Bernie BanksAssociate Dean for Leadership Development and Inclusion Clinical Professor of Management
Kellogg School of Management

Bernard (Bernie) Banks is a noted expert on the subjects of leadership and organizational change. Currently, he is the Associate Dean for Leadership Development and Inclusion and a Clinical Professor of Management at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. As an Associate Dean, Bernie possesses responsibility for leader development integration across the school's global portfolio of programs, as well as the generation, integration and implementation of Diversity/Equity/Inclusion initiatives for the institution.

Bernie retired from the Army as a Brigadier General in 2016 after having successfully led West Point's Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership from 2012-2016. In addition to having studied leadership extensively, he has led multiple military units ranging in size from 10 to 500 people. In 1995, Bernie was selected from over 40,000 officers to receive the Army's top award for entry-level managers (General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award). In 2006, the Apache Helicopter unit he was leading in South Korea was designated as the top Apache Helicopter unit globally in the U.S. Army's annual best aviation unit competition.

A West Point graduate, Bernie is broadly educated. He holds graduates degrees from Northwestern, Columbia, and Harvard Universities. Additionally, he earned his Ph.D. in social-organizational psychology from Columbia University. Bernie's work has been published in a variety of outlets (e.g., Harvard Business Review, Military Psychology, New York Times). Furthermore, he has worked extensively with organizations across all sectors concerning their leader development efforts (e.g., Procter and Gamble, Mercedes Benz, General Electric, IBM, 7-Eleven, The US Forest Service, International Chiefs of Police).

Gregory Carpenter James Farley/Booz Allen Hamilton Professor of Marketing Strategy
Director of the Center for Market Leadership
Faculty Director, Kellogg Markets & Customers Initiative (KMCI)
Kellogg School of Management

Gregory Carpenter focuses on understanding how firms succeed with consumers. Based on award-winning research, his recent book, Resurgence: The Four Stages of Market-Focused Reinvention (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), examines how firms that face serious challenges create a more customer-focused culture and renewed success. He previously co-edited the Handbook of Marketing Strategy (Edward Elgar, 2012), and Readings on Market-Driving Strategies: Toward a New Concept of Competitive Advantage (Addison Wesley, 1997).

Appearing in leading academic journals, such as Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Consumer Research, Management Science, Marketing Science, and Psychometrika, his research has been recognized by the The American Marketing Association with the William F. O'Dell Award, the Paul E. Green Award, the Donald R. Lehmann Award, and the Sheth Foundation/Journal of Marketing Award.

Harvard Business Review, Financial Times, Forbes, BusinessWeek, and National Public Radio have featured his research, and it has been cited in arguments before the United States Supreme Court. Recognized by BusinessWeek as one of a small group of outstanding faculty in its Guide to the Best Business School, he was voted Outstanding Professor of the Year Award by the Kellogg Managers' Program, and he received the Sidney J. Levy Teaching Award.

He teaches an elective in the MBA program, Consumers, Culture & Leadership, and he is the academic director of two Kellogg executive program: Kellogg’s Chief Marketing Officer Program, which helps prepare executives for the challenging role of CMO, and The Customer-Focused Organization. He co-chairs the Marketing Leadership Summit, bringing thought leaders together each fall to explore the future of marketing.

He often speaks and advises firms. Past and current clients include Bacardi, Carnival Corporation, Coca-Cola, Cunard Lines, Diageo, Dow Chemical, Federal Reserve Bank, Government of Mexico, General Electric, Harley-Davidson, Health Management Academy, Novartis, PepsiCo, Pfizer, SC Johnson, Target, Unilever, and Visa.

A former Academic Trustee of the Marketing Science Institute, he served as a member of the board of advisors of Hamilton Consultants, and a member of the advisory board of Terlato Wine Group. He was named a Chevalier in the Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne for his contribution to champagne.

Previously on the faculty of the UCLA, Columbia University, and the Yale School of Management, he received his B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University, and M.B.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University.

