John Leahy was President and Chief Operating Officer of KIND Healthy Snacks (KIND), a brand of nutritious and delicious snacks made from premium like nuts, seeds, whole grains and fruit, which are recommended for a healthy diet. John oversaw many facets of the business, including sales, operations, marketing, finance, IT, human resources and – his favorite – company culture. John firmly believed that KIND’s values-driven culture and passionate, entrepreneurial team of owners is one of the key reasons the company has achieved success.
John has more than 30 years experience in consumer products, holding titles of escalating responsibility from District Sales Manager to President at prestigious CPG companies including NBTY and Playtex. He has an impressive history of maximizing operational efficiency and sales productivity, and continually improving cross-functional organisations. While at NBTY, John served as President of its more than 1 Bn USD Nutrition Wholesale Division, and prior to that, NBTY’s International Business, which he helped double in three years in the position. John has a wealth of experience managing a multitude of trade classes to include food, drug, mass, natural, convenience, food service, military coffee, online and outdoor/specialty.
John holds a BS degree from Villanova University and resides in Huntington, CT with his wife Ann. He also has three children, John David, Bridget and Devon. To give back, John lectures at St. Joseph’s University and Villanova University every semester in both their undergraduate and Master’s program.