Anyone who’s worked at a great company knows it’s all about the people. Good managers, great leaders - in and beyond the business. Through conversations with P&G Alumni leaders, we go deeper with the leaders you know, but want to know more about. This is Learnings from Leaders: the P&G Alumni Podcast. pgalums.com/podcast
Learnings from Leaders is a production of the P&G Alumni Network (pgalums.com) — an officially recognized, global nonprofit by former P&G’ers committed to community, enrichment, and philanthropy. With more than 45,000 members worldwide, the Network connects through global conferences, local chapters, industry events, and online content. Our nonprofit Foundation supports economic empowerment in communities around the world.
Kirk Perry, IRI CEO - on Faith
“Faith should bring us together and not drive us apart. And we will all have differences in what we believe, but it should never be the thing in the workplace that drives us apart.”
Kirk Perry is CEO of IRI Worldwide - and among our first / favorite guests (his threepeat!), returning for another learnings “deep dive” - where we go deeper on a topic folks are passionate about. For Kirk, that topic is his faith. In this authentic, vulnerable and revealing conversation - you’ll hear of the grounded humility of Kirk’s faith, and how it permeates into the leader he chooses to be.
Kirk Perry is CEO of IRI Worldwide, a company that deals in big data analytics and insights that power, action, and growth. Previously Kirk served at Google for eight years as the Global President of brand Solutions. Prior to joining Google Kirk was at P&G for 23 years - in various roles across marketing and general management - including President of Global Family Care, and six years in Asia with assignments in South Korea and Japan. Kirk serves on the boards of The J.M. Smucker Company and Chick-fil-A, having previously served on the board of e.l.f. Cosmetics. Growing up from humble beginnings, Kirk and his family are also very active in giving back. Kirk is a member of the Cincinnati Innovation District Advisory Council, and has been active with many nonprofit organizations, including board affiliations with The Ronald McDonald House, The CityLink Foundation, City Team, The United Way Campaign Cabinet, March of Dimes (national and regional), the University of Cincinnati Foundation, and the University of Cincinnati's Bicentennial Commission. Kirk has also coached youth sports for more than 20 years. He and his wife, Jacki, have been married for more than 30 years and have four beautiful children.
In this ranging conversation between Kirk and co-host Rajiv Satyal, you’ll appreciate the value of how two people from different faiths and backgrounds can find common ground in their similarities and differences.
James Veraldi, LOOP.co Co-founder & CEO — Accomplished Entrepreneur
“It's consumption media, not social media. A lot of people are struggling with this, and a lot more are going to. And I would like to be part of the solution.”
James Veraldi is the CEO & Co-founder of Loop.co — a company focused on Improving the world’s social and mental health. So many of us - including the people we love and work with - have had experience with mental health - and solving these challenges aligns with "touching lives, improving life." As an accomplished entrepreneur, James’ work embodies the very purpose, values, and principle driven approach to work so many of us P&G’ers hold true. Mental and social health is especially a challenge for the younger millennial and Gen Z workforce today - which has a potentially massive impact on performance, productivity, and overall engagement and retention. If you’re a manager of people - an exec or HR stakeholder - you can learn more and sign up for a free 30-day trial for you and some of your colleagues — just visit Loop.co/work.
James began this recent chapter while serving as an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at GGV Capital. Prior to that he led product strategy at TikTok, which he joined in early 2017 — prior to its 2018 acquisition and rebranding from ByteDance. Prior to TikTok, James led content strategy at Snapchat, which followed his work as a founding team member at one of Youtube’s earliest partners Fullscreen, which was acquired by Otter Media in 2014. James worked extensively with P&G, Danone and many other top brands when he co-led a small digital content agency called The ZiZo Group — here his team was on the earliest forefront of branded content marketing. James also had early career experiences at Target, Viacom, and Accenture. He spends a lot of his time in the climate & conservation spaces, where he has done a number of angel investments in climate tech — and founded a popular platform and podcast called Animalia where he leads discussions on a number of climate and conservation solutions. James is a dog lover, beekeeper, and even rehabilitates the occasional squirrel or crow. You’ll enjoy this candid conversation about a career journey that led to a greater good - building meaningful solutions for the world of social and mental health - and hopefully be inspired on how you can make a difference.
Marlon Hernandez, Molson Coors’ Director of Innovation
“Functional is not enough — and that's a critical factor in developing innovation. It's really hard to break through if you don't factor the emotional.”
