CommerceNext Opens Nominations for Annual CommerceNexty Awards, Announces 2021 Judges

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The CommerceNexty Awards will take place in New York onSeptember 29, 2021

The CommerceNexty Award

The CommerceNexty Awards celebrate the individuals and companies that are delivering truly breakthrough results.

CommerceNext today announced that nominations for its 2021 CommerceNexty Awards are now open. The CommerceNexty Awards are presented by Bloomreach and celebrate excellence in ecommerce and digital marketing and will be judged by CommerceNext’s Advisory Board, which is a group of more than 30 ecommerce and retail leaders. Winners will be announced at CommerceNext IRL, which takes place September 28–29, 2021, in New York City. The invite-only conference provides a collaborative, communal space where marketing leaders from retail and direct-to-consumer (DTC) brands can share marketing best practices.

“The CommerceNexty Awards celebrate the individuals and companies that are delivering truly breakthrough results,” said CommerceNext Co-Founder Veronika Sonsev. “We encourage all interested executives in the retail and ecommerce community to nominate one or two people for this year’s awards, which include two exciting new categories—the Women in Retail’s Top Woman of the Year Award and the Global/Cross-Border Launch of the Year.”

Previously, the CommerceNext community recognized innovative companies that included Bonobos, HelloFresh, Lamps Plus, Outer, Poshmark, Sephora and Warby Parker. The peer-reviewed awards identify and reward the best marketing performances among retail and ecommerce professionals.

Nominations are now open for the categories below, and marketing executives who would like to nominate themselves, a client or a colleague can do so by completing the nomination form by July 30, 2021.

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. NEW! Global/Cross-Border Launch of the Year
8. NEW! Women in Retail’s Top Woman of the Year Award

The category finalists will be selected on August 18th and voting on the finalists will take place from August 18th through September 8th. 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 on September 29, 2021.

This year’s board of judges includes:

Web Smith, Founder at 2PM
Alix de Sagazan, CEO and Cofounder at AB Tasty
Melissa Grillo Aruz, Founder at Aruz Ventures
Sunil Kaki, EVP, Marketing at Beachbody
Elyse Burack, Head of DTC Marketing at Capsule
Lev Peker, CEO at
Emily Hickey, Founder at Chief Detective Growth Consulting
Emily Culp, fmr CEO at CoverFX
Ekta Chopra, Chief Digital Officer at E.L.F. BEAUTY
Amy Africa, CEO at Eight By Eight
Doug Jensen, SVP Go-to-Market (GTM) Analytics & Activation and Learning Center of Excellence (COE) at Estee Lauder Companies, Inc.
Matt Gehring, GM at Everlane
Geoff Sanders, CMO at Firstleaf
Vijay Talwar, CEO of EMEA at Foot Locker
Shawna Hausman, CMO at FSA Store
Charlie Cole, CEO at FTD
Leslie Emmons Burthey, VP of Marketing, Gold and Telehealth at GoodRX
Jason Nickel, fmr SVP, Marketing & E-commerce at Kjaer Weis
Angela Hsu, SVP, Marketing and eCommerce at Lamps Plus
Qun Wei, Head of Growth Data & Analytics at Lemonade
Scott Ableman, CMO at LevelFields
Rob Schmults, Executive Board at MidOcean Partners
Bree Casart, Senior Director, Connected Consumer Experience at Nike
Liesel Walsh, fmr VP, CRM, Loyalty and Insights at Party City
Barkha Saxena, Chief Data Officer at Poshmark
Joe Megibow, CEO at Purple
Naomi Jacobs, Director, Social Strategy & Business Development at Qurate Retail Group (QVC, HSN)
David Cost, VP, Ecommerce & Digital Marketing at Rainbow
Rohan Deuskar, Founder & CEO at Stylitics
Anurag Kadyan, Vice President of eCommerce & Digital Marketing at S'well
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
Sarah Henry, Sr. Director | Head of Content & Influencer Marketing at Walmart
Sarah Bowman, Vice President of Marketing at Wunderkind
Jon Mandell, SVP, Membership Marketing and Global Ecommerce at WW
Rosa Hu, VP of Product Marketing at Yotpo

About CommerceNext
CommerceNext is a community, event series and conference for marketers at retail and direct-to-consumer brands. 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

About Bloomreach
Bloomreach is the leader in Commerce Experience™ — empowering brands to deliver customer journeys so personalized, they feel like magic. Bloomreach Experience, the digital experience platform built for commerce, includes three pillars: Discovery, offering AI-driven search and merchandising; Content, offering a headless CMS; and Engagement, offering a leading CDP and marketing automation solutions. Together, these pillars form the only platform that combines the power of unified customer and product data with the speed and scale of AI-optimization, enabling measurable digital commerce experiences that drive real results. Bloomreach serves over 700 global brands including Albertsons, Bosch, Puma, FC Bayern München, and Marks & Spencer, and powers over $250 billion in commerce annually. For more information, visit

About Women in Retail Leadership Circle/NAPCO Media
Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) is an exclusive community of women executives at leading retailers and brands. Their mission is to foster leadership development for members by providing an unparalleled mix of events, content and elite connections. The WIRLC community is comprised of successful, motivated and passionate women from the entire retail and brand ecosystem who have a strong belief that investing in themselves and in other women is good business. Learn more at

NAPCO Media, WIRLC’s parent company, has been a leading information source in the markets it serves since 1958. NAPCO Media continues to evolve with information distribution methods and specializes in the creation and cross-channel distribution of exceptional content. NAPCO Media’s mission is to build a community between its audience and its clients.

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