Jean EnglishChief Marketing Officer
Palo Alto Networks

Jean English joined Palo Alto Networks as chief marketing officer in August 2019. She has more than 20 years of business-to-business marketing experience. Most recently, she served as senior vice president and CMO at NetApp. Previously, Jean spent 17 years at IBM in a variety of roles, including vice president of Global Marketing for IBM Cloud, and led the go-to-market transformation for IBM’s cloud business. During her tenure with IBM, she also served as CMO for IBM Asia Pacific, wherein she was responsible for all aspects of marketing, communications and citizenship. Jean serves on the board of ATHENA International and is a member of the National Charity League. Both organizations focus on helping women develop and strengthen their leadership skills.

Angus (Rory) FinlayGlobal Consumer Practice Leader, Chicago
Egon Zehnder

Angus (Rory) Finlay, based in Chicago, leads Egon Zehnder's global Consumer Practice. In these times of dynamic industry change and disruption, he draws on his deep industry and consulting experience to advise clients on leadership development and talent strategy. Finlay specializes in CEO assignments that deliver transformation through talent and organizational capability building, and is also active in the firm's Board Consulting, Chief Marketing Officers and Human Resources Practices.

Finlay's global consumer industry experience spans launching new brands like Orbit Chewing Gum at Wrigley, reigniting iconic brands such as Canadian Club and driving category-breaking innovations. Before joining Egon Zehnder, he was Senior Vice President and Global Chief Marketing Officer at Beam Global Spirits & Wine Inc. Earlier, while based in Munich, he led marketing operations across 30+ European countries for Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company before serving as the Vice President and General Manager for Wrigley's confectionery brands. Finlay began his marketing career in the textile industry at Celanese Corporation in New York.

Finlay earned a bachelor’s degree (with honors) in textile management from the University of Leeds and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. When not on the road, he enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, fly fishing and skiing near his home in Montana. He is married with three children and a baby granddaughter. He is a native Scot and naturalized U.S. citizen

Ma. Fatima D. Francisco
Chief Executive Officer, Baby and Feminine Care

Ma. Fatima D. Francisco (Fama) is the CEO of P&G’s global Baby and Feminine Care Sector, serving consumers in nearly 120 countries and responsible for sales, profit, cash, value creation, innovation, communication, selling and supply chain. She has a global track record of leading successful businesses across developed and developing markets, brand building, innovation and operations.

Under Fama’s leadership, the company accelerated the expansion of Always Discreet, P&G’s first major new category entry in a decade. She championed the global expansion of the iconic Always #LikeAGirl female empowerment campaign, recognized globally with more than 120 industry awards for all aspects of brand building.

Fama joined P&G in 1989 as a sales manager in the Philippines, the first female to be hired into that role. Since then, she has held roles in Hair Care, Cosmetics, Baby and Feminine Care businesses, as well as global and upstream Baby Care innovation. Fama led North America Baby Care, growing the category and achieving category share leadership for the first time in 20 years, prior to being named President, Global Feminine Care in 2015. She was appointed President, Global Baby Care and Baby & Feminine Care Sector in 2018 and became CEO for P&G’s Baby and Feminine Care businesses in 2019.

As a leader, Fama is known for inspiring and motivating multifunctional and diverse teams to work together toward a higher goal. The first Asian female president in P&G, Fama is passionate about empowering girls and women to build confidence and pursue their goals.

Sherri W. Gilligan Chief Marketing Officer
Mayo Clinic

Sherri Gilligan is the Chief Marketing Officer of Mayo Clinic, a not-for-profit, academic health system that cares for more than one million people each year from all 50 states and more than 140 countries. In this role, Sherri oversees all marketing including strategy and insights, brand strategy and creative studio, customer experience and product lifecycle management, international, and integrated marketing.

Prior to Mayo Clinic, Sherri was the Chief Marketing Officer at Two Roads Hospitality. Two Roads was an international lifestyle hospitality company that was sold to Hyatt in late 2018.

Before her work at Two Roads, Sherri led Card Marketing for Capital One including Venture, QuickSilver, Spark, co-branded and international teams. Prior to joining Capital One, Sherri was Senior Vice President of Marketing & Advertising at MGM Resorts International where she led the development of the ground-breaking customer loyalty initiative M life.

