Kilts Speaker Series

Kilts Speaker Series

At the Kilts Speaker Series, students learn about trending marketing topics and best practices from industry leaders. The series has welcomed executives from Amazon, Coca-Cola, Facebook, Tyson, Google, and others.

Industry leaders in marketing, technology, CPG, and telecommunications, and seasoned executives from a broad spectrum of industries share their expertise on topics such as analytics and international strategy development, the future of social media marketing, and how product development drives growth.

Upcoming Events

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Past Speakers

Kurt DelBene

Kurt DelBene, ’90

CDO & EVP, Corporate Strategy and CSEO, Microsoft

As chief digital officer and executive vice president of Corporate Strategy and Core Services Engineering and Operations, DelBene is leading the company’s cross-engineering and cross-business strategy, execution and planning initiatives. DelBene joined Microsoft in 1992 and over the years has served in several roles within Microsoft’s product development teams, including president of the Microsoft Office Division, responsible for driving Microsoft’s global productivity strategy for information workers. Prior to that he was a management consultant with McKinsey and Company, focusing on business strategy for technology companies. He also worked as a software developer and systems engineer for AT&T Bell Laboratories, working in graphics and imaging software and network switching systems. In 2014, DelBene briefly left Microsoft to work with President Obama and his administration to improve, the enrollment website for the Affordable Care Act. He also spent time working with Madrona Venture Group as a venture partner. DelBene holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago, a Master of Science degree from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from the University of Arizona.

Date: Wednesday, April 10

Time: 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location: Harper Center, Room 104

Note: A livestream will be available for those who would like to view the event off-site. A recording will be available after the event for all registrants. Lunch will be available for those attending in person.

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Deanie Elsner

Deanie Elsner, ’92

Chief Marketing Officer,Global P&L Leader

Deanie Elsner is a seasoned 30-year executive who has worked with some of the most notable companies in the consumer products industry including Kellogg’s, Kraft Foods, Quaker Oats, Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble. Deanie has run multi-billion dollar businesses in both North America and Europe representing iconic brands such as Pringles, Cheez-It, Capri Sun, Kool-Aid, Lunchables and Gevalia Coffee. She has established a track record for business transformation by redefining the value equation, building operational capability and driving innovation. As the Chief Marketing Officer at Kraft Foods, Elsner was recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of the 50 most influential Global CMOs in addition to being recognized by ADWEEK as one of the 12 Stars of Adtech Shaping the Future. Deanie sits on the Board of Directors of Owens Corning, Inc. She received an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Arizona. 

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Rishad Tobaccowala

Rishad Tobaccowala, ‘82

Chief Growth Officer at Publicis Groupe

Rishad Tobaccowala is the Chief Growth Officer of the Publicis Groupe, the world’s third largest marketing communications firm with 78,000 employees. Over his 36-year career in marketing, Rishad has served as the Chief Strategist of Publicis Groupe, The Chairman of Digitas and Razorfish and several roles at Starcom and Leo Burnett including setting up the first digital units for both firms called Starcom IP and Giant Step over 20 years ago. Rishad is also the Chairman of The Tobaccowala Foundation which helps 10,000 people in India gain better healthcare and education.

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Bill McComb

William (Bill) McComb, '87

Retired CEO, Liz Claiborne, Inc.

William L. McComb served as Chief Executive Officer of Liz Claiborne, Inc. (renamed Fifth & Pacific Companies, Inc. in 2012) and was a member of the Company’s Board of Directors from November 6, 2006 to February 25, 2014. He led the Company’s succession in management and name to Kate Spade & Company, after successfully completing an extensive turnaround of the corporation. Upon joining the Company in November 2006, Mr. McComb was presented with dramatically falling revenue and earnings, an over-levered balance sheet, and fading customer relationships. During his seven+ year tenure, he transformed the business by shifting to direct-to-consumer retail, right-sizing the brand portfolio, focusing on digital, building strong management teams, and rationalizing global cost structures - all while strategically investing across the company to build powerful brands and repositioning as Fifth & Pacific Companies, Inc., and in 2014, Kate Spade & Company.

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eduardo luz

Eduardo Luz

Global Brand Officer and Chief Marketing Officer U.S.

Eduardo Luz is the Global Brand Officer and Chief Marketing Officer U.S. for The Kraft Heinz Company. He leads the company’s marketing efforts in the U.S., as well as creating and leading disruptive platforms related to brands and innovation, like Springboard, White Spaces and Personalization at Scale. He is responsible for improving the way Kraft Heinz marketers operate and make decisions related to their brands. Eduardo also oversees three of the company’s global brands —Heinz, Kraft and Planters.

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Gary Briggs

Gary Briggs

Former Vice President and CMO, Facebook

Briggs has led marketing efforts for numerous top-tier companies in industries ranging from CPG to technology. Early in his career, he served as director of Brand Pepsi and launched Aquafina. He later held several senior positions at Google, including CMO of Motorola. He continues to bring his marketing expertise to diverse companies as an advisor, including for the finance startup Lending Club and the craft brewery Lagunitas.

Sally Grimes

Sally Grimes, ’97

Group President, Prepared Foods, Tyson Foods

Throughout her career, Grimes has spearheaded the growth of dozens of iconic brands, including Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, Sharpie, and Jimmy Dean. She's been recognized in Fast Companys “100 Most Creative People in Business,” Ad Age’s “Top Women to Watch,” and the Chicago Tribune’s “Top Innovator in Chicago.”

Ted Buell

Ted Buell, ’07

Director of Analytics and Attribution, Google

Over his career, Buell has connected technology and marketing to build brands and drive sales for companies across a wide range of industries, including retail, consumer electronics, and telecommunications. His expertise encompasses product launch, new market entry, data-driven marketing, and more. At Google, he advises senior executives from some of the world’s biggest companies on marketing strategies.


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