By Eric Nadler, Managing Director of Golden Seeds and Co-Leader of Sector Group for Consumer Products and Applications
During Golden Seeds September 2018 Forum, our featured speaker, Carlos Gutierrez, Sr., shared his views on innovation and business with our investors. He was introduced and interviewed by his son Carlos Gutierrez, Jr., a fellow Golden Seeds investor.
Carlos Gutierrez, Sr. is chair of Albright Stonebridge Group (ASG), a global strategic consulting organization. He joined ASG from Citi, where he was vice chairman of the Institutional Clients Group. He was also U.S. Secretary of Commerce under President George W. Bush, who called the business leader “a visionary executive.”
Gutierrez’s talk focused mainly on his work at the Kellogg Company, the global manufacturer and marketer of food brands. He began his 30-year career with the company selling cereal to small grocers out of a van in Mexico City. He would become its youngest CEO, was named chairman of the board and is credited with reviving the company. Fortune Magazine dubbed him “The Man Who Fixed Kellogg.”
When an executive like Gutierrez speaks, I listen. The following are some of his reflections — wisdom that’s invaluable to investors, entrepreneurs, executives, everyone.