State Farm Appoints Orlando Ashford and Steven C. Williams to its Board of Directors.

by savoystaff

Orlando Ashford and Steven C. Williams have been elected to the State Farm Mutual Automobile Company board of directors.

The accomplished business leaders will work in service to State Farm customers and help make key decisions about our company’s future.

Orlando Ashford serves as Executive Chairman of Azamara, an upscale boutique cruise line and Strategic Advisor to Sycamore Partners, a private equity firm.

Previously, Ashford served as President of Holland America Line, leading the award-winning cruise line’s brand and business, including its fleet of 14 premium vessels carrying more than 900,000 guests annually to all seven continents.

In this role, Ashford oversaw sales and marketing, revenue management, deployment and itinerary planning, public relations, hotel operations and strategy.

Prior to Holland America, Orlando was president of the Talent Business Segment for global consulting leader Mercer, and he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources & Communications Officer of Marsh & McLennan Companies.

In 2019, Ashford was selected by Seattle Business Magazine for the Executive Excellence Award, honoring the best-of-the-best leaders in Washington state business and community.

Ashford holds a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership and Industrial Technology from Purdue University.

Steven Williams is Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo Foods North America.

In this role, Steven leads the $18 billion snack and convenient foods business that includes Frito- Lay North America (FLNA) and Quaker Foods North America (QFNA).

Steven, a 20-year PepsiCo veteran, has served as CEO since March 29, 2019. Prior to this role, Steven served as Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer for Frito-Lay’s U.S. organization, overseeing all selling and commercial activities for U.S. field sales, customer teams and headquarter commercialization, in addition to leading a large multi-functional sales organization, spanning all Frito-Lay retail customers, channels and go-to-market systems. Steven also previously served as Senior Vice President and General Manager for Frito-Lay’s East division.

Earlier in his tenure at PepsiCo, Steven led the company’s global Walmart business, managing the PepsiCo portfolio of products across all aspects of the Walmart Business worldwide, including Walmart U.S., Sam’s Club, and Walmart International Divisions. In this role, he delivered significant retail sales and share growth in Walmart.

Steven holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Central Oklahoma and is a graduate of the Program for Leadership Development (PLD) at Harvard Business School.



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