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Catherine O’Brien and Arlee Rosenberg recognized as Star Women by Canadian Grocer

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Canadian Grocer Magazine announced today that Catherine O’Brien, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Nutrition, Health & Wellness (NHW) and Arlee Rosenberg, Director, eBusiness, Nestlé Canada, have been recognized as Star Women in Grocery in the categories of Senior Level Star and Rising Star, respectively, for their excellence in leadership, dedication and innovation across the consumer packaged goods industry.

In her mulitfacted role at Nestlé Canada, Catherine leads both the company’s communications and public affairs strategies and is responsible for internal communications, stakeholder, government and media relations, issues management, CSR and community partnerships. She also oversees the Nutrition, Health and Wellness ambitions of the company and champions Nestlé Canada’s environmental strategy, including the global commitments to plastic reduction and recycling. Throughout her 20-year career in the industry, Catherine has become known not only for her tenacity, but also for her willingness to embrace any challenging situation that comes her way. Canadian Grocer awarded O’Brien with Senior Level Star recognition.

“As a well-known and respected leader within the industry, Catherine works tirelessly with media, government and industry to champion the industry’s causes,” said Jeff Hamilton, President and CEO, Nestlé Canada. “Catherine’s infinite commitment to youth, her drive to meet the ever-changing definition of health and wellness in the food and beverage industry, as well as her dedication to community and commitment to sustainability, makes her a critical member of the Executive team and a trusted advisor to me.”

In her role as Director, eBusiness, Arlee has singlehandedly transformed eBusiness at Nestlé Canada, and because of her progressive approach and drive, the company’s eBusiness sales has seen growth. She never stops at organizational boundaries and takes calculated risks, always with an eye towards the company’s economic drivers, business priorities and ability to win. Arlee spearheaded the development of Nestlé Canada’s first Amazon joint business plan and also co-led the Loblaws’ Click & Collect investment and implementation which encompassed digital shelf, key promotions and pilots. Canadian Grocer awarded Rosenberg with Rising Star recognition.

“Arlee is a dynamic eCommerce professional, who in just a short period of time, has generated significant bottom-line contributions,” says Hamilton. “Her ability to push partnerships to the next level, coupled with her deep expertise in eComm and technology, leaves me without a doubt that Arlee’s future in the industry and eCommerce will continue to shine bright.”

This is Canadian Grocer’s ninth annual Star Women in Grocery Awards. The Awards recognize the important role women play across all areas of the grocery business in Canada. Winners are nominated by industry and selected by Canadian Grocer magazine editors and experts based on excellence in four key areas: influence, innovation, dedication and leadership. To learn more about Canadian Grocer’s Star Women of 2020 click here.

About Nestlé Canada

Nestlé is the world’s largest food and beverage company present in 189 countries. Nestlé in Canada locally manufactures and/or distributes some of the world's most recognized and trusted brands, including LEAN CUISINE, NESQUIK, NESTLÉ GOOD START, HÄAGEN-DAZS, KIT KAT, NESCAFÉ, NESTLÉ PURE LIFE and NESTLÉ DRUMSTICK.  Its 4,500+ employees in locations across Canada are committed to Nestlé’s purpose of enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future.  In 2016, Nestlé celebrated its 150-year anniversary, and has been present in Canada since 1887.  More information and details are available at

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