Marlon Hernandez is Molson Coors Beverage Company’s Director of Innovation where he’s responsible for strengthening Molson Coors’s innovation capabilities and building the long-term product pipeline. Marlon has spent 6 years rising through the innovation ranks of Molson Coors, and another 10 years in the spirits industry working in innovation for companies like Corby Spirit & Wine, an Pernod Ricard. Marlon actually got his start in Venezuela at 3M as an Operations Manager, and made the jump to marketing at P&G in Fabric & Home Care Latin America. Marlon received his MBA from the IESA – School of Management in Caracas, Venezuela. And studied Production Engineering @ University Simón Bolívar in Production Engineering, where he also received his master's degree in Statistics. Marlon live ins Chicago with his wife and their twins. You’ll enjoy this conversation on the evolution from brand management to product management — and hearing Marlon’s fundamental believe that the launch of a product is not the finish line, it’s just the beginning.
This is hopefully the first of many conversations with leaders on the topic of Innovation. We wanted to dive deeper into how innovation is evolving in todays’ rapidly changing world — by taking a “look under the hood” of some innovative companies. Joining our conversation is P&G Alumni Wayne Fisher - the President of Rockdale Innovation - a consulting group that helps companies build their internal innovation capability - that has hosted more than a few Innovation events for both P&G + P&G Alumni. Got a reco for an innovation story we should share on the pod (we know there are more than a few of you out there =)? Reach out — firstname.lastname@example.org
Tackling Imposter Syndrome - P&G Alumni Coaching
“Imposter syndrome is very real to a lot of people — but it's not representative of what reality really is. There are possibly people who feel exactly the same way you do.”
With a new year comes a desire to get better — so we wanted to share a powerful conversation on tackling imposter syndrome AND the power of coaching. Research shows that 70% of people experience imposter feelings at some point in their career. Recently, this important topic was discussed by several P&G Alumni Coaches: Carol Yang, Heidi Piper, Carol Fusek, and Ilhiana Rojas — all accomplished executives with global career experiences — AND certified coaches from the P&G Alumni Women's Leadership Forum
Carol Yang spent 13 years at P&G, with 23 years of senior corporate experience across Asia Pacific and North America. As a coach, Carol has multiple certifications with a special focus on leadership mindset, behavior shifts, and positive intelligence. Carol is a firm believer that you are most successful when you lead from the core of who you are.
Heidi Piper spent 30 years at P&G, across the US, Belgium, and Germany. Currently as a coach, she holds several certifications. Heidi believes we have our own innate wisdom and when we're deeply listened to and really seen, heard and accepted, we can achieve our full potential in work and in life
Carol Fusek spent 26 years at P&G — starting in Cincinnati and then across Asia-Pacific in leadership roles, primarily in supply chain. As a coach, she is certified in the neuroscience of leadership and as a certified dementia practitioner. Carol believes that what makes leaders exceptional is their people sense and their ability to connect to the hearts and minds of the organization they lead.
Ilhiana Rojas started her career at P&G Mexico, after which she continued her career across different Fortune 500 companies, both in Mexico and in the US. As a coach Ilhiana is focused on leadership development.
Over the new year, we'll share more powerful coaching discussions with P&G Alumni Coaching — coaching.pgalums.com — a recently launched program by the P&G Alumni Women's Leadership Forum. Just as professional athletes have a coach to help them perform at their best, coaching can help you thrive in life. Coaching is for anyone willing to challenge themselves to go after their professional or personal aspirations — through powerful questioning, exploration, and action planning. P&G Alumni can sign up for their first FREE coaching session @ coaching.pgalums.com. Because unlocking your full potential is a great way to start the new year...
2022: A(nother) Year of Learnings from Leaders
As 2022 comes to a close, we compiled some of the year’s learnings...from leaders. So sit back with your beverage of choice and enjoy. And give us a gift - leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts — hearing from YOU, our fellow Alums makes a big difference for our team as we reflect on the year. THANK YOU for the continued support of our podcast and our amazing guests...
