Transformative Leadership – The Necessary Ingredient to Success in the Food Industry

  • Friday, June 17, 2016

Leadership in the food industry has never been more critical given the significant and rapid shifts in consumer preferences, our complicated global supply chain, and the myriad of global teams and suppliers who rely on performance excellence to ensure a safe and sustainable food supply.

This webinar offers a transformative learning experience that will empower food industry participants to unleash their potential, and that of their organizations, to deliver extraordinary results. Participants will learn how to identify their own unique opportunities to increase their personal effectiveness, as well as specific approaches to accelerate progress in their organizations.

Although the practice of transformative leadership is universal in scope, this webinar will draw from personal, practical experience within the food industry, including a case study of Sunny Delight Beverage Co., identifying trends and highlighting the need for innovation.

Learning objectives:

  • Examine the unique role and responsibilities of food industry leaders in transforming the culture and results of an organization.
  • Demonstrate the power of Servant Leadership – Putting people first and expecting them to be extraordinary.
  • Introduce practical leadership approaches that compel and empower participants to move their organization beyond the constraints of the past and to the next level of performance and fulfillment.


“With a compelling message grounded in connecting examples, Amir unlocks leadership awareness and provides simple and effective approaches to allow any leader at any state in their personal development journey to make real progress in developing their intentional leadership self. The Transformative Leader enables you to discover the leader within you as opposed to changing you into one. Armed with insights and understanding you will be equipped to develop and grow your organization’s culture of engagement and as a result performance.”

– Greg Flickinger Ph.D.
Vice President, Manufacturing and Corporate Engineering, Snyder’s-Lance Inc.

“Through coaching with Amir Ghannad, then Atlanta plant manager for Sunny Delight Beverage Co., Sunny Delight’s supervisors quit looking to the plant manager to make all the decisions. They were empowered to talk to each other to find solutions.”

– Laura Raines
Editor, Pulse, AJC Publication for Health Care Professionals The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


Amir Ghannad, Senior Director - Global People Excellence, Campbell Soup Co., and Author of The Transformative Leader

Amir Ghannad
Senior Director – Global People Excellence at Campbell Soup Co.
Author of The Transformative Leader

Amir Ghannad is a leadership coach with nearly 30 years of experience in leadership and organizational development.

Amir’s corporate career began at Procter and Gamble, where he held a variety of positions in the US, Southeast Asia, and Europe. Amir also served as Plant Director at Sunny Delight Beverages Company, where he led the Atlanta plant operations and the company’s Workplace Excellence efforts, before taking on leading the Global High Performance Organization initiative at Campbell Soup Company.

A registered corporate coach and an accomplished trainer of courses such as Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, The Speed of Trust, The Mind Gym, and many others, Amir has designed and delivered numerous customized sessions that have helped organizations successfully achieve results in a variety of business situations.

In addition to designing and conducting training sessions, and facilitating numerous workshops in various locations in the US, Asia, and Europe, Amir has effectively led multinational and multi-functional teams in delivering superior results through his ability to rally teams around a common vision. Having had extensive hands-on leadership experience in a variety of business situations, Amir is proficient in using an array of tools and methodologies to facilitate teams through the process of strategy development and deployment, organizational assessment and design, high performance organization development, transition management, and leadership development.

As a highly sought after keynote speaker, Amir has had the pleasure of speaking on the topic of leadership effectiveness and culture transformation at conferences held in the US and abroad, where he is consistently rated the highest-ranked speaker at the event.

Amir holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a MBA from Wilmington University. Amir and his wife, Connie, live in Atlanta, Georgia, have been married for 33 years, and have a son (27) and a daughter (26).

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Who Should Attend?

Anyone within the global food industry who has responsibility for leading others — from Supervisors, Managers, VPs and Presidents through the C-suite:

  • Food manufacturers
  • Ingredient & raw material suppliers
  • Retailers & distributors
  • Food Safety Authorities
  • Packaging companies
  • Certification & standards agencies
  • Consumer groups
  • Food scientists
  • Academics & researchers
  • Customs and border protection
  • Associations & non-profits

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There are a wide range of topics covered under  our food industry webinars – from food safety, food fraud, and food security, to supply chain management, process automation, packaging, ingredients and more. Visit our Food Industry home.

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