Eric Leininger

Eric Leininger

Barrington Hills, IL


  • US Mid-West

Eric is a Clinical Professor of Executive Education at Kellogg. He leads the Kellogg Chief Marketing Officer Program for newly appointed and rising Chief Marketing Officers. Now in its sixth year, this by-invitation-only program has attracted attendees from leading organizations including Cisco, Colgate-:Palmolive, Discover, General Motors, IBM, Intel, John Deere, McDonald’s, Motorola Solutions, NetApp, and SAP. Several notable CMOs are graduates of this program. Eric also plays a key role in numerous Kellogg programs, including Leading with Big Data & Analytics, The Customer-Focused Organization, and Kellogg on Branding.

Prior to joining Kellogg, Eric was Corporate Senior Vice President at McDonald’s (2004-2010) and a member of the McDonald’s Senior Leadership Team, comprised of the business unit leaders and the global function leaders. Eric joined McDonald’s from Kraft Foods North America, where he held a variety of marketing services and information positions (1993-2004) including SVP Marketing Services. Before Kraft, Eric held positions of increasing responsibility at ACNielsen (1990-1993) and Quaker Oats (1981-1990.)

Previous consulting and coaching assignments include ABInBev, John Deere,  Mattel, Sense360, Ulta Beauty, and Verizon.

Eric is currently based in Chicago, Illinois.


  • KF360 – Korn Ferry

Key Positions

  • Executive Director, Kellogg Chief Marketing Officer Program, Northwestern University
  • Corporate SVP, Global Consumer & Business Insights and Marketing Planning, McDonald’s Corp.
  • SVP, Marketing Services, Kraft Foods North America

Board Positions

  • Association of National Advertisers (Finance Chair)
  • Ad Council
  • National 4-H Council (Vice-Chair)

Key Industries

  • Consumer Food and Beverage
  • Marketing Services
  • Restaurants
  • Retail

Core Strengths

  • Executive Development for Marketing Talent
  • Global Branding
  • Global Consumer and Business Insights
  • Marketing Services
  • Marketing Strategy and Planning
  • Organization Design and Effectiveness for Marketing, Insights, and Analytics


  • Master of Business Administration, University of Michigan, Elected to Beta Gamma Sigma
  • Master of Arts, University of Virginia
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Pennsylvania, cum laude

Practice Areas

  • Executive Coaching
  • Executive Education
  • Global Branding, Marketing, and Insights
  • Leadership Development
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Organization Design & Effectiveness: Marketing, Insights, & Analytics Teams