Today, Ashley Durand Tople is the results-oriented brand manager for Ore-Ida Frozen Potatoes in Pittsburgh, PA who students, fellow alumni and Northeast Ohio community may have heard speak at the popular Afternoons@Ahuja lecture series curated by marketing faculty Jim D'Orazio. In 2008, Ashley was beginning her MBA with a concentration in Marketing and working within the Monte Ahuja College of Business as a graduate assistant for NASBITE International - part of the Global Business Center.
After graduation, Ashley held a series of media and brand management positions with progressive responsibility at Triad Digital Media, Wells Enterprises (Blue Bunny packaged ice cream) and H.J. Heinz Company where today, she is responsible for the financial value growth, product innovation strategy and long term equity for the company's largest brand in North America - Ore-Ida Frozen Potatoes.
Passionate about building brands and translating consumer and customer insights into actionable recommendations, Ashley is an accomplished professional who has enjoyed returning to her alma mater to speak at Afternoons@Ahuja twice. In 2014 at the ANA Content Marketing Conference held at Walmart Stores, Inc. she was invited to speak about her "Fresh Take on Ore-Ida". In addition, Ashley serves as the H.J. Heinz Company Group's Network of Executive Women HUB Leader.