Tim Leberecht



Tim Leberecht is a writer and consultant, and the founder and CEO of Leberecht & Partners, a firm that helps organizations express and foster human capacity in their brands, stories, and cultures.


Previously, Tim served as the chief marketing officer of NBBJ, a global design and architecture firm specialized in 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, famous for its work with Apple, Disney, GE, and many other Fortune 500 brands. In addition to his role at Frog, he also served as chief marketing officer for Frog’s parent company, software engineering firm Aricent Group, from 2011 to 2013. Before Frog, Tim 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. He began his career as a singer/songwriter and the owner of an independent music publishing firm.


Tim is the author of the international bestseller, The Business Romantic: Give Everything, Quantify Nothing, and Create Something Greater Than Yourself (HarperCollins, 2015), that has been translated into eight languages to date. His writing on leadership, culture, 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 TEDGlobal, The Economist, SXSW, DLD, Thinking Digital, Next, the Silicon Valley CEO Summit, the School of Life, Commonwealth Club, Carnegie Mellon University, Yale University, the UPS Leadership Series, and the World Economic Forum.


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 that creates “safe spaces” for leaders to have conversations on difficult topics. He is also the founder of The Business Romantic Society, a global collective of artists, developers, designers, researchers, and scientists who share the mission to bring beauty to business.


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 was born and raised in Germany and lives in San Francisco with his wife and daughter.