Global Matters

Global Matters is a speaker and video series designed to enrich Minnesota professionals’ global business acumen.

Global Matters Speaker Series

The semi-annual speaker series features speakers at the forefront of global business who share their expertise in emerging issues in international business and management. The events also serve as a platform for business, government, media and academic professionals engaged in global business to create and develop a valuable network.

Spring 2015

Successfully Navigating Opportunities and Challenges in Global Business

Glenn Leitch, President of the Jennie-O Turkey Store, will share insights he has gained through 30 years of working globally in the food industry. The discussion will be focused on examples from his career and some practical ideas of how companies and professionals can be successful in international business.

April 15, 2015
3:30-5 p.m. Lecture
5-6 p.m. Reception
​Carlson School of Management  

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About the speaker

Glenn Leitch is Group Vice President of Hormel Foods and President of Jennie-O Turkey Store. He oversees the company’s Jennie-O Turkey Store business segment.  Jennie-O Turkey Store is one of five Hormel Foods operating divisions, and has annual sales of over $1.6 billion.  Jennie-O exports to more than 30 countries throughout the world. Leitch began his career in Canada in 1982, holding positions in pork and beef segments as well as brand  management and new product development. He also spent five years in international protein sales. Leitch started his turkey industry focus as director of commodity sales at Jennie-O Turkey Store in 1996,  and was promoted to senior vice president of the commodity and supply division at Jennie-O Turkey  Store in 2001. In 2011, he was named general manager at Jennie-O Turkey Store before being promoted to his current position that same year. 

Leitch holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Manitoba (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada).  He is a past board member of the U.S. Poultry and Egg Export Council, currently a member of the board of directors for the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association and is on the executive board of the National Turkey Federation.

Past Events

Global Mindset: What Is It and Why Does It Matter in Business Today? with Dr. Mansour Javidan (Fall 2013)

Leadership Lessons from the Front Lines of Global Business with Shari Ballard, Chief Human Resources Office for Best Buy, Inc. (Spring 2014)

Redefining Global Strategy with Dr. Pankaj Ghemawat (Fall 2014)

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Global Matters Video Series

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Mansour Javidan: What are the three dimensions of the global mindset?

Mansour Javidan: What is the global mindset and why is it important?