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Global Head Quits Corporate Job For Startup Dream

Damien Cummings | October 10, 2018
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    Global Head Quits Corporate Job For Startup Dream
    Damien Cummings

What would you do with your career if you were the head of your department at one of the world’s best companies? Would you stay or would you go? Would you embark on a risky startup journey?

Damien Cummings is one of Asia Pacific’s most recognised digital transformation leaders, having led digital or marketing departments at companies like Ogilvy, Samsung and Standard Chartered Bank. He’s now the CEO of Peoplewave, his startup that aims to help HR departments through their innovative software. He raised a seed round of $1.2 million, which is an impressive amount for a seed round, but behind his success, he’s had to fight huge personal battles.

You’ll hear how an ambitious young man from Australia used his social and self-taught computer skills to climb to the top of Asia’s marketing industry, and how he’s dealt with huge hardship. Find out how he’s able to keep his mind on his goal of building a $1 billion dollar company.

Damien’s Bio:

Damien Cummings is highly awarded, being honoured with a Doctor of Philosophy in Management (honoris causa) from KEISIE University, Korea in October 2017. He’s also been awarded “Global Top 50 Digital Marketing Leaders 2016”, “Financial Services Marketer of the Year 2016”, “Digital Marketer of the Year 2016”, “Most Influential CMO 2015”, “Marketing Professional of The Year 2012” and the “Brand Leadership Award 2011”.

Damien is currently CEO of Peoplewave, Asia’s leading HR software company, which is powered by blockchain. He is also the Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Blogger and Principal Consultant at Econsultancy. Before entrepreneurship, he was Global Head of Digital Marketing at Standard Chartered Bank and Chief Marketing Officer at Philips APAC. Damien has also worked at major global brands such as Samsung, Dell, Ogilvy & Mather, Citibank, Coca-Cola, NRMA and McKinsey & Company.

He has been a judge for many awards and a top-ranked keynote speaker, chairman or commentator on marketing transformation and digital. Damien has held industry leadership positions including APAC Board Director of the Mobile Marketing Association, APAC Advisory Board of the CMO Council and the Global Executive Committee of the World Federation of Advertisers.

Damien’s blog, Digital Future, is available at: http://www.digitalfuture.asia and his Twitter account is: @DamienCummings


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