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Nazareth College School of Management (SOM) is pleased to present Mary Beth West ‘84 with their 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award. West was chosen based on her business success, service to others, commitment to ethics and social responsibility, and her unwavering support of Nazareth College. West will accept her award at the SOM Business and Economics Honor Society Induction Ceremony on Sunday, April 14 at 10:00 a.m. in Room A-14 in of the Nazareth College Arts Center. The 2012 award recipient, John Drain ’83, will present her with the award. Nazareth College is located at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, N.Y. 14618.
West is currently the executive vice president and chief category and marketing officer of Mondelēz International, Inc., formerly Kraft Foods, Inc. She is responsible for consumer insights and strategy, integrated marketing communications, consumer services, sustainability, and corporate and government affairs. She also leads the company’s biscuit, gum and candy, and chocolate global category teams. Prior to this, West was group vice president, Kraft Foods and president, North America Beverages sector, where she managed a $3 billion portfolio of iconic brands such as Maxwell House coffee, Tassimo, Crystal Light, Capri Sun and Kool-Aid.
She serves on Board of Directors for J.C. Penney Co., Inc. and is a member of the Executive Leadership Council. West has been recognized for her achievements by the Minority MBA’s Next Generation of Business Leaders. After graduating with a bachelor’s in management from Nazareth College, West received an MBA from Columbia University.
Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.