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Join our partners and fellow alumni from C-Suite Network as they introduce us to the charismatic Philippe Buissou, better known as Dr B. The Silicon Valley entrepreneur, venture capitalist, board professional and even a former business partner of the late Steve Jobs is a self-confessed devotee to growth. 

For Dr B, whatever targets and goals you have in mind, the only thing that matters is the growth that will get you there. And beyond. 

Are you in the Zone? Let Dr B lead you on a journey into The Alignment Zone. It’s Showtime

The P&G Alumni “Women’s leadership Forum” is hosting a webinar on “How to be Board Ready” on Feb18th 3pm Singapore time.  

This is the first event that is focused on Asia, with asian panelists and scheduled on Asia time.
 
About this event
There is a great urgency to increase gender diversity on both corporate and non profit boards.

Hear from experienced P&G Alumni, Search firms and consultants on what it takes to get individually prepared and networked to serve on boards.
 
The ZOOM link for the event will be sent to all registered participants 24h before the event starts.
Please note that this event is from and for P&G Alumni, so former employees and retirees.
Before reserving your Eventbrite ticket for the event, please make sure you register for the global P&G alumni network on www.pgalums.com
 
If you have any questions, please get in touch with Patricia Mathias (patmathias1@gmail.com).
 
TO REGISTER
Registration is free for all Alumni.
The Eventbrite link is here
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-be-board-ready-a-virtual-panel-discussion-tickets-224070489867
 
Thanks for your help supporting this event and helping get more P&G female alumni board ready 🙂

2021 Global Conference: Human Creativity & Machine – Andrew Swinand 

CEO of Publicis Groupe Creative US Andrew Swinand discusses how we can safeguard human creativity in the face of growing technological achievements. Swinand discusses the early days of the pandemic and how people adapted to the new normal and how innovators thrived. “People, environment, and culture” are the three things that drive innovation and creativity and warns that he fears technology might be our creative undoing. 

This talk was presented during the 2021 Alumni Network Global Conference. 

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2021 Global Conference: Human Creativity & Machine – Andrew Swinand 

CEO of Publicis Groupe Creative US Andrew Swinand discusses how we can safeguard human creativity in the face of growing technological achievements. Swinand discusses the early days of the pandemic and how people adapted to the new normal and how innovators thrived. “People, environment, and culture” are the three things that drive innovation and creativity and warns that he fears technology might be our creative undoing. 

This talk was presented during the 2021 Alumni Network Global Conference. 

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2021 Global Conference: A Path to Loving Self and Others – Shelly McNamara 

Chief Equality and Inclusion Officer at Procter & Gamble Shelly McNamara spoke of the risk of underutilizing the talents around us, noting that there is still work to be done until everyone is valued, supported and respected. 

This talk was presented during the 2021 Alumni Network Global Conference. 

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2021 Global Conference: A Path to Loving Self and Others – Shelly McNamara 

Chief Equality and Inclusion Officer at Procter & Gamble Shelly McNamara spoke of the risk of underutilizing the talents around us, noting that there is still work to be done until everyone is valued, supported and respected. 

This talk was presented during the 2021 Alumni Network Global Conference. 

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Ed Tazzia is American and lives in Michigan, US. Ed is 65+ and a thriving business entrepreneur. He was with P&G for 10 years and left in 1983. He is a founder member of the P&G Global alumni network and has been the network chairman since 2003. Ed is inextricably linked with the network’s progress over the years and the man behind the global conferences, the external partnerships and the deep mutual respect for and close collaboration with the Company. Ed is the principal of Sycamore & Co. His key passion for the future of the network is sustainable success. Whatever it takes, this is a lifetime passion and achievement. Ed typically dedicates 10-12 hours/week to the Network. Ed is an incumbent candidate. In the last year, he has attended all board meetings and numerous committee meetings and other sessions. Globally, regionally and even locally, fully complying with the requirements for a serving trustee. The board RECOMMENDS Ed for re-election.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/edtazzia/ 

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Katrin Seifarth is German and lives near Frankfurt. She is 45+ and a business entrepreneur and executive coach. She was with P&G for 14 years, leaving in 2008. She is the co-chair of the global enrichment committee, the global leader of the Business Catapult and also since several years a co-leader of the DACH alumni chapter and is overall very involved in the Network. Katrin runs her own company, train effect, and is dedicated to unlocking the best in individuals and in teams. Looking ahead, Katrin wants to drive the Business Catapult to new heights, systematically improve our broader membership enrichment programs with a particularly focus on accelerating the C-suite programs. And also improve the network’s European footprint and regional engagement. In addition to all her board and committee meetings, Katrin dedicates at least a day/month to the global network. A global board member since early 2021, Katrin has attended all but one board meetings, numerous committee meetings and individual program sessions, complying fully with the requirements for a serving trustee. The board RECOMMENDS Katrin for re-election.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/katrin-seifarth-44a974a/ 

