Kris Malkoski

Why do some teams work well together and others don't? When your team works well together, they are more productive, deliver better results, and have more fun. When your team doesn't, there's often delays, finger pointing, and lots of escalations to HR and upper management.

I hosted Kris Malkoski, Newell Business Unit CEO, Writing, who has been an international business leader for more than 30 years as CEO, COO, President and VP/GM in public and private branded CPG (consumer packaged goods) and hardlines companies.

She shared terrific insights on how to make your team work more effectively for the long haul. Then she backed it up with incredible stories for product innovation that you won't want to miss!

In 2020, Kris Malkoski joined Newell Brands (NASDAQ: NWL) as CEO, Home Solutions, managing global iconic brands including Rubbermaid, Calphalon, Ball, Food Saver, and Yankee Candle, and driving over 50% revenue and operating income growth, despite COVID headwinds including inflation, labor and supply challenges. As a member of the Newell Executive Team, Kris oversees $2.6 billion in revenues and over 8,500 employees.

She’s also served as CEO of the Americas for Arc International and President and COO at World Kitchen, transforming global revenue and profit from a seven-year decline to five years of significant growth!

She began her career at Procter & Gamble and previously served on the boards of Fluidmaster; Trustmark Mutual Insurance Company; and Banfi Vineyards.

Kris has also participated on not-for-profit boards, serving as President for the Hinsdale Center for the Arts and University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, and as a board member for the Cincinnati Ballet (marketing committee chair), University of Nebraska Foundation (governance committee) and CARE Women’s Advisory Committee.

She graduated from the University of Nebraska. Kris received Six Sigma certification from Villanova.

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  • What her first paid job at 5 years old taught her about leadership.
  • The one saying that’s driven her professional and personal success.
  • What it's like becoming the fourth female VP/GM at Proctor and Gamble.
  • An amazing story of how curiosity led to two blockbuster products.
  • The one thing she looks for in great business ideas.
  • How to truly become an indispensable leader at work.
  • A strategy for creating a winning culture.


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