November 11, 2018 (Rosemont, Illinois) Women Impacting Storebrand Excellence™ (WISE), the non-profit professional development organization fostering diverse collaboration in the store brands industry, is pleased to announce, at the WISE Annual Meeting, the nominations of four new members to its Board of Directors.
“The WISE Board is delighted to welcome these new members who represent the best of the best in the store brand industry. In addition to complementing the strengths of our current Board, each new member brings a wealth of leadership experience, industry expertise, and new perspectives to the WISE mission,” says Peggy Davies, Chair, Board of Directors for WISE. “Our new board members are committed to the expansion of diversity in store brands and are eager to lead WISE initiatives that advance careers through strategic professional development programs.”
Joining the WISE Board today is:
Nancy Cota, Vice President of Own Brands, product management, innovation, and brand management – Albertsons Companies
Susan Hunsaker, Senior Director Client Growth and Strategy – Daymon
Jac Ross, VP, Private Brands Innovation – Retail Business Services, an Ahold Delhaize USA Company
Luci Sheehan, Principal – Strategic Sales & Marketing Initiatives LLC
Continuing service with the WISE Board of Directors is:
Peggy Davies, VP Association Relations – PLMA, WISE Board Chair
Laura Fezouati, Sr. Director of Consumer Marketing – C.H. Guenther & Son, WISE Board-1st Vice Chair
Kathy Elkey, Vice President of Sales – TreeHouse Foods, Inc.
Judy Clark, Senior Vice President, Sales – Bay Valley Foods, LLC, A TreeHouse Foods, Inc. Company, WISE Talent Development Committee Chair
Lori Miller Burns, Director of Marketing Relations and Communications – Arylessence, Inc., co-chair WISE Marketing Communications committee
Jen Linke, Vice President of Brand Management – Federated Group, accepts the role of Second Vice-Chair for her upcoming renewed WISE board term.
WISE would like to thank outgoing board members – Audrey Jakel Hlavin, Ann Tuohey, and Greg Baskin – for their multiple years of dedication and energy to the WISE mission.
“WISE is looking forward to another successful year of supporting our partners and members in the areas of diversity insights and resources, enhanced professional development education, strategic networks, and collaboration to diversify and energize store brands,” added Davies.
About Women Impacting Storebrand Excellence™ (WISE)
WISE was founded in 2012 to promote diverse collaboration and provide leadership to drive the continued success of the store brands industry. Fostering growth across the store brands industry as a champion for diversity in leadership roles, WISE offers educational and professional development opportunities; provides diversity expertise & resources; and advocates informal mentorships and strategic networks for store brands professionals. Guiding principles of the organization include professional leadership development, diversity and inclusion, collaboration to drive innovation and success, and action with integrity and respect. Membership is open to women and men. WISE proudly partners with 51 retailers, manufacturers, brokers, suppliers, and buying groups; and has built an industry network of more than 300 diverse individual members. For more information, visit www.womeninstorebrands.com
Contact: Peggy Davies – Telephone: (630) 605-3368