Warren Kornblum has worked with many leading North American and International corporations as an executive, strategic consultant and/or senior management advisor. He has enjoyed a very successful career in consumer marketing from both the client and agency perspectives.
Canadian born, he started his career in advertising in Toronto and quickly rose through the ranks becoming President of his first agency in his mid-20s. In his early 30’s, Warren opened his own advertising agency which became one of the fastest growing brand resources in Canada while also opening offices in the United States. After eight years, he sold the agency. Pursuant to the sale, Kornblum worked as a consultant for a number of advertising agencies as well as clients before arriving in New York as a Managing Partner at Bozell Worldwide.
Kornblum’s responsibilities at Bozell included leadership of the agency’s worldwide retail endeavor, Bozell Retail as well as direct management of a team of over 200. In addition to oversight of the division, he was the senior client contact for many of the Bozell Worldwide’s retail and consumer brands.
In January, 1999, Warren was recruited to join the executive management team at the then publicly traded Fortune 100 retailer Toys “R” Us. He was the Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer and a member of the Executive Committee at Toys “R” Us for six years. His responsibilities included all marketing functions across the company’s six divisions in 27 countries. During his tenure, he led the company’s brand marketing, advertising, licensing, media, promotion, public relations and digital marketing endeavors. Under his leadership,
Toys “R” Us brand advertising won numerous awards along with significant increases in both consumer awareness and likeability. He was pivotally involved in the development and execution of the retailer’s global flagship store in New York’s Times Square which until its closing in December 2015 was considered one of the top tourist attractions in Manhattan.
After leaving Toys “R” Us when the company was purchased by private equity firms in 2006, Warren joined the leadership team at Rooms To Go, America’s largest independent furniture retailer as Chief Strategic Officer where his responsibilities were multi-faceted as a direct report to the Founder and Chief Executive Officer.
After nine successful and gratifying years at Rooms To Go, Kornblum left in January, 2016 and founded Shadow Branding Group in order to work directly with brand marketers on brand and strategic development, growth, licensing, creative development and consumer connectivity. Currently, Warren is engaged as Senior Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer and Interim Chief Marketing Officer at Serta Simmons Bedding which is the largest mattress manufacturer in North America.
Warren is also involved in Board/Advisory work and several philanthropic endeavors.