Bonin Bough is the kind of inspirational figure who could get an entire room enthused about watching paint dry, and desperately investigating new ways to improve the experience. He is inspiring and horribly disruptive. If you've never seen him speak, stop reading this and watch one of his videos.
Bonin Bough is co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Group Black, and co-founder of Lockstep Ventures. His work aims to dramatically transform the face of investment and media ownership through his commitment to diversity and inclusion.
As one of the youngest-c-suite executives at a Fortune 50 Company, he has worked for billion-dollar CPG brands including Mondelez and PepsiCo before starting Bonin Ventures – a growth accelerator that helps businesses of all shapes and sizes achieve revenue growth faster than they ever believed possible. Most recently Bough was Chief Growth Officer of Triller – where he remains an advisor.
Bonin has been responsible for some of the most successful organization transformations, and the rapid growth of some of the world’s most-loved billion-dollar brands including Oreo, Cadbury’s, Pepsi, Gatorade, and Frito-Lay. As the Chief Growth Officer of SheaMoisture, he helped grow the business by close to 50% in 12 months leading to the company being acquired by Unilever for close to $1 billion dollars.
During his time as Chief Media Officer at Mondelez International, Bonin managed over $3 Billion dollars in media spend, making him the seventh largest media buyer in the world. Highlights from his tenure include shifting the organization from just 3% to over 32% digital spending – adding $2 Billion in top-line net revenue and $300m in bottom-line savings. He helped brands like Sour Patch Kids become the fastest-growing candy brand in the world. When he added eCommerce to his role, he grew online sales from $65m – $265m in the 18 months that he ran it. Before that he led digital globally for PepsiCo and built two global digital agencies prior to that one for IPG
Found consistently at the forefront of thinking and execution in innovation, Bonin is recognized as one of business’s hottest rising stars and one of the industry's top mobile marketers. He has been inducted into the Advertising Hall of Achievement. He can also be found in lists such as Fortune’s “40 under 40”, Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business, Ebony’s Power 100, and The Internationalist’s Internationalists of the Year. He is also an author and a CNBC television host.
Featured Keynote Programs
How do you create value by breaking things? In this hour-long* keynote presentation I take your audience on a journey to discover how they can hack their business, their way of doing things, and ultimately themselves. Most think that the word “hacker” sounds negative, but not all hackers are bad. Instead, hackers and hack-thinking are the source of a monumental, positive shift in business, technology, startups and culture all over the world. Hackers can create immense value by breaking things, whether it’s breaking from tradition, process, or simply “the way we’ve always done things.” A new hacking economy – or “hackonomy” – is spreading quickly across industries, from software to hardware, aviation to space exploration. Hacking is even changing less obvious parts of human life, like dating. And, of course, the hackonomy has a huge impact on marketing.
* 20 min & 45 min versions are also available
Talent is the single most important determinant for success. In this keynote I share my experiences from launching the world’s first talent accelerator and help your audience realize their potential, utilize their strengths, and ultimately to catapult their career. I guarantee a truly life-changing experience!
Creating Business Rockstars
How do you transform traditional formats into breakthrough communications experiences? In this keynote I share the latest experience-marketing tools and the looming trends modern communicators must embrace to engage today’s customers. You’ll hear innovative ideas and learn a new methodology guaranteed to take your visions for greater reach and ROI from fantasy to reality.
What can large brands teach small start-ups? In this presentation I share my experience from working with ten small businesses during my time as the host of CNBC’s Cleveland Hustles. Find out the real stories behind the businesses featured on the hit show and inspire your attendees to apply these same growth-hacking techniques to their own brands.
Bonin was outstanding. All of the feedback is that Bonin is the best speaker we've ever hosted - even following Daymond John and Mike Walsh from the past two years. He spoke at a breakout session we had for investors the night before and then stuck around for hours at our after-party. At the last minute I asked if he'd consider doing a breakout session for area marketers and he agreed. He told me multiple times "he's working for me" and was incredibly accommodating
Bonin Bough is tremendously passionate about social media and all things digital. It is impossible to listen to him speak without getting caught up in enthusiasm and smarts he brings to the table every day.
Bonin's a creative, strategic thinker who brings practical solutions and a business mind to the digital world. He never saw a client challenge that couldn't be tackled, and he worked across all regions and p&l's to bring success to the agency. He's a real team player, who contributed to the growth and prestige of the team by pushing the envelope with creative thinking and passion for excellent work.
Bonin is a force of nature. Bonin has the pulse on what's next. Those that know Bonin well can also attest to his generosity, commitment to mentorship and a deep belief that anything is possible.
Bonin is a high energy, crowd-pleasing speaker who leaves your audience inspired and with actionable next steps
Thank you for coming to Boca and being with us! Bonin, thank you for your amazing, powerful speech!!! You are a rock star to our industry and it is such a privilege having you on our program and for so many attendees to meet you, see you again and get to spend time with you. You made our event a great success!