When it comes to strategy-driven innovation, Rachael Schwartz is in her element. For nearly two decades, she has artfully navigated innovation for companies in the consumer products, food and beverage, and financial services industries. Today, Rachael is Keurig Green Mountain’s General Manager of Keurig Connect, Keurig’s Internet of Things (IoT) program, leading a next-generation innovation team that intersects technology and consumer insights.
Day-to-day, Rachael has one mission: drive strategy and flawless execution of Keurig’s next-generation appliances focused on better understanding consumers wants and needs in order to provide them with improved, smarter, and more personalized beverage experiences. From reimagining beverage types thanks to emerging technologies to crafting personalized services enabled by IoT, her team leans into the future to bring it to consumers today.
Before moving into her current general management role, Rachael was the first employee in Innovation at the company. She delved into defining Keurig’s innovation strategy and processes, building out the department to lead ground-breaking innovation, including the Keurig™ KOLD™ drinkmaker and Campbell’s Fresh-Brewed Soup®, the first non-beverage K-Cup® pod. Prior to coming to Keurig, Rachael worked in strategy consulting at Diamond Technology Partners (now PWC) and ipCapital Group, advising Innovation and R&D clients in CPG, food and beverage, and financial services.
She holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business in Strategic Management and Marketing and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania in Design of the Environment (architecture and design).