The CMO of the Year jury, made up of 24 members from the CMO of the Year Council and selected marketing and media experts from publishing houses, TV, academia and agencies, has come to a decision: Antje von Dewitz is CMO of the Year 2021. She is the CEO of outdoor brand VAUDE, a role in which she is also responsible for the marketing.
Antje von Dewitz is following on from previous CMO of the Year winners Dr Ian Robertson (BMW), Godo Röben (Rügenwalder Mühle), Hans-Christian Schwingen (Deutsche Telekom), Eric Liedtke (Adidas), Karsten Kühn (Hornbach), Tarek Müller (ABOUT YOU) and, in 2020, Susan Schramm (McDonald’s).
The nominees for the CMO of the Year Award 2021 (in alphabetical order) were:
“As a medium-sized company in a fiercely competitive international industry, we have always known that big campaigns aren’t the right way for us to develop our image. Especially as our marketing budget is small (in favour of our sustainable orientation) and we also deploy a lot of human resources in marketing for the transparent communication of our ecological and social commitment. Which makes me all the more proud and delighted to be receiving this distinction. It just goes to show that our fantastic team – with lots of passion, creativity and team spirit – has succeeded in making people enthusiastic about VAUDE’s sustainable contents.”
“Sustainability has been relevant for all companies for a long time, but a lot are only jumping on the bandwagon now. VAUDE has always been different in that respect. The family-run company’s strong beliefs made it a pioneer, which Antje von Dewitz further cemented when she took over the company management. Over the years she has consistently aligned the company with its ecological and social values, resulting in its clear and authentic positioning today. The culture at VAUDE is something very special. This pioneering achievement in the management of the brand demands courage, a willingness to take risks, creativity and perseverance. Antje von Dewitz’ success is proving her right: years ahead of many brands, she is a role model for numerous entrepreneurs and founders – and not only when it comes to the transition towards climate neutrality.”