CV – Hugo Gutierrez

Prof Hugo Gutierrez
Kerry, Spain

Global Chief Quality & Food Safety Officer Kerry –

Experienced Quality, Food Safety professional with a demonstrated history of working in the consumer goods industry. Skilled in International Operations Management systems, Consumer Products, Value Stream Mapping, and Quality Management. Strong operations professional with a Specialization on Top & Global management focused in International Business from Universidad ICESI.

Hugo Gutierrez joined Kerry as Global Chief Quality & Food Safety Officer in 2018. Based in Beloit, Wisconsin. Hugo is responsible for leading the strategic advancement of Kerry’s Quality, Health, Safety and Environment ( QHSE) function to:

  • Build a ‘Safety First – Quality Always’ Culture within the global organisation, ensuring consistently superior quality, safety and sustainability for all stakeholders
  • Ensure all production facilities are optimally managed and operating at globally superior standards for food quality, health, safety and environment
  • Develop our diverse, mobile, and globally-connected talent capability and build a sustainable pipeline of future leaders in QHSE and the broader organisation
Hugo brings to Kerry a wealth of expertise and leadership. During his 25+-year career, Hugo has been instrumental in building world-class QHSE organisations for international companies including Pfizer, Cadbury, General Mills and most recently, as Global Vice President Food Quality, Regulatory & Food Safety for the Hershey Company. He has a degree in Industrial Engineering from Javeriana University – Columbia and a MBA from Icesi University, Columbia.

In addition, Hugo brings real passion for fostering greater diversity and inclusivity, demonstrated from his role as executive sponsor for the Hispanic Intracompany Business Network at Hershey; his volunteer activities to support the Hershey school orphanage for their diverse students; and his technical lead role for Hershey’s Partners in Food Solutions programme in Africa.

Hugo is a frequent key note speaker at international forums including GFSI, NAFS USA, Global FS Europe and Chinese food Safety / FDA. Hugo, his wife Diana and two sons Julian and Santiago reside in Lake Delevan, WI.