Sharon Rossi

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Sharon Rossi  UnileverSharon Rossi

Unilever

Years with company:  21 years

Current position:
Vice President of Customer Development, Customer Operations and Retail Excellence

 

Education degrees and professional/volunteer affiliates:

  • M.A., University of Illinois; B.A., University of Massachusetts
  • Board member, Healthy Lifestyle Choices; board member, American Heart Association, member of the Network of Executive Women.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements or a defining moment of your career to date?
I am so very proud to be part of a company that manufacturers high quality products with brands like Breyers,  Ben & Jerry’s, Hellmann’s, Lipton, Suave, Vaseline and Dove, while maintaining its unwavering commitment to sustainability. Working for a company that is committed to sustainability enables me to collaborate closely with suppliers and retail partners to meet our shared business objectives while simultaneously addressing the social, economic and environmental challenges of our day.  It is this work that is not only personally fulfilling but that has helped to contribute to Unilever being named sustainability leader in the food and beverage super-sector of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes for the 12th consecutive year.  This recognition highlights the consistency of our performance in key sustainability indicators and is a unique achievement among more than 300 companies in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes World sample.

A defining moment in my career came in 2008 when I was asked to join the Board of Directors of Healthy Lifestyle Choices (HLC).  HLC is a non-profit organization that empowers children with the knowledge and skills to make healthier choices, including to balance a healthy diet with physical activity, to resolve conflict peacefully, to think and act safely, and to avoid harmful substances.  HLC achieves its mission through school-day and out-of-school-time behavior-based curriculums, school-based culture initiatives and as well as media messaging for both children and parents.  Healthy Lifestyle Choices is active in advocating for health and education, providing professional development opportunities for educators, and supporting both local and national organizations, which share this mission ( HYPERLINK “http://www.hlconline.org” www.hlconline.org).    It was a humbling honor to be asked to serve on HLC’s board in 2008, and then to be asked in 2010 to also serve as chairwoman of the Programming Committee.  Advising HLC on their strategy is a tremendous privilege and an honor to make a meaningful difference in the lives of currently over 200,000 children in 44 states who receive HLC programming.

What thoughts or advice do you have for upcoming younger executives?
My advice for upcoming younger executives is this:  be open to new opportunities that aren’t part of your perceived “career map,” strive to always exceed expectations with exceptional results, keep focused on making positive change, and enjoy the journey!

Hobbies:
Playing golf, cheering on the Boston Red Sox, and spending time with family and friends.