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Maryam Banikarim

Maryam Banikarim

Global Chief Marketing Officer, Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Maryam Banikarim drives Hyatt Hotels' individual brands and the experiences they offer online and offline, as well as innovating the guest experience. Previously, she was the chief marketing officer at Gannett, where she oversaw national sales, marketing, communications, and research efforts. Prior to that, she was a senior vice president for integrated sales marketing at NBC Universal.

All 30,000 employees got Moleskine notebooks that had sketches of great ideas: the back of a napkin note that became SNL, the cable transponder that became Comcast's business. The letter attached said, 'All great ideas were created by somebody,' and encouraged employees to submit their own.