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.

Past Speakers

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Katherine Bell has been a leader in digital media since 1999. She was editor in chief of Barron’s, where she led a digital transformation in the newsroom, updating the magazine’s capabilities, increasing the ambitions of its journalism, and launching many new products including an award-winning email newsletter and daily and weekly podcasts. Before joining Dow Jones, she was editor of Harvard Business Review’s and oversaw innovation across all of HBR’s platforms. Under her leadership, the magazine’s global audience grew significantly and the site won multiple awards, including Webby Awards for best business website two years in a row.

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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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Ann Mukherjee, '94

Chief Commercial Officer, Global Consumer Brands, SC Johnson & Son 

In November, 2015 Ann joined SC Johnson, as its first ever Global Chief Marketing Officer. As part of one of the only family owned companies in this space, she is committed to the Johnson Family’s mission and purpose of making life better for future generations. Ann is an accomplished storyteller and motivational teacher and inspires everyone she leads to “Transform Tomorrow Today.” She has served on public and private boards and is currently on the Hertz Board, Global Board for the Effies organization and the Board of Trustees of the Marketing Accounting and Standards Board (MASB).

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Andy Schmeltz is the Global President and General Manager of Pfizer Oncology, responsible for an industry-leading, innovative portfolio of cancer medicines. In his first year as Global President, the company introduced four new cancer medicines that span multiple disease areas. Prior to Pfizer, Andy spent seven years at Abbott Laboratories in several senior positions. He holds a Bachelor of the Arts in economics from Columbia University, and his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business.

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Kathy manages a global organization which delivers comprehensive platforms for Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) and Autonomous Driving (AD) solutions. In 2019, Kathy was elected as a Director of the Board for NFI Group, a $3.3B global mass transportation company based out of Canada. She was recognized by EETimes as part of its Women in Tech: 25 Profiles in Persistence in 2017 and was named one of the most powerful female engineers by Business Insider the following year. In April of 2015, she developed and executed the first-ever, record-breaking cross-country drive by an autonomous vehicle.

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Ash ElDifrawi is the Chief Marketing and Customer Experiene Officer at Redbox, the $1B+ US leader in Movie and Game rentals. Prior to Redbox, Ash was the Chief Commercial Officer at Gogo, the world’s leading provider of in-flight connectivity and wireless entertainment; prior to Gogo, Ash was a Senior Director at Google, where he was responsible for building a CPM-based business for Google and YouTube. Ash recently published his first book,The Ten Worlds: The New Psychology of Happiness, which has received much early acclaim. 

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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

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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