Bozoma Saint John
Bozoma was named “Executive of the Year” by Billboard, was featured in Fortune’s “40 Under 40,” Billboard’s “Top Executives,” “40 Under 40” and “Power 100” lists, Ebony’s “100 Powerful Executives,” Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People,” and Ad Age’s “50 Most Creative People,” among other accolades.
The marketing powerhouse
Over the course of her career, Saint John has earned a formidable reputation as a trailblazing marketing and advertising executive. She most recently served as Chief Brand Officer for Uber, where she was tasked with telling the stories of millions of riders and driver partners across 600-plus cities. Prior to Uber, Saint John served as Head of Global Consumer Marketing for Apple Music and iTunes, spearheading campaigns geared towards growing consumer brand recognition, loyalty and equity around the world. She stole the show at Apple’s keynote Worldwide Developers Conference when she introduced the new interface for Apple Music. Following the presentation, Buzzfeed called her the "coolest person to ever go on stage at an Apple event.”
Before Apple, Saint John served as Head of the Music and Entertainment Marketing Group at Pepsi-Cola North America, where she drove breakthrough consumer engagement plans for brands across the soda giant’s beverages portfolio by engaging tastemaker-consumers. Prior to Pepsi, Saint John served as VP of Marketing for Ashley Stewart, a women’s fashion brand, as well as managed accounts at advertising agencies Arnold Worldwide and Spike Lee's Spike DDB.
Saint John was born in Middletown, CT, but spent her early childhood in Nairobi Kenya, Washington D.C. and Accra Ghana before immigrating to Colorado Springs, CO when she was 12 years old. She received her Bachelor’s degree in English and African American Studies from Wesleyan University (at which she currently sits on the President’s Advisory Council).