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York Huang is Chinese and lives in Shanghai. He is 45+ and a business leader and investor. He was with P&G for 7 years, leaving in 1999. He has been a trustee of the global network board since 2007. York founded the P&G China alumni chapter in 2001 and still today serves as the chairman. With more than 3500 members and 20+ annual events, a development training programme and an alumni investment fund, the China chapter is the world’s leading alumni chapter thanks to York’s leadership. An architect of the China sharing sessions at every global conference, York is an incumbent candidate. He has in the past year attended 2 board meetings, several committee meetings and other sessions, time differences playing a role. Looking ahead, York’s board focus is on continuing to drive the outstanding China chapter but also to actively drive the engagement in and out of China as well as directly share best practices with other aspiring and ambitious chapters. The board RECOMMENDS York for re-election.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/yong-york-huang-ba6433b/ 

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Anthony Rose is a Singaporean national of Anglo-Indian descent. Anthony lives in Singapore, is 45+ and a business entrepreneur. He was with P&G for 13 years; he left in 2010. Before founding his own talent and training corporation he also served as an executive with Walmart. Anthony is the Network’s ambassador for Asia and was previously the leader of a Singapore-based chapter. He also serves as one of the network’s directors on the Foundation board. He is currently actively engaged in driving network impact across APAC, focusing on India, Singapore, Philippines, Japan and beyond. Anthony is an incumbent candidate. Since joining the board early 2021, Anthony has participated in every board meeting bar one, numerous committee meetings and a plethora of individual project sessions. He was also a judge for the Under 40 awards. Anthony pledges 2 days/month on the network. Anthony fully complies with the requirements for a serving trustee. The board RECOMMENDS Anthony for re-election.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/anthony-rose-3a345816/ 

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Gina Lam is American and based between Miami & NYC. She is 45+ and a creative strategist, cultural producer and board professional [Dartmouth, IE, MONK3YS]. Gina was with P&G for 24 years, divesting in 2016 to COTY. Gina is an active alumna: participating in multiple global alumni conferences, regional and local events. She serves on the South Florida chapter board, orchestrating also the ‘LatinX in America’ events. With Asian, Indigenous and Latina background, Gina has led acquisition integration in NA, LATAM and Europe across her NBD & Prestige leadership roles. If elected, Gina would focus on innovative P&G collaborations while helping new alumni successfully land beyond the P&G bubble, PVP & EMOT intact. Gina has pledged to spend several hours/week on the alumni network.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/gina-lam/

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LaShawn James is an American living in California. He is a 35+ business entrepreneur who worked for P&G from 2000 to 2003. LaShawn is an active participant in multiple chapter events but has as yet not been involved in leading network activity. Enjoying a successful business career across several Fortune 100 companies, LaShawn also advises non-profits through his team lead role on the Stanford Graduate School of Business alumni consulting team. If elected, LaShawn would focus on activating and impacting geographically and otherwise diverse entrepreneurs by bringing the best of the alumni network skills and knowledge together. LaShawn pledges to invest 2 days/month in the network.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/lpjames/ 

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Ed Tazzia is American and lives in Michigan, US. Ed is 65+ and a thriving business entrepreneur. He was with P&G for 10 years and left in 1983. He is a founder member of the P&G Global alumni network and has been the network chairman since 2003. Ed is inextricably linked with the network’s progress over the years and the man behind the global conferences, the external partnerships and the deep mutual respect for and close collaboration with the Company. Ed is the principal of Sycamore & Co. His key passion for the future of the network is sustainable success. Whatever it takes, this is a lifetime passion and achievement. Ed typically dedicates 10-12 hours/week to the Network. Ed is an incumbent candidate. In the last year, he has attended all board meetings and numerous committee meetings and other sessions. Globally, regionally and even locally, fully complying with the requirements for a serving trustee. The board RECOMMENDS Ed for re-election.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/edtazzia/ 

