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Getty Images appoints Susan Smith Ellis as Chief Marketing Officer

July 23, 2014 • Company News

Getty Images Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Klein today announced the appointment of Susan Smith Ellis as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of the global digital media company.

“Susan brings an extraordinary track record of global marketing and business success to Getty Images and I am thrilled to welcome her to my leadership team,” Klein said. “Getty Images is the unmatched global leader in visual communications and has led every major innovation in the industry, and Susan is a perfect fit to help drive our market-leading business toward even greater success.”

Smith Ellis is an accomplished marketing and advertising leader and most recently served as Chief Marketing Officer of Morgan Stanley. Last year, Fast Company named her as one of the “Ten Most Generous Marketing Geniuses.” Smith Ellis is the former Chief Executive Officer of Product (RED), the global marketing company founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver to work with the world’s most iconic brands and organizations to raise funds to fight the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Prior to (RED), Smith Ellis was an Executive Vice President of the Omnicom Group of Companies. She previously served as Executive Vice President at BBDO, where she worked with Fortune 100 brands and incubated Atmosphere, BBDO’s digital agency.

“Getty Images is a unique creative enterprise that operates at the intersection of great business, great brand and great beauty,” Smith Ellis said. “I have always dreamed of working for a company like Getty Images and I am fortunate to have this opportunity to help move the world with pictures.”

Smith Ellis serves on the board of directors of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the advisory board of Sandy Hook Promise. She lives in New York with her husband and two children.

Smith Ellis will join the company in September and will be based in its New York City office.

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