Linda Wolf

Biography of Linda Wolf

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (retired), Leo Burnett Worldwide, Inc.
Board Member, Penn State Smeal College of Business Board of Visitors

Linda Wolf retired in April 2005 as Leo Burnett Worldwide’s Chairman and CEO, where she was responsible for the agency’s global operations spanning 80+ countries and more than 200 units.  Ms. Wolf’s efforts to strategically expand and diversify the network resulted in the addition of full-service agencies and an increased stake in marketing services investments. Previously as CEO of Leo Burnett USA, Ms. Wolf played an integral part in the most aggressive growth and diversification drive in Burnett’s history, including strategic moves into healthcare, technology, urban marketing and Hispanic marketing. Under Ms. Wolf’s leadership, The Gunn Report named Leo Burnett Worldwide the “Most Awarded Agency Network in the World” in 2001.  She was also named the Women’s Advertising Club of Chicago’s 2000 “Advertising Woman of the Year.” Linda currently serves on the boards of Walmart, Janus Mutual Funds, and InnerWorkings. Her civic involvement in Chicago includes serving on the boards of Lurie Children's Hospital, The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and The Chicago Community Trust.