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Katrin Seifarth is German and lives near Frankfurt. She is 45+ and a business entrepreneur and executive coach. She was with P&G for 14 years, leaving in 2008. She is the co-chair of the global enrichment committee, the global leader of the Business Catapult and also since several years a co-leader of the DACH alumni chapter and is overall very involved in the Network. Katrin runs her own company, train effect, and is dedicated to unlocking the best in individuals and in teams. Looking ahead, Katrin wants to drive the Business Catapult to new heights, systematically improve our broader membership enrichment programs with a particularly focus on accelerating the C-suite programs. And also improve the network’s European footprint and regional engagement. In addition to all her board and committee meetings, Katrin dedicates at least a day/month to the global network. A global board member since early 2021, Katrin has attended all but one board meetings, numerous committee meetings and individual program sessions, complying fully with the requirements for a serving trustee. The board RECOMMENDS Katrin for re-election.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/katrin-seifarth-44a974a/ 

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York Huang is Chinese and lives in Shanghai. He is 45+ and a business leader and investor. He was with P&G for 7 years, leaving in 1999. He has been a trustee of the global network board since 2007. York founded the P&G China alumni chapter in 2001 and still today serves as the chairman. With more than 3500 members and 20+ annual events, a development training programme and an alumni investment fund, the China chapter is the world’s leading alumni chapter thanks to York’s leadership. An architect of the China sharing sessions at every global conference, York is an incumbent candidate. He has in the past year attended 2 board meetings, several committee meetings and other sessions, time differences playing a role. Looking ahead, York’s board focus is on continuing to drive the outstanding China chapter but also to actively drive the engagement in and out of China as well as directly share best practices with other aspiring and ambitious chapters. The board RECOMMENDS York for re-election.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/yong-york-huang-ba6433b/ 

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Anthony Rose is a Singaporean national of Anglo-Indian descent. Anthony lives in Singapore, is 45+ and a business entrepreneur. He was with P&G for 13 years; he left in 2010. Before founding his own talent and training corporation he also served as an executive with Walmart. Anthony is the Network’s ambassador for Asia and was previously the leader of a Singapore-based chapter. He also serves as one of the network’s directors on the Foundation board. He is currently actively engaged in driving network impact across APAC, focusing on India, Singapore, Philippines, Japan and beyond. Anthony is an incumbent candidate. Since joining the board early 2021, Anthony has participated in every board meeting bar one, numerous committee meetings and a plethora of individual project sessions. He was also a judge for the Under 40 awards. Anthony pledges 2 days/month on the network. Anthony fully complies with the requirements for a serving trustee. The board RECOMMENDS Anthony for re-election.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/anthony-rose-3a345816/ 

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Gina Lam is American and based between Miami & NYC. She is 45+ and a creative strategist, cultural producer and board professional [Dartmouth, IE, MONK3YS]. Gina was with P&G for 24 years, divesting in 2016 to COTY. Gina is an active alumna: participating in multiple global alumni conferences, regional and local events. She serves on the South Florida chapter board, orchestrating also the ‘LatinX in America’ events. With Asian, Indigenous and Latina background, Gina has led acquisition integration in NA, LATAM and Europe across her NBD & Prestige leadership roles. If elected, Gina would focus on innovative P&G collaborations while helping new alumni successfully land beyond the P&G bubble, PVP & EMOT intact. Gina has pledged to spend several hours/week on the alumni network.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/gina-lam/

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LaShawn James is an American living in California. He is a 35+ business entrepreneur who worked for P&G from 2000 to 2003. LaShawn is an active participant in multiple chapter events but has as yet not been involved in leading network activity. Enjoying a successful business career across several Fortune 100 companies, LaShawn also advises non-profits through his team lead role on the Stanford Graduate School of Business alumni consulting team. If elected, LaShawn would focus on activating and impacting geographically and otherwise diverse entrepreneurs by bringing the best of the alumni network skills and knowledge together. LaShawn pledges to invest 2 days/month in the network.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/lpjames/ 

Retired CEO/Chairman of Procter & Gamble John Pepper sat down with Alumni Foundation Executive Director Sarah Woods, Honorary Board Chair of the Asian Community Alliance in Cincinnati yen hsieh, Asian Community Alliance participant Sangita Powkal and with moderator Ida Abdalkhani, CEO/Founder of Ability to Engage and Learnings from Leaders Podcast Co-host, to discuss the good work done by members of the P&G community and their Alumni Foundation.

 “The depth of my commitment has grown, mainly because I have seen the good it has done”, remarked John Pepper, listing the many reasons alumni might find themselves engaged with the Foundation and the skills that can be put to good use. 

