There’s no perfect recipe for rising up the CPG leadership ladder, but what ingredients have been most important for those who are currently leaders within their food and beverage companies? Lisa Walsh, vice president of PepsiCo Customer Management, has been with PepsiCo since 1999 working on things like trade engagement strategy, strategic partnerships with customers and e-commerce sales strategies, and certainly qualifies as a leader in CPG. She also represents the company within the Food Marketing Institute, Network of Executive Women and National Grocers Association.
SmartBrief talked with her about how she got to where she is, what lessons she learned along the way and advice she would offer to those hoping to follow in her footsteps.
Can you talk a little bit about your path to leadership at PepsiCo?
Early in my career I focused on learning the fundamentals of the industry. It started with gaining a solid understanding of data and analytics that drive the business as well as the mechanics of how product moves from “seed to shelf.” Knowing my business cold gave me credibility and visibility to move ahead.…
It hardly seems possible, but the time has come when high-potential millennials are assuming leadership roles.
If you take the long view, it makes sense to prepare your best, young professionals now for the big promotional step that their predecessors typically had to wait 10, 15 years or longer to expect. They’re already so “up to speed” on so many essential, differentiating aspects of the competitive marketplace that they add value now that renders the typical career maturing process obsolete. You want to keep them. And to keep them often means promoting them at a more accelerated rate than you might have normally.
Here’s the problem: They’re still young. And in many ways — judgment, emotional intelligence, perspective — they’re still immature. Fast-tracking their career path means that they necessarily skip essential skill-building and seasoning experiences that typically helped their older colleagues make wiser choices. To their credit, they know they need that extra support around critical developmental areas.…
Many people owe their careers to their ability to make small talk with senior people in their companies.
When you learn how to speak informally, you will demonstrate that you are someone who is comfortable in your own skin. And that trait is important to advancing your career.
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