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AMA Leadership

AMA Executive Team


Russ Klein

Chief Executive Officer

Russell Klein has quarterbacked teams for many of the world’s foremost brand names—holding top marketing and advertising posts at Dr Pepper/7UP Companies, Gatorade, 7-Eleven Corporation, Burger King Corporation, and Arby’s Restaurant Group.

His Burger King body of work that was recognized by ADWEEK as “The Advertiser of the Decade” for the 2000’s…a distinction belonging to Nike and Budweiser in previous decades. Klein was again recognized as a seminal influence behind Burger King’s recognition at this year’s Cannes ad festival as Creative Marketer of the Year in 2017; referencing a few of his most popular campaigns including:

Burger King’s groundbreaking digital campaign, “Subservient Chicken

  • ranked as the 6th greatest campaign of 21st Century by Ad Age
  • and Digital Ad of the Decade by the Wall Street Journal

Klein was responsible for “Whopper Freakout” 

  • the highest recalled advertising campaign ever measured by Nielsen’s IAG Research among all advertisers

As CEO for the American Marketing Association, Russ is charged with the transformation of the AMA to become the essential community for marketers.

  • Klein was once nicknamed “Flamethrower” by an industry publication for his managerial risk-taking and provocative advertising; but he now aspires to be the torch bearer for all marketers.

Barbara Grobicki

Chief Alliances Officer

In her role as Chief Alliances Officer, Barbara Grobicki helps brand share their products and thought leadership with the AMA community.


David Klein

Chief Content Officer

At the AMA, David Klein will oversee the omnichannel content strategy for our practitioner, academic and collegiate communities. That includes exploring new initiatives while also guiding flagship AMA brands like Marketing News magazine, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, the AMA Professional Certified Marketer® program, AMA Symposium for the Marketing of Higher Education and more.

Before joining the AMA, Klein served as Senior Vice President/Group Publisher for Crain Communications Inc. There he oversaw the strategy and operations of iconic brands like “Advertising Age,” “Pensions & Investments,” “Investment News,” “Crain’s NY Business” and “Modern Healthcare.” He worked with those brands to manage the transition from reliance on print to a more balanced mix of streams while keeping editorial quality as the top priority.


Jennifer Severns

Chief Experience Officer

Jennifer Severns brings the AMA her ability to lead cross-functional innovation and guide digital disruption as we work to enhance and refine customer experience. A relentless imagination powers her creative and agile communication skills as she oversees marketing, insights, innovation, customer service and live experience at the AMA.

Severns has experience with many of the world’s foremost brands including Allstate, Unilever, Dell, Nissan, Subway and more. Perhaps most noteworthy is Jennifer’s stint with Harpo Productions where she and her trailblazing team led digital design. She was central to the original design of the Oprah brand digital strategy for the Oprah Winfrey Show. She is a data-driven doer with a nose for financial results…and believes “there’s always a way.” At Harpo, Severns had full stewardship for the digital program from design, research, business requirements, production, to implementation; at one point growing the Oprah website site to nearly 15 million monthly unique visitors!


Jeremy Van Ek

Chief Operations Officer


As Chief Operations Officer at the American Marketing Association, Van Ek will lead AMA’s financial, operational, and human resource strategies.

Van Ek comes to the AMA with more than 15 years of experience in the marketing industry, including working at Edelman, Arc Worldwide and most recently Trisect, where he was the Chief Financial Officer.


Board of Directors

The AMA Board of Directors is a group of volunteer leaders who are impactful visionaries in marketing. They provide insight and guidance as the AMA works to become the essential community for marketers.

Bill Cron, Chairperson

J. Vaughn & Evelynne H. Wilson Professor in Business, and the Sr. Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Research at Neeley School of Business, Texas Christian University

Stacy Armijo, Chairperson-Elect

Chief Experience Officer, Amplify Credit Union

Mary Garrett, Immediate Past Chairperson

Serves as a board member and on the audit committee of Ethan Allen Interiors, Inc.

Katherine (Kay) Lemon, Secretary

Accenture Professor of Marketing, Carroll School of Management, Boston College

Dennis R. James, Treasurer

Chief Financial Officer, Greater Chicago Food Depository

Russell S. Winer, Chairperson, AMA Foundation Board of Advisors

William H. Joyce Professor of Marketing, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University

Roger Adams, At-Large Member

Chief Marketing Officer (retired), USAA

Karen Albritton, At-Large Member

Advisor to CEOs and boards of emerging growth & mid-market companies

Lisa Bowman, At-Large Member

Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, United Way Worldwide

Mayur Gupta, At-Large Member

Global Vice President – Growth and Marketing, Spotify

Mark Houston, At-Large Member

Professor & the Eunice and James L. West Chair of Marketing, Neeley School of Business, Texas A&M University

Jeffrey Inman, At-Large Member

Albert Wesley Frey Professor of Marketing and Associate Dean of Research & Faculty, Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh

Bernard Jaworski, At-Large Member

Peter F. Drucker Chair in Management and the Liberal Arts, Drucker School of Management, Claremont Graduate University

Greg W. Marshall, At-Large Member

Charles Harwood Professor of Marketing & Strategy, Crummer Graduate School of Business, Rollins College

Diana O’Brien, At-Large Member

Global Chief Marketing Officer, Deloitte

H. Rao Unnava, At-Large Member

Dean and Professor, Graduate School of Management, University of California, Davis 

Russ Klein, Ex-Officio Member

Chief Executive Officer, American Marketing Association