Fran Walsh

Job Title: Senior Team Leader - Costco
Company: Kimberly-Clark
Industry: Consumer Packaged Goods
Mentor Since: Fall 2019
Will Mentor: Graduate Students, Undergrad Students

Job Description

General manager of Kimberly-Clark's US personal care business with Costco. Responsible for end to end daily operations, promotional strategies, innovation, and strategic vision. Managing the Huggies, Pull-Ups, Poise, and Depend portfolio for Costco US warehouses, business delivery, and ecommerce.

Company Description

Kimberly-Clark Leads the World in Essentials for a Better Life Billions of people choose our products each day to make a positive difference in their lives. That's a big responsibility and one we take seriously. Our well-known global brands, including Andrex, Cottonelle, Depend, Huggies, Kleenex, Plenitude, Poise, Scott and U by Kotex, are an indispensable part of life for people in more than 175 countries, and we hold the No. 1 or No. 2 brand share in 80 countries.

Employment History

13 years with Kimberly-Clark in a variety of roles across Sales, Strategy, and Product Development. - Sr Team Leader Costco Customer Team, Kimberly-Clark NA Customer Development - West Industrial Regional Manager, Kimberly-Clark Professional North American Sales - Chief of Staff and Special Projects, Kimberly-Clark Professional North America Sales - Strategist, Kimberly-Clark Professional Global Innovation Transformation Team - Research Scientist, Kimberly-Clark Professional


PhD, Paper Science and Chemical Engineering - Georgia Institute of Technology
BS, Paper Science - University of Wisconsin Stevens Point

Mentoring Objectives & Scope

My objective as a mentor is to be a listening ear and provide perspective from my career and experiences, discuss situations and give direct feedback and coaching to my mentees. I feel that it is important that discussions are lead by the needs of the mentees and mentees take a leadership role in developing the mentor / mentee relationship. Potential discussion topics: - Working with cross functional teams - Sales and client relationship management - Innovation and product development - Strategy, creating and executing Career development: - Managing your Career - Career transitions - Transitioning from school to work - Networking - Grad School: do I need it and what to expect

When and where do you hold meetings with your students?

After work or before work, or Saturday afternoons, in Seattle

Additional Information

Experienced coach and mentor both in professional settings and sports. I have consistently mentored and been mentored through out my career and believe in the power of mentoring and creating a network of friends and supporters. I am the Washington Women's U18 Curling Coach and an experienced competitive curler. Being on the ice is my escape and passion. I'm an active board member for the Granite Curling Club of Seattle and love to coach and bring curling to life for others. I also am on the Network of Executive Women PNW leadership team and enjoy the opportunities to meet great women and allies, expand my knowledge and network.