FCS Jamie E. DePeau Leadership Award

FCS Jamie E. DePeau Leadership Award

Russell Findlay, Chief Marketing Officer for Hiscox, was honored with the 4th Annual FCS Jamie E. DePeau Leadership Award in November 2019

The FCS created the Jamie E. DePeau Leadership Award to recognize an FCS member whose performance as a leader, in and beyond the workplace, has a transformative impact.

Russell Findlay, CMO, Hiscox was selected as recipient of the fourth annual FCS Jamie E. DePeau Leadership Award. He was nominated by Christian Dietrich, VP, Digital Engagement, TBWA World Health.  He was selected by a panel of four judges, who represent several facets of Jamie DePeau’s personal and professional life. 

A longtime member of that ANA (Association of National Advertisers), Russ currently serves on the Board of Directors, and is Chair of Brand Committee and a Member of Finance Committee. He is also a Board Member of both the National Advertising Review Board and the Business Marketing Association of NYC. Russ serves as President of The Findlay Family Foundation, a 501(c)3 private foundation he founded in 1999, which provides college scholarships to New York's most needy school districts, as well as financial support to public libraries.

Russ is also President of The Hiscox Foundation USA, his company's 501(c)3 corporate foundationm which provides four different types of grants to small businesses and underprivileged business workers. Russ instituted the Foundation’s first employee matching gift program, and instituted a relationship with Kiva USA as its National Charity Partner, to help finance micro businesses and startups across the country,

But Russ Findlay’s lasting legacy will be the countless marketing professionals he has led, mentored, tutored, lectured to and befriended. Over his 30-year career, counting the brand teams he’s led, the various marketing trade associations he’s been active in and the various colleges and universities where he’s lectured, the number of marketers he’s helped must number well into the thousands. Russ is a true ambassador for our profession. He’s been known to profess his love for “the craft of marketing,” drawn to the opportunity to change people’s lives: both employees and customers, and to do it in a human way.

Russ was honored with the award at a gala dinner event on November 21, 2019 at the New York Yacht Club. The gala also served as the FCS Financial Marketer of the Year Award celebration.


The judging panel included:

  • Elena French, VP, Internal Communications, Lincoln Financial
  • Tom Jago, Managing Director, The Ward Group; Vice Chair, FCS
  • Caroline O’Connell, Chief Strategy & Customer Experience Officer, AXA; recipient of the FCS Jamie E. DePeau Leadership Award 2017
  • Kevin Windorf, CEO, FCS

About Jamie E. DePeau

Jamie DePeau, Corporate Chief Marketing Officer, Lincoln Financial Group, was a true friend of the FCS and very supportive of our mission of community, education and philanthropy. She was an active member in the FCS Marketing Leadership Roundtable since its founding in 2012. That year, she participated in our Annual Education Summit, serving on a panel with fellow CMOs. In 2013, she served as one of our guest presenters at the 19th Annual FCS Portfolio Awards. When she was SVP, Marketing at TIAA-CREF, she presented at our monthly luncheon at the New York Yacht Club in December of 2007.

Jamie passed away in February of 2016.  In April of that year, her work at Lincoln was recognized posthumously as her marketing team and their agency won seven trophies of the 22nd Annual FCS Portfolio Awards.  In addition to her own participation, Jamie encouraged her Lincoln colleagues to get involved with the FCS.

Outside of work, Jamie was very active at her community church, where she held senior roles in the parish’s lay leadership, as well as performing in its choir. She was a volunteer for the Ridgewood Baseball and Softball Association and for other Ridgewood youth sports groups.

In addition to her roles as mother and wife, boss and colleague, Jamie is remembered as a mentor and friend, and always a leader.

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