With more than 25 years of experience leading consumer-driven businesses and building brands, U.S. Cellular's President and CEO Mary N. Dillon is passionate about leveraging consumer insights and customer-focused strategies to propel share gains and profitable growth. She applied that leadership philosophy to guide U.S. Cellular through the launch of The Belief Project, an array of industry-first initiatives that elevate the wireless customer experience and reward loyalty. Dillon continues to lead the company in finding innovative ways to inspire customer advocacy, advance the brand and drive profitability and shareholder value.
Prior to joining U.S. Cellular in June 2010, Dillon served as global chief marketing officer and executive vice president for McDonald's Corporation. She led the company's worldwide marketing efforts and global brand strategy. Prior to joining McDonald's, Dillon was president of the Quaker Foods division of PepsiCo Corporation. She began her career in marketing for Quaker Oats in 1984 and held several positions of increasing responsibility, including vice president of marketing for Gatorade.
Dillon is on the board of directors for Target Corporation. She also serves as an officer and executive committee member for CTIA-The Wireless Association. In addition, she is on the board of directors for Northshore University Health System, serves on the Civic Committee of The Commercial Club of Chicago and is a member of The Economic Club of Chicago and The Chicago Network. Dillon was named one of FierceWireless's "Top 25 Most Powerful People in Wireless" in 2010.
The Chicago native earned her bachelor's degree in Marketing and Asian Studies at the University of Illinois. Dillon resides with her husband and four children in the Chicago suburbs.
Katherine Durham is the Chief Marketing Officer, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Standard Insurance Company. Durham is responsible for corporate-wide marketing strategy, marketing communications and programs, product marketing, interactive marketing as well as internal corporate communications. She joined The Standard in 2010.
Durham's experience includes 20 years as a senior marketing leader in a variety of positions in both start-up and Fortune 500 companies. Before joining The Standard, she was Vice President of Marketing for Hewlett-Packard’s Americas Imaging and Printing Group, a $12B division. During nearly a decade at HP, she moved into roles of increasing responsibility in a variety of functions including Business Planning, Market Insight, and Communications.
Prior to joining HP, Durham was the General Manager of an interactive unit of Mattel Inc. as well as the VP of Marketing for two technology start-ups: PrintPaks, a multi-media software company and Kibu, an internet start-up targeting teen girls. She started her career in public relations. She also served in the Peace Corps in Thailand as a teacher.
Durham earned a bachelor’s degree in communications studies from the University of Portland and studied abroad in Salzburg, Austria. She serves on the board of directors for the Children’s Cancer Association. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband; they have two sons in college. During her free time she loves to cook, travel and spend time with family and friends.