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A two-day executive forum focused on how to innovate differently in the face of a changing regulatory landscape, create a user experience that builds brand loyalty, open new market channels and secure the right talent to execute your innovation strategy.

Keynote Presentation
Tuesday, August 9 - 11:00a-12:00p
The Heinz Innovation Story

Mr. Matthews will share how his team is creating a solid foundation for innovation and building capability to deliver growth through identifying, developing and acquiring a continuum of incremental and disruptive technologies. Some of the challenges facing Heinz include a history of incremental and breakthrough innovations in the pipeline, market and fiscal volatility, and increased development costs. Jim has found ample opportunities where his team can bring insights from other markets and industries to help formulate improved leadership, culture, processes and structures.

He will share his insights on how to overcome many organization and cultural differences that exist for Heinz's Innovation and Quality Teams by creating the following:

  1. Defining clear innovation goals and objectives that link back to the business strategies

  2. Creating effective, yet simple system of tools and processes

  3. Forming a Global R&D Council and new Global External Innovation Team

  4. Developing engagement models and communication forums

  5. Increasing awareness and educate the other functions on the team and their successes

You will learn why Heinz's leadership is passionate and confident that they are set up for success to deliver a pipeline of disruptive food technologies and ingredients across their business units.

Jim Matthews
Vice President
Innovation and Quality
H.J. Heinz

35 years food industry experience in Product Innovation and Quality Assurance

31 years with Heinz

Mr. Matthews joined Heinz in 1980 from Unilever/Chesebrough Ponds. In 1991 he was promoted to Director R&D and to VP R&D/QA in 1996. In 2000 Jim was promoted to VP R&D/QA for Heinz North America. Jim leads the Global R&D Council for new product transfer and functional leadership.

Jim leads technology teams that have created over 500 successful new products. One key accomplishment was the creation of the Heinz Innovation Center. This state of the art technical facility provides the tools and talent to innovate in product, packaging, convenience and nutrition driving future profitable growth.

Jim earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology/Medical Technology in 1976 from SUNY - Geneseo and a Master of Business Administration in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1987.

Jim has chaired various industry organizations such as the American Frozen Foods Institute and Frozen Food Foundation and is a member the Cornell University Industry Advisory Board.

Jim, his wife and 3 children currently reside in Pittsburgh.


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Learn how to:

  • Deliver results while building up your company's innovation capabilities

  • Evolve company culture to support and drive innovation initiatives

  • Expand your innovation processes across multiple functions and levels

  • Find growth in mature markets to expand your brand reach and increase revenues

  • Accelerate innovation by partnering with key customers, consumers and suppliers

  • Recruit, incentivize and retain the right top talent to roll out and execute your new innovation initiatives

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