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Jeff Charney

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Founder and former CMO of Progressive

Jeff Charney

Jeff Charney joined Progressive as Chief Marketing Officer in 2010 and drives the strategic, integrated marketing efforts for the $20 billion company. His range of responsibilities includes: marketing strategy, national advertising, internal/external communications, broad market insights, new/social media content initiatives, and retention marketing and consumer insights/research. In addition to driving the company's external advertising, marketing and PR Agency roster, he also leads the company's award-winning internal creative agency--96 Octane. His team also provides marketing field support and drives the communications efforts for Progressive's 35,000-agent sales force.

Previously, he was with insurance company, Aflac, where he was Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. He previously held CMO posts at multimedia retailer QVC and Homestore.com (now Move.com) and was President of Fringe Ventures, an experiential digital/marketing and consulting company he founded.

Since joining Progressive, he has been named "Brand Genius: Marketer of the Year" by Adweek, was honored as one of the nation's "Top 100 Creative People in Business" by Fast Company and was named to the "Creativity 50" by Advertising Age.

Jeff holds a bachelor's degree in journalism with a focus on advertising and public relations from the University of South Carolina and a master's degree in journalism from The Ohio State University.