Holly Mensch

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Diamond Foods, Inc.
VP of Research, Development & Innovation

Years with company: 1 ½ years

Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations:

  • MBA: Major in Marketing – NYU
  • BS in Business Administration: Marketing & Management – Northeastern University

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career: One of my earliest mentors was Pat Callaghan from Pepperidge Farm.  At the time, Pat was in charge of the Frozen division and I was a new Brand Manager having just done a career switch from marketing research to marketing. I was now responsible for making decisions that would directly impact the day to day business and P&L. Pat was not only incredibly accepting, but he was the very best example of a leader that even today, I look up to. He was inclusive and treated everyone’s opinions equally. He was smart, deliberate in his decision making and, most importantly, brought everyone along. He was someone that everyone respected and wanted to follow. I learned a lot from his leadership style that even today, I try to emulate.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment of   your career to date? I am most proud of developing people and having a positive impact on people’s careers. There are so many people that I have kept in touch with or that have kept in touch with me. It is amazing to see people that worked for me that I mentored that are now in leadership positions themselves and having big impacts on their companies.

Most challenging part of your job: The most challenging part of the job is being able to prioritize all the amazing ideas that we have. We have great ambitions and a robust pipeline of ideas. We would love to get to them all!

Advice for upcoming younger executives: Do what you love and work for a company that loves what you do.

Hobbies: Travelling, hiking, exploring.