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Catherine has spent almost 25 years in the retail and analytics industry. Most recently she was vice president of retail marketing for Walgreens, responsible for marketing strategy, planning and execution for the $24 billion retail business. Lindner joined Walgreens in 1999 as category manager of the hair care category. In 2000 she was promoted to divisional merchandise manager for the beauty division and, in 2004 was promoted to divisional vice president, general merchandise manager of beauty, fashion and personal care. Two years later, Walgreens leadership tapped Lindner to create a retail marketing division as vice president of marketing development. She held this role until her appointment to vice president of retail marketing in 2008. Lindner led Walgreens’ participation in the Retail Commission of Shopper Marketing. The commission of 28 retailers, manufacturers and agency partners developed a process for shopper marketing engagement designed to streamline the development of programs between retailers and manufacturers.
Before joining Walgreens, Lindner spent 11 years at information Resources Inc. (IRI). She held several positions in marketing mix modeling, client services and category management consulting. Clients included Pepsi-Cola, Campbell Soup Company, Johnson & Johnson, Ocean Spray, Safeway and Proctor and Gamble. In her last position at IRI, she was vice president of tactical sales consulting, managing a team responsible for creating fact-based category plans for both manufacturers and retailers. Lindner was recently elected board chair for the Network of Executive Women and has led the development of the organization’s 10 year strategic plan. She earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s in business administration in marketing from DePaul University.