Network of Executive Women names co-chairs for CPG Retail Diversity Forum 2012

CHICAGO — Eva Kohn of Valassis and Subriana Pierce of Supervalu are co-chairing the Network of Executive Women CPG Retail Diversity Forum 2012, March 6 to 8, in Dallas, NEW announced Wednesday. The NEW Diversity Forum, formerly the Multicultural Workforce Conference, is one of the consumer products and retail industry’s leading diversity and inclusion events.

“Eva Kohn and Subriana Pierce are well-recognized by their industry peers as thought leaders on the subject of workplace diversity and its bottom-line benefits,” stated NEW President and CEO Joan Toth. “They both bring significant real-life experience to table, which has enhanced the NEW Diversity Forum’s program, making the event relevant and valuable for women and men across CPG retail functions.”

Pierce serves as SVP sales and merchandising for Albertsons' Southern California division, leading a team of more than 50 people responsible for developing sales and merchandising strategies and influencing the activities of more than 22,000 associates in 258 stores throughout Southern California and Las Vegas. As SVP strategic accounts for Valassis, Kohn is responsible for more than $1 billion in revenue and oversees the firm’s largest retail clients.

The CPG Retail Diversity Forum will focus on three pillars of workplace diversity: managing diverse work teams, marketing to multicultural consumers and leveraging supplier diversity. Attendees will engage in 16 hours of programming, eight hours of networking opportunities and three two-hour "super sessions." Speakers will include Tom Greco, president of Frito-Lay North America; Anthony Carter, global chief diversity officer for Johnson & Johnson; and Linda Clement-Holmes, chief diversity officer and SVP global business services for Procter & Gamble.

Cheryl Pearson-McNeil, SVP public affairs for The Nielsen Company, will give Diversity Forum attendees a briefing on today’s changing consumer landscape. Later, ID Media chairman and CEO Lynn Fantom will address ways to use social media to connect to underserved multicultural consumers.