Last week LoopMe New York City hosted their first AI Breakfast atop the Rockefeller Center in the private dining room adjacent to the Rainbow Room, which has hosted celebrities such as Frank Sinatra and Bette Davis. Guests enjoyed views of the New York City skyline while learning more on artificial intelligence over breakfast.
We were honored to have an incredible lineup of speaker talk to guests about AI and how it’s being used in the marketing and advertising industry. We were joined by Tom Hunter Smith, LoopMe’s Senior Data Scientist; Nithya Thadani, RAIN Agency CEO; Peter Duffin, VP of Brand and Marketing at Lincoln Center; and Sargi Mann, EVP, Head of Digital
Strategy & Investments at Havas Media Group.
Tom Hunter Smith is a key member of LoopMe’s data science team, working specifically on device matching. Before joining LoopMe, Tom worked at the Office of National Statistics in Wales for three years, where he began his path in data science. There, he worked on various projects, including research analyzing Twitter data as a proxy for measuring demographic change. After working for the government, Tom moved on to PHD media, where he developed a set of tools for measuring digital journeys of consumers and evaluating campaign performance.
Nithya Thadani is CEO of RAIN, a digital consultancy that helps brands innovate at the intersection of marketing and technology with a focus on Voice and Conversational AI. At RAIN, she brings her background in strategy and innovation to fundamentally change how people interact with technology in ways that are intuitive, seamless and human-centered. Thadani comes to RAIN from innovation consulting firm Fahrenheit 212, where she focused on new product development for global CPG, retail, and healthcare brands. With over a decade of experience in customer-centric strategy, digital product development and execution for Fortune 50 clients, Nithya has led business transformation projects for Anheuser-Busch, MTV, Church & Dwight, Toys R Us, Pfizer and Samsung.
Peter Duffin is responsible for strategic planning, promotion, and management of multi-million dollar earned income initiatives at Lincoln Center; overseeing the development and communication of Lincoln Center’s brand; all digital initiatives at Lincoln Center (including websites, apps, digital experiences, and digital / social content); as well as collaborating with his marketing colleagues from the various performing arts organizations across the campus on the development of patron-centric cross-campus, promotional initiatives. Mr. Duffin joined Lincoln Center in 1996 and has held a number of positions within the marketing and communications area. He is currently Senior Vice President, Brand and Marketing.
Sargi Mann joined Havas Media after leading the global digital strategy & performance portfolio for fashion, retail, beauty, financial, luxury, technology and pharmaceutical categories at Dentsu Aegis. In addition to performance media, Sargi has actively driven integrated strategy and activation process across digital capabilities. Over the past 17 years in marketing & media tenure Sargi has led fundamental research and analysis of ad/marketing technologies, real-time consumer behaviors, digital media trends across multiple business categories, in digital media. She has partnered with Google, Yahoo and Bing to design product solutions within their ad technology and marketing technology platforms.