Pi Executive recruits CHRO for AJINOMOTO WINDSOR

Placement by Pi Executive

AJINOMOTO (TYO: AJINOMOTO CO.)

Talent Advisory Firm Pi Executive has recruited Marco A. Leal as the CHRO of AJINOMOTO WINDSOR, the leading manufacturer of Asian/Ethnic foods and appetizers. The search was conducted by Partner and Board Member Pierre Trippitelli and assisted by Director Katherine MacLane.

Marco brings over 20 years of experience developing world class HR organizations within fast growing consumer good companies. Marco is a versatile human resources executive and general business leader who has developed a reputation of being “The business person’s HR leader” and a role model with respect to leadership behaviors.

The appointment comes as the firm looks to build upon its recent acquisition of Windsor and aim to become the clear #1 manufacturer of Asian/Ethnic food products in the surging Asian category of the North American frozen food market. By using Windsor’s strong distribution network, Ajinomoto Co. plans to increase sales of Gyoza (pot stickers), noodle and rice products, that are specialties to the company, in US retail channels and to strengthen its sales platform in food service channels.

With an important cultural transformation ahead, the new ensemble AJINOMOTO WINDSOR is poised to have an inspiring HR leader, mentor and coach that gets the best out of teams and people.

Marco A. Leal joined the Japanese native company from Rush Street Gaming (RSG), a regional casino operator and a private equity owned business. Prior to RSG, Marco worked with Bel Brands where he was heading the full service human resources activity for the Americas and Asia Pacific regions. He created organizational structures and helped improve decision making processes to help manage hyper-growth and improve employee engagement.

Marco’s previous engagements were with major corporations in various industries such as Chase Manhattan Bank, Ford Motor Company and more recently PepsiCo and Wm. Wrigley Jr./Mars Inc.

Marco holds an undergraduate degree from Michigan State University as well as a Masters in Labor Relations and Human Resources. Marco lives in the Los Angeles, CA area.

About Pi Executive:

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Since its inception in January 2016, Pi Executive has conducted over 50 Executive Searches in the C-suite and provided numerous Talent Consulting assignments.


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