Jack Laurendeau, Acosta:
Jack Laurendeau is vice chairman of Acosta, a major, national full-service sales and marketing agency, providing outsourced sales, merchandising, marketing and promotional services to manufacturers in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry.
Mr. Laurendeau’s primary focus is on new business platforms, the company’s strategic direction and new business initiatives and acquisitions.
Mr. Laurendeau began his career in the industry in 1979 with the Scott Paper Co. From 1982 until 1993, he worked for Coca-Cola Foods and then for Welch’s in senior-level sales positions. In 1993, Mr. Laurendeau joined MAI-Alper, Inc. as vice president of grocery sales and served in various leadership capacities before being named president and chief operating officer of the MAI Cos. in 1996.
He became part of the Acosta family in 1999 when Acosta acquired MAI, and he has played an instrumental role in the company’s most recent growth and successes.
Prior becoming vice chairman in March 2007, Mr. Laurendeau was president of Acosta from 2001 to 2007. He has served on the Acosta Board of Directors since 1999. He also currently serves on the board of directors for the Genesis Fund, a nonprofit organization helping children with birth defects.
Mr. Laurendeau also serves on the board of MAI Partners. In 2012, Mr. Laurendeau joined the firm Linkable Networks as an advisory director.