He is a visiting professor of the Cass Business School, a fellow of the Ashridge Business School, the Institute of Marketing, the RSA, and a companion member of the CMI.
He co-authored the book The Extra Mile on the topic of employee engagement. MacLeod is co-author, with Nita Clarke, of the MacLeod Report Engage for Success commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, described by the CMI as the definitive work on this subject.
This follows an early career in marketing followed by becoming a CEO of a global business formed through the merger of an ICI and a Unilever business. He has worked at senior levels in manufacturing (both business to business and business to consumer) and in the services sectors. He has been an NED of three government departments and has worked for a year and a half in the Cabinet Office.
MacLeod was awarded an OBE for services to employee engagement and business in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2013.