SymphonyIRI Appoints New Leader of Retail Solutions

Published in CSP Daily News

Grant brings leadership experience in retailer-manufacturer collaboration

CHICAGO -- SymphonyIRI Group Inc., a leader in innovative solutions and services for consumer, retail and healthcare companies, named Beverly A. Grant as president of Retail Solutions. She will report to Mark Parise, president of IRI, SymphonyIRI. Chicago.

“We are very excited to have Beverly join us,” said Andrew Appel, president and chief executive officer, SymphonyIRI. “Her proven record in building successful collaboration partnerships coupled with her broad set of industry relationships makes her a great addition to our team. She is the right leader to help us accelerate growth for our CPG and retail partners.”

“Winning with retailers is about establishing SymphonyIRI as a differentiated strategic partner,” said Parise. “Beverly’s extensive experience working with c-level retailer executives will be essential to enhancing our retail execution value proposition.”

Before joining SymphonyIRI, Grant spent 26 years at Procter & Gamble in various roles, including vice president, general manager and chief channel officer, North America Grocery Channel; and global business director of Beauty, Market Strategy and Planning, Food, Beverage and Pet Nutrition.

Most recently, she led Procter & Gamble’s $8.5 billion retail grocery business, which is a recognized leader in traditional retailer category management and the emerging discipline of shopper execution. Prior to Procter & Gamble, Grant also gained experience in the food and beverage channel at Kroger, as well as in the healthcare, oral care and beauty categories.

“Collaboration between manufacturers and retailers is an essential need in order for our industry to truly advance, and SymphonyIRI has the right assets to boost these important conversations,” said Grant. “I look forward to undertaking the task of enhancing and implementing SymphonyIRI’s broader U.S. retail strategy and am excited to be a part of the industry transformation that is about to take place.”

Grant is actively involved in multiple industry trade associations, serving on the Food Marketing Institute’s advisory board and the Industry Affairs and Trading Partner Alliance committees for the Grocery Manufacturers Association. In these positions, she has been instrumental in identifying and addressing issues of common interest between retailers and manufacturers in the rapidly evolving food channel.

Grant holds an executive Master of Arts degree from Webster University in St. Louis and a Bachelor of Science degree from Tennessee State University.