Tim Oakhill is a 30-year marketing veteran with global marketing expertise that spans multiple product segments on some of the world’s largest brands. He currently serves as the Worldwide Marketing Strategist and SME for IBM Commerce. Tim is guiding the development of marketing management platforms for multiple Fortune 500 companies and is a trusted advisor to many CEO’s/CMO’s. He is active with private equity providing material guidance to their portfolio companies to evolve their marketing platforms.
Most recently Tim was the the EVP of Brand Management at Mattress Firm, the world’s largest mattress retailer with $3 billion in sales and 3000 retail locations. Tim launched their newest retail brand MattressPro and designed and launched the company’s private label brand strategy. Prior to joining Mattress Firm, Tim served as the CMO/ EVP Marketing at Simmons Bedding Company from 2005-2011 where he was responsible for global marketing, product, communications and selling strategy of the $1.2 billion
company. During his tenure, Simmons set a share gain record that ran for 13 consecutive quarters for a total of 18 of 22 quarters.
With over 30 years of marketing experience, Tim has also served as Marketing Manager for Eastman-Kodak Company and Account Supervisor for Bates Worldwide Advertising, a global advertising and promotions firm managing LaBatt’s Beer, Rolling Rock, Texaco, Havoline, Wendy’s, US Olympic Committee, NFL, MLB and NASCAR. Tim has several patents and patents pending, ranging from product design, point of sale, internet marketing and search engine techniques. He holds a BS in Marketing and a BA in Advertising from the University of South Carolina, and an MBA from the University of Virginia. Tim and his wife (Jill) live in Atlanta with their two children.
In his free time, Tim enjoys the outdoors and is an accomplished mountain climber having summited four of the seven summits.