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Thursday, August 13
9:00 am – 5:00 pm SRAC Committee Meeting 1:30 pm –3:00 pm Finance and Audit Committee Meeting 3:15 pm – 5:00 pm Executive Committee Meeting
Friday, August 14
7:00 am – 5:00 pm Registration and Dinner Desk 8:30 am – 9:30 am Health & Wellbeing Meeting & Breakfast 9:00 am – 2:30 pm Information Systems Meeting & Lunch 10:00 am – 2:45 pm Board of Directors Meetings 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Advisory Council Meeting 11:00 am – 2:00 pm CFO Committee Meeting & Lunch 12:00 pm – 5:15 pm Emerging Leaders Program & Lunch 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm Partner Power Connect 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm Human Resources Share Group Meeting & Lunch 2:00 pm– 5:00 pm Sales Committee/IDAC Committee Meeting 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation Meeting 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Industry Affairs Council Meeting 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm CFO Committee Reception/Dinner 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm CEO Leadership Forum & Emerging Leaders
Reception & Dinner
Saturday, August 15
Sunday, August 16
6:30 am – 5:00 pm Registration
7:00 am – 1:00 pm Dinner Desk
7:30 am – 12:30 pm Silgan Containers Corporation Tennis & Golf Tournaments
Sponsored By: Silgan Containers Corporation
8:00 am – 4:00 pm Partner Power Connect Program
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Driving Growth Among Disruption: Capitalizing on the Shifting Consumer Food Value Equation
Consumers’ expectations of and preferences toward food have evolved in a significant and structural way. While traditional factors such as taste, price and convenience were once the dominant drivers of purchase decisions, now other factors like health & wellness, safety, social impact, experience, and transparency are increasingly important. This shift is no longer a niche phenomenon – it is hitting mainstream America and as a result, radically changing growth opportunities for many food companies, especially large, established ones. Furthermore, consumer trust in the food ecosystem wavers as consumers are increasingly exposed to and seek out information on topics like recalls, GMOs, and corporate policies. Consumers are redefining the value equation for food and are creating both opportunities and threats for companies throughout the food value chain. This panel of executives including leading brand owners, ingredients suppliers, and a retailer will explore opportunities to not just get ahead of these shifts, but convert them to growth and market share.
Tom Phillips, Director, Deloitte Consulting
Mark Baum, Senior Vice President of Industry Relations and Chief Collaboration Officer, Food Marketing Institute (FMI)
Beth Ford, Executive Vice President, Chief Supply Chain and Operations Officer, Land O’Lakes
Jim Borel, Executive Vice President, DuPont
Rob Aukerman, President, North American Commercial Operations, Elanco Animal Health
Carolyn Sakstrup, VP Guest Center of Excellence, Target
Using Digital to Enhance the CPG / Retailer Partnership
In Omni-channel retailing, there's much hype and excitement about technology advances in the retail environment as well as the almost daily reports of how essential it is to capitalize on changing consumer preferences. Some are materially beneficial, some are fads, and some will fundamentally change retail operations. Where this was once a marketing or IT issue, charting a strategy for the digital age and executing on the strategy is now a board-level issue whose implementation affects most departments. This session will dissect the most successful retailer and manufacturer partnership, and explore the operational implications of Omni-channel strategies. What is the future of trade funds? What technology investments yield consumer benefit and profitability? What data will retailers and manufacturers collect and share in the future? Our panel of practitioners and experts will share their stories of challenge, transformation and success!
Thom Blischok, Chief Retail Strategist, PwC
Duncan MacNaughton, Former Executive Vice President and Chief Merchant, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Michael Walton, Global Head of Manufacturing Industry, Google, Inc.
Mark Elkins, Vice President, Digital and Ecommerce, Coke Enterprises, Europe
Benno Dorer, Chief Executive Officer, The Clorox Company
LeaderShift 2020 and Beyond
For more than two decades, the GMA Hall of Achievement Award has recognized the service and extraordinary contributions of distinguished CPG industry leadership at the individual leader level. This session will feature the recent hindsight 20/20 wisdom, insights and maybe even some Secrets of Leadership Success from this year’s GMA Hall of Achievement Award winners. We’ll open the Kimona and expose the specifics that guided these storied CPG CEO’s along their LeaderShift journey and hear their advice and lessons learned that will help us lead our organizations and the CPG industry going forward.
Gregory Wasson, Former President and CEO, Walgreens Boots Alliance
Joseph Hunt, Managing Partner, Hunt Executive Search, Inc.
