Kimberly Taylor

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Kimberly TaylorKimberly Taylor

Delhaize America
VP Fresh Category

Years with company   11 years

Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations: Bachelor Science Business Administration from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career: Many people influenced me throughout my life and professional journey.  My folks instilled a set of core values that are nonnegotiable.  They always told me I could do anything I set my mind to and I believed them! Early in my career, I worked for Terry Martz and she helped me to develop a strong understanding of category management and general business functions which provided me a firm foundation to build upon and fueled my success.  I feel the best mentors I have had are those who provide specific guidance and ideas to achieve my desired goals.  I have learned over the years that feedback is a gift and sometimes you have to ask for it.

 What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment of your career to dateMy favorite role so far has been managing the seafood category.  It challenged my ability to make decisions where I did not have a lot of data or clear direction.  I am extremely proud of the work George Parmenter, Jen Levin, and I did bringing to life the Delhaize America Seafood Sustainability Policy.  This work enabled me to get very involved with the industry and make a difference to the environment, fish stocks, and people working in underdeveloped countries.

 Most challenging part of your job: The most challenging part of my job is time management and juggling priorities.

Advice for upcoming younger executives: Enjoy your journey and appreciate each relationship you have.  Learn to have productive conversations and listen a lot.  Finally, ask for feedback and accept it as a gift.