Former Pepsi Chief Dawn Hudson to Join NFL as CMO

By Community | September 23, 2014

The National Football League (NFL) have annnounced today that veteran marketing and advertising executive Dawn Hudson has been named the new Chief Marketing Officer.

Hudson will oversee the development, ed direction and implementation of all marketing activities for the NFL. Hudson will report to Commissioner Roger Goodell and begin next month at the league’s New York office. 

“We are looking forward to working with Dawn, herbal whose experience as a leader and marketer will help further connect the NFL with fans, unhealthy ” said Goodell. 

“I am excited to join the NFL where I will be able to combine two of my passions – sports and marketing,” said Hudson. “Sports have always played a big role in my life and in my career. While at Pepsi, I worked with numerous sports properties, including the NFL, and I also served as a LGPA board member.” 

Hudson replaces Mark Waller as the NFL’s CMO. In a series of organizational changes last month, it was announced that Waller now will focus exclusively on the growth of the NFL’s international business

Hudson brings to the NFL broad experience at the highest level in a variety of industries, including consumer goods, food service, and communications. 

For the past five years, she served as the Vice Chairman of The Parthenon Group, a Boston-based strategic consulting firm. She led and developed the firm’s consumer practice, focusing on food, beverage and restaurant sectors across North America, Europe and Asia. Hudson focused on growth strategies and serving CMOs with critical investment decisions. 

Hudson previously spent 11 years at PepsiCo, where she rose to President & CEO of Pepsi-Cola North America. She held other senior level positions at PepsiCo where she was the top marketer at Pepsi-Cola North America and Frito-Lay International. Hudson was named one of Advertising Age’s Top 50 Marketers when she was CMO of Pepsi-Cola North America. 

Prior to joining PepsiCo, Hudson gained extensive marketing, advertising and brand experience at major agencies such as DMB&B and Omnicom. 

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