NEW honors 10 industry legends at 10th anniversary Summit
Friday, September 23, 2011
SUPERVALU CEO Jeff Noddle, Kings Super Markets CEO Judy Spires and Frito-Lay
North America President Tom Greco were among 10 "diversity heroes” honored at the
Network of Executive Women’s CPG Retail Diversity Hall of Fame Awards, Sept. 19
at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel in Orlando. The ceremony featured an emotional
appearance by Lynne Grize, widow of the late Ahold USA CEO Bill Grize, for whom
the award is named.
than 700 industry executives gave a standing ovation to Grize and the other
honorees present: Linda Dillman,
senior vice president of Hewlett-Packard, recognized for her work at Walmart;
Jeri Dunn, honored for her work at Tyson Foods; Kay Palmer, CIO of J.B. Hunt; and
James White, CEO of Jamba Inc., honored for his work at Safeway. Erby Foster
Jr., director of diversity and inclusion for The Clorox Company, accepted the
William J. Grize Diversity Award on behalf of Clorox CEO Don Knauss, also honored
for his work at The Coca-Cola Company.
Two companies were also inducted:
Delhaize America, represented on stage by Kristen Hanson, vice president for center
store category management, and Procter & Gamble, represented by Beverly
Grant, vice president and chief channel officer.
Lynne Grize accepted the first
William J. Grize CPG Retail Diversity Award in honor of her late husband. "Bill
believed in diversity and he always thought people were a company’s greatest
asset,” she said. "Our family is so proud that he is being recognized with this
A seven-minute tribute video
featuring Bill Grize and the other honorees was shown to the audience.
NEW Chair Michelle Gloeckler,
senior vice president, home, for Walmart US, presented the awards, which
recognize "outstanding achievement promoting diversity and inclusion in the
consumer products and retail industry, and for passionate support of the
Network of Executive Women and its mission.”
Each honoree received a trophy
depicting Athena, goddess of wisdom, holding the world aloft.
Hall of Fame gala attendees posed
for pictures on the red carpet, toasted the honorees and the Network’s 10th
anniversary at a champagne reception and danced at the Night of A
Thousand Stars afterparty.
A silent auction held during the
day raised an estimated $15,000 for the NEW scholarship program; five of the
Network’s seven 2010 scholarship recipients attended.
The inaugural CPG Retail Hall of Fame honorees (from left): Judy
Spires of Kings Super Markets; Clorox’s Erby Foster accepting for CEO Don
Knauss; Jeri Dunn, most recently with Bacardi; Lynne Grize, accepting for the
late William J. Grize; retired SUPERVALU CEO Jeff Noddle; Beverly Grant
accepting for Procter & Gamble; Kristen Hanson accepting for Delhaize
America; Linda Dillman of Hewlett-Packard; Kay Palmer of J.B. Hunt; James White of Jamba Inc.; and Tom Greco of Frito-Lay.
NEW members celebrate the Network's 10th anniversary on the red carpet.
The Night of A Thousand Stars afterparty topped off the Hall of Fame gala.