Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Elanco
United States of America
In June of 2014, Tony Ezell was appointed Chief Marketing Officer of Elanco. Ezell joined Lilly in 1992, and over his 22 years has held many roles in sales, marketing and general management. From 1999 to 2007, Ezell held various leadership positions including executive director of marketing for the endocrine business unit, as well as business unit leader of the US acute care business. In more recent years Ezell has been a leader in Lilly’s market research organization where he first served as executive director of market research for Lilly USA. In 2009, Ezell was promoted to vice president, global market research, and in November 2012 he was promoted to chief customer officer Eli Lilly and Company. As chief customer officer, he was responsible for leading Lilly’s enterprise level customer experience strategy as well as delivering on Lilly’s marketing and market research capability strategy. His focus was on ensuring the company consistently connects innovative science with relevant customer experiences necessary to deliver on both our product and corporate brand promises. Ezell has global experience in developing deep customer understanding and translating that understanding into meaningful brand campaigns. He is experienced in leading major transformation that spans business units, functions and geographies. Born in Mobile, Alabama, Ezell has a degree in Business Administration from the School of Business and Industry (SBI) at Florida A & M University, an Executive Education Certificate from Wharton and a Masters in Business from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Ezell serves on the Leadership Advisory Council for Providence Cristo Rey High School and is the Chairman of the UNCF Indiana Leadership Council. He is on the Board of Trustees for the Marketing Science Institute, KPMG Healthcare Advisory Board and served on the Board of Directors for the Health Forum, LLC from 2006-2012.