Google bolsters marketing leadership with hire of former Calvin Klein CMO

Gulin-Merle departed PVH Corp last month

Marie Gulin-Merle, formerly the chief marketing officer of Calvin Klein, has resurfaced as the vice-president of global ads marketing at Google, which is currently bolstering the star talent on its marketing team.

Gulin-Merle will be responsible managing Google’s global media spend, as well as setting the vision for Google’s marketing business worldwide.

She has also been tasked with building and delivering a global marketing strategy for the company’s ads business and its advertising products. Google has named her as a ‘key partner’ to its ads sales, product and engineering leadership.

Despite her fashion background, the marketer is no stranger to digital.

She took on the role of chief digital officer at Calvin Klein’s parent company, PVH Corp, while still heading up marketing at the label, and was credited with transforming L’Oréal USA’s approach to online innovation when she worked there as chief marketing officer from 2014 until 2018.

Gulin-Merle joins Google at the same time as Nick Drake, the former marketing boss of T-Mobile. Taking on the role of vice-president of global marketing, Drake also joined the tech giant this month.

The hires come as Google gradually pivots away from product marketing and towards the holistic lure of its overarching brand. This was recently demonstrated in its ‘Here to Help’ campaign, which rolled out across markets earlier this year.

Join us, it's free.

Become a member to get access to:

  • Exclusive Content
  • Daily and specialised newsletters
  • Research and analysis

Join us, it’s free.

Want to read this article and others just like it? All you need to do is become a member of The Drum. Basic membership is quick, free and you will be able to receive daily news updates.