Marylee Townshend is currently the Learning and Development Director at IRI. Marylee has a strong track record with over 24 years of experience in both marketing research and education.
Before her current position at IRI, she was IRI's Client Service Director during which time she developed a comprehensive understanding of the FMCG (CPG) industry, the South African retail environment, as well as manufacturer and consumer needs.
Her strength lies in identifying strategic opportunities, providing creative solutions to activate business success and developing the skills required within the business to deliver on strategic priorities.
Prior to joining IRI, she successfully ran her own business consultancy, Real Skill for 6 years which incorporated both business and skills development. She has also lectured at various tertiary education institutions, worked at Nielsen and taught within the formal education system.
Marylee holds an MBA from the University of Cape Town, an HDE from Rhodes University, a Graduate Diploma in Marketing from IMM and a National Diploma in Graphic Design from PE Technikon.