About Bobby Chacko
Bobby Chacko is a veteran CPG executive and entrepreneur who has spent the last 25 years as a transformational leader driving progress, equality and sustainability across multiple industries. Working with iconic brands in category leading companies like Mars, The Coca-Cola Company, ABInbev, and GE Capital, he has been a dynamic change agent impacting businesses across US and international markets. Most recently Bobby was the President
and CEO of Ocean Spray Inc., a cooperative with $2 billion in global sales, where he delivered a significant innovative renovation and transformation of a 90-year-old company. Bobby’s early experiences have no doubt fueled his success. He is the youngest of 4 siblings, born and raised in Nigeria to immigrant Indian educator parents. He began his journey at 15 years old coming to the United States alone as an international college student. Upon
graduation at 19, his student visa was expiring leaving weeks to find a job that would sponsor a work visa. Walking building to building, floor to floor through Manhattan’s midtown streets he cold-called businesses. Eventually that hard work and determination persevered. With days to spare, he became the youngest employee at Marketing Management Analytics (MMA).
From that first job at 19 to today, Bobby’s experience and impact on business and community have cut across many facets. From integrating companies for rapid growth, to founding an in store technology group in financial services, to pioneering new products, to shaping global marketing and innovation strategies for iconic brands, to opening up international markets for fast emerging category busters, to the transformation and restructuring of divisions and companies for strategic events including strategic acquisitions and divestures- each of these experiences shaped and formed Bobby as the
strategic and transformational leader he is today. He has worked across 30+ international markets, including having lived in Europe, Latin America, and Africa, affording him a rare globally insightful skill-set most C-suite executives only dream of. Bobby is known to be a key driver of diversity in thought and equality in the workplace. He sets significant performance and progressive cultural accountability with his leadership teams as well as himself. He fosters a debate-oriented environment with a strong meritocracy and an edict of accountability “do what you say you will do” balanced with strategy and execution. Bobby’s community involvement has included support behind local
Food Banks, Childhood Health & Education, Habitat for Humanity and community sustainability efforts. Bobby has served on the Board of Directors of Ocean Spray, Consumer Brands Association, National Council of Farmer Cooperative, Trustee of GICL, Chamber of Commerce and other organizations. Bobby has a B.S. in Communications and Computer Science from Southern Connecticut State University and has completed executive education programs at Columbia University in Corporate Finance and GE’s Leadership Development Center in Global M&A Bobby and his family currently live in Boston, MA.