Ony Mgbeahurike
Sr Brand Manager, Target

Ony Mgbeahurike is a Sr Brand Manager at Target, where he leads the strategy and commercialization of new owned brands in the Home business unit. Also, Ony is an adjunct instructor at WashU Olin Business School, where he lectures MBA students on Africa Business Landscape, a course he co-authored as a student and later brought on to teach. He founded Good Soul Company – an Afro-centric food and beverage company with operations in Nigeria and the US. Ony launched Good Soul Company due to his passion for increasing food supply in Africa & expanding market access of African farmers & processors. Good Soul Company source, package and distribute Tigernuts from West Africa to the U.S with plans to expand into other African foods.
Ony has several years of experience in global consumer goods and retail kickstarting his career at General Mills, where he held a variety of roles in supply chain and marketing. He later joined Danone North America as a Brand Manager with $100M P&L responsibility and launched new products in Foodservice, Export, and U.S Retail markets.
He has co-founded many organizations, including WashU Olin Africa Business Club in St Louis, National Society of Black Engineers’ Twin Cities Professional Chapter, and BOLD – a Black Employee Resource Group at Danone North America. Due to his leadership and involvement in wherever the community he finds himself, Ony has won many awards, and honors including Top MBAs to Watch from Poets & Quants, and Rising Star Washington University in St Louis, amongst others.
Ony obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities focusing on Manufacturing Operations and an MBA from WashU Olin Business School with a concentration in Marketing.

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