CommerceNext Opens Nominations for Annual CommerceNexty Awards, Announces 2022 Judges

Executives from L’Oréal, Poshmark, Walmart, Tapestry and Other Leading Companies to Review Retail and DTC Peers’ Marketing Achievements

NEW YORK--()--CommerceNext today announced that nominations for its 2022 CommerceNexty Awards are now open. The CommerceNexty Awards celebrate excellence in ecommerce and digital marketing and will include two new honorary awards this year for a Marketing Visionary and Digital Disruptor. The awards will be judged by CommerceNext’s Advisory Board, a group of almost 40 ecommerce and retail leaders. Winners will be announced at CommerceNext 2022, which will take place June 21-22 in New York City. The invite-only conference provides a collaborative, communal space where leaders from retail and direct-to-consumer (DTC) brands can share marketing and ecommerce best practices.

“The CommerceNexty Awards honor the achievements of those individuals and companies that are delivering truly innovative results in customer acquisition and ecommerce,” said CommerceNext Co-Founder Veronika Sonsev. “We encourage all interested retail and ecommerce executives to recognize one or two people by nominating their accomplishments.”

Last year, the CommerceNext community celebrated a range of groundbreaking companies that included FootLocker, M&Ms, e.l.f. cosmetics, Universal Standard, FTD, Tile, Camp and THE YES. The peer-reviewed awards identify and reward the best marketing and ecommerce achievements among retail and ecommerce professionals.

Nominations are now open for the categories below. Marketing and ecommerce executives who would like to nominate themselves, a client or a colleague can do so by completing the nomination form by April 15, 2022.

This year’s award categories are:

  1. Marketing Innovator of the Year
  2. Most Impactful Social Responsibility Campaign
  3. Best Use of Data or Technology in Marketing
  4. Most Effective Brand Storytelling
  5. Outstanding New Ecommerce Experience
  6. Best Use of a New Channel
  7. Women in Retail’s Top Woman of the Year Award

The category finalists will be selected on May 4th and voting on the finalists will take place from May 4-24th. Winners will be selected based on a combination of votes, with a popular vote contributing 50% of the overall score and the votes of CommerceNext’s board of judges contributing the other 50%. The CommerceNexty Award winners will be announced at the close of CommerceNext IRL on June 22, 2022.

This year’s board of judges includes:

Web Smith, Founder at 2PM
Melissa Grillo Aruz, Founder at Aruz Ventures
Eric Gohs, SVP of Performance Marketing + Digital at Ascena
Sunil Kaki, EVP of Marketing at Beachbody
Liesel Walsh, SVP Marketing & Customer Experience at Boston Proper
Elyse Burack, Head of Consumer Marketing at Capsule
Lev Peker, CEO at
Matt Gehring, CMO at Dutch
Emily Hickey, Founder at Chief Detective Growth Consulting
Vivian Chang, VP Growth, DTC at Clorox
Ekta Chopra, Chief Digital Officer at E.L.F. BEAUTY
Amy Africa, CEO at Eight By Eight
Doug Jensen, SVP, GTM Analytics and Learning Center of Excellence at Estée Lauder Companies, Inc.
Geoff Sanders, CMO at Firstleaf
Charlie Cole, CEO at FTD
Leslie Emmons Burthey, VP of Marketing (Gold, Telehealth) at GoodRX
Bree Casart, Head of Digital at Hanna Andersson
Shawna Hausman, CMO at Health-E Commerce
Emily Culp, CMO at Genexa
Angela Hsu, SVP, Marketing and Ecommerce at Lamps Plus
Qun Wei, Head of Growth Data & Analytics at Lemonade
Scott Ableman, CMO at LevelFields
George Khachatryan, CEO at OfferFit
Barkha Saxena, Chief Data Officer at Poshmark
Joe Megibow, Advisor at Purple
David Cost, VP of Digital and Ecommerce at Rainbow
Anurag Kadyan, Vice President of Ecommerce & Digital Marketing at S’well
Liana Thompson, Vice President, Global Ecommerce at Stuart Weitzman
Suruchi Shukla, VP of Omnichannel Growth Marketing at Tailored Brands
Noam Paransky, Chief Digital Officer at Tapestry
Jason Nickel, VP of Marketing at Ten Thousand
Mike Lackman, CEO at Trade Coffee
Alex Waldman, Co-Founder & Creative Director at Universal Standard
Malena Higuera, General Manager at Urban Decay
Daren Hull, President at Vera Bradley
Naomi Jacobs, Senior Director, Head of Social at Walmart
Sarah Henry, Sr. Director, Content & Influencer Marketing at Walmart
Vijay Talwar, CEO of Wish
Jon Mandell, SVP, Global Membership Marketing & Commerce at WW

About CommerceNext

CommerceNext is a community, event series and conference for marketers at retail and direct-to-consumer brands. Through its events and research, the company harnesses the collective wisdom of its community to help marketers grow their businesses and advance their careers. Inc. Magazine named the CommerceNext Summit one of the top 5 ecommerce conferences for 2019/2020. To learn more about CommerceNext, visit

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Release Summary

CommerceNext today announced that nominations for its 2022 CommerceNexty Awards are now open.


Carly Berns