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Ben Foster - Ketchum, DePaul University. Greater Chicago Area, IL, US

Ben Foster

Adjunct Faculty - College of Communication | Ketchum, DePaul University

Greater Chicago Area, IL, UNITED STATES

SVP Digital Strategy at Ketchum and Adjunct Faculty at DePaul University



Ben Foster is a Vice President and Digital Strategist for Ketchum Midwest in Chicago. In this role, he provides strategic guidance on Integrated Social Media for clients including Gillette, ConAgra Foods, Nestle-Purina, FedEx, and Kimberly Clark.

Ben also is an Adjunct Faculty member in the Graduate Program at DePaul University’s College of Communications where he teaches Social Media Strategy and Public Relations.

Prior to joining Ketchum, Ben was the Senior Strategy and Content Manager for Social Networking. At Allstate, he helped create Allstate’s Social Media group and provided strategic leadership to Social Media initiatives related to Allstate's vision of reinventing protection and retirement for the consumer.

Before joining Allstate, Ben was a management consultant specializing in innovation strategy where he helped develop the processes and governance structures required to create and sustain a culture of innovation for clients in the US and Mexico.

Ben began his career at GE Capital where he worked for numerous GE businesses across the United States and Europe in Six Sigma and Technology Strategy.

Ben holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in Economics and Finance and a BS from Miami University in Marketing and Management Information Systems. He is also a GE Certified Six Sigma Black Belt.

Industry Expertise (3)


Social Media


Areas of Expertise (4)

Social Media

Integrated Marketing and Social Media

Online Reputation and Crisis Management

Content and Media - the Future of Personalization

Education (2)

The University of Chicago - Booth School of Business: MBA, Finance and Economics 2006

Miami University: BS, Marketing and Management Information Systems 2000

Named as the Outstanding Senior in the field of Industrial Marketing for the Class of 2000

Affiliations (2)

  • University of Chicago - Booth School of Business
  • University of Chicago Graduate School of Business - Private Equity and Venture Capital Club

Event Appearances (5)

From Social Media To Social Business

Mega Congresso Brasil  Sao Paolo, Brazil


KEYNOTE - Does Social Media and Marketing Matter

Enterprise 2.0 Conference  Boston, MA


Movements by Marketers

Respect the Internet  New York, NY


From Social Media to Social Business

Social Media Week Chicago  Chicago, IL


Why Large Companies Should Work With Startups

TechWeek Chicago  Chicago, IL




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