Lauren Kelly is a pioneering business executive with proven success launching new, innovative platforms and repositioning established businesses for sustainable growth. A digital marketing expert whose experience spans consumer and B2B, Lauren possesses leadership agility to help companies across industries achieve bold business goals. Deep general management capability enables her to lead cross-functional executive teams. Lauren is an experienced transformation leader who inspires organizations to thrive in an uncertain business landscape.
Most recently, Lauren was Chief Marketing Officer at Irvine Company, where she repositioned the company’s 50 million square foot workplace portfolio to meet evolving Millennial workforce needs via industry-leading digital marketing, new product and experience innovation and an end-to-end rebrand. Irvine Company is a privately held, multi-billion dollar enterprise and California’s largest private landowner and developer.
Lauren is Lead Marketing and Brand Advisor for the CEO Leadership Alliance of Orange County, a CEO-driven organization committed to accelerating sustainable and inclusive economic development for the region. She also serves on the Internet Marketing Association board and is a member of The Executive Leadership Council, the preeminent organization for C-level Black executives.
Previously, Lauren led commercial strategy for two Fortune 50 companies: Dell Technologies and PepsiCo Americas Foods. In both roles, she led a global team focused on driving holistic long-term strategies and identifying big bets for future growth. Prior to her CMO and corporate strategy responsibilities, Lauren spent nine years with PepsiCo, with progressively increasing Marketing and P&L ownership including two $1 billion+ portfolios.
Lauren began her career as a marketing strategy and insights consultant for Monitor Group (now Monitor-Deloitte). In her role advising senior leaders across diverse industries, she developed a unique expertise in positioning new vaccines and pharmaceutical offerings to complex stakeholder networks. Lauren guided a cross-functional team to develop the launch strategies for two blockbuster $1 billion vaccines, Gardasil and Zostavax.
Lauren holds a BA in psychology from Harvard University (1998) and an MBA from Harvard Business School (2004). She resides in Long Beach, California with her husband and three daughters and gains valuable perspectives from concurrently leading a large enterprise and raising a young family.