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Candy Lee

Professor
Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University

Candy Lee is a professor at Medill at Northwestern University, teaching in the journalism, integrated marketing communications and new product design areas. Previously she was vice president of marketing at The Washington Post, overseeing multiple functions, from marketing to research, and originating innovative programs. 

Prior to joining The Washington Post, Lee was president of ULS Loyalty Services, the sister company of United Airlines. Lee oversaw a range of businesses that included united.com; the Mileage Plus credit card group; Mileage Plus program and its partners; media on planes and other business arenas. Just prior to United Airlines, Lee was managing director at iFormation Group, formed by Goldman Sachs, Boston Consulting Group and General Atlantic Partners.

During her long career in publishing, she was president of Troll Communications, a leader in K-12 education, and publisher of Harlequin Enterprises, an international publisher in 100 countries. She has worked in many countries in publishing and retail.

Lee is involved in organizations across the Northwestern campus, including the boards governing The Daily Northwestern, GlobeMed and The Women’s Center and serves on cross-disciplinary committees.  She co-created Northwestern’s online specialization in content strategy, consisting of several MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses).  

She is part of the oversight team for Medill’s sports media initiative and teaches a popular course in sports marketing.

Lee is a frequent guest speaker at association conferences and executive education workshops.

She graduated from Harvard University and earned her doctorate in organizational leadership at the University of Pennsylvania.