This talk was presented during the 2021 Alumni Network Global Conference. 

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Retired CEO/Chairman of Procter & Gamble John Pepper sat down with Alumni Foundation Executive Director Sarah Woods, Honorary Board Chair of the Asian Community Alliance in Cincinnati yen hsieh, Asian Community Alliance participant Sangita Powkal and with moderator Ida Abdalkhani, CEO/Founder of Ability to Engage and Learnings from Leaders Podcast Co-host, to discuss the good work done by members of the P&G community and their Alumni Foundation.

 “The depth of my commitment has grown, mainly because I have seen the good it has done”, remarked John Pepper, listing the many reasons alumni might find themselves engaged with the Foundation and the skills that can be put to good use. 

This talk was presented during the 2021 Alumni Network Global Conference. 

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Inscription sur le site PG Alumni France pour recevoir le lien de la conférence.

 

Regardless of your age, income level, or goals in life, and even throughout retirement, there are some financial action steps everyone needs to consider. But statistics show that many of us have failed to take action, at great personal risk to our finances and family. And, many of these actions are universal in nature and across all demographics, including country borders. This session will take you through a very fast-paced look at the financial stats, risks, decisions, and action steps, many of which can be addressed immediately using your smartphone. We’ll end with a quick look at relevant personal U.S. tax legislation and tax law changes of interest.

 

This webinar is part of the P&G Alumni Enrichment Series Webinars. For more webinars please join the P&G Alumni Network on pgalums.com.

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Sponsors – This conference provides the funds that allow us to operate the Network and the Foundation and that would be impossible without our sponsors.

Silver Sponsors

  • Greyhairworks, one of our newest sponsors, funded the prize for our Catapult entrepreneurs competition.

  • Grey Advertising, a long-time sponsor of the Network was particularly helpful with the Foundation this year.

  • P&G Connect+Develop has been with us for many years and continues to be a partner for the event and for our members.

Premium Sponsors

  • The Marque is one of our newest Premium sponsors and we welcome them to the family.

  • Synfiny not only provided a Premium level sponsorship for the conference, they also sponsored an in-person party for local Cincinnati alumni AND is going to match donations to the Foundation for up to $20,000 – so donate!

  • OliverWyman has been the host of our Large Cap Peer-to-Peer program and was a Premium sponsor for the conference.

  • Publicis Groupe, supporting us for years, continues to be a Premium sponsor.

Platinum Sponsors

  • EY has been with us for some time now and was a Platinum sponsor for the conference.

  • And, quite frankly, this conference would not have happened without the company support of Procter & Gamble. It’s that simple.

The Speakers – I won’t list all 57 speakers, but our going-in objective with every conference we have ever done has been to make it the best business conference available anywhere. I hope you will agree that we’ve accomplished that once again. To our speakers, please accept our heartfelt thanks.

 

The Team – A production this complex has a lot of moving parts and I want to highlight the people who made this happen.

  • Mills James is the production company that executed this program and from the responses we have received, it was excellent.

  • From the Company – Doug James, our primary liaison with the production house, looked out for our interests.. Many thanks, Doug.

    Patrick Blair, who works with Marc Pritchard, spent untold hours helping us work through the ins and outs of a Cincinnati-based event – he’ll never know how much we appreciate him.

    And Marc Pritchard, no matter the barrier, was there to help knock it down.  He helped us find some outstanding speakers, opened doors with sponsors, and provided critical financial support – not just for the Network but also for the $50,000 grant for the Foundation, which you will hear more about in JFM.

    David Taylor and Jon Moeller continue to see the alumni as an important part of the family, and we truly appreciate that.

  • And to our own team, Deb Kielty and Sarah Woods made sure we maintained our focus on the Foundation.

    And our Greek team, Niki Siropoulou, our incomparable Executive Director who served as the Executive Producer for the event along with her team in Athens – Nadine, Elina, Fenia, Ioanna, and Yannis deserve accolades for making this happen.

  • And I don’t want to forget all the board and chapter members who made key elements of the event happen.

    • Jesper Wiegandt – great job on sponsorships

    • Katrin Seifarth and Laura Tapia – Catapult

    • Yami Calvo – Leaders under 40

    • Lou Ann Eckert-Lynch – Women’s Leadership Forum panel

    • York Huang and Anthony Rose – Breakfast with China

    • Valerie Shepperd – MC and Chapter Networking Event

    • Stuart Schaefer and Helena Wong – Chapter Networking Event

We run these conferences every other year and each time I wonder how we can top the one before. This year, with Covid and all the constraints that were faced, I, for one, am extremely proud of what this group has accomplished. I hope you will all agree.