Additionally, Sherri worked at Sprint where she held various positions in Marketing Strategy, Operations, and Finance. Before joining Sprint, Sherri worked for General Electric and is a graduate of GE’s Financial Management Program.

Sherri earned her bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Nebraska and her master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She serves on the board of Project Legacy.

Carla HassanChief Marketing Officer

Carla Hassan is the Chief Marketing Officer of Citi. As CMO, Carla leads Citi’s unified branding and marketing organization in building distinctive, impactful campaigns that differentiate the brand and fuel the firm’s continued growth and success. In this role, Carla oversees Citi’s Branding and Sponsorships, Global Consumer Banking marketing efforts and elements of the Institutional Clients Group’s marketing and sponsorship activities. Under her leadership, the team is differentiating Citi’s products and services and accelerating the firm’s award-winning digital capabilities to deliver a world-class client experience.

Carla joined Citi in 2018 as Chief Brand Officer and led efforts to bring Citi's mission of enabling growth and economic progress to life around the world. In this role, Carla oversaw Corporate Branding, Advertising, Sponsorships, Experience and Media, as well as Insights and Analytics.

Prior to joining Citi, Carla was the Executive Vice President and Global Chief Marketing Officer of Toys “R” Us. In this capacity, she served as a member of the company’s global leadership team and oversaw the vision for the company’s brands, marketing and media strategy, creative, marketing communications, digital marketing, CRM, Analytics, Insights and Loyalty Programs. Prior to joining Toys “R” Us, Carla served as Senior Vice President, Brand Management for PepsiCo’s Global Beverage Group. In this role, she was responsible for driving growth on PepsiCo’s beverage portfolio across 50+ markets around the world, including leading brands Pepsi & Mountain Dew, creating new brands, and expanding Gatorade internationally. During her 13 year tenure at PepsiCo, she held a number of strategic marketing leadership roles for Quaker and Gatorade in the US, and was Chief Marketing Officer for the company’s Middle East & Africa business based out of Dubai. Prior to that, Carla held several marketing roles at The Kellogg Company, overseeing well-known brands including Keebler, Rice Krispies Treats and Eggo.

Carla serves on the advisory board of the Association of National Advertisers’ #seeher initiative and was named a 2016 Ad Age “Woman to Watch”. Carla holds a BA in communication, political science and economics from the University of Colorado, and an MBA from the Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management. Carla is also a member of the 2018 Class of The Henry Crown Fellowship within the Aspen Global Leadership Network at The Aspen Institute.

Jason HeckerNorth America Chief Marketing Officer Practice Group Leader
Egon Zehnder

JASON HECKER North America Chief Marketing Officer Practice Group Leader Egon ZehnderJason Hecker leads the firm’s Chief Marketing Officers Practice in North America and is a leader in the Consumer Practice.Based in Chicago, he advises global companies on leadership and talent strategies to drive new growth in times of company and industry transition. Hecker works across both consumer and industrial sectors, with particular focus in the area of growth and innovation. He conducts executive searches across a range of top leadership positions and consults on client solutions from management appraisals to leadership integration. Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Hecker worked for more than 20 years as a global business executive at early-stage ventures and Fortune 500 companies. Most recently, he was the Chief Commercial Officer of PureCircle Limited, the world’s leading innovator and producer of Stevia sweeteners and flavors. Before that, he managed a wide range of major brand portfolios and drove the development of new products at Kraft Foods Group Inc. Earlier in his career, Hecker served as the Head of Strategic Consulting Services for the digital agency Organic Inc. in Chicago.Hecker earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. In his private life, his main passion is his family. Hecker and his wife frequently watch their sons play ice hockey and their daughter figure skate. He also enjoys playing golf and traveling to distant parts of the globe.

Brad HiranagaChief Brand Officer, North America
General Mills

Combine an instinct for marketing innovation and an intuitive approach that brings out the best in teams, and you have Brad Hiranaga. As Chief Brand Officer (CBO) for North America at General Mills, Brad leads iconic brands like Cheerios, Nature Valley, Yoplait, Lucky Charms, and Annie’s to have a positive impact and create memorable brand experiences for people. In the role, he leads the Brand Experience organization by energizing talent to build differentiated brands in a remarkable and human way.

