Margo Georgiadis is the former CEO of toymaker Mattel. She served in the position from February 2017 through April 2018 after serving as president of Americas at Google, overseeing its business in North America and Latin America.
She previously worked at Groupon, where she made a stir by leaving the COO post after just five months.
She no longer lives in Chicago, but has a home here and serves on the board of the Economic Club of Chicago. Georgiadis also led the Women@Google program, which focuses on advancing STEM education for girls.
“We need more students learning how to program and design the software and applications of tomorrow,” Georgiadis wrote in an article for the Tribune. “We need more innovators bringing fresh perspectives to the digital realm, to create technology we haven’t even considered. Fostering technological progress is imperative, especially to the young minds who will be tasked with building the future we all will share.”
Georgiadis served as vice president of global sales operations at Google from 2009 to 2011. Groupon hired her away, briefly, in 2011.
Prior to her first tour at Google, Georgiadis was executive vice president and chief marketing officer at Discover Financial Services. She previously spent more than a decade first as a business analyst and later as partner at global management-consulting firm McKinsey.
Georgiadis received her bachelor’s in economics and MBA at Harvard University. She is a board member of McDonald’s and apparel and fashion brand The Jones Group.