Katie Thomas - Retail Innovation Conference & Expo

Katie Thomas

Katie Thomas

Lead of the Kearney Consumer Institute


Katie Thomas, lead of the Kearney Consumer Institute (KCI), has nearly 15 years of experience operating as an advocate for and expert on all things consumer. Katie’s career began in management consulting at Kearney, partnering with Fortune 500 consumer and retail clients. Katie later shifted into brand management for beloved brands from Heinz to Aidells. Returning to Kearney to lead the KCI, Katie reframes challenges from a consumer-centric perspective. She has a BBA from the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan (go blue!) and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

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