Lisa Henriksen

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Henriksen_LisaLisa Henriksen

Giant Eagle, Inc.
Senior Vice President of Marketing & Own Brands

Years with company: Three years

Education degrees and professional/community organizations:
I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and received my MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School.  More recently I completed an Executive Development Program at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.  I serve on the Operating Committee of Topco Associates, LLC.  I volunteer in our schools and in the community.

Mentors and how they have assisted you in your career:
I have had quite a number of wonderful mentors through my career.  My parents were instrumental in setting high expectations and establishing the value of education and hard work.  My husband has been by my side since the first day of graduate school and has been a wonderful sounding board and resource.  Within each of the companies where I have worked – at General Mills, The Clorox Company, Del Monte Foods and now Giant Eagle – there are individuals who have taken the time to help me learn, navigate and grow.  I thank them and seek to pay that back by coaching and mentoring others toward personal and professional success.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements?  Do you have a defining moment of your career to date?
I am honored that another respected industry publication named Giant Eagle “Marketer of the Year” for 2011, just a year and a half after I moved into my marketing role.  Our senior leaders are truly remarkable and provided the support and freedom to drive change.  I am so proud of the talent and contributions of our marketing team and agency partners.  We came together to build powerful campaigns and programs to engage our customers, differentiate Giant Eagle, and drive profitable growth.   We are not yet satisfied and will continue to stretch and challenge ourselves to achieve even better results.

Most challenging part of your job:
The age old goal – balance.

Advice for upcoming younger executives:
My best advice is to surround yourself with people who inspire and challenge you.   Also, don’t be afraid to take risks or try something new – you will be surprised to find that you either achieve more than you thought possible or learn something valuable about yourself or the business.

Spending time and travelling with my husband and two children.