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2018 Speakers


Sponsor Speaker: Ann Mukherjee, Global Chief Marketing Officer, SC Johnson

Ann began her marketing career at Citibank Diners Club working on new product development, and then in 1994 moved to Kraft to learn the business of consumer packaged foods marketing. She worked for 11 years on several brands including Kraft Mac ‘N Cheese, Kraft Singles, Taco Bell, Minute Rice, Stove Top Stuffing, Velveeta and DiGiorno.
In 2005, Ann joined PepsiCo, and started in Frito-Lay’s Convenience Foods Division where she was responsible for leading marketing, new product innovation, consumer insights and strategy and for all Quaker branded snacking.

In 2009, Ann was named Frito-Lay North America Chief Marketing Officer and led a commercial marketing team responsible for the growth agenda at Frito-Lay, including Portfolio Brand Strategy, Brand Marketing, Advertising, Customer/Shopper Marketing, Insights, Demand Analysis, Innovation and Marketing Services. She led a team that woke up every day focused on achieving her challenge to lead the company’s growth agenda. By perfecting the Art of Disruptive Marketing and the Science of Demand Analytics, Frito- Lay marketing not only won numerous industry awards, but was also the primary growth driver helping Frito- Lay consistently rank #1 or #2 in food growth in North America.

In 2014, Ann was named president, Global Snacks Group and PepsiCo Global Insights, responsible for driving accelerated growth across PepsiCo’s global snacks category, as well transforming the PepsiCo insights capability to
drive demand driven foresights and predictive analytics to drive marketing and commercial decisions.

In November, 2015 Ann joined SC Johnson, as its first ever Global Chief Marketing Officer. She is responsible for driving growth across multiple categories in household and personal care, including Ziploc, Glade, Mrs. Myers, Caldrea, Raid, Off, Windex, Scrubbing Bubbles, Pledge, and Kiwi. As part of one of the only family owned companies in this space, she is committed to the Johnson Family’s mission and purpose of making life better for future generations. Ann is an accomplished storyteller and motivational teacher and inspires everyone she leads to “Transform Tomorrow Today.”

Ann was born in Kolkata, India, and is very active with the Indian community in Dallas, currently serving as honorary chair of Chetna, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping South Asian women overcome domestic violence.

Ann is based in Dallas, Texas, and travels globally to stay close to the markets and consumers she serves. Her husband Dipu, works for Symphony EYC as Vice President, Product Management, CPG. Both of them are also very busy raising 14- year- old twins. They are passionate about their friends and both love to travel, entertain, and cook.

 


Sponsor Speaker: Casey Ingle, Director of Marketing Innovation x Consumer Experience, Owen's Corning


Strategic Innovator, Brand Architect and Creative Instigator with Googleable Track Record of Making New Happen. Casey leads Brand & Experience for Owens Corning’s Composites business. His efforts focus around establishing a strong, disruptive and digital-first voice for both OC and Composites while also driving Awareness, Adoption and Advocacy across a wide range of industries and markets. A veteran of both corporate and agency roles, he has led strategy, product development and innovation for global/household name brands such as Nike, International Olympic Committee, Carhartt and Chevrolet.

 

 
 
Sponsor Speaker: Ben Irby, Business Unit Director of PillsburyGeneral Mills
   
Ben started his career at General Mills in 2000 in the sales           organization. Over the course of his 7 years in sales, he held jobs in   direct selling, trade marketing and category management across a   variety of regional and national retailers. In 2007, Ben transitioned   into the marketing organization within General Mills to become a   brand manager on a variety of brands such as   Pillsbury Grands!   Biscuits, Totino’s Pizza and Channels Innovation.

In 2011, Ben accepted a position with Cereal Partners Worldwide   based in Lausanne, Switzerland. During his 4 years working for the   General Mills/Nestle Joint venture, he was responsible for leading
 global digital marketing, holistic margin management and worked on   a restructuring of the global marketing organization. In addition, he had brand management roles on a variety of international brands including Fitness, Cini Mini’s, Cookie Crisp and Honey Stars.

In 2015 Ben returned to the United States as the Business Unit Director for Betty Crocker, Gold Medal
Flour and Bisquick. In 2016 he transitioned to lead the Pillsbury Business Unit. As the business unit
director on Pillsbury, he leads the refrigerated baked goods portfolio of brands (Pillsbury, Annie’s,
Immaculate Baking), as well as the owned media platforms for General Mills (Bettycrocker.com,
Pillsbury.com and Tablespoon.com).

Ben grew up in Boulder, Colorado. He has a degree in business from Arizona State University and an
MBA from the Carlson School at the University of Minnesota. He currently serves as an advisory board
member for the Carlson Global Institute. He lives in Edina, MN with his wife of 15 years and their 2
children.