Building Enterprise Capabilities for Innovation

Making innovation excellence an integral part of the fabric of a large company is a challenging, multi-year undertaking. At its core (and where most companies do well) is having a well-functioning system for developing and commercializing new products and services. What is often missing is the design and execution of a broader ecosystem for innovation. In this session, you will hear how the Hershey Company is approaching an enterprise-wide approach to innovation – innovation that stretches beyond core and beyond new products, and a holistic approach to building the capabilities for innovation everywhere in the company to drive business value and a culture of innovation.

Deb Arcoleo
Director, Innovation CoE
Deb Arcoleo is Director of the Innovation Center of Excellence for The Hershey Company. She is responsible for building innovation capabilities, unleashing creativity and ensuring a healthy portfolio of beyond product innovation across the enterprise.  She has held innovation positions with Campbell Soup Company, J and J Consumer Group of Companies and Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. She also founded and ran her own organization effectiveness and change management consulting firm for 6 years, and spent 14 years in the management consulting profession, including four years at McKinsey & Company. Deb is a contributing essayist in “Innovation Alchemists: What Every CEO Should Know to Hire the Right Chief Innovation Officer.”

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