Brad’s leadership style is agile and open—with an emphasis on positive agitation. By encouraging space and freedom to experiment and learn, he’s built a highly collaborative cross-functional team structure that solves challenges in new ways, together. He calls this approach an “&Mindset” which fosters an environment for teams to continuously learn, innovate, and drive forward progress. This has resulted in culture-creating campaigns such as Cheerios’ “One Million Acts of Good” with the Ellen DeGeneres Show and new experiences for consumers, such as Cinnamon Toast Crunch’s streetwear collaboration with KITH.

In addition, Brad is passionate about General Mills’ mission to solve the hunger gap and to grow to one million acres of regenerative agriculture. He believes that doing good is good for business. Driven by his belief, his teams reinvented “Box Tops For Education” in digital, a program that has already donated nearly one billion dollars to schools, and they continue to look for new ways to shape the future of food by using General Mills’ scale to solve problems that affect everyone.

Before becoming the CBO, Brad was the Business Director of the Pizza & Tacos Business Unit, which included the Totino’s and Old El Paso brands. His impact still resonates with those brands that create experiences that people love, and that keeps them coming back for more.

Brad holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Leadership, Finance, from the University of Puget Sound and his Master of Business Administration, Marketing, from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. When he’s not inspiring marketing innovation, he’s diving into the latest cultural trends and getting crushed playing video games with his two sons.

Betsy D. HoldenSenior Advisor
McKinsey & Company

Betsy D. Holden is a Senior Advisor to McKinsey & Company leading strategy, marketing, and board effectiveness initiatives for consumer, healthcare, financial services and B2B companies. Betsy was formerly Co-CEO of Kraft Foods and CEO of Kraft Foods North America. At the time, Kraft Foods was the largest food company in North America and the second largest in the world.

She has 38 years of experience in consumer goods and consulting with expertise in general management, marketing, cost management, acquisitions, and global expansion. In addition to her CEO role at Kraft, Betsy also held the positions of President, Global Marketing and Category Development; Executive Vice President with responsibility for Operations, IT, Procurement, R&D, and Consumer Insights and Communications; President of the Kraft Cheese Division; President of the Pizza Division; plus multiple line brand management assignments. Betsy introduced new products that have generated over $2 billion in revenue.

Ms. Holden graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. from Duke University. Holden received a Masters of Management in Marketing and Finance from Northwestern’s J. L. Kellogg School of Management. She has been named one of FORTUNE’s Most Powerful Women multiple times and was inducted into the Chicago Business Hall of Fame in 2016.

Ms. Holden has served on 9 corporate boards over the last 20 years including Kraft Foods, Diageo, PLC, CatamaranRX, and Time Inc. She currently serves on the boards of Western Union, Dentsply Sirona, and National Retail Properties. She was named a 2015 NACD Directorship 100 honoree. Betsy serves on the Executive Committee of Duke University’s Board of Trustees and the Kellogg School of Management Global Advisory Board. Betsy is President of the Board of the Off the Street Club, and serves on the boards of Ravinia Music Festival and Chicago High School for the Arts Foundation.

Jeff JacobsPartner
McKinsey & Company

A leader of McKinsey's marketing performance and growth strategy practices, Jeff Jacobs brings over 25 years of experience in global line marketing and sales, brand strategy, marketing ROI, end-to-end transformations, and innovation. He also has deep expertise in helping companies rethink their global agency and partner ecosystems to drive more growth. He has helped several Fortune 100 companies reimagine how and where they can drive growth, increase consumer engagement and spend their marketing dollars more effectively and efficiently. Additionally, he spends a lot of his time helping organizations evolve their marketing capabilities to take advantage of the data, analytics and proliferating digital channels available. He primarily focuses on Consumer, Retail, Technology and Telecom, and Financial Services. Before McKinsey, Jacobs was a global brand director at Gatorade, helping introduce the brand and drive 10+% growth around the world. Additionally, he served as CMO at Aon Corporation. When not thinking about Marketing and Growth, Jacobs spends his time traveling the world with his wife and two teenage daughters. They also sponsor a refugee family from Syria, which they have done the last two years. Jacobs is a double Northwestern graduate—College of Arts and Science and Kellogg School of Management—and a proud Evanston resident.

