts two notable podcasts: “The CMO Suite” and “Social Barbarians.”