Tim Leberecht speaker

Tim Leberecht

Marketing visionary and “Business Romantic”

Tim is the author of the international bestseller The Business Romantic (HarperCollins) translated into eight languages to date; an “Inc. Top 10 Motivational Book of 2015” and “Forbes Top 10 Creative Leadership Book of 2015”.

Tim's experience in guiding leaders in building high-performing, romantic brands, cultures and organisations combined with his in-depth expertise in marketing and design with "business romanticism".

Videos of Tim Leberecht

4 ways to build a human company
TED talk: 3 ways to (usefully) lose control of your brand
How to be a Business Romantic

Speaker Profile

About Tim Leberecht

Author, entrepreneur, and consultant  with 20 years’ experience in marketing leadership roles in the design, software, telecommunications, and entertainment industries, Tim Leberecht is the founder and CEO of Leberecht & Partners, a consulting firm helping leaders build beautiful, humanist cultures and brands.

Tim is also the founder of The Business Romantic Society, a global collective of strategists, advertisers, curators, artists, developers, designers, researchers, and data scientists with the shared mission to bring beauty and enchantment to business.


Before launching Leberecht & Partners, Tim most recently served as the chief marketing officer of NBBJ, a global design and architecture firm specialized in healthcare and workplace design, with clients from Amazon, Google, Samsung, to Tencent.

From 2006 to 2013, he was the chief marketing officer for product design and innovation consultancy Frog Design. Frog became famous for its work with Apple, Disney and GE and Tim was instrumental in establishing Frog as one of the most admired creative brands worldwide.

In addition to his role at Frog, he also served as chief marketing officer for Frog’s parent, software engineering firm Aricent Group, from 2011 to 2013, where he worked closely with the Board on integrating the two marketing organizations and transforming Aricent into an end-to-end innovation services provider.

Previously, he held marketing positions at mind-mapping software firm Mindjet and 3D-Internet firm Echtzeit, and was a consultant for the 2004 Athens Olympic Torch Relay and Deutsche Telekom. 

Tim’s writing on marketing, design, and innovation appears in publications such as Harvard Business Review, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Forbes, Fortune, Psychology Today, Washington Post, and Wired. He has spoken at venues including TED, The Economist Big Rethink, DLD, SXSW, Thinking Digital, Next, the Silicon Valley CEO Summit, Commonwealth Club, Carnegie Mellon, Yale University, and the World Economic Forum. He has given talks or run workshops at companies including Airbus, Akbank, Blue State Digital, BBVA, Ford Motors, Huge, IBM, Pfizer, Thjnk, UPS, Vitra, Wolff Olins, and Ziba Design. His TED Talk “3 Ways to (Usefully) Lose Control of Your Brand” has been viewed by almost a million people to date. Tim serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Values, the NationSwell Council, and on the Board of Advisors of Jump Associates, a strategy and innovation consultancy. He is the co-founder and co-curator of the 15 Toasts dinner series.

Tim holds a masters’ degree in applied cultural studies from the University of Luneburg in Germany and a masters’ degree in communication management from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

He lives in San Francisco with his wife and daughter.

Speaking Topics

  • Leadership
  • Future of work
  • Corporate culture
  • Innovation
  • Brand & Marketing
  • Digital transformation & Digital trends
  • Customer experience
  • Change management


One of the most inspiring discussions our extended team of strategists, designers and engineers has hosted. We discussed, both formally and in the hallways, about the thought-provoking (and passion-provoking!) ideas and examples that Tim shared with us for days, weeks, and months after his talk. We still do.” - Reena Jana, Editor-in-Chief, THINK Leaders, Global Program Lead, IBM

With an invitation-only audience of 600 CEOs, CTOs, and strategy directors from the digital industry, Tim’s talk was received as one of the best of the two-day event. He understands the art of storytelling – he presented his ideas about work and the changing relation between people and their work life, with historical quotes, personal anecdotes, and topical industry developments. He has a compelling stage presence and took the audience along in his tale, and you could see how people stopped checking their phone and starting to pay attention. Everyone truly enjoyed his talk, and I can warmly recommend him.” - Monique van Dusseldorp, Curator, NEXT conference, Hamburg

Tim Leberecht’s terrific presentation at Thinking Digital 2015 was a huge hit. Because of his track record Tim brings a ton of credibility as a marketer and businessperson, but it is his passion, humor, and flawless delivery that completely won over the seasoned audience at Thinking Digital. I’d happily recommend Tim equally for conferences or private events especially if you’re seeking to understand how organizations can connect with their stakeholders, customers, and employees in a deeper and more meaningful way." - Herb Kim, Curator, Thinking Digital, Newcastle, UK

"Tim is an outstanding speaker who brings a much needed dose of creative and inspiring fresh air to an industry too obsessed with data and the quantification of everything. With his experience working with world-leading business organizations, Tim brings balance, emotion, and mystery to confront a world that risks to become too dull, automated, and predictable.” - Gianfranco Chicco, Executive Director, Social Media Week London

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