Jeff Smith, Company Group Chairman for North America, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies

Jeff Smith, Company Group Chairman for North America, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies

In our latest podcast, Ray Cao spoke with Jeff Smith, Company Group Chairman for North America, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies. Smith reflected on his career and shared his best advice for rising sales and marketing leaders. Here are our top three favorite highlights.

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Steve Sadove, Former CEO of Saks Fifth Avenue and Board Member, Colgate-Palmolive

Steve Sadove, Former CEO of Saks Fifth Avenue and Board Member, Colgate-Palmolive

In our latest podcast, Ray Cao spoke with Steve Sadove, former CEO of Saks Fifth Avenue, and Board Member, Colgate-Palmolive. Sadove started his career at General Foods, become the CEO of Clairol (which he helped sell to P&G), and then took over as CEO of Saks Fifth Avenue which was sold to HBC just a few years later.

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Michael Fanuele, Chief Creative Officer at General Mills

Michael Fanuele, Chief Creative Officer at General Mills

Our interview with Michael Fanuele was very entertaining, and brought a fresh perspective to the world of marketing and advertising. Michael’s creativity stems from his diverse background in politics, comedy and advertising, which gives him a unique ability to understand human behavior and emotions.

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Patrice Louvet, Group President at Procter & Gamble

Patrice Louvet, Group President at Procter & Gamble

My latest interview is with Patrice Louvet who is the Group President of Global Beauty at P&G. Patrice oversees some of the world most iconic brands such as Olay, Secret, Old Spice, Pantene, Herbal Essences, Gillette and more. I found Patrice incredibly down to earth but his professional track record shows that he is anything but laid back. He has achieved so much in his career and has always been a high performer.

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Michael Aidan, Former Chief Digital Officer of Danone

Michael Aidan, Former Chief Digital Officer of Danone

At the time of our conversation, he was transitioning between his role as Chief Digital Officer at Danone, to joining a relatively newer organization as the Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer of DxO. Michael has incredible entrepreneurial tendencies, he's a true intrapreneur. This comes through so clearly in the interview, I'm really excited for you to hear it.

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John LeBoutillier, President & CEO of Unilever Canada

John LeBoutillier, President & CEO of Unilever Canada

My conversation with John LeBoutillier, who is the President & CEO of Unilever Canada, was very thought provoking. This interview has some really good tactical advice for people at all stages of their career. We talk about important leadership lessons, approaches to integrating yourself into a new organization after a career change, and his views on work-life balance. John got to the top by simply outworking everyone else, and he covers that story in-depth throughout this interview. 


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Javier San Juan, President & CEO of L'Oréal Latin America

Javier San Juan, President & CEO of L'Oréal Latin America

Today's guest is Javier San Juan who is the President of the Latin American region at L’Oréal.He’s incredibly entertaining and always puts a humorous spin on things. After doing this interview, I couldn’t help but notice that he’s probably experienced more adventures in one lifetime than most people will have in multiple. 

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Martine Reardon, Former CMO of Macy's

Martine Reardon, Former CMO of Macy's

Today's guest is Martine Reardon, who was most recently the CMO of Macy’s and spent more than three decades at the company. In this interview, we talk about how she got into the retail industry, what it was like being a female leader, how she managed her time, career setbacks as well as the story of how Macy’s grew into the being the largest department store in the United States.

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Vineet Mehra, Global President (Baby Care) of Johnson & Johnson

Vineet Mehra, Global President (Baby Care) of Johnson & Johnson

As a fellow Canadian, it's always a nice bonus to hear the story of someone who started their career in Canada. Vineet now oversees a massive global business at J&J. There's a ton of practical and useful advice in this conversation and I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did.

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David Sable, Global CEO of Y&R

David Sable, Global CEO of Y&R

To kick off Connections, I had the wonderful privilege of interviewing David Sable who is the Global Chairman and CEO of Young and Rubicam (Y&R). I was fortunate enough to meet David over a lunch that we hosted almost a couple of years ago. David runs one of the world’s largest advertising agencies with over 16,000 employees around the world.  

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