Product Responsibility Summit 2018: End Buyer Panel
Recorded On: 09/16/2018
How can you determine if something is a children’s product with confidence?
Lenny Polakoff is the executive vice president of Zagwear, a global merchandise and custom premium agency with offices across the United States, London and Hong Kong servicing multinational clients in more than 40 markets. Over the past 20 years, Lenny has developed and implemented Zagwear’s internal product and factory compliance program and currently oversees and ensures adherence to the more than 15 client specific Zagwear programs. Lenny has also played an integral role in the procedural development of several Fortune 500 premium compliance programs. Lenny holds a BA in psychology from Quinnipiac University and is a member of PPAI’s Product Responsibility Action Group.
Anj Holland oversees supplier quality and safety programs for non-food products distributed by Chick-fil-A. This includes all Kid’s Meal premiums/toys, plush, promotional and branded merchandise, items used in local marketing events, sponsorships and activation, apparel and team member uniforms—all that are distributed at the chain’s more than 2,200 restaurants across the U.S. Prior to Chick-fil-A, Anj served as an international communications and brand strategist for more than two decades, helping protect well recognized multinational brands like Delta Airlines, UPS and AT&T. As a customer and brand advocate, Anj is relentlessly committed to product and consumer safety. She, her husband and daughter currently reside in Atlanta, GA.
Brett Berry is a quality manager at General Mills, Inc., a Minneapolis-based multinational manufacturer and marketer of branded consumer packaged foods. The company markets many well-known brands including Gold Medal, Annie's, Betty Crocker, Yoplait, Totino's, Pillsbury, Progresso, Old El Paso, Häagen-Dazs, Cheerios and Lucky Charms. Its brand portfolio includes more than 90 other leading brands around the world – with annual consolidated net sales exceeding $15 billion. Brett has global risk-management responsibility for the General Mills premiums program – to ensure the safety and regulatory-compliance of all non-food items distributed by the company – including toys, clothing, drinkware, office products, etc. given to consumers, customers, employees and influencers.
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