Chris KempczinksiPresident and CEO

As President and CEO of McDonald’s, Chris leads the millions of dedicated McFamily members who help create delicious, feel-good moments for everyone.

Chris is responsible for driving McDonald’s growth strategy and ensuring that the Company’s values are embedded throughout the System as the filter through which all our business decisions are made, bringing its corporate purpose – to feed and foster community – to life.

Prior to becoming CEO, Chris served as President of McDonald’s USA, leading the business operations of approximately 14,000 McDonald’s restaurants throughout the United States.

Chris joined McDonald’s in 2015 as Executive Vice President, Strategy, Business Development and Innovation. In this role, he worked closely with our business leaders and franchisees to identify innovative new ideas and best practices to accelerate system growth.

Chris has more than 25 years of experience working in premier global consumer companies. He began his career in brand management at Procter & Gamble, and also held senior positions at PepsiCo, and most recently at Kraft Foods where he was EVP, Growth Initiatives and President, International.

In addition to serving on the McDonald’s Board of Directors, he is also a trustee of Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Chris is a proud alumnus of both Duke University and Harvard Business School. He lives in Chicago, IL, with his wife and two kids.

Ann MukherjeeChair & CEO North America
Pernod Ricard

Ann Mukherjee has nearly 30 years of experience in marketing and sales functions. She holds two degrees from the University of Chicago – a double Bachelor of Arts in Economics and in Religious Theology as well as an MBA in Finance from the Booth School of Business. Ann started her career in 1992 at Citibank Diners Club in the New Product Department. In 1994, she joined the Kraft Foods Group where she spent nearly 11 years managing a number of key brands such as Kraft Mac & Cheese, Kraft Singles, Taco Bell and Minute Rice, to name a few. In 2005, Ann joined PepsiCo in New York where she worked for ten years. First appointed Marketing Vice President for Quaker Snacks, Ann then became SVP and Chief Marketing Officer of Frito-Lay in 2009, and President of Global Snacks and PepsiCo Global Insights five years later. In November 2015, Ann joined S.C. Johnson & Son as the company's first-ever Global Chief Marketing Officer. Then later nominated as Global Chief Commercial Officer, she has been responsible for the $12 billion consumer global business division that is present in more than 90 markets. Ann has received many honors throughout her career, notably, she was named as one of Forbes Top 50 most influential CMOs and also as "Marketer of the Year" by Brand Week.

Dick PattonHead of Global CEO Practice
Egon Zehnder

Dick Patton leads Egon Zehnder’s global CEO Practice. He partners with clients on CEO succession, advisory, and search, in addition to providing board consulting and search, talent assessment, and recruitment of senior-level executives. Dick previously led the firm’s global Consumer Practice and cofounded Egon Zehnder’s Chief Marketing Officers Practice.

Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Dick held management, marketing, and business development roles at Coca-Cola and Frito-Lay. He has also worked in startups and an advertising agency, and published two speeches in the Congressional Record while working for the U.S. Senate.

Dick earned a BA from Brown University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a frequent speaker, and his insights on talent development, functional evolution, and recruitment have appeared in Bloomberg Businessweek, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and other publications. Dick serves as a trustee of Groton School in Massachusetts, and he cochairs Egon Zehnder’s annual Marketing Leadership Summit at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. He is married with three children and loves spending time outdoors.

Stephanie PreissVice President, TV & Audio
New York Times

Stephanie Preiss is the vice president of TV and Audio at the New York Times. In her role, she is leading the expansion of audio and the Times’s film and TV business, and was integral in the conception and launch of “The Weekly.”

Since joining the Times in 2014, Stephanie has worked in the intersection of the newsroom and business in various roles, helping to launch new ventures and products for the company. Previously, in her position as director of Strategy and Business Development, she worked on multimedia partnerships with Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat and was responsible for exploring opportunities in the film and TV business. Prior to that, she was the manager for Video Business Operations, where she helped to transform the company’s video operation.

