Peggy S. Davies

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Peggy S. Davies of McCain Foods USA, Inc.Peggy S. Davies

McCain Foods USA, Inc.
VP Industrial Sales and Vegetable Business Unit

Years with company: 14 years 

Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations:

  • BA Sociology, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • PLMA Board of Directors, 1993 to present
  • Global Women’s Leadership Forum, Advisory Board: 2012-Present
  • Women’s Food Service Forum (WFF), committee volunteer, and lead for McCain Foods
  • Women Impacting Storebrand Excellence (WISE) founder and Board Chair (2011-Present)

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career: 

  • Walt Sunkel (Dad): think before you speak.
  • Irene Sunkel (Mom): demonstrated through her personal success that you can do anything you set your mind to and be successful while being a lady.
  • Harry Mattern (owner Mattern’s Florist-college years): it’s ok to try and fail.
  • Paul Nester (manager late 70’s-early 80’s while employed at James O Brown & Sons): private brand creation and marketing, partnering with private brand manufacturers and retailers to successfully market private brand products.
  • Ben Frega (manager 90’s while employed at Agrilink Foods): saw my potential with promotion from sales manager to VP Sales.
  • Maureen O’Brien (CEO Global Women’s Leadership Forum): getting out of your comfort zone.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? 

  • Moving from inside sales to outside sales
  • Marrying my husband, Paul

Do you have a defining moment of your career to date

  • VP Sales at Birds Eye and McCain Foods USA Inc.
  • Chair-PLMA Board of Directors 2003-2004; first and to date only female
  • Lead McCain Foods Women’s Business  Resource Group (2011)


  • Inception of WISE 11/2011.introduced to the store brand industry 11/2012; 11/2013 organization in 1 year has partnered with more than 25 companies and 170 members to foster diverse collaboration and provide leadership that drives the continued success of the industry
  • PLMA Hall of Fame: inducted March 2013
  • Top Women in in Grocery, November 2013
  • Illinois Commission on Diversity and Human Relations, Annual Martin Luther King honor  (January 2014)

Most challenging part of your job: Timely new product development, keeping pace with changing consumer attitudes and tastes, consistent robust sales with margin enhancement.

Advice for upcoming younger executives: Define your vision, be comfortable being uncomfortable, always reach for the next opportunity

Hobbies: Jigsaw Puzzles, Entertaining, Gardening