Ad Age named her one of 23 women to watch. Other executives include women working at Walmart, Heineken USA, and Home Depot.
Banikarim, a former NBC Universal marketing executive, says she's worst at "sitting still." She plans to grow the Gannett brand both by connecting people internally and by bringing in outside perspectives, Ad Age says. One of the first programs she has introduced since arriving at Gannett is a speaker series in which other marketing leaders talk about how they built their business.
She's also been busy going on field visits to meet employees and share communication. "People are surprised at how much you actually learn when you listen," she told the trade publication.
Chief Operating Officer Gracia Martore told Ad Age: "I think you're going to see some wonderful new things coming from Gannett, and they're going to have Maryam's handprint on them."