40 Under 40
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| Shekar Natarajan ● 31 ● Danbury |
Coke or Pepsi? It’s a wash for Natarajan, who has developed streamlined supply-chain systems to benefit both soft-drink giants. At Coca-Cola Bottling Co., his “Cool Lift” delivery system cut delivery time in half and improved productivity between 30 and 40 percent. More recently, at The Pepsi Bottling Group, where he is director of supply chain, Natarajan is spearheading a transformation of the company’s logistics and delivery systems. Pepsi’s Direct Store Delivery system has already seen $55 million in annual savings thanks to his innovations.
| Adam McLaughlin ● 32 ● South Windsor |
After Webster Bank’s McLaughlin graduated from Leadership Greater Hartford’s Quest Program in 2007, the president of the organization put him on the board of directors. “I have to say I wasn’t surprised,” says Bob Annon, a Webster senior vice president. “Adam is a true professional and always does more than he’s asked.” McLaughlin is a relationship manager at Webster, with a $70 million-plus portfolio of commercial loans and deposits to oversee. He’s also a regular organizer for causes within the bank and in the community, ranging from encouraging entrepreneurs to fighting cancer.
| Michelle Beadle ● 35 ● New Canaan |
Suddenly everyone loves Michelle Beadle. Thanks to her appealingly natural and witty work as co-host on ESPN2’s “SportsNation” and ABC’s “Winners Bracket,” she now has fans across America and, perhaps just as importantly, within the management ranks of ABC/ESPN. Beadle was raised in Texas, graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio and went to work as a sideline reporter for the San Antonio Spurs and New Jersey Nets. She’s also done work for Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel and was a correspondent for people.com. Now it looks like her time has come.
Michelle Cole ● 27 ● Fairfield
Dena Castricone ● 34 ● New Haven