#NewYears2019 Innovation Excellence Ranks the Top 10 Innovative COO’s on Social Media

2019 Innovation Excellence Ranks Top Ten “Chief Operating Officers” on Social Media to follow!

Success in the world of work today is, as always, tied to the indelible link between talent, brand and innovation. What has changed and continues to evolve is the opportunity for savvy leaders to optimize their passion and their work on social channels. Innovation Excellence, likes to recognize the Top Ten Innovative – as in most engaged and engaging – leaders who showcase innovative new business models, share wisdom and industry news and insights, highlight research trends and seek feedback. We salute this dynamic cohort that is committed to amplifying their brand and thought leadership in unique and meaningful ways on an almost daily basis on Social. We invite the Innovation Excellence audience to join the conversation, help us celebrate, and follow these leaders.

Drum roll please…

The Top Ten Most Innovative COO’s on Social to Follow on Twitter:

  1. Kat Cole An American Business Woman and COO & President, Focus Brands North America

Kat is an avid tweeter and loves to share stories around her business, @FOCUSBrands, parent company for @AuntieAnnes @CarvelIceCream @Cinnabon @Moes_HQ @Schlotzskys @McAlistersDeli. Kat has worked in Africa for sustainable development for women and children in need. She has also volunteered and advocated for many food-service related organizations. Additionally, Cole serves as a mentor to young women and entrepreneurs. She joined Twitter in March of 2009 and currently has 32K followers. @KatColeATL


  1. Sanjay Poonen COO, VMware

Sanjay leads Customer Operations for all front-office functions – Sales, Services, Support, Ecosystem, Channels, Marketing and Communications for @VMware (the 5th largest public software company with $7.9B revenue). He is also an Advisory Board Member at DocuSign. Sanjay joined Twitter in December 2007. He is an active tweeter and shares his passion for all things tech with his 23K followers. @spoonen

3.     Natan Edelsburg COO. Muck Rack

Natan is responsible for growing Muck Rack, @MuckRack the leading platform for connecting communications professionals and journalists. Natan also is Producer Emeritus, the Shorty Awards, honoring the best on social media. He was named a 2017 PRSA-NY 15 Under 35 Award Winner, which recognizes young leaders for their hard work and innovation in public relations. Natan joined Twitter in September 2008 and currently has 7K followers. @twatan

  1. Christian Schmeichel SVP & COO, Global Human Resources at SAP

Christian is a Global HR Executive at SAP SE, a German-based European multinational software corporation that makes enterprise software to manage business operations and customer relations. He has 20 years of experience in various global HR and business consulting environments, including both strategic and “hands on” operational assignments in various cultural contexts. Christian has a strong passion for Leadership and Talent Development fueling sustainable business success and a track record for building high-performance teams and leading organization-wide transformation efforts to increase employee engagement and improve business results. Well-versed in defining and implementing business-focused People Strategies and HR Models on a global scale, he is recognized as a Thought Leader in driving digitization of HR organizations. Christian joined Twitter in June 2017.  He is an active tweeter and currently has 5K followers. @Schmeichel_C

  1. Jill Wine-Banks COO, American Bar Association

Jill Wine-Banks, now COO of the ABA, is a United States lawyer who was one of the prosecutors during the Watergate scandal. Wine-Banks later served under President Jimmy Carter as the first woman to hold the position of US General Counsel of the Army. Additionally Wine-Banks currently serves as an MSNBC Legal Analyst, appearing regularly on primetime and daytime TV shows. She also appears on PBS, Canadian and Australian networks, Sirius XM, NPR and other radio programs, including Stephanie Miller’s, and podcasts. A sought-after expert and speaker, Jill appears before professional, political, women’s and business groups, universities and law schools. In addition, Jill has written OpEds for NBC.com, Chicago Tribune, Politico and Huffington Post. She has also been featured in several documentaries and films, including Academy Award winner Charles Ferguson’s, Watergate, or How We Got Control of an Out of Control President, Robert Redford’s All The President’s Men Revisited, ABC 20/20, and Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 11/9. Jill joined Twitter in January 2012 and currently has over 169K followers. @JillWineBanks


6.    Natasha Cholerton-Brown Founder & COO, Cholerton-Brown Consulting

With over 15 years of global experience, Natasha Cholerton-Brown is a seasoned operations executive and independent consultant to early-stage and established organizations primarily in the digital space. Her experience is deeply rooted in the editorial, media, advertising, ad sales and marketing worlds, but extends across a diverse array of businesses, many on the content creation and technical sides of digital asset management, platform design and more. She thrives when transforming and optimizing organizations to build and improve capabilities, streamlining costs and developing demand-based, scalable solutions.

Natasha joined Twitter in November 2011 and currently has 8K followers. @Ncholertonbrown

7.     Eva Wong COO, Borrowell

Eva is Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at Borrowell, a Canadian fintech company that helps consumers make great decisions about credit. Eva’s career has spanned both the private and not-for-profit sectors, including leadership roles at The OTF Group, Maple Leaf Foods and UNDP. She was named to the 2017 Women in FinTech Powerlist and was a finalist for “Fintech Woman of the Year” at LendIt, the world’s biggest show in lending & fintech. Eva was named one of 20 Canadian tech start-up founders to follow by Twitter Canada, was featured as one of “9 Canadian Women Changing The Game” by Elle Canada and on Flare’s #HowIMadeIt list of Canadian women with cool jobs. Eva joined Twitter in September 2012 and currently tweets to 3K followers. @eva_toronto

8.     Brigette McInnis-Day COO, SAP SuccessFactors

SAP SE is a German-based European multinational software corporation that makes enterprise software to manage business operations and customer relations. Brigette defines and implements business strategies that SAP SuccessFactors needs to achieve sustainable growth and ensure customer satisfaction across the world’s largest cloud organization. She is dedicated to establishing the right goals, culture and vision and bringing them to life for the entire organization, including partners. Under her leadership, SAP SuccessFactors has an impressive record of creating efficient and effective operations and helping 6,500+ worldwide customers drive business results via HR digital transformation of their total workforce experience. She joined Twitter in October 2013 and currently has 7.6K followers. @BMcInnisDay

9.     Meredith Levien COO, The New York Times

In July 2013, Meredith first joined The New York Times Company as head of advertising. In June 2017, she was named executive vice president and chief operating officer. Meredith oversees the teams responsible for digital product, design, audience and brand, consumer revenue, advertising, live events and new product development. She is a passionate advocate of sustaining the independence of high-quality original journalism, a fan and follower of great literary fiction and has been the executive sponsor of The New York Times Women’s Network since January 2014. She joined Twitter in October 2009 and currently has 8.5K followers. @meredith_levien  

10.   Adam Braun COO, WeGrow by WeWork

Adam Braun is a New York Times bestselling author and two-time education entrepreneur. He is the Chief Operating Officer of WeGrow, a conscious entrepreneurship education initiative by WeWork, and before this served as the Co-Founder & CEO of MissionU. He was previously Founder & CEO of Pencils of Promise, the award-winning organization that has built more than 450 schools around the world.

Adam has been featured as a speaker at The White House, the United Nations and the Clinton Global Initiative. He has also been named to Business Insider’s 40 Under 40, Wired Magazine‘s 50 People Who Are Changing the World and was selected as one of the World Economic Forum’s original ten Global Shapers. Adam joined Twitter in January 2010 and actively tweets to his 265K followers. @AdamBraun


Data To Support Rankings via Sprout Social


Group Total Tweets for 2018 (includes retweets)

Source: data from Twitter

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