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Alejandro Folmer

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Alejandro Folmer leads Egon Zehnder’s Consumer Practice in the Americas as well as the firm’s Global AgroFood segment, which he co-founded, leading engagements in a variety of clients from “farm-to-fork.” With deep expertise in consumer-packaged foods, nutrition, food & ingredients and upstream companies, Alejandro has advised a diverse range of clients on CEO succession, board effectiveness, executive search, assessment and development projects.

My work allows me to partner with some of the most passionate business leaders in the world. Being able to advise them on critical talent-related matters allows me to weigh in on issues of global importance that will transcend my generation.

He joined Egon Zehnder in 2007 after a successful career with the Arcor Group, a South American-based, family-held, vertically integrated global confectionery manufacturer with more than $3.5 billion in total sales and operations in five continents. He has held roles within the USA Supply Chain, Operations, and Commercial departments during a period of rapid expansion across North America. Previously, Alejandro led a Hispanic trade marketing campaign across the United States for Hershey’s, a key client of Marketing Werks.

Originally from Argentina, Alejandro holds a B.Sc. degree from Marquette University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. His passion for food transcends work as he shares his culinary creations to the table for friends and family. Additionally, Alejandro has completed four half-Ironman races and is an Ironman finisher.

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Strategic Shifts Create New Opportunities in Ingredients

Strategic Shifts Create New Opportunities in Ingredients

Discover how companies are adapting to financial wins and losses, seizing new opportunities in flavors, emulsifiers, and cosmetics. Stay ahead in this evolving landscape… Read more

Investors Target Growing Opportunities in AgriFood Tech

Investors Target Growing Opportunities in AgriFood Tech

As the AgriFood Tech sector gains visibility and funding, here’s what investors and talent should consider when tapping into the opportunity. Read more

Future Foodtech 2022: Technology and Talent in the Spotlight

Future Foodtech 2022: Technology and Talent in the Spotlight

At Future Foodtech 2022 in San Francisco, sponsored by Egon Zehnder, leaders convened from across the food and agricultural value chain to discuss the… Read more

Future Foodtech 2023: Innovation and Investment from Farm to Fork

Future Foodtech 2023: Innovation and Investment from Farm to Fork

At Future Foodtech 2023, West Coast innovators, global food brands, and ingredient providers spoke with us about where they see the industry headed. Read more

In Start-up Talent, Cycle Timing is Key

In Start-up Talent, Cycle Timing is Key

Hiring in the start-up world is no longer a linear path, and leaders will need to stay ahead of their future needs when it… Read more

Feeding it Forward: Face the Future of Personalized Nutrition

Feeding it Forward: Face the Future of Personalized Nutrition

At Egon Zehnder’s second annual Fresh Start Executive Forum Breakfast in New Orleans, leaders gathered to discuss the future of personalized nutrition and the… Read more

In Conversation With Eugenia Erlij, VP of Marketing at Innophos

In Conversation With Eugenia Erlij, VP of Marketing at Innophos

Innophos' VP of Marketing discusses the future of personalized nutrition and the need for an interdisciplinary approach. Read more

In Conversation With Mario Ferruzzi, Professor at North Carolina State University

In Conversation With Mario Ferruzzi, Professor at North Carolina State University

Video interview with Mario Ferruzzi, Food Science & Nutrition Professor at North Carolina State University, on the future of personalized nutrition and the need… Read more

In Conversation with Amy McDonald, President of FONA International

In Conversation with Amy McDonald, President of FONA International

FONA International President discusses the future of personalized nutrition and the need for an interdisciplinary approach. Read more

Feeding it Forward: Face the Future of Personalized Nutrition

Feeding it Forward: Face the Future of Personalized Nutrition

As food industry leaders continue to understand the power and potential of personalized nutrition, they are challenged with bringing together scientific expertise and marketing… Read more

Personalized Nutrition: Preparing for Agrifood’s Coming Transformation

Personalized Nutrition: Preparing for Agrifood’s Coming Transformation

Personalized nutrition will fundamentally reshape the agrifood industry. How do organizations need to prepare – and develop – their leaders for success? Read more

Escaping

Escaping "Pilot Purgatory"

Many chemical enterprises have implemented pilot programs as a way of taking the first steps toward digital transformation. But the conversations we have with… Read more

Food industry disruption spells opportunity for ingredients companies

Food industry disruption spells opportunity for ingredients companies

The combination of 3G Capital’s ongoing acquisitions, margin pressure from discounters like Aldi and Lidl and the expectations of activist investors has thrown consumer… Read more

Food Processing – Food Industry Disruption Spells Opportunity for Ingredients Companies

Food Processing – Food Industry Disruption Spells Opportunity for Ingredients Companies

The combination of 3G Capital’s ongoing acquisitions, margin pressure from discounters like Aldi and Lidl and the expectations of activist investors has thrown consumer… Read more

A new vision of sales leadership: Looking past likability in a time of disruption

A new vision of sales leadership: Looking past likability in a time of disruption

The consumer products sector is in the midst of dramatic change. Manufacturers are reconfiguring through mergers and spinoffs. Retailers undergo consolidation and pricing pressure… Read more

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