Inaugural Social Intelligence Insider 50 Celebrates the Most Influential Professionals in Social Listening

Press Release: October 27, 2023

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Inaugural Social Intelligence Insider 50 Celebrates the Most Influential Professionals in Social Listening
Warner Bros, BT Group, Mondelēz International, The Walt Disney Company, and Microsoft, confirmed as leaders in social intelligence 

On the 9th of February, The Social Intelligence Lab, a membership community for professionals who analyze social media data at the world’s leading brands and agencies, announced the results of the inaugural Social Intelligence Insider 50 list. The Social Intelligence Insider 50 recognizes the fifty most influential social listening professionals, globally.  Sponsored by the AI-enabled consumer intelligence platform Linkfluence, the inaugural Social Intelligence Insider 50 acknowledges the leadership and achievements of the professionals working in social intelligence.  

“We are delighted to have launched the social intelligence insider 50 to celebrate the work and achievements of social data analysis professionals globally. There are many professionals who now work in the professional practice of social intelligence but there is a lack of professional support and community for these individuals”, said Dr Jillian Ney, Founder of The Social Intelligence Lab. Ney continued, “The Social Intelligence Insider 50 is our first step to recognizing the professional practice of social intelligence and celebrating the work and leadership of professionals influencing the development of this new discipline.”
The Social Intelligence Insider 50 profiles the most important and influential people in business, who are pursuing social intelligence initiatives and the innovators who support them. The list makes a clear distinction between the practitioners working in great brands and organizations - Social Intelligence Evangelists. And those developing solutions and influencing the development of the social intelligence industry and discipline - Social Intelligence Pioneers.

“We are very proud to sponsor the SI Lab Insider 50, and to be working with Jillian and her team at the Social Intelligence Lab who do so much to increase the visibility and understanding of the work we all do with social data and consumer insights”, Guillaume Decugis, CEO, Linkfluence. Decugis continued, “The Insider 50 program is very important to us at Linkfluence. The right tools and technology are critical, but people are what really matters, and we are very happy to be involved with this program to identify and recognize those who are leading the way in social intelligence.”

The inaugural Social Intelligence Insider 50 evangelists were announced as:

Christopher Chen, Executive Director, Global Social Intelligence at Warner Bros as the most influential professional in social intelligence, globally; Adam Mills, Marketing Strategy & Planning Lead, BT Group as second place; and, announced as third place on the list was Melissa Davies, Senior Manager, Brand Health & Creative Excellence, Mondelēz International. Other winners include:

Aaron Bernstein, Insights & Reputation Management, Walmart
Abby Watzke, Manager, Global Strategic Insights, McDonalds
Amy A Laine, IBM Distinguished Market Intelligence Professional, IBM
Andy Schaul, Head of Digital Platforms & Portfolio - R&D Science, Competitor & IP Intelligence, Bayer CropScience
Angela Berger, Director of Insights & Analytics, Walmart
Brian Wright, Global Product Manager, The Coca-Cola Company
Chris Thomas, Social Intelligence Lead, Sage Group PLC
Danny Gardner, Social Intelligence Lead, GSK
Jasmine Bansal, Manager Social Media Listening and Metrics, Tangerine - Scotiabank
Jennifer Picard, Head of Mix Optimizations Centre of Excellent, Global Consumer Insights, Pernod Ricard Group
Jessica Bundy, Manager Consumer Insights, The Walt Disney Company
Joshua Butler, Senior Consumer Insight Manager EMEA, Deckers
Justin Schoen, R+I Group Manager - Social Intelligence, Microsoft
Mary Beth Levin, MPH Manager, Social Media Strategy & Analytics, United States Postal Service
Melissa MacGregor, Senior Research Manager, Microsoft
Molly O’Dwyer, Former Social Media and Data Lead, RTÉ
Nand Kishmore Poddar, Functional Consultant - Marketing Command Centre, ITC Ltd
Richard George, Global Head, Integrated Marketing, London Stock Exchange Group
Rob Hanson, Manager, Social Intelligence & Operations, Keurig Dr Pepper
Rodrigo Milanez, Director, Consumer Insights, PVH Europe
Sathyaraj Asaithambi, Group Leader, Social Media Listening and Analytics, Novartis India
Tim McGarry, Lead Program Manager of Social Insights, Delta Air Lines

“I am so honored to be named the top Evangelist in the inaugural Social Intelligence Insider 50 list.  Social Intelligence is a field that, while still in its growth stage, has become one of the leading indicators of true consumer interest.   I am proud of the level of insights that my team and I have been able to provide for our partners throughout WarnerMedia, allowing brand, platform, and content teams across all divisions to gain up-to-the-minute feedback from our most vocal of consumers.  And thank you to The SI Lab for being an amazing resource and group, gathering the best practices and professionals from all around the world to further advance the field of Social Intelligence”, Christopher Chen, Executive Director, Global Social Intelligence. 

The inaugural pioneers list was announced as:

Alessia Clusini, Data Strategist, Co-Founder, Trybes Agency
Alexey Orap, CEO and Founder, YouScan
Amber Sandall, Director of Client Services, Campus Sonar
Carlos Serra, COO, Audiense
Dave Soderberg, Chief Data Officer, Black Swan Data
David Boyle, Founder, Audience Strategies
Dr. Angad Chowdhry, Co-Founder,
Frank Gregory, Social Intelligence Analyst, Amazon
Gaelle Bertrand, Consultant, Social Perspectives UK
Hanzia Ramli, Data & Insights Director, Media.Monks SEA
Jackie Cuyvers, CEO, Convosphere
Jasmin Fisher, Research and Insights Director, SHARE Creative
Jeremy Hollow, Founder & MD, Listen + Learn Research 
Jim Reynolds, Senior Director Partnerships & Alliances, Pulsar Platform
Kanad Bhowmik, Senior Lead, Infosys
Matt Bell-Watson, Founder, Priestley
Michael Brito, Head of Global Analytics, Zeno Group
Nadia Morozova, Head of EU Research & Insights, TikTok
Paul Kelly, Managing Partner, D/A
Rob Key, CEO & Founder, Converseon
Sandro Kaulartz, Chief Research Officer, Synthesio, an Ipsos Company
Seddik Cherif, Insights & Analytics Manager, Twitter France
Steve Reeves, VP, Digital Strategy & Social Intelligence CoE Head, Ipsos Healthcare
Vladir Ugalde, Digital Intelligence Director, Swarm Data & People

About The Social Intelligence Lab
The Social Intelligence Lab is a membership organization for professionals leading social listening teams in the world's leading brands and agencies. We help organizations to get better insights from social data by building a professional discipline for social intelligence and providing support and community for the professionals leading the development of social listening programs (website: 
About Social Intelligence Insider 50
The Social Intelligence Lab is tracking the rise of professionals analyzing and using social data to support business decision-making. The Social Intelligence Insider 50 is the first curated list of social listening professionals globally. In the inaugural year, the social intelligence insider 50 list was sponsored by Linkfluence (website:
About Linkfluence
Linkfluence combines an AI-Enabled Consumer Intelligence platform with human expertise in market research, data science, and vertical industries to deliver actionable insights for global brands. Founded in 2006, we were acquired by Meltwater in 2021, a leading global provider of media intelligence and social analytics solutions with a global network of 50 offices in 25 countries and 28,000 customers (website:

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