Kip Knight is the Operating Partner at Thomvest Ventures (a $500M evergreen fund based in San Francisco focused on Fintech, Cyber and Cloud Infrastructure). He is a board member with NetbaseQuid (a leading consumer and marketing intelligence company). In addition, he’s the founder of CMO Coaches, working with with professionals who aspire to be a marketing leader.
A marketing leader himself, Kip started his career in marketing research at Burke Marketing Research in Cincinnati, Ohio. Over the past 40 years, he has worked in over 60 countries around the world. He spent 10 years in brand management at P&G, and worked for 10 years in PepsiCo’s international restaurant division in a variety of marketing and general management roles, including GM of North Latin America, as well as head of marketing for KFC International. Kip also served as Chief Marketing Officer for Taco Bell.
Kip worked at eBay, where he was vice-president of marketing for North America. He was also responsible for managing eBay 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 served as president of H&R Block, the world’s largest tax preparation company. He was also head of their international and ex-pat businesses.
Kip is the founder of the USMCC (US Marketing Communication College), which has trained hundreds of diplomats at the US State Department on how to create effective communication strategies and programs. He’s the co-author of Crafting Persuasion: A Leader’s Handbook to Influence Minds and Change Behavior and author of Learn to Leap: How Leaders Turn Risk Into Opportunity, which will be published this Fall 2021.
He earned his B.S. degree from LSU in marketing and his MBA from the University of Cincinnati. He is married, has two sons, and is based in southern California.