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TC Photo 9 HRTim Calkins helps people build strong and profitable brands.

He is Clinical Professor of Marketing at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management where he teaches courses including Marketing Strategy, Strategic Marketing Decisions and Biomedical Marketing in the full-time, part-time and executive MBA programs. He is co-academic director of the Kellogg on Branding executive education program.

Tim won the Lawrence G. Lavengood Outstanding Professor of the Year Award, the top teaching award at Kellogg, in 2006 and 2013, making him one of just five people in the award’s more than forty year history to have won it twice. Poets & Quants included him on its list “Favorite MBA Professors of 2016.” He also received the Sidney J. Levy Teaching Award, three Faculty Impact Awards and the Kellogg Executive MBA Program’s Top Professor Award four times.

Tim is the author of Defending Your Brand: How Smart Companies Use Defensive Strategy to Deal with Competitive Attacks (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). Expert Marketer Magazine named Defending Your Brand the 2013 Marketing Book of the Year. He also wrote Breakthrough Marketing Plans (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008 and 2012). He was co-editor of Kellogg on Branding (John Wiley & Sons, 2005).

Tim manages Building Strong Brands, a blog on brand strategy. Inc.com, the Web arm of Inc. Magazine, included the blog on its list of “Six Blogs That Can Teach You More Than an MBA.” He has published more than a dozen Kellogg case studies including Crestor, MedImmune: FluMist Introduction and Genzyme: the Synvisc-One Investment Decision. He has authored more than two dozen articles on marketing topics.

Tim is an expert on Super Bowl advertising. He created the Kellogg Super Bowl Advertising Review in 2005 and has led the event ever since. Over the past ten years, the program has generated more than five billion media impressions.

He has served as a judge for the Word of Mouth Marketing Association’s WOMMY Awards, the Native Creatives Awards and the EthicMark Awards.

In addition to teaching at Kellogg, Tim works with major corporations around the world on strategy and branding issues. His recent clients include Pfizer, PepsiCo, Eli Lilly and AbbVie. He is managing director of Class 5 Consulting, a marketing strategy firm.

Tim is frequently cited by the media. He has been quoted in publications including Business Week, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times and has appeared on all of the major television networks.

He serves on the board of the Alliance Française de Chicago and recently completed two terms on the board of the Lycée Français, Chicago’s French-International School.

Tim began his career at the consulting firm Booz Allen and Hamilton, where he worked on strategy projects. He joined the marketing team at Kraft Foods in 1991. During his almost 11 years at Kraft, he led brands including Miracle Whip, Taco Bell, Parkay and DiGiorno. He was responsible for the launch of more than two dozen new products.

He received his BA from Yale and his MBA from Harvard. Tim lives in Chicago with his wife and three children.

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  • Thom Disch { Wow the most recognizable brand in the world is in trouble. I can see that. The cultural problems that will present for management will probably... } – Trouble at Coca-Cola
  • Sarah Kemple { Perhaps Coke should consider adopting Charity:Water as one of their community partnerships } – Trouble at Coca-Cola
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  • Stephen Calkins { You were kind not to protest. For an argument that customer service is a key part of iPhone success, see story in today's New York... } – The High Cost of Poor Service
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