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Neil Golden

Neil Golden


Neil Golden began his relationship with Northwestern in 1979 when he started as an undergraduate student. He graduated in 1983. While he has spoken at Medill and Kellogg periodically since 2007, he proudly joined the Medill faculty as faculty advisor in 2014 and lecturer in 2017. 

Golden is a Fortune 500 consumer products/retail leader with 15+ years of C-level and national leadership and long history of board engagement.

He currently serves as an independent board director for Restaurant Brands International, Sky Zone LLC and Data Source, as well as an advisory board member for both Home Partners of America and the Mark Anthony Group.

Golden is also an executive consultant with Revenue Management Solutions, a firm that has pioneered providing a unique approach to location-specific pricing guidance for the restaurant and retail categories.

Prior to this, Golden enjoyed a 24-year career with McDonald’s. His most recent position was chief marketing officer for McDonald's USA, which he held for six years. During this time, he played an active role on the leadership team, which resulted in record visitation, sales, profits, market-share and stock valuation. Additionally, he held positions at Burger King and RC Cola Co. as well as competed on the Men’s International Professional Tennis Tour.

He has a track record of success in driving strong revenue, profit and market share results across diverse business environments in addition to his many years of experience serving on boards. Golden is masterful at changing business paradigms, creating clear and compelling vision, and inspiring and aligning diverse groups. He has earned a reputation as a customer advocate and pioneer in creating strong value propositions across multi-cultural, generational and economic segments. Furthermore, he is a sought-out subject-matter expert in brand building, corporate image, multi-media and classic 4P marketing principles.

Golden is a native of Chicago and a proud family man who is happily married to his wife of 28 years and has four spirited and active children.