Talent Champion – Danielle Henry

Talent Champion Spotlight

AEF Talent Champion - Danielle Henry

Danielle Henry
Group Director, Global Communications 
The Coca-Cola Company

With over twenty years of marketing experience at agencies and client-side, Daniele Henry has a proven track record of driving growth for iconic brands. She spent the last fourteen years at The Coca-Cola Company, proving that consumer-centric creativity can unlock growth for the company’s largest brands in global and North America. Henry currently leads the integrated content and creative agendas for Diet Coke, Fanta and Sprite in North America, and a large part of her role also includes influencing the business plans, brand strategies and innovations. Some of the work Henry is most proud of includes helping to author “Content 2020,” the vision for The Coca-Cola Company’s marketing ambition; Coke Zero’s “Make It Possible” campaign, recently the subject of a Harvard Business School case study; founding “Hilltop,” an internal program designed to build a pipeline of diverse talent and an environment where everyone can thrive; and leading Sprite’s Social Justice Platform.

Prior to The Coca-Cola Company, Henry was a senior partner at Ogilvy & Mather and worked on Unilever, Delta Airlines, GTE (now Verizon), Post Kids and Hershey.

What prompted you to get involved with the AEF and why are you passionate about the future of the industry?

Truth be told…I was ‘voluntold’, but what keeps me active is: I love getting out and talking to ‘the kids’ there is so much energy and positivity; they are my most challenging audience and I consider it my responsibility to nurture young talent.

I’m passionate about the future because I believe that creativity should always be part of the business model…not a nice to have.

What is the best career advice you've ever received?

Be more vulnerable.

Who was your favorite professor and why?

Professor Mumford. She was challenging, fair and fun.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Helping the team do their very best work.

"Great mix of technical info and real life experience to justify it. Easily the best guest lecture I’ve had in college. So relevant and informative."
— Student at Villanova University after AEF sent speaker from BBDO