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Sylvia Buxton | President & CEO of Perfetti Van Melle North America

Interviewed by Traci Gentry

We welcome Sylvia Buxton, President & CEO, North America at Perfetti Van Melle for a raw conversation on the turning points in her life that got her to where she is now and what drives her to keep going.


Sylvia Buxton is a strategic global executive with more than three decades of experience in fast-moving consumer goods, shepherding high-profile businesses and brands such as Mentos, Hershey’s, Reese’s, and Airwick. Sylvia’s career spans the U.S. and Canada, as well as global and regional roles. She currently leads the North American business unit of more than 900 employees across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico for Perfetti Van Melle, the second-largest global candy and chewing gum manufacturer.

Prior to Perfetti Van Melle, she was Senior Director of Marketing at the Hershey Company, where she led Hershey’s chocolate brands in Canada, Latin America, and World Travel Retail. She started her career in Canada at Reckitt Benckiser.

Sylvia is a passionate coach and mentor, with an emphasis on nurturing emerging women leaders. She is an active member of the Network of Executive Women (NEW). Under her leadership, PVM USA was named one of the Best Places to Work in 2019 by Cincy Magazine. Sylvia is active in the business community, as a board member for the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, on the Board of Advisors for the Northern Kentucky Chamber, and also holds a position on the Board of Trustees and Strategic Advisory Council of the National Confectioners Association (NCA).

When she’s not working or sharing family time with her husband, two children, and two cats, Sylvia is an avid competitive masters swimmer, for which she holds several top 10 USA rankings. 

We hope you enjoy our raw conversation with Sylvia. Editing and sound mixing of this episode was done by Clara Ernoult.