CMO Leadership with Ty Hayes

Dive into the insights and strategies of award-winning Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), Ty Hayes and leading CMO's and experts.


21. Lisa Ronson, Coles CMO on building a modern marketing team, gaining trust and leading change

Leadership insights from one of the most awarded CMOs.

If you’re a marketer in the APAC region, then Lisa’s reputation precedes her. But for our global audience, Lisa is an incredible marketing leader with a trophy cabinet bursting at the seams, including this snapshot below:

  • Being named one of Asia Pacific’s 50 most influential, purposeful marketers by campaign Asia Pacific in 2019 and 2020; 
  • Number one most innovative marketer by CMO magazine in 2018; 
  • The Australian Marketing Institute CMO of the year, team of the year and campaign of the year 2018; and 
  • Cannes 2018 titanium line winner and winner of 10 Cannes lions in total.

Lisa has changed industries several times and worked in FMCG, financial services, retail, telco, banking and sport and entertainment marketing. 

In today’s episode, we discuss:

  • How Lisa has designed and built a modern marketing team at Coles;
  • How Lisa has structured her marketing team in a unique and powerful way;
  • Lisa’s leadership philosophy and how she’s building the culture and employee experience in the team; 
  • How Lisa has managed to gain incredible traction in every organisation she’s joined by building a strong internal reputation as a trusted business partner that drives results; and
  • Lisa’s biggest leadership regrets and learnings.

If you like this episode, check out Episode 02. with Leisa Bacon, Director Audiences at ABC and Episode 06. with Rob Goffee, leadership professor. Both share many leadership lessons.


Contact Lisa Ronson

  • Find Lisa on LinkedIn and mention you heard her on the podcast. Find out more about Coles.

Contact Growth Generators

  • Find out how Ty and Growth Generators can help you design and build a modern marketing team that drives growth using our 5-stage transformation framework. Follow or connect with Ty on LinkedIn.

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About the Show

Are you striving to build a high-performance marketing team that accelerates growth for your organisation?

This podcast is designed specifically for marketing leaders seeking to optimise their team’s performance to drive unparalleled results.

Tune in to:

  • Unlock secrets from top CMO’s on how they’ve crafted dynamic marketing team structures and built modern capabilities
  • Discover agile marketing practices that can triple team productivity and slash time to market
  • Learn the leadership principles and strategies to drive change, create a high-performance team culture and boost staff engagement.
  • Gain insights from interviews with leadership experts and authors, and marketing leaders from accross all industries including Uber, ABC, Calendly and EY.

Your Host – Ty Hayes

Ty is an award-winning former CMO turned business founder, who built and led the #1 marketing team in Australia (AMI Awards) and was ranked the #10 CMO in Australia (CMO50) whilst CMO for a global university. Ty now hosts this podcast and runs Growth Generators with the mission to help CMOs build modern marketing teams that drive growth.