FMI Future Connect: Leaders Outline ‘Path to the Executive Suite’
By Ron Margulis,
Managing Director, RAM Communications
The Food Marketing
Institute’s first ever Future Connect Conference was held in Dallas this
week and one of the highlights was a group of four c-level executives
sharing the stories of how they made it to their current positions. The
session, called "The Path to the Executive Suite," featured an interesting
mix of two leading CPG leaders and two regional supermarket CEOs, all
of whom took very different routes to the top positions at their companies.
describing his ascension to the top of Hy-Vee, CEO Ric Jurgens gave
11 points to help the crowd of up-and-coming executives
make the leap to the corner office:
- Treat your
job as your last one.
- Don’t separate
work and home life.
- Work harder
for the success of others than your own.
- Avoid negative
- Don’t emulate
- Tell those
who matter that they do.
- Treat everyone
- Never be
- Set a good
- Do the right
- Don’t take
yourself too seriously.
CEO of Clorox, added five key character traits of his own:
Smith, CEO of K-VA-T Stores, and Beverly Grant, chief grocery channel
officer of Procter & Gamble, added that
senior executives had to be selfless and execute sound judgment.
Question: What are the key qualifications and
personality traits are needed in the next generation of retail c-level executives?
Which recommendations from Ric Jurgens and Don Knauss do you find most valuable?