Speaker Profile

Joanna O`Connell
VP, Principal Analyst / Forrester

Joanna O’Connell serves B2C marketing professionals and is an industry expert on programmatic advertising. As vice president, principal analyst leading ad tech coverage, Ms. O’Connell explores the fast-evolving digital advertising ecosystem with a focus on helping marketers make the right organizational and technology decisions to power customer-obsessed marketing. She covers several core components of a modern buy-side tech stack including demand-side platforms (DSPs), ad servers, dynamic creative optimization (DCO), as well as looking at the intersection of service and technology in programmatic media management. Joanna has been a pioneer throughout her career. She began at digital agency Avenue A as a media planner and buyer in 2000 and, in 2008, launched Razorfish’s agency trading desk, ATOM Systems, to bring programmatic expertise to the agency and its clients. Ms. O’Connell joined Forrester in 2010, serving interactive marketers and covering ad tech and programmatic advertising as a principal analyst. In 2013, she moved to leading trade publication AdExchanger, which further deepened her ad tech expertise and, in 2015, she joined programmatic tech company MediaMath as CMO, where she led a global marketing team. Joanna holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Vassar College, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with general and departmental honors.