Hormel Foods Executive Leslie Lee recognized by Progressive Grocer magazine

Published 12:01 pm Thursday, June 15, 2023

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Hormel Foods Corporation, a Fortune 500 global branded food company, recently announced that Leslie Lee, vice president of digital experience, was named one of the 2023 Top Women in Grocery by Progressive Grocer magazine.

Under Lee’s leadership, Hormel Foods has made significant investments in its omnichannel approach. She has succeeded in combining customer and consumer insights with the latest technology to deliver an outstanding experience across all sales touchpoints. Lee has been able to advance the company in key initiatives, including creating an inhouse search-strategy team and a digital content-syndication process, and her efforts led Hormel Foods to set a record for online sales in 2022.


“I’m incredibly honored,” said Lee. “One of the most rewarding aspects of my career has been to work alongside women who are trailblazers in the field to figure out what is next for the industry. These women are innovators, and we all push each other to new heights every day. I am sincerely humbled to be part of this year’s class chosen by Progressive Grocer.”

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A graduate of Howard University and the University of Texas Austin’s McCombs School of Business, Lee is highly lauded at Hormel Foods for her dedication to growing talent and being an invaluable mentor to many young team members. She is driven to build a culture of inclusion.

“This honor is well deserved and is a testament to the great work that Leslie has accomplished during her career not only for our company, but for the entire industry as well,” said Deanna Brady, executive vice president of Retail, Hormel Foods, and a 2022 TWIG award winner. “Leslie is an inspirational leader, and we congratulate her on this award.”

The Progressive Grocer Top Women in Grocery program recognizes the integral role women play across all segments of the North American retail food and grocery industries. Now in its 17th year, the award is the food industry’s longest running and most prestigious program recognizing and celebrating the accomplishments and contributions of women at all levels of the industry.