Amanda Whalen

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Whalen-amandaAmanda Whalen

C&S Wholesale Grocers
Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Innovation

Years with company: I joined in 2014

Education degrees:

  • BA, Princeton University
  • MBA, MIT Sloan School of Management

Organizations:

  • Executive Womens Roundtable
  • Board of Directors, American Dairyco

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career: I’ve had many mentors, both internal and external to the companies where I have worked.  The external mentors have helped me identify issues and work through challenges, learn new areas, and really think through where I want to take my career and how to get there.  My internal mentors (and, importantly, my sponsors) have been willing to place bets on me – they’ve given me big, challenging assignments that push me out of my comfort zone, and the support needed to be successful in those roles.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment oyour career to dateMy most recent role before C&S was CFO of a food manufacturer.  In the course of one year, we reorganized the function to better align to the business, significantly improved analytics to support decision making in operations and sales, strengthened our accounting processes and overhauled the way we reported our financials to align with our new owners’ preferred way of looking at the numbers.  It was an amazing amount of progress in a short period of time, and a great team who worked together to accomplish it.

Most challenging part of your job: C&S is an incredibly unique company with an amazing legacy as well as enormous potential ahead.  We compete, as do our customers, in a highly demanding environment.  One of the greatest challenges is building for the future while delivering on the needs of our customers each and every day.

Advice for upcoming younger executives: “Know what you want, and know how to ask for it.”  People generally want to help you be successful, and to grow and develop your career, if you have the right attitude and approach them in the right way.  But they can’t read your mind.  You have to be clear on what you want and where you’re headed.

Hobbies: My primary hobby is spending time with family and friends.  We also love traveling — we enjoy weekend trips in the area, as well as to more distant locales.