The FCS honored Russell Findlay, CMO, Hiscox, as the recipient of its fourth annual FCS Jamie E. DePeau Leadership Award. Findlay's selection was announced on November 12th at the last FCS luncheon of 2019, and the award was presented at a gala dinner event on November 21, 2019 at the New York Yacht Club, when the FCS also celebrated the FCS Financial Marketer of the Year Award, presented to Andrea Brimmer and Ally Financial.
The FCS Jamie E. DePeau Leadership Award was created to recognize an FCS member whose leadership inspires and educates others to think big, break down barriers and perform at their highest potential. The goal is to honor, every year, FCS members who, through personal and professional contributions to their communities, serve as living examples of the selfless, inspirational leadership that Jamie DePeau embodied during her career in financial services marketing. Ms. DePeau, who passed away in 2016, was an active member of the FCS Marketing Leadership Roundtable, had served as a presenter at several FCS events, and was a stalwart supporter of the FCS and her team’s participation in the organization.
“The FCS is proud to recognize Russ Findlay for his leadership as a marketer, a mentor, and an individual committed to directing financial support to worthy causes – from New York's most needy school districts and public libraries to underprivileged business workers,” said Kevin Windorf, CEO, FCS. “The FCS mission begins with Community, and Russ has proven over his career that his commitment to developing talent for our marketing community spans from the teams he’s led to the students he’s taught to the agencies he’s inspired. When Russ spoke at our CMO Exchange this past July, we saw but a glimpse of his significant talent in leading people to think and act at an aspirational level. The idea that he brings this dedication to the workings of the two non-profits that he runs speaks volumes to the value of his leadership.”
“I am truly honored and humbled to be the recipient of this year’s award,” said Russ Findlay. “I’m grateful to the countless number of mentors I’ve had throughout my life and career who have shown me that being a good marketeer, having a servant-leader mindset, and giving back to a community don’t have to be mutually exclusive.”
Findlay was selected by a panel of four judges, who represent several facets of Jamie DePeau’s personal and professional life. 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
Nominations for the FCS Jamie E. DePeau Leadership Award 2020 will open after Labor Day.