3:00 pm – 3:15 pm Networking Break
3:15 pm – 5:40 pm
Hall of Achievement Presentation: Gregory D. Wasson, Former President and CEO, Walgreens Boots Alliance
The New Era of Value Creation: Agility Efficiency and Growth
The consumer goods industry is at an inflection point, with revolutionary changes underway defining a new normal. As consumers continue to demand healthier lifestyles and products, the channels to consumers are becoming increasingly blurred with greater expectations for product customization. Volatility brought on by fluctuating consumer demand, commodity prices and economic pressures will increase, and new forms of competition will enter the picture. Consumer goods companies are faced with the challenge of how to increase value and profits today while preparing for success tomorrow. Hear from the experts on their vision of the future of the consumer goods industry, sharing insights on consumer disruptions and strategies to be prepared and responsive. Their vision of the future of the industry will also be underpinned with insights from both 2015 CAGNY and CAGE, followed by a CEO panel conversation on the implications to their organizations, sharing their plans and lessons learned.
J.P. Bilbrey, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Hershey Company
Thomas Greco, Chief Executive Officer Of Frito-Lay North America, PepsiCo, Inc.
Kees Kruythoff, President, Unilever North America, Unilever
P. Justin Skala, President, Colgate North America & Global Sustainability, Colgate-Palmolive Company
Keith Barringer, Senior Managing Director, Accenture
Keynote Signature Series:
Eyewitness to Power: Leadership in America
David Gergen, Senior Political Correspondent for CNN and Former Presidential Adviser
Moderator: Keith Barringer, Senior Managing Director, Accenture
Sponsored By: Accenture
From Nixon to Clinton, Watergate to Whitewater, few Americans have observed the ups and downs of presidential leadership more closely over the past thirty years than David Gergen. A White House adviser to four presidents, both Republican and Democrat, he offers a vivid, behind-the-scenes account of their struggles to exercise power and draws from them key lessons for leaders of the future. As the world's economic and political dynamics continue to evolve, a new age is ahead for America, but its realization will depend heavily upon the success of a new generation at the top. Drawing upon all his many experiences in the White House, he offers seven key lessons for leaders of the future. What they must have, he says, are: inner mastery; a central, compelling purpose rooted in moral values; a capacity to persuade; skills in working within the system; a fast start; a strong, effective team; and a passion that inspires others to keep the flame alive.
5:40 pm – 6:30 pm Evening Break 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm Sunset Reception
Sponsored By: Janrain
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
“Oh What A Night!” Closing Dinner & Concert Celebration
Featuring: Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons!
Sponsored By: IRI
Keynote Speaker and Special Guest Bios
General Keith B. Alexander
General Keith B. Alexander, USA, (Ret.) served as Commander, U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) from 2010 to 2014 and Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) from 2005-2014. During his time as Commander and Director, he led the defense of DoD computer networks, national foreign intelligence, combat support, and U.S. national security information system protection responsibilities.
John P. Bilbrey
Mr. Bilbrey is Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Hershey Company, a position he has held since April 2, 2015. Prior to that, he had served as President and Chief Executive Officer since May 17, 2011. From November 2010 to May 2011, Mr. Bilbrey was Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and from December 2007 until November 2010, he was Senior Vice President, President Hershey North America. Prior to joining Hershey, Mr. Bilbrey held executive positions at Mission Foods and Danone Waters of North America, Inc., a division of Groupe Danone, responsible for all operations of Groupe Danone’s North American water division. He also served in positions of increasing responsibility in the United States as well as numerous international assignments during his 22 years at The Procter & Gamble Company. Mr. Bilbrey has been a director of Colgate-Palmolive Company since March 2015 and previously served as a director of McCormick & Company, Incorporated from November 2005 to May 2015. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Kansas State University.
Considered one of the world’s leading futurists on global trends and innovation, The New York Times has referred to Daniel Burrus as one of the top three business gurus in the highest demand. As a true visionary, his accurate predictions date back to the early 1980s. He became the first and only futurist to accurately identify the twenty technologies that would become the driving force of business and economic change for decades to come. The founder of six companies and best-selling author of Flash Foresight, he now serves as the strategic advisor to executives from Fortune 500 companies including Microsoft, American Express, Google, Toshiba, Honda, and IBM.
