For the last 25 years, Paul Davis has been President or CEO for companies that include Starbucks, Barilla, Frito-Lay, Kettle Foods and Popchips. For the past 12 years, Paul has served on seven different boards — five as an independent board member, and two as a CEO. Currently, he serves on the board of Craft Brew Alliance, a beer brewing company based in Portland, Oregon that includes Seattle’s own Redhook Brewery.
Paul has years of experience helping leadership teams navigate constantly changing competitive headwinds, working side by side with them to identify what matters most, and removing obstacles so they can achieve their goals.
I’m deeply honored to be considered as a Board Trustee for PCC. My entire career has been linked with the grocery industry, starting nearly 50 years ago as a bagger at our family grocery store. My professional career began in sales, then progressed to leadership roles with Procter & Gamble, Frito-Lay, Starbucks, Barilla, Kettle Foods, Coinstar and Popchips. For the last 25 years I’ve held the position of either President or CEO.
For the past 12 years, I have served on seven different boards — five as an independent board member, and two as the CEO board member. Experience has shown me what an effective board can do for an organization, and how an ineffective board hinders one.
I view the role of the board as helping the management team identify what matters most, and then aligning around that mission so that everyone understands their role in achieving lofty goals. I like to roll up my sleeves and support the management team without doing their job for them. I’m an advocate for leaders who listen, and seek to understand and empower people — all the while helping the team remove obstacles for growth.
The Pacific Northwest has been my home for more than 20 years. I view a role on PCC’s board as a gem of an opportunity. The PCC brand is strong and vibrant, yet still a business that has tremendous upside.
Thank you for this opportunity!
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