Lauren Kelly | The Innovator 25 North America 2022

Lauren Kelly

Chief Commercial Officer
Thought Exchange

Long Beach, CA

Lauren Kelly has devoted much of her 20-plus year career to change, largely by launching new platforms and repositioning businesses for sustainable growth. So it made perfect sense when last year discussion management platform ThoughtExchange promoted then-CMO Kelly to chief commercial officer, giving her oversight of the company’s product, marketing and sales functions, with the remit of making sure the platform and user experience keeps up with the pace of change. Before joining ThoughtExchange in 2021, Kelly, as CMO, transformed Irvine Company Office Properties’ marketing platform, led global strategy for Dell’s 25,000-person go-to-market organization and spearheaded PepsiCo strategy on behalf of the company's CEO. Kelly is also a founding member of Black Executive CMO Alliance (BECA) which, she says “represents a meaningful step in connecting and elevating Black CMOs so they can have outsized positive impact – helping their organizations and the business world become a more inclusive and equitable force for good.”