Julie Cummings

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Cummings_JulieJulie Cummings

Ahold USA Retail
Senior Director Program Management AUSA PMO 

Years with company:  I have been with Ahold USA/Stop & Shop for 30 years.  I started as a store associate at Stop & Shop and have continued to hold a variety of positions within Ahold USA.

Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations:
I have a bachelor of science degree in computer information science.  I am a member of the Network of Executive Women and various program management groups.

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career:
My father was my first mentor.  I credit him for teaching me work ethic and drive.  He taught me from a very young age to work hard and stand up for what you believe; traits that he himself demonstrated every day during his 46-year career at Stop & Shop.  Over the past few years, there are three senior leaders in Ahold USA that I turn to for coaching. They all lead by example and have each taught me valuable lessons.  Sarah Chartrand constantly helps to push me out of my comfort zone and I value her open and honest feedback.  Marissa Nelson always challenges me to be my best and stay true to myself.  Sarah and Marissa were both instrumental in preparing and ultimately helping me attain the position that I hold today.  In addition to being a sounding board and the voice of reason for me, Steven Rowell has taught me that influence can be achieved in a variety of ways and that subtlety is often most effective.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment of your career to date?
I am proud of the relationships that I have built throughout the Ahold USA organization and of my 30-year career with the same company.  I am also proud of my team.  They are a group of hard-working, dedicated professionals who inspire me and make me want to be a leader that they can be proud of.

A defining moment for me is when I witness a project team working as a cohesive group driving towards a single goal for the best of our company.  I am passionate about project management and believe in the value that it provides in achieving a common goal of a successful project implementation or business transformation.

Most challenging part of your job:
The most challenging part of my job is making sure that everyone has the information that they need to have effective conversations and make educated decisions.  I feel that open, transparent communication is key to a successful project and I strive for that every day.

Advice for upcoming younger executives:
My advice to young executives is that it’s okay to ask for help, always follow-up, work hard but have fun.

I enjoy golf, reading,  and traveling.