Erik Gonring is currently Industry Affairs & Sustainability Manager for the J.R. Simplot Company’s Plant Sciences division. In this role, Erik is responsible for industry engagement, public affairs and support of marketing and commercial initiatives. Erik’s role requires working collaboratively with multiple stakeholders – both inside and outside Simplot – to facilitate understanding, dialogue and alignment on key sustainability and partnership opportunities.
Prior to Simplot, Erik worked for longtime customer McDonald’s Corporation, based in Oak Brook, IL. His previous roles with McDonald’s included Manager of Public Affairs on the Global Government Relations & Public Affairs team, Manager of Public Affairs for McDonald’s USA, and Manager of Internal Communications, supporting the Global Supply Chain function.
Before joining McDonald’s, Erik’s spent three years working in change management consulting, with a focus on hostile merger acquisitions, reductions-in-force and other large-scale corporate culture initiatives.
Erik is a graduate of Purdue, holding an MBA from the Krannert School of Business, as well as Marquette University’s College of Communication, where he majored in Public Relations and Marketing. Erik has also been active in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee for the past 11 years.