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10 Women in Pricing We Admire 

Emily Magyar< Emily Magyar March 19, 2024

In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re recognizing some of the women in pricing we admire for their contributions to our space. Get to know 10 women worth following in the pricing and commercial excellence space. 

In honor of Women’s History Month, we want to spotlight the incredible impact 10 women are making in pricing and commercial excellence.  

These trailblazers aren’t just driving companies forward. They’re igniting transformations that are propelling their organizations to unparalleled levels of profitability. From pioneering strategies to bold leadership, these women are redefining what success looks like in modern business.  

Join us as we celebrate the careers of ten remarkable women who are shaping the present and carving out a path for future generations in the field of pricing. 

10 Women in Pricing to Follow on LinkedIn 

Sophie Ranson
Director of Digital Transformation at Avnet Silica 

Sophie has been working in sales, pricing, operational, and commercial excellence roles for nearly 25 years. She currently serves as Director of Digital Transformation at Europe-based semiconductor distributor and specialist Avnet Silica. Sophie is instrumental in pricing strategy, leadership, customer relationship management, cross-functional team leadership, problem solving, and B2B digital transformation efforts.  

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Kati Ilkka
Senior Pricing Manager at Huhtamaki Fiber Foodservice 

Kati has been working in pricing for nearly 20 years, previously holding roles such as supply chain consultant, commercial manager, and business manager for a high-performance business unit. She currently serves as Senior Pricing Manager at food packaging supplies and materials provider Huhtamaki Fiber Foodservice. Kati’s expertise is in SAP project management, training, support, and development; commercial operations management; and pricing optimization.  

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Beth Weinrich
Senior Manager of Pricing Execution at Molson Coors Beverage Company  

Beth is a pricing specialist with 18+ years of experience, working her way through roles as a product and pricing manager, product manager – revenue management, and senior product and pricing manager. She currently works as the Senior Manager of Pricing Execution for food and beverage services provider Molson Coors Beverage Company. Beth’s role is to manage a diverse product line with many moving parts and associated costs for product development, distributor relationships, and more.   

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Alaidreal (Ali) Bren 
Director of Customer Service at Genpak  

Ali is a customer service and commercial excellence professional with more than a decade of experience optimizing operations. She currently serves as Director of Customer Service for leading foodservice packaging manufacturer Genpak and has also worked as a cost management professional. Ali is focused on minimizing costs, improving rebate management, and keeping Genpak’s sales team well-informed on products and promotions. 

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Anne Lewis
Senior Manager of Pricing at Afton Chemical  

Anne is a strategic, transactional, value-based, cost-plus pricing expert with global and cross-functional knowledge. She has held roles like finance digitization leader, supply chain leader, pricing leader, strategic pricing manager, and business transformation leader, and currently serves as Senior Pricing Manager for chemical manufacturer Afton Chemical. Anne is experienced in leading value initiatives based on a thorough understanding of customer economic value, thereby helping B2B companies to capture their share of the value created. She has spoken at multiple events as a Keynote, including PPS events and Vendavo’s Growth + Profitability Summit.

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Dr. Larisa Kryachkova, CPA 
Sustainability Advisory Chief Human Rights Officer at slavefreetrade International & Executive Director of TIP at WBCSD  

Dr. Larisa is a multilingual executive director with a demonstrated history of working to bring value to end customers in the wine, packaging, and FMCG industries. Her background is in strategic development, operations performance improvement, business development, general management, sustainability leadership, and pricing strategy. Dr. Larisa currently serves as both the Sustainability Advisory Chief Human Rights Officer at civic and social organization slavefreetrade International and the Executive Director of Tire Industry Project for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development non-profit. She was also the Keynote speaker at Vendavo’s Growth + Profitability Summit in 2022.

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Nolwenn Godard 
Director of the California Office of Data & Innovation 

Nolwenn is a software executive focused on building data-driven products and platforms that scale equal access to opportunity around the globe. Her background is in IT and payment-related innovations, including roles as a manager of markets expansion; senior manager of core payments; director of product, pricing & FX platforms; and director of product. Nolwenn currently serves as Director for the California Office of Data & Innovation IT services organization. She actively advocates for inclusion and diversity in partner organizations and beyond. 

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Yekta Yeganeh 
Senior Global Commercial P&P Manager at Sandvik 

Yekta has spent her career in digital transformation, commercial excellence, pricing management, and management consulting. She’s worked as an analyst, management consultant at Navetti (a Vendavo company), as well as a business integration manager, director of readiness and scale, and EMEA managing consultant at Vendavo. Yekta currently serves as Senior Global Commercial P&P Manager at high-tech global engineering group Sandvik. Her focus is on relationship management, process improvement, change management, digital transformation, solutions development, pricing modeling, and commercial excellence.

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Janelle (Liska) Hennessey 
Senior Director of Contracting and Pricing Strategy at Medtronic 

Janelle has been working in pricing and commercial excellence for more than 20 years, holding positions such as contract analyst, financial analyst, pricing manager, director of pricing strategy, and director of contracting. She currently serves as Senior Director of Contracting and Pricing Strategy for medical equipment manufacturer Medtronic. Janelle’s expertise is in account management, sales, strategy, sales operations, product launches and medical devices for the healthcare space.  

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DeAnn Hammer 
Global Channel, Sales District, and Pricing Director at 3M  

DeAnn is a global pricing operations expert with more than 30 years of experience in commercial excellence. She has spent nearly all of her career at industrial machinery manufacturing provider 3M, working her way up from market development representative through market development supervisor, strategic pricing manager and solutions development for the healthcare division, and global pricing operations manager for the industrial adhesives and tapes division. DeAnn currently serves as 3M’s Global Channel, Sales District, and Pricing Director. She works to elevate the channel partner buying experience through targeted pricing and transactional projects that unravel business complexities and process. 

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Women’s History Month is the perfect opportunity to reflect on the awe-inspiring contributions of women in pricing and commercial excellence. With their guidance and resilience, the future is looking bright! 

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Happy Women’s History Month!