January 19, 2023

Kroger’s Our Brands VP Juan De Paoli to Speak at PLMA Conference in March

PLMA today announced that Juan De Paoli, vice president of Our Brands at the Kroger Co., will take the stage at its annual Meeting & Leadership Conference, March 22-24 in Orlando at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress.

De Paoli will speak at a breakfast session on Friday, March 24.

“We are pleased to welcome Juan De Paoli to our annual Meeting and Leadership conference,” said PLMA President Peggy Davies. “Juan’s 20-plus years of experience, vision and talent has greatly contributed to consumer engagement with retailers’ own brands.”

De Paoli joined Kroger in 2021. He is responsible for driving Kroger’s private label vision, strategy and program development to deliver long-term growth and enhance the company’s brand equity, strategic positioning, revenue, profit and market value. He also provides leadership to and develops high-performing team members, oversees product development, testing, sourcing, vendor selection and private label marketing programs to minimize cost and maximize sales revenues related to private label products. Prior to Kroger, he served as senior vice president of Private Brands, Ahold Delhaize USA; and spent 12 years at H-E-B in its Own Brand organization. He also served as vice president of Grocery, Frozen, Health & Beauty Care and General Merchandising at Topco Associates. Additionally, he has worked for Oscar Mayer Food Corporation and Procter & Gamble in Venezuela and Mexico.

PLMA’s Annual Meeting and Leadership Conference brings together manufacturers, retailers and many others. This annual event focuses on expanding private brand knowledge of the industry in general, as well as for personal and professional development. This year’s theme is “What Does Winning Look Like for Store Brands?”

Additional 2023 speakers include Kevin Ryan of Malachite Strategy and the Culture Matters newsletter; James E. Dillard III, Executive Vice President and President, Consumer Healthcare Americas, Perrigo; Roger Davidson, an industry veteran and leading consultant in the food retail industry; Tim Pollard, Founder & CEO of Oratium; and Julien LeBlanc, Co-Founder and President, Blueprint North America.

Annual association business and voting is also conducted at the meeting. Click here for more information.


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