Women in P&L Roles
Our panel demystifies P&L roles and discuss the importance of bringing women and people of color into these key positions.
VP, Finance & Administration, NextUp
Carol Jones leads the finance and administration team, which manages the finances of NextUp, facilitating its sustainability and ensuring that the books/records are appropriately managed and reported. Her team also develops the long-range financial plan and directs the annual budget and planning process. They provide contract management oversight and review appropriate levels of control, efficiency and effectiveness. Carol previously was at IRI as the financial lead for the retail organization. She also worked closely with the head of finance, planning and analysis at United Airlines in their capital planning group. She received her MBA from the Chicago Booth School of Business and her bachelor of science degree in accounting from DePaul University. Carol enjoys volunteering in the community and traveling with family and friends.
Executive Vice President and President Campbell Snacks, Campbell Soup Company
Valerie Oswalt was named Executive Vice President and President Campbell Snacks in March 2020. She reports to Mark Clouse, President and CEO, and is a Corporate Officer and member of the Campbell Leadership Team. Oswalt leads the company’s $3.9 billion Snacks division, which includes brands such as Goldfish, Milano, Pepperidge Farm, Snyder’s of Hanover, Lance, Kettle Brand, Cape Cod, Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps and Late July, among others and the company’s Latin America businesses. The combination of these brands makes Campbell the No. 3 snack food company in the United States.
She has more than two decades of experience in the snack food industry, leading both large and established brands in senior positions at Kraft Foods and Mondelēz International, as well as at fast-growing start-ups. Prior to joining Campbell, Oswalt served as CEO of Century Snacks, a privately held trail mix and nut products company, where she led the turnaround of the business with a portfolio of more than 400 branded, private label and commercial products. Previously, she held the position of President of Mondelēz’s North American Confections business, a $1.5 billion portfolio that included well-known brands such as Oreo, Cadbury, Trident, Halls and Sour Patch Kids.
Earlier in her career, she held executive roles including President of North American Sales at Mondelēz and Vice President, Walmart Customer Team at Kraft Foods Group. She began her career as an accountant at Deloitte. Oswalt earned her MBA in Marketing, Strategy and Finance from the Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management and her B.A. in Economics and Accounting from Queens College, City University of New York. She is a member of the Board of Directors for FMI – The Food Industry Association.  IRI, includes Cookies, Crackers, Snacks & Bakery aisles, 52 weeks ending Jan. 26, 202
GM / VP Taste Elevation, The Kraft Heinz Company
Molly White is the GM / VP Taste Elevation at The Kraft Heinz Company. Molly fell in love with CPG early and spent her full career in the industry including time at L’Oreal and IRI prior to getting an MBA. In her seven years at Kraft Heinz, Molly has been in various marketing roles. In 2014, she upended the Frozen Meals category with the launch of Devour and her own life with the birth of her first child. Today, Molly is leading the newly created Taste Elevation platform, including brands like Heinz Ketchup, A1, Miracle Whip, Kraft sauces, and Lea & Perrins. When not at work, Molly’s two young kids keep her very busy visiting Chicago playgrounds, but if she had an hour to herself (dreams), she’d be reading a novel or out on a run.