Jennelle Tilling, marketing director, KFC
Jennelle Tilling, marketing director, KFC
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Me and my mentor

Jennelle Tilling, marketing director, KFC

Roger Eaton, president of KFC USA, is my marketing mentor. I've known Rog for six years. He became my mentor when I came back to the UK from Canada to work for KFC.

He has taught me humility, given me courage, brings me back to reality and is my biggest cheer-leader. He has always encouraged me to play to my strengths and not be afraid to laugh at myself when things go wrong.

Rog also taught me how import­ant the softer side of leadership is. I am blessed that Yum! Restaurants, the parent group of KFC, has a formal mentoring programme and developing leadership skills is an integral part of our culture.

I was lucky to be paired with such an experienced and down-to-earth business leader, which makes it really easy to be vulnerable and learn from the relationship.