A senior political analyst for CNN and co-director of Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership, David has served as an adviser to four U.S. presidents of both parties. He is a professor of public service at the Harvard Kennedy School and in 2000 he published the best-selling book, Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton. An active speaker on leadership, he is also a board member of Teach for America, the Aspen Institute and The Mission Continues. David is a member of the Washington D.C. Bar and the Council on Foreign Relations and holds 25 honorary degrees
Thomas (Tom) Greco is Chief Executive Officer, Frito-Lay North America, a unit of PepsiCo. In its global portfolio of food and beverage brands, PepsiCo has 22 different brands that generate more than $1 billion each in annual retail sales. With net revenues of over $66 billion, PepsiCo’s main businesses also make hundreds of other enjoyable foods and beverages that are respected household names throughout the world. Tom assumed this role in September 2011 and is responsible for overseeing PepsiCo’s snack and convenient foods business in the U.S. and Canada. Frito-Lay North America (FLNA) is the company’s most profitable operating division. Tom joined PepsiCo in Canada in 1986 and has served in a variety of positions, including region vice president, Midwest; president, Frito-Lay Canada; senior vice president, Sales, Frito-Lay North America; president, Global Sales, PepsiCo; executive vice president, Sales, North America Beverages; and most recently as executive vice president and chief commercial officer, Pepsi Beverages Company (PBC). In this role, Tom was responsible for leading PBC’s retail selling efforts across the U.S. and Canada. Tom was previously with at Procter & Gamble before joining PepsiCo.
Kees Kruythoff is currently the President of Unilever North America. During his extensive career with Unilever, Kees has worked in different roles within the company traveling around the world, from Europe, Africa, Asia to Latin America, before being appointed president of Unilever North America cluster. Kees started his career at Van den Bergh in the Netherlands where he held several marketing and sales roles. In 1999 he became Vice President of marketing for the foods business in South Africa. In 2002 he joined the Board of Unilever Bestfoods Asia as Senior Vice President, Beverages NEA with the intent to build a foods and beverages business in Asia. In March 2008 Kees became CEO for Unilever Brazil, the second largest Unilever business, and was nominated as one of the country’s top 10 sustainability leaders. In September 2011, he moved to the United States to lead the Unilever NA Cluster. Kees currently serves on the board of Grocery Manufacturers Association and Enactus Worldwide.
P. Justin Skala
P. Justin Skala is President, North America for the Colgate-Palmolive Company. He also has Global responsibility for the corporation’s Sustainability strategies and initiatives. Since 2013, under Justin’s leadership, Colgate North America is evolving to a commercial hub operation serviced by Centers of Excellence in Digital, e-Commerce, Analytics/Insights and Retail capabilities. Additionally, the corporation’s 2015 – 2020 Global Sustainability strategies have been developed and broadly communicated. Justin joined Colgate in the Global Marketing Development Program in 1982. He has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility in marketing, sales and general management over the subsequent years including assignments with Colgate in France, UK, Hong Kong, Thailand, Canada and the US. Justin holds a BA degree from Northwestern University and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He sits on the Board of Directors for the YMCA of Greater New York City, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the American Cleaning Institute and the Northwestern University Regional Alumni Council.
Oh, what a story. Frankie Valli, who came to fame in 1962 as the lead singer of the Four Seasons, is hotter than ever in the 21st century. Thanks to the volcanic success of the Tony-winning musical Jersey Boys, which chronicles the life and times of Frankie and his legendary group, such classic songs as “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Rag Doll,” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” are all the rage all over again. With the play on Broadway, and five other casts performing Jersey Boys nightly from Las Vegas to London, the real Frankie Valli is also packing venues around the world. To mark the 50th anniversary of the Seasons’ first hit “Sherry,” Frankie toured England, Australia and New Zealand in 2012, in addition to currently keeping up his busy schedule in the U.S.
2015 HALL OF ACHIEVEMENT RECIPIENTS
George E. Deese, Chairman of the Board, Flowers Foods
As the former CEO of Flowers Foods from 2004 to 2013, George Deese’s career with the company spans 50 years. During this time, he led Flowers’ unique culture, stressing the value of every employee and is supported by the principles he defined: integrity, service, quality, and commitment.
Gregory D. Wasson, Former President and CEO, Walgreens Boots Alliance
Serving as CEO and a member of the board of directors since 2009, in December 2014 Greg Wasson oversaw the completion of the merger with Alliance Boots, a pharmacy-led health and beauty group. His career with the company began in 1980 as a registered pharmacist. He currently serves on the Board of the Museum of Science and Industry and is a member of The Business Council.