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Eric Leininger , MBA

Evanston, IL, USA
Eric Leininger, MBA, Executive Coaching Connections, LLC

Eric Leininger brings a unique perspective to his coaching and consulting assignments, drawing on his experiences as a global business executive and his current role as a faculty member of the Kellogg School of Management. Eric combines a relentless focus on results with an encouraging and sincere personal style. He particularly enjoys assignments that combine coaching, mentoring and consulting.

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. Prior to 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.


  • 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

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