Before joining the Times, Stephanie worked at a start-up digital video company, IconicTV, where she was the first employee.

Born in New York City, Stephanie attended Middlebury College, where she graduated with a BA in Philosophy.

Sergio RebeloMUFG Bank Distinguished Professor of International Finance
Professor of Finance
Kellogg School of Management

Sergio Rebelo is the MUFG Bank Distinguished Professor of International Financethe at the Kellogg School of Management, where he has served as Chair of the Finance Department.

Professor Rebelo does research on macroeconomics and international finance. He has studied the causes of business cycles, the impact of economic policy on economic growth, and the sources of exchange rate fluctuations. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the World Bank, the Sloan Foundation, and the Olin Foundation.

He is a fellow of the Econometric Society, the National Bureau of Economic Research, and the Center for Economic Policy Research. He has been a member of the editorial board of various academic journals, including the American Economic Review, the European Economic Review, the Journal of Monetary Economics, and the Journal of Economic Growth.

He has won numerous teaching awards at the Kellogg School of Management, including the Executive Masters Program Outstanding Professor Award and the Professor of the Year Award.

Professor Rebelo has served as a consultant to the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the European Central Bank, the McKinsey Global Institute, the Global Markets Institute at Goldman Sachs, and other organizations. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Rochester.

Cynthia SoledadChief Marketing Officer Practice Co-Lead, Global Diversity and Inclusion Practice
Egon Zehnder

Based in Chicago, Cynthia Soledad co-leads Egon Zehnder's Global Diversity Council and the North America Diversity & Inclusion Practice, and is an active member of the firm's Board and Consumer practices. She is a respected provider of board and executive search and diverse talent advisory services, drawing on deep prior experience in consumer goods, retail and media.Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Soledad served as Senior Brand Director at Whirlpool Corporation, with responsibility for the KitchenAid brand, which included refreshing its positioning and redesigning the main products. She also led Marketing Services and established the company's first digital center of excellence. Earlier, Soledad was a Brand Manager at Procter & Gamble, where she held various roles in business delivery, upstream innovation, and shopper marketing. Throughout her career, Soledad has engaged in developing leadership and promoting employee diversity and inclusion. For example, she led the Whirlpool Women's Network and P&G's Asians in Marketing and CMK group.Soledad earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia. Outside work, she enjoys singing. Her husband and two children as well as her large extended family are very important to her.

Jim StengelSenior Fellow and Adjunct Professor of Marketing
Kellogg School of Management

In October 2008, Jim Stengel shocked the marketing world by leaving his prestigious role as Global Marketing Officer at Procter & Gamble, one of the most admired brand building companies in the world. This bold move was Jim’s first step on a new mission to share his passion for growing business through a focus on higher ideals. To continue on his mission, Jim has embraced a variety of exciting roles: President/CEO of The Jim Stengel Company, LLC, host of The CMO Podcast, author of Grow: How Ideals Power Growth and Profit at the World’s Greatest Companies and Unleashing the Innovators: How Mature Companies Find New Life with Startups, Adjunct Professor at Kellogg | Northwestern, speaker with the Washington Speakers Bureau®, and advisor to several companies.

The Visionary Leader
Jim’s company is both a think tank and consultancy – conducting proprietary research, generating thought leadership and applying a purpose-driven framework to drive business growth in today's global economy. The company’s purpose, or ideal, is to help companies and brands discover, activate, and measure their purpose. Jim and his team have worked with clients in tech, fashion, retail, financial services, food service, automotive, healthcare, and wine/spirits.

The Author
Jim’s book Grow: How Ideals Power Growth and Profit at the World’s Greatest Companies, published by Crown Business, has been called a “must read” by best selling author and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. Based on a unique ten-year growth study involving 50,000 brands, Jim shows how the world’s fifty best businesses have a cause and effect relationship between financial performance and their ability to connect with fundamental human emotions, hopes, values, and greater purposes. Jim’s second book Unleashing the Innovators: How Mature Companies Find New Life with Startups shows how established companies partner with young, energetic startups to invigorate their culture and thrive. The book draws on an original research study of more than 200 iconic companies and startups that are currently engaged in partnerships.