 

Ed Tazzia 

Chairman of P&G Alumni Network

Benno is passionate about growing businesses the right way – profitably, sustainably and responsibly. He calls this Good Growth. 

Under Benno’s leadership as Chairman and CEO, The Clorox Company was ranked no. 15 on the list of the 250 best managed companies in the US (WSJ / Drucker), no. 9 on the list of most inclusive and diverse US companies (WSJ), no. 7 on the list of most sustainable companies in the US (Barron’s) and the no. 1 most trusted and essential company in the US in 2020 (Harris Poll). 

The company more than doubled total shareholder return during the 6 years of his CEO tenure, significantly outperforming its peer group. Benno was no. 1 on the annual Glassdoor list of most popular US CEO’s in 2017, no. 39 on Forbes Magazine’s list of most innovative US CEO’s in 2019, Out & Equal’s CEO Champion of the year in 2018 for his work in support of the LGBTQ+ community and a Most Admired Bay Area CEO in 2017 (Business Journal). 

Today, Benno works on giving back. He is focused on passing on his experience from 30+ years in global business leadership as advisor, board director and coach and on his family foundation’s philanthropic efforts in support of children, the environment and the arts in order to help make the world a better place for current and future generations. 

He also makes wine. Just for the pure joy (and unpredictability) of it. 

A proud German citizen, Benno has worked and lived in four countries, which included living in his favorite city in the world, Stockholm. He is grateful for music as a life force, loves skiing, passionately supports his beloved SC Freiburg soccer club through good and bad times and calls the San Francisco Bay Area home. 

This webinar is part of the P&G Alumni Enrichment Series Webinars. For more webinars please join the P&G Alumni Network on pgalums.com. 

Mike Prager

Businesses come in all shapes, sizes, business models, and structures. There is no one way to run a business and no one set of approaches that works everywhere. This topic will address some of the considerations and approaches that can contribute to success in mid to smaller, more entrepreneurial business environments and considerations for people from larger, more “corporate” businesses. This webinar is part of the P&G Alumni Enrichment Series Webinars. For more webinars please join the P&G Alumni Network on pgalums.com.

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Jeremy spent the first 16 years of his career at Procter & Gamble. He spent 10 years at PepsiCo – as Chief Marketing Officer of the International Foods business and Senior Vice President of the Global Snacks business. He was subsequently appointed CEO of a leading Lighting Technology company called the Lighting Science Group.This session is about Jeremy’s book, “All Dreams on Deck” ,about charting the course for your life and work. 

Here is what Katie Couric had to say about it: “Jeremy Cage has written a great book that everyone who thinks about work and life would benefit from reading. Everything starts with a dream—but Jeremy really shows us how to get started on making these dreams come to life. Generalities won’t get it done; it requires very specific charting and execution. Just as Jeremy navigated his way across oceans, he’s also shown us how we can better navigate life’s personal and professional challenges. I’m giving my daughters copies of his book, and I hope they get as much out of Jeremy’s insights as I did.”

Please register here: https://www.pgalums.com/alumni/portal2/events/83b022bc-eaf5-4676-bb7f-b8d894d33900

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Hello P&G Alumni,

If you’re seeking clarity on your career or life goals, are feeling overwhelmed, or simply want to be unstoppable, find out how being part of the wonderful extended P&G family can be a real advantage.

Imagine having access to a group of trusted women leaders who share similar values as you; women who have ‘been there, done that’ and can help you break through the barriers that are in your way.

Meet the P&G Alumni Coaches — women who have successfully led multi-billion dollar businesses and developed countless high-performing leaders.  And now, they can be your allies to help you hone what it takes to fast track your career and life goals.

We are offering a limited number of FREE CONSULTS.  Be among the first to sign up.

Please feel free to share this with your P&G Alumni friends.  Let’s grow together.

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The very foundation of business has been challenged by seismic shifts triggered by digital disruption and the impact of COVID-19. A lively discussion between Gary Vaynerchuk and Bracken Darrell on what’s next and how to sharpen your digital prowess as you play to win in the marketplace. 

Logitech and VaynerMedia are two companies at the forefront of this transformation, and have boldly taken decisive steps to elevate the consumer experience through a relentless focus on winning technology, incisive data, deep storytelling and human-centric design. A unique opportunity to hear from Gary Vaynerchuk and Bracken Darrell, two of technology’s most outspoken change agents on what’s next and how to sharpen your digital prowess as you play to win in the marketplace. 

