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.

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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.

Date: Friday, September 27, 2019

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

Location: Harper Center, Room 104

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Ash ElDifrawi is a seasoned general management and senior marketing executive with more than 25 years of experience, including the last 13-years in the C-Suite.  Ash is currently 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.  Ash joined Gogo in 2010 as their CMO, and became their CCO in 2012 – the same year that Gogo went through their $1.7 billion IPO.  During his tenure, Ash built and oversaw global marketing, revenue management, product management, customer care, and retail operations.  Under Ash’s commercial leadership, Gogo saw revenue grow from $37 to $600 million.  Prior to joining Gogo, Ash served as Chief Marketing Officer at Hayneedle, with shared P&L responsibility for what was the 3rd largest online mass merchant retailer (est. $350 million) of home and living products. 

Prior to that, Ash was a Senior Director at Google, where he was responsible for building a CPM-based business for Google and YouTube.  Ash built the Google Brand Accelerator and led the development of several new platforms that took revenue from a $20 million to >$400 million run rate in a year (now >$6 billion).  Ash joined Google from Wrigley, where he held several leadership roles, before becoming a Managing Director overseeing a $1.3 billion portfolio of brands globally.  Before that, Ash was a consultant at McKinsey & Company.  Ash received his bachelor’s degree in Biology and master’s degree in Social Science from the University of Chicago.  He went on to gain his doctorate in Clinical Psychology and completed his internship at Northwestern.  Ash also recently published his first book entitled The Ten Worlds: The New Psychology of Happiness, which has received much early acclaim. 

Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Time: 7:15a.m. - 8:15a.m

Location: Gleacher Center - room tba

Reservation information will be available September 23.

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Kathy manages a global organization, which delivers comprehensive platforms for Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) and Autonomous Driving (AD) solutions. She leads a team that is developing in-car platforms needed to create increasingly sophisticated solutions for highly autonomous driving needs. She aligned the breadth of Intel’s assets with those of Mobileye to deliver end-to-end solutions for fully autonomous driving and led Intel’s efforts to build out its autonomous fleet. 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 is seen as an expert in the field, 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.

Prior to joining Intel, Kathy led automated driving efforts, global new-growth strategies for embedded and aftermarket software products, and cloud-based automotive and consumer services at Delphi Electronics & Safety. She was named as one of Automotive News’ Top 100 Impactful Women in the Automotive Industry, she and her team won numerous awards, such as the Edison Award for Innovation, Popular Mechanics Best, and USA Today’s Readers’ Choice for Road Trippers. In April of 2015, she developed and executed the first-ever, record-breaking cross-country drive by an autonomous vehicle. Prior to Delphi, Kathy spent many years at Motorola where she led their mass market Android smart phone business encompassing all aspects of product lifecycle management including software, hardware, service plans and 3rd party applications. 

Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2019

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

Location: Harper Center, Room 104

Reservation information will be available September 24.

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. 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. 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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