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Rob Pothier

MBA Program:

Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management

McGowan Class of:


Current role (2021): Brand manager at PepsiCo, where he leads advertising, communications, and partnerships for Ruffles. He began his career as a marketing consultant in San Francisco before founding and leading a wellness startup for five years.

Awards, besides the McGowan: Named Kellogg’s Top Marketing Student from the class of 2018. He also received the 2019 CAA Ojai Fellowship; 2019 PepsiCo Global Innovation Award; and 2016 Kellogg Growth Scholarship.

Advice to future McGowan Fellows: “Get to know as many people at the McGowan Symposium as possible. I’ve met fellows working on sustainable manufacturing at Nike, innovation and impact at USAID in Washington D.C., and operations for small-scale farmers in Senegal and have been deeply inspired by the entire McGowan community.”