Andrea McKenna

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Andrea McKenna Friendly Ice CreamAndrea McKenna

Company: Friendly Ice Cream Corp.

Years with company: Six months

Current position and your immediate supervisor:
Executive Vice President/Chief Marketing Officer, reporting to chairman and chief executive officer

Education degrees and professional/volunteer affiliates:
B.A. from The College of the Holy Cross, Executive Management courses with Harvard Business School and Darden Graduate School of Business Administration

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career:
Various executives from multiple disciplines have been instrumental in my career, demonstrating the value of collaboration, the importance of people in any organization and in helping me hone my strategic skills.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements or a defining moment of your career to date?
I am most proud of situations in which I have provided a challenging environment for talented executives to understand business needs and deliver powerful results.

Most challenging part of your job:
Balancing the power of brand heritage with a contemporary approach to make a brand relevant and contemporary for today’s consumers in this rapidly evolving, fast- paced environment.

Thoughts or advice for upcoming younger executives:
Find your passion and pursue it.  Demonstrate your commitment and enthusiasm.  Show a willingness to learn and appreciate all experiences as opportunities to learn and develop professionally.

Music, cooking, health and fitness.