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Kilts Speaker Series

Kilts Speaker Series

The Kilts Speaker Series provides a platform for industry leaders across marketing, technology, CPG, retail, and entrepreneurship to talk in depth about trending marketing topics, best practices, and issues facing their industry.
In these intimate events, students are able to ask questions and get key insights into the personal and professional experiences of these senior alumni.

The series has welcomed executives from Amazon, Coca-Cola, Facebook, Tyson, Google and more, and topics these leaders have covered include analytics and international strategy development, the future of social media marketing, and how product development drives growth.


Upcoming Events 

Past Speakers

Satyajeet Salgar

Satyajeet Salgar, ’07

Director of Product Management, YouTube & Google

Satyajeet Salgar, ’07 discusses 10 reasons to be a product manager and 10 ways to get better at it. He will give a mix of personal anecdotes and career stories.

This event is co-sponsored by Booth Technology Group (FT), Booth Technology Group (E/W) and Product Management Club.


Brian Smith

Brian Smith, AB'79, MBA’80

Former President and COO, The Coca-Cola Company

Brian Smith, AB'79, MBA'80, former President & COO of The Coca-Cola Company, will sit down for a fireside chat moderated by Joseph T. and Bernice S. Lewis Distinguished Service Professor of Marketing Pradeep K. Chintagunta. There will be time for student questions. Lunch will be provided and you'll have the chance to try existing and new, innovative products from many of Coca-Cola's brands.

Co-sponsored with Marketing Group and Corporate Management Group.


David Rabie

David Rabie, '15

Co-Founder & CEO, Tovala

David combined his passion for food and technology to come up with the idea for, a time-saving meal service and countertop smart oven that scans, steams, broils and bakes chef-crafted meals, while at Chicago Booth. Today, David is the Founder and CEO of Tovala, a category defining business with more than one million meals shipped nationwide. The company has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fast Company and TechCrunch.


This event was co-sponsored by the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.


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Kenneth Mitchell

Kenneth Mitchell


Kenneth Mitchell has a reputation for building iconic brands and driving industry-leading performance through innovative, fully-integrated and award-winning marketing programs. Prior to joining Snap, Kenneth was the Vice President of Brand Content & Engagement for McDonald’s USA.


This recording is only available to Booth students, faculty, and staff.

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Road to Economic Recovery speakers Ann Mukherjee and Brian Niccol

The Road to Economic Recovery

Booth alumni Ann Mukherjee, AB ‘87, MBA ‘94, CEO Pernod Ricard North America and Brian Niccol, ‘03, CEO Chipotle sat down with marketing professor and Kilts Center Faculty Director JP Dubé to discuss to share expert insights on consumer behavior and how firms can adapt to survive and even thrive in this unprecedented time.

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David Neenan is President of TransUnion International and has over 25 years of experience in the Financial Services Industry working across multiple geographies. In his role, David is responsible for the management, growth and business strategy of the company’s International operations spanning five continents. Prior to joining TransUnion in 2012, David was the Global Chief Operations Officer for HSBC’s insurance division, based in London. Prior to the COO role, he was the Global Head of Sales & Marketing for Insurance and held a number of senior leadership roles including President and CEO HSBC Finance, Canada, EVP of the Core Credit Card business in Oregon, and HSBC’s Credit Card Insurance Division.

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Brian Mulcahey headshot



Brian Mulcahey is an entrepreneurial leader and general manager with proven ability to envision, start, grow and lead new-to-the-world businesses and new-to-the-company capabilities; strategize and plan in the midst of uncertainty; and recruit, coach, motivate and retain world-class teams. He has a 30-year track record of growth and achievement in global technology-based companies, from pre-IPO start-up through Fortune 100 firms. He’s worked at Bose Corporation for the past 18 years. His current role is a newly created position to connect the dots across the $4B company’s research, concepts, insights, strategy, and corporate development & ventures capabilities to map a compelling vision for the future.

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Andrew Sugerman headshot



Andrew Sugerman is a global media executive with proven success creating and scaling complex global businesses. As a President and GM, his breadth of management experience includes strategy, operations, content/product development and sales/marketing from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies on a global scale with 10 years managing abroad in China and the UK. He has repeatedly built strong audiences through high quality content and experiences while creating and expanding brands across multiple platforms. Most recently, Andrew managed the $3B+ Digital Media & Publishing division at The Walt Disney Company spanning social media, digital products, digital influencers, short form video, and print publishing spanning vertical/retail, advertising, content licensing, subscription, and product licensing

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Shantanu Narayen headshot



As Adobe CEO, Shantanu and his leadership team drove a successful transformation of Adobe, moving its creative software franchise from the desktop to the cloud, while creating and leading the explosive digital marketing category. He is passionate about building and empowering teams to drive product innovation and scale Adobe’s business globally, while advancing the company as a respected global brand and corporate citizen. Shantanu was named one of the World’s Best CEOs by Barron’s in 2019, the fourth consecutive year he's received the honor, and was ranked as a Top CEO by Glassdoor in 2019. 

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Headshot of Bart Becht

Bart Becht, '82


An executive with more than 35 years of business experience working with consumer brands, Becht is the former Chief Executive Officer of Reckitt Benckiser, which he led from 1995 to 2011 and former Partner at JAB Holding Company, which he joined in 2012. Becht announced his retirement from JAB in 2019.

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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. In 2014, DelBene briefly left Microsoft to work with President Obama and his administration to improve, the enrollment website for the Affordable Care Act.

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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. She 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.

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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.

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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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