Kirsten Hogan

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Kirsten HoganKirsten Hogan

UNFI
National Vice President, Retail Category Management

Years with company: 13 years

Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations:

B.A. in Communications from Boston College; Volunteer Organizations:  Board Member, Central Massachusetts March of Dimes

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career: My first and most significant mentor has always been my father.  He taught me the value of working hard, working with integrity and leading by example.  As I progressed in my career, I sought to surround myself with others of the same value set.  Industry veterans such as Kathy Ferguson and Marc Ghidotti have had immeasurable impact on my career and the path that I have chosen to follow.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment of your career to date?  In 2007, Millbrook was sold to UNFI.  I had been with Millbrook for nearly seven years, so the change in both culture and management was paramount.  I am very proud to say that I was able to integrate into UNFI very successfully, show the organization not only my value but the value of category management.  I was promoted to Vice President early in 2012, and at that point had the privilege to help formulate and grow the Retail Category Management department to where it is today.

Most challenging part of your job: The most challenging part of my job is being able to dedicate myself to my associates and to my young family at the same time.  Balancing work and family is both challenging and rewarding, and being able to do that well is something of an “art form” that is constantly evolving!

Advice for upcoming younger executives: Operate and behave with integrity, no matter what situation you are facing.  Always be true to yourself and to your values; if what you are trying to do feels wrong, it probably is.

Hobbies: I have three young children, so spending time with them going to all of their activities and events is very rewarding.  When I do have some time to myself, I enjoy running and just completed my first ½ marathon.