Denny Belcastro

Denny joined the leadership team at Kimberly-Clark Corporation in March 2015 as Vice President, Industry Affairs and Customer Development, where he is responsible for leading the company’s efforts with industry initiatives an development while building enduring retailer strategic and collaborative partnerships.

In 2021, NGA honored Denny with their 2021 Distinguished Industry Service Award for his lifetime dedication, commitment, and service to the independent retailer community. In 2020, GMDC recognized Denny with its “Legendary Champions of Change” for his continual leadership within the industry. Throughout his career, Mr. Belcastro is widely recognized for his leadership skills in mentoring and developing the next generation of leaders, many reaching the CEO and President levels within the industry.

Prior to joining K-C, Denny was the SVP, Government Affairs and Industry Collaboration with Hillshire Brands after serving the industry as the EVP, Industry Affairs and Collaboration at the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) where he was responsible for GMA’s strategic industry collaboration platforms and key initiatives to best serve the Association’s membership.

Prior to GMA, Mr. Belcastro spent 35 years with Nabisco and Kraft Foods in various senior HQ sales and trade marketing functions along with field leadership roles where he was responsible for direct store delivery and warehouse business development, integration, and transformation for Kraft Food’s “First to the Table” focus on customer collaboration and overall business relationships within the industry.

Whiteboard Session:
Building the Next Generation of Industry Leaders through Mentoring and fostering collaboration

Through the years, there have been significant challenges associated with transitioning the next generation of leaders and succession planning, either at the retail ownership level or within CPG suppliers. Compounded by the recent pandemic slowdown of events and face-to-face interaction, the challenges have escalated due to the growing differential mindset between experienced industry veterans, who hold decades of institutional knowledge, and the new, upcoming pipeline of young leaders.  

This is a challenge that needs to be addressed for businesses and customer relationships to thrive in the future. It is not surprising that mentorship is becoming an increasingly important engagement tool and practice in both understanding key principles, priorities, and motivations of the next generation of industry leaders.  

Join this dynamic and interactive discussion to address the new ways of working together as follows:  

  • Assessing the current industry situation on mentoring and creating platforms for sharing 
  • Mentoring as tool to engage and inspire the next generation of leaders  
  • A framework to build and develop a comprehensive approach with values and culture 
  • Using social media and other vehicles to stay connected in the hybrid office environment  
  • Evolution of “mentor to sponsor” and role of each