By Ross Kohan
August 23, 2016

Newell Brands is going through big changes. And CEO Michael Polk is leading the way.

He talks with Fortune’s Susie Gharib about how he plans to lead a much larger enterprise since his multi-billion dollar acquisition of Jarden in early 2016. That deal doubled Newell’s (”NWL”) size to a consumer products company with combined revenues of $16 billion and more than 160 well-known household products, including Elmer’s Glue, Paper Mate pens, Graco baby strollers, and Sunbeam appliances.

What does it take to pull together all of those operations and still keep a workforce of nearly 50,000 people focused and motivated? Polk confesses, “It’s not easy work.” But as a turnaround expert with a successful track record, he says, “You have to be empathetic, understanding, and open and transparent about the costs of change.”

He also shares leadership lessons he learned from his years working at Procter and Gamble (”PG”), Kraft, and Unilever (”UN”), as well as the best leadership advice he got from his father.


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