College of Business Honors 2021 Outstanding Alum

Sept. 20, 2021

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MISSOULA – The University of Montana College of Business will recognize Kari Swartz Dilloo for her exceptional career achievements during its fall Business Advisory Council (BAC) Meetings. Dilloo will be honored as the 2021 UM College of Business Outstanding Alum following the BAC Meeting on Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. in the Gianchetta Piazza of the Gallagher Business Building. The event is free and open to the public.

“We are extremely honored to have Kari as a College of Business alum,” UM College of Business Dean Suzanne Tilleman said. “Kari exemplifies what it means to be an outstanding alum and this honor is a small way we can recognize the tremendous support she has shown UM and our students throughout every stage of her amazing career.”

The college has named outstanding alumni since 1990 and has celebrated graduates such as IBM executive Mary Olson, former D.A. Davidson chair Ian Davidson and KPMG audit partner Kayreen Handley.


Kari Swartz Dilloo ‘97

Kari Swartz Dilloo is a fifth generation Montanan, raised in Fairfield, Montana. She graduated from the University of Montana with a marketing degree and communications minor in 1997. Kari has since built her career in Seattle, working in marketing communications for Xbox, Expedia, Redfin and L’Oreal; and category management at Microsoft for the Xbox and Office & Microsoft 365 businesses.

Kari is currently the North America Category Lead for the Office & Microsoft 365 business on the Consumer Channel Sales & Marketing (CCSM) team at Microsoft. She is responsible for the business strategy and revenue accountability of the North America business, in addition to distribution, promotions and go-to-market strategy.

Throughout her career, Kari also amassed expertise in key facets of marketing communications including brand and integrated marketing strategy and planning, experiential marketing, influencer marketing, social media, media relations, crisis planning, corporate and industry PR, consumer PR, executive communications, internal communications, and serving as a spokesperson with national and local media.  

Kari has also dedicated substantial time to giving back to the University of Montana, including being a founding board member of the UM College of Business Marketing Advisory Board, a member of the Dean’s Business Advisory Council, a frequent guest speaker, and student mentor. Kari co-created an experiential learning program that ran for six years in the College of Business, uniting UM marketing and management students with alumni at Microsoft, Nike, R2C and other businesses in Seattle and Portland. Students gained insight, advice and made connections that led to careers following graduation. She currently serves on the board of the Seattle Chapter for the UM Alumni Association. Kari and her extended family also created the Kole Swartz Legacy Scholarship within UM Athletics in remembrance of her nephew.

Kari lives in Bothell, Washington with her husband, Ken, their 12-year-old twins, Luci and Mason, and their spoiled dachshund, Leon.


The University of Montana is the flagship university of the state. The College of Business at UM is nationally renowned and has been named the top business school in the Big Sky Conference by U.S. News and World Report for five consecutive years.