Laetitia Allexant

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Nestlé Waters
Director of Marketing

Years with company: 8

Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations:

  • BBA, Northeastern University
  • Member of the Nestlé Waters Mentoring Team

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career:
The Nestlé Waters mentoring program helped me realize that mentorship comes in many forms. I’m thankful for all the mentors I’ve had, officially and unofficially, but specifically:

My father, who showed me the value of respect and collaboration, hard work (on our family’s farm) and not taking things for granted (being on the factory line at 7am like everyone else despite being the CEO’s daughter).

Mike Pengue (currently President, Nestlé Waters Brands), my first official mentor. I thrive on open dialogue, which is what I valued the most from Mike, who not only guided me through my early career at the company and pushed me beyond my comfort zone, but also listened and opened himself to feedback.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment oyour career to date?
I’m proud of my evolution within the CPG world, and how I’ve been able to adapt to and learn from a variety of situations.

I was born in France and came to the United States for college. My upbringing and the different cultures I met along the way have helped me look at things from different perspectives and be open to new ways of doing or thinking.

Most challenging part of your job:
Technology is both a savior and a curse, and the challenges we face every day within the business make it hard to unplug at times!

Advice for upcoming younger executives:

Be curious and engaged. Ask questions, request feedback, engage in conversation with people at all levels, and find inspiration in those conversations.

Strive for clarification and set expectations. A lot of issues in business come from misunderstanding and lack of alignment. Ensuring clarity and alignment on goals and priorities, as well as expectations (whether they are yours or sr. management) will result in a lot less frustrations and inefficiencies.

Be open to change but stay true to yourself. Change is inevitable and beneficial, so embrace it, lead it. Open yourself to opportunities that come your way, even if the path is not always clear. But don’t lose the core of who you are. You may grow, evolve, adapt but there are fundamentals values and beliefs that you shouldn’t feel you have to sacrifice.

Pottery, walks with my dog.