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Snap names former McDonald’s marketing leader Kenny Mitchell as its first CMO

Snap names former McDonald's marketing leader Kenny Mitchell as its first CMO


Snap names former McDonald’s marketing leader Kenny Mitchell as its first CMO

Snap Inc. CMO Kenny Mitchell.

Kenny Mitchell, the former VP of brand content and engagement for McDonald’s, has been named Snap’s first ever CMO. Mitchell will begin in June and report to CEO Evan Spiegel.

Why we should care

Mitchell is the fourth C-level officer to join Snap’s executive team since November. With this latest hire, the company is continuing to build out its top leadership and better position itself as a major player among the social media platforms.

“Throughout his career, Kenny has demonstrated his ability to successfully execute innovative, global marketing campaigns, many of which have leveraged our own vertical video and augmented reality products,” said Spiegel, “He’s a natural fit to join our team and lead marketing as we continue driving the positive momentum we have in the business.”

Snapchat currently reaches 90% of all 13 to 24-year-olds in the U.S. and 75% of 13 to 34-year-olds, according to the company’s first quarter earnings report released on Tuesday — a coveted audience for many marketers. Under Mitchell’s guidance leading consumer and product marketing programs, Snap aims to attract advertisers that may not fully understand the messaging app’s appeal. Before joining Snap, Mitchell worked closely with the Snapchat team to develop vertical video and AR campaigns for brands like McDonald’s and Gatorade.

During his time as the head of consumer engagement for Gatorade, Mitchell oversaw the brand’s Dunk AR Lens for the Super Bowl — a campaign that won Gatorade five Lions awards at Cannes.

More on the news

  • In addition to McDonald’s and Gatorade, Mitchell has held marketing leadership roles at NASCAR and NBC Sports Group.
  • Snap announced on Tuesday a 39% year-over-year increase in revenue for the first quarter of 2019, and showed signs it had finally stabilized user growth — an issue that has been a challenge for the company since rolling out a major redesign more than a year ago.
  • Last October, Snap named Jared Grusd as its new chief strategy officer and Jeremi Gorman to serve as chief business officer.

About The Author

Amy Gesenhues is Third Door Media’s General Assignment Reporter, covering the latest news and updates for Marketing Land and Search Engine Land. From 2009 to 2012, she was an award-winning syndicated columnist for a number of daily newspapers from New York to Texas. With more than ten years of marketing management experience, she has contributed to a variety of traditional and online publications, including,, and Sales and Marketing Management Magazine. Read more of Amy’s articles.

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