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Nestlé global diversity chief to address talent strategies at NEW Diversity Forum

Tuesday, December 20, 2011  
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Sue Johnson, global head of gender balance and diversity for the Nestlé Group, will share her insights on retaining diverse talent at the Network of Executive Women CPG Retail Diversity Forum, the industry’s leading diversity and inclusion event. The CPG Retail Diversity Forum will take place March 6-8, 2012, in Dallas.

Based in Switzerland, Johnson has been with the Nestlé Group for 13 years, first in the United Kingdom, where she worked in customer collaboration and supply chain roles. She also has served as head of customer-facing supply chain for the consumer goods giant. Johnson is the founder of the International Dual Career network, linking more than 30 companies to facilitate spouse employment for expatriates.

Johnson joins fellow global diversity chief Sharon Orlopp of Walmart Stores Inc. on the NEW Diversity Forum program. As global chief diversity officer for the world’s largest retailer, Orlopp is responsible for advancing a diverse workforce with 2.1 million associates worldwide. She oversees and leverages global diversity and inclusion efforts, associate relations and human resources policy.

"Sue Johnson and Sharon Orlopp understand the value of a diverse workforce that reflects today’s consumers,” said NEW President and CEO Joan Toth. "They have helped two best-in-class companies make changes to recruit, retain and advance the most talented team players, who bring with them the diversity of thought and experiences necessary to succeed in today’s marketplace.”

The NEW Diversity Forum 2012 will open with Tom Greco, president of Frito-Lay North America (invited), and Grant LaMontagne, senior vice president, chief customer officer, The Clorox Company, sharing their thoughts on diversity and the role it plays in their strategies.

On day two of the Forum, keynote speaker Anthony Carter, global chief diversity officer for Johnson & Johnson, will explain how the cpg giant has leveraged diversity and inclusion to transform its global business practices and build high performing teams to achieve breakthrough results.

Later, Cheryl Pearson-McNeil, senior vice president, public affairs and government relations for The Nielsen Company, will give a tour of today’s changing consumer landscape. In a special address, Linda Clement-Holmes, chief diversity officer and senior vice president, global business services for Procter & Gamble, will reveal how diverse work teams produce better results. Lynn Fantom, chairman and CEO of IDMedia, will show how fast-growing social, mobile and interactive media can reach underserved multicultural consumers.

The NEW Diversity Forum 2012 also will offer three Super Sessions addressing D&I strategies’ impact on talent, consumers and suppliers. The educational sessions will feature the real-life experiences and expertise of industry veterans, including Kenneth Charles, vice president, diversity and inclusion for General Mills; Linda Singh, marketing director for Coty Inc.; Gleatha Glispie, director of supplier diversity for Walgreens; Kathryn Mazon, senior business development lead for Target Corp.; Ernest Freeman, senior manager of supplier diversity for PepsiCo; Maria Campbell, director of diversity for SC Johnson; Diane Cooke, vice president, human resources, for Schwan's Consumer Brands and others.

 NEW members who register now will receive $200 off the registration fee. A limited number of rooms have been reserved at a NEW member discount at the Westin Park Dallas, which will host the CPG Retail Diversity Forum 2012.

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