Author, Entrepreneur, Humanist, and Business Romantic
Tim Leberecht is a German-American author, entrepreneur, and consultant, and considered one of the most prolific and passionate voices on the humanization of business. He is the co-founder and CEO of The Business Romantic Society, a consulting firm that helps organizations and leaders and organizations make their strategy, culture, and brand more human in an age of AI and automation. Clients include Airbus, Indeed Innovation, Launchpad Central, National Head Start Association, Otto Group, Syzygy Group, Tools of Innovators, Ziba Design, and others. Tim is also the co-founder and curator of the House of Beautiful Business, an annual gathering and global community with the mission to craft a positive vison for the future of work, produced and hosted in partnership with the BCG Henderson Institute and others.
Previously, Tim served as the chief marketing officer of NBBJ, a global design and architecture firm, with clients including Amazon, Google, Samsung, and Tencent.From 2006 to 2013, he was the chief marketing officer of product design and innovation consultancy Frog Design, as well as, from 2011-2013, its parent company, Aricent Group, an IT services firm. Frog became famous for its work with Apple, Disney, GE, and many other Fortune 500 brands, and Tim was instrumental in establishing Frog as one of the most admired creative brands worldwide.
Earlier, Tim held marketing positions at mind-mapping software firm Mindjet and 3D-Internet firm Echtzeit, and served as a consultant for the 2004 Athens Olympic Torch Relay and Deutsche Telekom. He began his career as a singer/songwriter and the owner of an independent music publishing firm.
Tim is the author of the book The Business Romantic (HarperCollins, 2015), which has been translated into nine languages to date. Tim’s writing regularly appears in publications such as Harvard Business Review, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Forbes, Fortune, Inc, Quartz, Psychology Today, and Wired.
He has spoken at venues including TED, DLD, HSM Expo Management, AI Masters, Future Day, The Next Web, Re:publica, Ouishare, Forum de la Haute Horlogerie Online Marketing Rockstars, New Cities Summit, The Economist Big Rethink, The Conference, SXSW, Thinking Digital, and the World Economic Forum, and at events at Airbus, Daimler, LinkedIn, Galp, UPS, DHL, Siemens, Pfizer, Xero, IBM, YPO, Oracle, Cheil, Vitra, Kaercher, Ford, Sky, Silicon Valley Bank, Accenture, Carnegie Mellon, Yale School of Management, SNCF, ADP, Nike, Ambrosetti Group, and many others.His TED Talks “3 Ways to (Usefully) Lose Control of Your Brand” and most recently “4 Ways to Build a Human Company in the Age of Machines” have been viewed 2.5 million times to date.
Tim served on the World Economic Forum’s Europe Policy Group and Global Agenda Council on Values, is a senior advisor for A Hundred Years, and the co-founder and co-curator of the 15 Toasts dinner series.
Tim holds a masters’ in applied cultural studies from the University of Luneburg and a Masters’ in communication management from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
After 14 years in San Francisco, Tim now spends most of his time in Berlin.
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