Debbie Cates

Global Marketing Expert

Phone: (480) 694-6874
LinkedIn: /debbiecates


CMOs & Marketing Leaders


Specialties include global marketing strategy, planning, achieving market share and revenue targets, and building high-performance teams.

With more than 30 years of global marketing leadership experience, Debbie Cates has a deep, proven understanding of marketing strategy, planning and execution. She has managed multi-million-dollar budgets and marketing teams for industry-leading brands, such as Oracle, Hewlett Packard and Fujitsu. She also has experience with start-up software-as-a-service (SaaS) companies.

While EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa region) Marketing Manager at Fujitsu, Debbie developed a marketing strategy that resulted in double-digit growth within six months, achieving two billion euros in revenue. Later, as Senior Director of Strategic Marketing at Sage Software, a $100 million business, Debbie successfully overhauled the company’s marketing strategy, resulting in 2:1 ROI on advertising spend and a 40% increase in traffic to Sage’s eStore.

More recently, as Chief Marketing Officer at Workplace, Debbie developed and executed a global marketing strategy and coached a high-performance team to achieve a 10x increase in sales pipeline within 18 months. She also helped generate a 90% increase in annual recurring revenue (ARR) and made key contributions leading to the sale of Workplace to a strategic buyer in 2016. 

Debbie facilitates roundtables that help CMOs & Marketing Leaders become more effective leaders and achieve their growth goals.