Rocket Companies Appoints First-Ever Group CMO 

Rocket Companies has announced that it has named internationally recognized marketing leader Jonathan Mildenhall as its first-ever group Chief Marketing Officer (CMO).

In this new role, he will be responsible for creating a unified and compelling voice for all businesses under the Rocket Companies umbrella, with all marketing and communications teams for the company’s brands reporting directly to him.

“Jonathan is one of the top marketing minds in the world, with a strong reputation for consistently delivering compelling campaigns that break through the clutter and become socially relevant,” said Varun Krishna, CEO of Rocket Companies. “I have been highly impressed by the number of incredible stories we have to tell. Countless customers, team members, and vendors have told us how working with Rocket changed their lives. I am looking forward to Jonathan and the team creating new and innovative ways to share these inspiring narratives with the world.”

Mildenhall brings more than 30 years of experience building and promoting large, brand-focused companies including Coca-Cola and Airbnb. In 2018, he co-founded TwentyFirstCenturyBrand, one of the world’s leading branding and marketing consultancies. Over the past five years, the business has helped some of the world’s most influential companies scale their impact, including Pinterest, LinkedIn, Zalando, PepsiCo, NextDoor, and Walmart. Mildenhall will remain chairman of the business.

“The role Rocket plays in helping people achieve the American Dream through home ownership and financial freedom is massive and cannot be overstated,” said Mildenhall. “I am honored to be given the opportunity to work with this talented team, led by Varun, to tell stories that will inspire and motivate. It will be our mission to create integrated marketing campaigns that live up to the extraordinary social impact that Rocket makes every day.”

Prior to founding his own firm, Mildenhall served as the first CMO of Airbnb and led the marketing through a period of unprecedented growth for the company. He and his team helped the brand become a household name while the short-term rental company expanded from 400,000 homes on the platform to more than 4.5 million residences in 191 countries in just three and a half years. Airbnb aired its first Super Bowl commercial under Mildenhall and forged many co-marketing partnerships with culturally relevant brands to raise awareness and legitimacy for the business.

Before his time at Airbnb, Mildenhall led Coca-Cola’s marketing as Vice President of Global Advertising Strategy and Content Excellence. He and his team took Coke’s creative in new directions and created the company’s global marketing campaign, “Open Happiness,” which helped the brand see its most profitable growth period in 20 years. During his time leading Coke’s marketing, it was named the Creative Marketer of the Year at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

Mildenhall, a British-American, is also a board member of GoFundMe and Fanatics. He has been included on Forbes’ list of the world’s most influential CMOs, Business Insider’s list of the most innovative CMOs, and won Adweek’s Brand Genius award.

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Demetria C. Lester is a reporter for MortgagePoint (formerly DS News and MReport) with more than eight years of writing and editing experience. She has served as content coordinator and copy editor for the Los Angeles Daily News and the Orange County Register, in addition to 11 other Southern California publications. A former editor-in-chief at Northlake College and staff writer at her alma mater, the University of Texas at Arlington, she has covered events such as the Byron Nelson and Pac-12 Conferences, progressing into her freelance work with the Dallas Wings and D Magazine. Currently located in Dallas, Lester is a jazz aficionado, Harry Potter fanatic, and avid record collector. She can be reached at
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