Wendy A. Watkins
As vice president of corporate communications for Hormel Foods Corporation, Wendy A. Watkins oversees public affairs and strategic communications, serves as the company's chief spokesperson and is responsible for Studio H - the company's creative and culinary services group.
In this capacity, Watkins
has overall responsibility for internal and external communications, the company's digital presence, issues management, corporate social responsibility initiatives and the consumer response group.
She serves as director to the Hormel Foods Charitable Trust, which features the company's scholarship and matching gift programs.
Watkins joined the company as vice president of corporate communications in 2015 with more than 20 years of experience in strategic communications, marketing and media relations.
Prior to joining Hormel Foods Corporation, Watkins spent 15 years as global vice president of corporate communications for Delaware North Companies, a global leader in hospitality and food service.
She joined Delaware North after more than a decade in corporate communications with the Marriott family of companies including Host Marriott and Host Marriott Services.
has been active in travel and tourism and food service industry issues.
was part of the initial launch of First Lady Michelle Obama's
childhood obesity initiative and the Chefs Move to School program.
She was a staff representative to the Department of Commerce Travel and Tourism Advisory Board.
She was appointed by Governor Cuomo to the Health Research Science Board for the State of New York and is currently serving her second term.
was named a Woman of Influence in 2011.
She is president of the Board of Directors for the Cancer Nutrition Consortium.
was recently honored by Art beCAUSE in Boston at their annual gala for her advocacy for breast cancer.
Watkins received her bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in journalism.
has lived in Florida, the Washington D.C. area and New York and currently lives with her
family in Austin, Minn.
Wendy A. Watkins