They were driven by intangibles like storytelling, authenticity, empathy and inclusion.
Welcome to the Adweek 50, our annual celebration of corporate leaders shaking things up, raising the bar and continually redefining the marketplace. They take calculated risks and reap big rewards, leaving little to chance in the process. These executives are all keepers, indispensable players working below the CEO level, and sometimes behind the scenes, to grow business, spur innovation and generate value across the ever-changing marketing, media and technology landscape.
Be sure to also check out our cover story on Adweek 50 honorees Barbara Messing and Andy Dunn of Walmart.
David Gianatasio is a longtime contributor to Adweek, where he has been a writer and editor for two decades. Previously serving as Adweek's New England bureau chief and web editor, he remains based in Boston.
Jason Lynch is Adweek's TV/Media Editor, overseeing trends, technology, personalities and programming across broadcast, cable and streaming video. Formerly TV Editor for People magazine, he has been covering the TV and movie industries for two decades.