Michael F. Gilmore
Inducted into the Candy Hall of Fame in 2001
Michael was born January 26, 1945, in Philadelphia. He received a bachelor’s degree in marketing from St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, in 1966. A year later, he married Anna and they have two daughters - Kimberly and Kara - and two grandchildren. From 1966 to 1971, he served in the U.S. Air Force with the Military Airlift Command.
A 27-year veteran of the confectionery industry, Michael began his career as a sales representative and area sales manager at Colgate-Palmolive Co. He then moved on to Standard Brands Inc.’s confectionery division as district sales manager, rising to the rank of vice-president and national sales manager at the Standard Brands foods division. In 1983, he became executive vice-president, sales and marketing at Nestlé Perugina. Five years later, he became the president and CEO at Nestlé Rowntree. In 1989, Michael joined Ferrero USA, Inc. as chief operating officer and director, the position he held at the time of his induction.
Michael says working at Standard Brands under F. Ross Johnson and Peter Rogers resulted in some of the most memorable moments in his career. They are probably the two most dynamic managers I’ve worked with. In 10 years, I experienced what others might consider a lifetime of experiences.
He adds: There is nothing like the confectionery industry, where we have great colleagues, great competition and great products. Where else can you compete vigorously and develop such bonding friendships at the same time?
Michael credits his success to his father, as well as Jack Byrne, “who mentored me in salesmanship and sales management and also gave me confidence in myself, Peter Rogers, who brought me into the candy business, and my wife, Anna, who makes it all happen and is the reason for all I have done.”
Michael advises those who follow him: Listen and follow your instincts and rely on your judgement - then you are more likely to have the best road map for your success.