Smartly Taps Brianna Gays to Lead Brand Marketing & Communications

April 26, 2023

New York - April 26, 2023 -, the leading social advertising automation platform for creative and performance marketers, today announced the appointment of Brianna Gays as SVP, Brand Marketing & Communications. As a member of the executive leadership team and head of global communications strategy, Gays will be focused on driving company awareness and demand across the Americas, APAC and EMEA, spotlighting’s innovative breakthroughs that are bridging the divide between creative, intelligence and media.

“Brianna’s pulse on the shifts we are seeing in today's rapidly fragmenting digital landscape, coupled with her expertise in staying ahead of marketing and media trends, make her an outstanding addition to Smartly’s leadership team,” said Laura Desmond,’s CEO.

Prior to joining Smartly, Gays lead Communications and Content at TripleLift, a global advertising technology company, where she was responsible for the company’s strategic communications, media and analyst relations, content marketing and sponsorships. During her tenure, she led the company’s brand storytelling strategy for key product and investment moments including its partnership with NBCUniversal, acquisition of 1plusX, the global first-party data-management platform, as well as the company’s successful reentry into the DACH region. 

“Smartly is a pioneer in social and digital advertising, consistently on the cusp of consumers’ habits and advertisers’ needs. No other company understands the social and digital ecosystem better than Smartly,” said Brianna Gays, SVP Brand Marketing and Communications. “The opportunity to further the company’s vision to accelerate creativity and brand performance was irresistible.”

Prior to TripleLift, She led Hulu’s B2B Communications practice during a period of growth in which Hulu’s ad-supported viewership nearly tripled in size to over 90mm viewers.

Gays started her corporate communications career at OpenX, a global advertising technology company specializing in open-web solutions for publishers. Prior to OpenX, she held several roles at ABC News where she booked and produced content for various platforms including ABC News Radio and


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