Lake Forest Graduate School of Management Welcomes New Business Leader Faculty

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Tuesday, January 09, 2018

The new year brings new Business Leader Faculty® to Lake Forest Graduate School of Management (LFGSM). We are proud to announce the addition of nine executives, innovators, and entrepreneurs to our already deep bench of strong leaders who prepare students and Corporate Learning Solutions participants to think critically and apply classroom teachings to their lives and organizations. These working professionals bring pragmatic experience to the table in areas such as marketing, finance, global business, leadership, and healthcare.

We are thrilled to have these individuals join our team of Business Leader Faculty® and bring their value and experiences to LFGSM and our students. We encourage you to learn more about them and to connect with our new faculty members on LinkedIn.

Chris Gesler

Chris Geissler

Chris recently accepted a role as Senior Director for PricewaterhouseCoopers. Prior to PwC, he was a Senior Director for a start-up company called Silicon Valley Data Science and has held senior roles for Deloitte and Baxter. Chris holds a BA from University of Illinois and an MBA from LFGSM. Chris’s extensive experience in sales and delivery in strategy, operations, and technology brings invaluable experience to LFGSM.

Charlotte Tsou

Charlotte Tsou

Charlotte is a Senior Vice President at HSBC Group, where she oversees a team of 150+ in the Latin Markets’ Analytics and CRM disciplines. During her 13-year tenure at HSBC, she has worked in the US, Hong Kong, and Shanghai City, China. Charlotte earned a BA from New York University and a MS in Marketing from Northwestern University. Charlotte looks forward to bringing her experience in Marketing Analytics, Strategic Planning, and Business Development to LFGSM students.

Jeff Hamilton

Jeff Hamilton

Jeff is the head of Consumer Insights at BMW Group, where he specializes in leveraging data science and business analytics to influence product development, marketing campaigns, operations and strategic positioning. Prior to his role at BMW, Jeff held senior-level roles at Nokia and Newark Electronics. Jeff earned a BS from the University of Illinois and MS in Predictive Analytics and Marketing from Northwestern University. Jeff brings his extensive expertise in business analytics and research to LFGSM.

Mike Griswold

Mike Griswold

Mike is an Assistant Vice President of Operations at Zurich Financial. Prior to his role at Zurich Financial, Mike held a variety of roles at Motorola. He holds a BS in Engineering Physics and a MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, and an MBA from Northwestern University. Mike looks forward to bringing his expertise in areas such as innovation, program management, product development, operations, competitive analysis, and supplier management to LFGSM students.

Richard Yoo

Richard Yoo

Richard is the Chief Marketing Officer of Surrender Brands, a hub for new product incubation and invention for food & beverage start-ups as well as is the Chief Marketing Officer of Charlie Bags Culinary Innovations, a food service consulting company. In addition to these roles, Richard has held VP level roles in marketing for Garrett Popcorn Shops, Mattson & Co., and Panda Restaurant Group, and other marketing positions at companies including McDonald’s Corporation, Keebler, Kraft Foods, and Lego Systems, Inc. Richard earned his BA in English from University of Michigan and his MBA in Marketing from University of Notre Dame. With 20 years of experience in Brand Marketing and New Product Development, Richard is excited to join the LFGSM team.

Glenn Backus

Glenn Backus

Glenn is a Managing Partner of IG Partners, which provides leading solutions to business problems and Revolution Brands, which creates and launches innovative new food and beverage brands. Prior to starting his own business, Glenn held executive level roles at Topco Associates, HEB Grocery, Sunflower Markets and Trader Joes. Glenn earned his BS from The University of California, Los Angeles and his MBA from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Glenn has worked in marketing and strategy roles for over 25 years, and is excited to bring this real-world experience to his teachings at LFGSM.

Tim Kurth

Tim Kurth

Tim was most recently the Vice President of Business Development and GM at Follet, where he reinvented a $300M business operating in four segments. Tim has also held executive level roles at Officemax Inc., CVS Heath, and Enterprise Digital. Tim earned his BBA from Iowa State University and his MBA from Illinois Institute of Technology. He looks forward to bringing his expertise in Innovation, Leadership, and Digital Marketing to LFGSM.

Nancy Luth

Nancy Luna

Nancy is the Founder and Head Thinker at Luna Insight, where she has worked with cross-functional and leadership teams to develop new products, sound portfolio strategies and marketing plans for many global CPG brands including Cheerios, Yoplait, Green Giant, Pillsbury, Nature Valley, Haagen-Dazs, Betty Crocker, and Kraft. Prior to founding Luna Insight, Nancy held executive-level roles at Kraft Foods Group and General Mills. Nancy earned her BBA from Iowa State University and her MBA from University of Minnesota. Nancy brings substantial knowledge in innovation, strategy, and marketing to LFGSM.

Kirk Pion

Kirk Pion

Kirk most recently served as Vice President of Innovation Design at UnitedHealthcare. Prior to UnitedHealthcare, he worked in executive level roles at Health Care Service Corporation and Blue Cross Blue Shield. Kirk earned his BA from Macalester College and his Master of Health Services Administration from University of Michigan. As an accomplished thought leader for innovative and successful business and product strategies in the healthcare sector, Kirk brings invaluable expertise to LFGSM.

We look forward to the impact our new faculty will have on the School’s degree programs and Corporate Learning Solutions. Read more about our faculty on our website.

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