Alanna Cotton is President and Chief Business Officer of Ferrero North America where she is responsible for driving continued growth for Ferrero’s business in the US, Canada, and the Caribbean while building upon its growing footprint and capabilities for iconic brands like Kinder, Butterfinger, Nutella and Tic Tac, and cookie favorites such as Keebler, Famous Amos and Mother’s. Under her guidance, the company is expanding its capabilities in North America, with a new Innovation Center with R&D Lab in the U.S. and a chocolate processing plant and Kinder Bueno line in Bloomington, Illinois while creating new jobs and automation at its Brantford, Ontario plant.
Ms. Cotton joined Ferrero from The Coca-Cola Company where she was President of Operations for Central & Eastern Europe, serving as general manager for 26 countries and over 150 brands. Prior to that, Cotton served as Senior Vice President and General Manager at Samsung Electronics America, where she led the high-growth segments of the consumer technology markets, including personal computing, virtual reality, wearables, and mobile audio. She has also held executive positions at PepsiCo and Procter & Gamble where she can be credited with leading large-scale businesses and driving innovation and digital transformation across the organizations. Ms. Cotton brings an extensive understanding of consumers (particularly millennials) and technology to support the advancement of Huntington’s digital and mobile technology strategy.
Ms. Cotton holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University.
Committees: Community Development Committee, Technology Committee