The Legal Defense Fund, a civil rights law organization that was founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, brings on Natalie Thigpen as chief communications and marketing officer. Thigpen most recently served as SVP for culture, engagement, diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging at Summit Health and CityMD. Her previous positions include VP of marketing at Mountainside Medical Center and senior director of integrated marketing at Seton Hall University. “Her extensive experience and proven track record in driving innovative communication strategies make her the ideal candidate to ensure we continue to reach key audiences and give voice to the most pressing issues of racial justice facing our democracy,” said LDF President and DirectorCounsel Janai Nelson.
The Miami Marlins promote VP of marketing Tiago Pinto to the CMO spot. Before joining the Marlins in February 2022, Pinto was CEO of Miami-based BOL Football, which creates products centered around soccer. He has also worked at PepsiCo, where he served as global marketing director for Gatorade and Nike, where he was marketing director. In his new post, Pinto will focus on enhancing the club’s brand presence through marketing and community action. He will oversee social media, game presentation, digital marketing and community engagement. “Tiago has brought exceptional leadership and strategic vision to our organization, and we have full confidence that he will excel in the new role,” said Marlins president of business operations Caroline O’Connor. The Marlins have also upped Robert Gelman, who has been with the organization for four years, to VP, head of partnership development and strategy.
Vintage Wine Estates names Ryan Watson as CMO, effective Jan. 16. Watson joins the company from Boston Consulting Group, where he was a partner. His career has also included stints at Amazon, Kraft Heinz and Tesco. At VWE, Watson will lead the effort to drive consumer- and demand-centric thinking across the enterprise with responsibilities for insights, data & analytics, brands, innovation and portfolio management, DTC and digital strategy as well as design, public relations and communications. “Ryan’s significant knowledge in data driven analysis will help to develop capability within the business for deeper understanding of market dynamics, consumer behavior and emerging trends,” said VWE president and CEO Seth Kaufman.