CEO, ESG Results
Building on several decades of experience in the reputation space, Jessica Adelman is dedicated to companies enhancing and protecting their reputations through big social impact programs. Her experience includes major social impact platform development, running large corporate affairs functions and helping other C-suite colleagues to align with corporate strategy.
Adelman was most recently group vice president of corporate affairs for The Kroger Co. In this role, she served as chief corporate affairs officer, chief communications officer, chief sustainability officer and president of both Kroger Foundations. Her responsibilities included communications and brand public relations; media; government and regulatory affairs; environmental, social and governance (ESG) oversight; crisis management; cause-marketing; and corporate philanthropy and community relations. Her particular passion is embedding social impact work into a business strategy that creates shareholder value. She is incredibly proud to be a part of the team that developed Kroger's Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Plan, which landed Kroger the number six spot on Fortune magazine's "Change the World" list.
Previously, she was senior vice president of corporate affairs for Syngenta North America, where she worked on The Good Growth Plan. Adelman has worked for other companies in the food value chain, including both Cargill and Monsanto. She was named to her current role in 2015.
She graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College as a Russian area studies major and lived in the former Soviet Union for several years in the 1990s. She has an MBA from the Wharton School and a master's degree in international relations from the University of Pennsylvania. She has an executive certificate in international trade issues from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and has done executive coursework at IMD in Switzerland.
Adelman had served in numerous leadership positions within the food, retail and agriculture industries. She was named a Top Woman in Communications in a Leadership Role for 2019, was on the “40 Under 40” list in her field and a PR News’ “Top Women in PR,” a “Top Women in Grocery” and on Diversity Magazine’s “Most Powerful Women in America” list. In 2018, she was named one of the food industry’s “Women of Influence” and a 2019 industry "Game Changer" for Zero Hunger | Zero Waste.