Chairwoman & CEO of Pernod Ricard North America
Ann believes businesses can overcome crises by leaning into their values, and Pernod Ricard North America – which she joined in December 2019 after a 30‑year career with Kraft, PepsiCo and SC Johnson – is proving her right.
" Our employees’ entrepreneurship has been remarkable. The team sharpened its competitive edge after Covid‑19 hit by quickly pivoting to leverage opportunities in off-premises, e-commerce and cocktails to go. They demonstrated that same agility – as well as a sense of purpose and our convivial culture – by supporting local communities during these troubled times. From producing hand sanitiser to supporting out-of-work bartenders and making a donation of more than $1 million to support the Black Lives Matter movement, the team’s efforts are totally in line with the Group’s values and focus on sustainability and responsibility.
Leadership in a crisis is all about seeing the short-term need and finding solutions that also help build solidarity and strengthen communities over the long term. I celebrate our employees’ willingness to embrace ideas from a newcomer, as well as their resilience and commitment. "