Suzy Deering: Ford Motor Company CMO
Claire Elvers, Wayfair’s Head of Global Brand Management & Insights
Matthew McConaughey, Academy Award–winning actor and produce
Nitin Gajria, Google’s Managing Director for Sub-Saharan Africa
Christine Fisher, Possip Co-Founder & COO
Marissa Solis, National Football League (NFL) SVP of Global Brand & Consumer Marketing
Tristan Walker, Walker & Co, CEO & Co-Founder
Sharon Hall, Walmart’s VP of Global Executive Recruiting
Seaphes Miller, Founder & CEO of Fusion Integrated Solutions
Andrew Tarvin & Raman Sehgal reflecting on 100+ episodes
John Pepper & Qaisar Shareef on Understanding Ukraine & Russia
Arianna Huffington, Thrive Global Founder & CEO
Raj Rao, IBM’s GM for Blockchain Ventures
Malcolm Gladwell, Author & Journalist
Dian Alyan: GiveLight Foundation Founder & CEO
Kevin Hochman, Kentucky Fried Chicken, President, Yum! Brands
Ikdeep Singh, Mars Petcare President, North America
Qaisar Shareef, P&G’s former head of Pakistan & Ukraine
P&G Alumni Comedians: Greg Warren, Josh Sneed, Rajiv Satyal, Andrew Tarvin
Mahzarin Banaji, Harvard Psychologist & ‘Blindspot’ Author
Mike Shangkuan, Lingoda CEO
Gary Vaynerchuk (VaynerX) & Bracken Darrell (Logitech): Masters of Digital Disruption
Aftab Pureval, Cincinnati Mayor
Kevin Shapiro, Coty SVP of US Marketing
Julie Eddleman, DoubleVerify’s Global Chief Commercial Officer
Jay Sethi: Diageo Beer Company CMO & SVP of Diageo Convenience
Shelly McNamara: P&G’s Chief Equality & Inclusion Officer
Guy Raz, NPR Producer & Journalist
Jakub Kocinski, Digital Safety & Trust (P&G, Google, TikTok, Meta)
Poliana Sousa, Latin America’s Coca-Cola™ Lead
Vivek Sunder: Cuemath CEO
Katie Couric, TV Journalist, Producer, & Author
K Patrick Davis: Blue Buffalo VP & General Manager
Ana Maria Henao, PepsiCo’s VP of Global Marketing Excellence
TEDx Talks with P&G Alums: Drew, Ida, & Rajiv
John Pepper & Ursula Burns’ (Xerox former CEO) on Race & Understanding
Tom Asacker, P&G Trainer & Author
David Youn, Master Lock, President
Alonya Tkachenko, Nommi CEO & Co-founder
Paul Polman, Unilever xCEO on “Net Positive”
Kyle Schlegel, Weber’s VP Americas Marketing & DTC
Judy Okten: The Power of Disconnecting
Edward Norton - Actor, Director, Activist, Entrepreneur (from P&G’s “More Than Soap” Podcast)
Jim Lafferty, Fine Hygienic Holding, CEO
JOHN SMALE - John Pepper & David Taylor’s reflections on John Smale
Chip Bergh, Levi’s CEO: Advocacy, Activism & John Smale
Bob McDonald & Bob Gill’s reflections on John Smale
Janet Reid & Gordon Brunner’s reflections on John Smale
A.G. Lafley & Charlotte Otto’s reflections on John Smale
Oya Canbas, Bayer Global Brand Director
Vahe Ayvazian, Abbott Divisional Vice President of Marketing & Core Diagnostics
Sudha Ranganathan, LinkedIn’s Director of Product Marketing
David Taylor, P&G’s Former CEO & Chairman
David Taylor, P&G’s Former CEO & Chairman
“My job as CEO wasn't to be right, it was to see that the right thing gets done. Surround yourself with the people and resources you need to solve things.”
David Taylor served P&G’s Chairman & CEO from 2015 to 2022 - having worked at P&G for more than 40 years. Throughout his career, David held leadership roles within both operations and marketing, managing P&G manufacturing sites, and eventually leading various consumer brands across North America, Europe, and Asia. David reinvigorated P&G's growth during his tenure, returning it to sustainable, balanced growth and value creation by simplifying the company's management structure and empowering business leaders to drive operational excellence in their specific areas of responsibility. David also led the company during the COVID-19 pandemic, achieving both worker safety and supply chain resiliency. goes without saying that David is among one of the great modern CEOs of P&G, steering the company through a trying time, and demonstrating the purpose, values, and principles that continue to make P&G not just the sustaining, successful business we know it to be, but also a culture of some of the best people in the business. You’ll enjoy this candid conversation covering not just the highlights of David’s storied career, but the reflections on his learnings along the way.