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Innovation

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.

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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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