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Donovan Neale-May, President

Neale-May serves as President and Managing Partner of GlobalFluency, Inc., the leader in Intelligent Market Engagement™, with 70 offices in more than 40 countries. Collectively, GlobalFluency ( member firms employ 450 professionals, serving scores of clients across the Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. Neale-May has been managing and running his respected multi-channel marketing and perception management business since 1987, operating from the company's Silicon Valley and New York offices.

Neale-May is the founder and Executive Director of the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council (, a global affinity network of more than 7,000 senior marketing and branding executives, who collectively control more than $350 billion in annual marketing spend. Neale-May is also the founder and Executive Director of the Business Performance Innovation (BPI) Network (, a global management community dedicated to identifying, exploring and sharing emerging trends and transformational ideas and practices that are reshaping world markets and competitive landscapes.

A native South African and former rugby professional in Italy, Neale-May held senior public relations agency positions in London and New York before moving to Silicon Valley, where he formed Neale-May & Partners, now known as GlobalFluency, after running Ogilvy & Mather's West Coast PR operations in San Francisco and Los Angeles for several years. During his 35 years as an international marketing and brand strategist, Neale-May has consulted with more than 300 leading multi-nationals, new venture starts and emerging growth companies.

Neale-May is listed as one of the Top 100 Most Influential BtoB Marketers in North America by BtoB Magazine. He serves on the board of directors for Travelzoo (NASDAQ: TZOO) and is a member of the Rhodes University Board of Governors in South Africa. He is also an adjunct professor at Seoul National University in South Korea.

Neale-May recently launched a new venture, the SABLE Accelerator, a trusted knowledge network of global South Africans providing mentoring and consulting services to South African companies, entrepreneurs and institutions seeking to fund or commercialize innovation, as well as enter, grow and partner in worldwide markets. 

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Donovan Neale May presentation for GIBS Business School Pretoria

Nov 7, 2013 - GIBS Business School Gordon Institute of Business Science, Pretoria
Donovan Neale-May, managing partner of The Sable Accelerator LLC (SABLE) draws comparisons between South Africa and South Korea. More »

BtoB Interview with Donovan Neale-May

Jan 24, 2011 - BtoB Magazine
BtoB Magazine caught up with Donovan Neale-May of the CMO Council and asked him what he sees on the b2b marketing landscape in the coming year. More »

Value Creation by Employees

Nov 9, 2013 - CustomerThink

Don’t Let Mobile Be an Afterthought

May 2, 2013 - Marketing Magazine

Q&A With CMO Council's Executive Director, Donovan Neale-May

May 1, 2013 - Connect Daily
The May/June 2013 issue of Connect Daily features a Q&A with the CMO Council's own Executive Director, Donovan Neale-May. Read the full article to discover first-hand insights and best practices on how to get the most from people-produced content. More »

Second Q&A With CMO Council's Executive Director, Donovan Neale-May

May 6, 2011 - Fox Business
Donovan Neale-May, CMO Council Executive Director, discusses why marketing executives at the CMO Council rated themselves so poorly. More »

The New CMO CIO Alignment Imperative

Oct 26, 2010 -

Trendsetters: Get to Know Donovan Neale-May

Jul 26, 2010 -

Good Advice for Bad Times

May 4, 2009 - Deliver Magazine

Gaining a Step Up

May 4, 2009 - Deliver Magazine

The Wall Street Transcript: An Interview With Donovan Neale-May

May 5, 2004 - The Wall Street Transcript