Bryan Semkuley is a global innovation and marketing business professional recognized for his ability and leadership in driving brand growth and business value. His unique talent in innovation development and commercialization, and marketing strategy are supported by his strengths in creative thinking, strategic planning and building talent. He’s seen as an exceptional leader with a personable, motivating and empowering leadership style and always curious in his quest to learn about emerging innovation territories and technologies.
His innovation expertise stems from over 10 years of leading global innovation teams for two Fortune 200 companies in both B2C and B2B businesses. In his most recent position as Vice-President, Global Innovation he was responsible for Big “I” innovation resulting in delivering nearly $250 million in annual net sales value. In addition, he was instrumental in developing and commercializing for Kimberly-Clark the Onvation intelligent restroom, a successful product and service business solution utilizing IoT technology.
Prior to joining Kimberly-Clark, Bryan worked for over 20 years in the global brewing industry culminating in the role of Vice-President, Global Innovation for InBev, the world’s largest brewer based in Leuven, Belgium. In this position, he drove the global innovation agenda and his team delivered over 60 new consumer innovations in a two year period. It was a post he held after having served as a senior marketer with assignments of increasing scope in Canada, the US and Europe, including global brand marketing and leading the marketing function for their US division, where they achieved 25% growth over a four year period.
Bryan earned his Bachelor of Commerce degree with a concentration in Marketing from the University of Calgary. He has also received additional education through the University of Michigan and University of Pennsylvania schools of business. Among his numerous business awards and recognitions, Bryan is the co-author of two business model patents, a recipient of the Top 50 Marketers of the Year award from Advertising Age, and being recognized as a Top 40 under 40.