The Educator
Jim is the host of the highly acclaimed “The CMO Podcast,” a weekly intimate and instructive discussion with leading CMOs and CEOs.

One of Jim’s focus areas is to “give back” by inspiring younger people who will be the next generation of leaders in business. In 2009, he was appointed Adjunct Professor of Marketing at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and taught for four years. In 2017, Jim was appointed Senior Fellow and Adjunct Professor within the Northwestern Kellogg Markets & Customers Initiative. Since 2011, Jim has served as Dean of the Young Marketers Academy at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. In 2013, he pioneered the CMO Accelerator program at the Cannes Lions Festival and continues to serve as Dean.

In October 2008, Jim Stengel shocked the marketing world by leaving his prestigious role as Global Marketing Officer at Procter & Gamble, one of the most admired brand building companies in the world. This bold move was Jim’s first step on a new mission to share his passion for growing business through a focus on higher ideals.  To continue on his mission, Jim has embraced a variety of exciting roles: President/CEO of The Jim Stengel Company, LLC, host of The CMO Podcast, author of Grow: How Ideals Power Growth and Profit at the World’s Greatest Companies and Unleashing the Innovators: How Mature Companies Find New Life with Startups, Adjunct Professor at Kellogg | Northwestern, speaker with the Washington Speakers Bureau®, and advisor to several companies.  
The Advisor
Jim is a former member of the Board of Directors for AOL and Motorola, where he chaired the Compensation & Leadership Committee.  He was also an advisory board member of MarketShare, until its sale to Neustar.  Jim is currently a partner in H Venture Partners, a fund that invests in emerging consumer brands.  He also serves on the Board of Advisors of BERA, the largest brand-equity assessment platform in the world, and N!ck’s, a new healthy food brand.  In the past, he served on the Board of The Advertising Council, and also served as Chairman of the Association of National Advertisers, and Chairman of the American Advertising Federation Hall of Fame. 
The Global Marketing Officer
Jim is the former Global Marketing Officer of $67B Procter & Gamble, where he oversaw an $8B advertising budget and had organizational responsibility for nearly 7,000 people. Highly regarded, his leadership was recognized in 2008 when P&G was honored as the 2008 Cannes International Advertising Festival Advertiser of the Year for the first time in company history. 
Jim is best known for reinvigorating P&G’s marketing culture. In his seven years as Global Marketing Officer, he personally led the transformation that firmly established P&G as one of the most admired brand-building companies in the world.  P&G sales doubled during Jim’s tenure. 
Prior to his promotion to P&G’s top advertising and marketing position in 2001, Jim had P&L responsibility for the company’s European baby care business. Previously, Jim held positions of increasing responsibility in P&G’s developing markets, Cosmetic, and Food businesses. 
Jim is widely known for leading innovation and for his commitment to building purpose-inspired leadership capabilities. As a result, he was recognized in 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2007 by Advertising Age as the number one “Power Player” in marketing. In 2005, he was recognized as Grand Marketer of the Year by Brandweek magazine, the same year P&G was named Marketer of the Year by Advertising Age magazine.  Jim was named to the first-ever Fortune Executive Dream Team in 2011, and is a 2017 American Marketing Association Hall of Fame inductee. 
The Person
Jim grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in a family of six children. He holds a BA from Franklin & Marshall College, and an MBA from The Pennsylvania State University, Smeal School of Business. Jim and his wife Kathleen have two children, and split their time between Cincinnati, Ohio and Coronado, California. Jim is a former member of the Board of Directors for AOL and Motorola, where he chaired the Compensation & Leadership Committee. He was also an advisory board member of MarketShare, until its sale to Neustar. Jim is currently a partner in H Venture Partners, a fund that invests in emerging consumer brands. He also serves on the Board of Advisors of BERA, the largest brand-equity assessment platform in the world, and N!ck’s, a new healthy food brand. In the past, he served on the Board of The Advertising Council, and also served as Chairman of the Association of National Advertisers, and Chairman of the American Advertising Federation Hall of Fame.