Walsh University’s 51st Anniversary DeVille School of Business Luncheon on Friday, March 23 featured the President and CEO of The J.M. Smucker Company, Mark T. Smucker, who shared his unique experience and perspective as the sixth CEO in the company’s 121-year history during his presentation titled “Secret Ingredients for Success in a Rapidly Changing Environment.”
“This event is an incredible opportunity to bring together members of our community, alumni, faculty and students,” said Business Club President and Walsh accounting major senior Justin Maroni. “This year, we were fortunate to have a speaker from our own community, from Northeast Ohio, who has experienced a large impact on a global scale in their market. One of his last slides was ‘locking in culture.’ His message really resonated with many of us when he talked about the challenges of maintaining the culture of the J.M. Smucker Company, while being able to change with the world around you. Despite leading a 120-year-old company, Mr. Smucker connected with the audience as someone who exudes the energy of a young, innovative company.”
This year’s event also honored retiring DeVille School of Business Dean Carole Mount and longtime Professor Joe Ezzie, Walsh alumnus Class of 1965, and business faculty member since 1971. In recognition of his 49 years of dedication to Walsh students, the annual Outstanding Educator Award has been renamed the Joseph Ezzie Outstanding Educator of the Year Award. In honor of Dr. Carole Mount’s more than 30 years of commitment and leadership, the University established the Dean Carole Mount Business Scholarship in her name.
More than 350 guests were in attendance including University President Richard Jusseaume, Northeast Ohio business leaders, community organization members, and Walsh University faculty and students. The Scholarship Luncheon also included the awarding of annual Business Club Scholarships. These scholarships, funded through proceeds from the luncheon, are awarded to Walsh students who demonstrate their involvement within the DeVille School of Business through an application process.
About the Speaker:
Mark T. Smucker, President and Chief Executive Officer
Mark Smucker is the President and CEO of The J.M. Smucker Company and serves on its Board of Directors. He is the sixth CEO in the company’s 121-year history. Mark passionately leads the pursuit of the company’s strategic vision to engage, delight, and inspire consumers through trusted brands that bring joy throughout their lives. Today, the company’s brands can be found in more than 93% of U.S. households.
Prior to being named President and CEO in 2016, Mark held leadership roles in each of the company’s major businesses, including serving as President of two of its largest—U.S. Consumer & Natural Foods and U.S. Coffee.
Throughout the company’s significant growth, Mark has been a steward of change management and the preservation of the company’s culture. He has built upon the company’s rich history of corporate responsibility by championing the expansion of sustainable agriculture, responsible sourcing, disaster relief, and community education efforts. In addition, Mark has served on several non-profit boards including The Akron Art Museum and GS1 U.S. Currently, Mark is a Director for the Grocery Manufacturers Association.
Mark holds a Bachelor of Science from the College of William and Mary and a Master of International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He is a fifth-generation member of the founding family that has led the company since its establishment in 1897.
Mark lives in Akron, Ohio with his wife, two children, and two dogs. He enjoys skiing, tennis, music, and cooking with his family.
The J.M. Smucker Company, headquartered in Orrville, Ohio, is a leading marketer and manufacturer of consumer food and beverage products and pet food and pet snacks in North America. In consumer foods and beverages, its brands include Smucker's®, Folgers®, Jif®, Dunkin Donuts®, Crisco®, Pillsbury®,
R.W. Knudsen Family®, Hungry Jack®, Café Bustelo®, Martha White®, truRoots®, Sahale Snacks®, Robin Hood®, and Bick's®. In pet food and pet snacks, its brands include Meow Mix®, Milk-Bone®, Kibbles 'n Bits®, Natural Balance®, and 9Lives®.