Kip Knight

President, US Retail Operations - H&R Block
Sectors: 
Consumer Packaged Goods
Restaurants
E-Commerce
Social Media

Kip is currently President of US Retail Operations at H&R Block, in charge of all retail operations including 10,000 offices and 1750 franchisees. He serves as the Dean of the US Marketing Communication College that works with the U.S. State Department and other key USG agencies to teach senior level government executives and diplomats how to apply modern marketing strategies and best practices to enhance America’s image abroad.

Kip served as an independent board member on the Board of Directors for Dayak, an innovative online recruiting business. He’s on the Board of Advisors for Yottamark, a leader in providing effective product authentication and unit-level traceability, as well as the Board of Advisors for Diginome, a Silicon Valley start-up that's revolutionizing the continuous auditing business.

Kip started his career in marketing research at Burke Marketing Research in Cincinnati, Ohio and over the past 30 years has worked in over 80 countries around the world. He spent 10 years in Brand Management at Procter and Gamble in charge of various brands such as Ivory Soap as well as working on the development and launch of various new food and beverage brands such as Olestra.

He worked for 10 years in PepsiCo’s international restaurant division where he served in a variety of marketing and general management roles, including General Manager of North Latin America as well as head of marketing for KFC International. Kip also served as Chief Marketing Officer for Taco Bell based in Southern California, and spent seven years at Yum! Restaurants International.

From 2002 until 2008, Kip worked at eBay, the world’s largest e-commerce site. He was Vice President of Marketing for eBay, North America. He was also responsible for managing eBay Canada, the leading e-commerce site in Canada. He was the first head of International Marketing as well as serving as Regional Vice President for eBay International for Latin America, Australia and Taiwan.

Kip has been a featured speaker at numerous conferences, such as Business Week’s Global Brand Conference, the Association of National Advertisers Annual Conference, the Silicon Valley Technology Conference, the Global Innovation Summit in Dubai, The Economist Digital Forum, The American Marketing Association and HP’s Global Marketing Congress.