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Cory Bouck is the Director of Organizational Development & Learning (OD&L) at Johnsonville Sausage and is the author of The Lens of Leadership: Being the Leader Others WANT to Follow.
He is a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, and also served there as a leadership instructor. Cory graduated in the top 1 percent of student leadership ranks as a Midshipman. As an instructor, he led a team of civilian PhDs and military instructors in managing the content and delivery of the advanced core leadership course.
He is a former Naval Flight Officer. Cory led a P-3 Orion combat aircrew around the world, including missions over Bosnia-Herzegovina. His crew was twice named #1 of 48 crews in the Atlantic Fleet.
He led brand and event marketing teams at General Mills, Newell-Rubbermaid, and Johnsonville Sausage. Cory led the team that developed a NASCAR strategy for the Chex cereal portfolio with Richard Petty Enterprises. At Newell-Rubbermaid’s Little Tikes toy division, the product development team he led earned a Parent’s Magazine “Best Toys of the Year” award. The Johnsonville brand team he led more than doubled net-margin dollar growth in two years and grew household penetration by 10%. That team also earned an “EFFIE” from the North American Marketing Association for effective advertising.
He joined Johnsonville's OD&L team to create a leader-development system. In three years, the internal promotion rate for leadership positions increased from 40% to 70%. He now leads the OD&L function and is responsible for employee development, technical training, and executive coaching.
He is active in leadership outside of work. He served two terms as an elected city councilman, chairing several committees while working with state and federal legislators. Cory is a pilot and youth mentor in the Civil Air Patrol. His personal purpose is, “To help coach the people whose lives I connect with to high achievement in whatever drives their purpose.”