Kimberly Senter

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Kimberly SenterKimberly Senter

Unilever
Sr. Director, Marketing to Shoppers

Years with company: Nine years

 Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations: BS, Business Administration, Florida A&M University / Network of Executive Women; Co-chairperson, Unilever Women’s Interactive Network; Unilever African American Business Network

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career: Throughout my career, I’ve had mentors who have offered guidance and support, provided honest and constructive feedback and coached me through new and/or challenging situations.  These relationships have contributed to my professional and personal success.  I’ve had both formal and informal mentoring relationships, and the true value has come from being able to benefit from the wisdom, experience and insight of these trusted and respected advisors.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment of your career to dateI led a large team through a significant transformation that led to great results for our department and the organization.  While the recognition was rewarding on many levels, I was prouder of the progress and success my team had made over the years we worked together to redefine the practice of Category Management within Unilever and the industry.  That experience solidified in my mind what was possible when the entire team worked together towards a common vision and with a commitment to winning.

Most challenging part of your job: Positive relationships are critical to our success.  While I strive to satisfy my customer, partners and colleagues every day, in an increasingly competitive environment, I am often called to make tough decisions (that are sometimes unpopular choices) which will ultimately yield the greatest return for the business.   Trade-offs are a necessary evil.

Advice for upcoming younger executives: Have a vision and a plan for what you want in your career.  Know where you are going, but always be open to the possibilities and opportunities that may lie outside of your plan.

Hobbies: I enjoy yoga, dancing, and Zumba for physical activities.  Traveling is also a passion of mine.