This event has been organized and has been moderated by Raquelle Zuzarte, New York Chapter Board Member.

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Women and girls around the world are challenging themselves in honor of International Women’s Day.

The P&G Alumni Foundation recently awarded a grant to United Way Ghana. Help us unlock a $25,000 Challenge Match from the P&G Women’s Leadership Forum, so we can do more. 

“United Way Ghana continues successfully to implement a flagship program improving Basic Education. The addition of Adult Literacy and training enables us to not only improve educational outcomes for children, but opens up unimaginable opportunities for parents and caregivers to improve the family’s socio-economic condition.”  

Janet L. Butler – Vice President, Africa – United Way Worldwide.

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What makes leaders strong, inspiring and effective during transformative times

Melanie Healey is a Board Member – Verizon, Target, PPG Industries and Hilton. Former Group President/C-suite Executive Officer of The Procter & Gamble Company. Advisor to Bridgepoint Capital. Partner at H Venture Partners (Venture Capital Fund). She is an accomplished C-suite executive officer with over 35 years of global and operational experience in companies like Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson and S.C. Johnson. Mel is an inspirational leader whose operational, strategic and brand building expertise coupled with her multi-cultural and multi-national perspective, brings an exceptionally broad perspective to all her current roles. 

Her passionate commitment to developing leaders and building innovative, consumer/customer-focused and results-driven organizations is what has made her the kind of leader people love working with. She was recognized as one of Fortune’s “most powerful women in business 7 years in a row (2007 to 2015) and in Forbes most powerful women in business globally in 2009. 

She was also recognized by Advertising Age as one of the most influential women in Advertising. She is a graduate of the University of Richmond where she earned a bachelor of science in Business Administration. Melanie was born and raised in Brazil and is 4th generation Latin American on her mother’s side (Chilean/Peruvian descent) and British on her father’s side. She lives in Cincinnati with her husband (also Brazilian) and three dogs. 


This webinar is part of the P&G Alumni Enrichment Series Webinars. For more webinars please join the P&G Alumni Network on pgalums.com. 

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By Jose A. Alonso

This installment in the Synfiny Advisors series on crisis management will address the key actions to take during major economic and political crises that impact market sizes, availability of funds and that create a flight to safety ($), thus impacting soft currency countries resulting in high inflation and volatile consumer markets.

As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, there has been a flight to safety, where investors move to strong currencies, i.e. U.S. dollars, thus resulting in the weakening of developing market currencies of 20-40% as happened to Mexico, Colombia, Peru, and other markets even before these countries were impacted by the virus. Next, we are exposed to closed businesses, low sales, lack of liquidity and reduced consumption. The perfect economic storm.

When faced with a perfect economic storm it results in lower sales, higher local production and operational cost and a devalued currency. Surviving these challenges requires cash – CASH IS KING – and the optimization of the balance sheet to avoid currency risks and to better utilize assets like inventory.

Did you have enough cash to weather the crisis? Do you have lines of credit available? If outside the USA,  could you borrow in local currency?

If borrowing is available, that is a great move in soft currencies impacted by devaluation and inflation.

Where are your profit margins after you have been impacted by devaluation?

If your business has a margin of 20%, with a 20% devaluation (Mexico) and a 50/50 local to imported cost structure, you are starting the crisis with a 10% margin, if devaluation is 40%, you are at breakeven.

So, questions to consider when you are facing these cash challenges:

  • Do you have a goods ystem tof orecast scenarios for margin and cashflow?
  • Once you know what your margins are, do you need pricing?
  • How well are you utilizing working capital?
  • Receivables – could you collect sooner? If not, create an incentive for prompt payment, offering a larger discount.
  • Accounts payable – is it possible to extend payment terms?
  • Are you eliminating low moving and unprofitable sku’s?
  • Could you avoid hard currency payables?
  • Local sourcing – could you avoid importing finished goods, is it possible to locally manufacture?
  • Cost savings – is it possible to reformulate? Cheaper products, trade down as there is less acquisition power?

Key Takeaways

Cash is king in times of crisis. Careful analysis and management of the balance sheet is of utmost importance. Avoid debt in hard currency. Incentives for prompt payment of receivables is a most. Localization in local currency of manufacturing inputs is critical. Careful attention is required to profit margins and cost reductions and or pricing are key in maintaining dollar-based profit margins.

For more information, contact Jose A. Alonso (jaalonso@synfiny.com). 

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