Marion Tabard

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Turbana Corporation

Marketing Director

Years with company: 13 years

Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations: I have a Master’s degree in business management with a double specialization in finance and marketing from E.S.SC.A., a business school of management in Angers, France. I am a member of the Health & Nutrition Council at United Fresh, the Produce Marketing Association for Women and I sit on the Marketing and Branding Committee for Fyffes.

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career: I learned a lot from my father. As president and CEO of a company in France, he taught me good ethics and the values of transparency, hard work, dedication and passion that have shaped my career choices. He taught me to be my own person. His mentorship influenced my decision to work at Turbana, a company whose values align with my own.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment oyour career to date? I am most proud of knowing that through my work, I contribute in a way that positively impacts many people. For example, in Colombia, Turbana works alongside our social foundation, Fundauniban, to develop the farming communities in the banana and plantain growing regions. Turbana is also is the first produce company to initiate a movement in North America, Growing Smiles, Sharing Goodness. The movement seeks to inspire individuals to eat smart, be active and get involved in their communities. All the different ways Turbana works to grow smiles and share goodness throughout its global communities I consider defining moments in my career. I love what I do.

Most challenging part of your job: Working to develop the most impactful solutions we can provide to a community is often a challenge. As a company, we work with our retail partners to benefit communities. We always want to ensure the initiatives we invest in will have the greatest impact, provide something the community needs and will have a lasting positive effect. It is a challenge to decide what it is we will do next but it is a challenge I am thankful for on a daily basis.

Advice for upcoming younger executives: When you are appointed into a position of leadership, you will be faced with decisions to make from the very beginning and others will observe how you approach the decision-making process. My advice is to listen, be open, be humble, be sincere and constantly reevaluate yourself, demonstrating your leadership style with your first few decisions. You will be better informed and in a position to make effective decisions when you have open lines of communication.

Hobbies: I love to travel. I am fortunate to have had opportunities to do so from a very young age. I am thankful I was exposed to different cultures, languages, religions and ways of life. Those travels during my childhood shaped the way I look at life today and the world in general. I’m lucky my husband shares that same passion, so we go and explore new places as often as possible.