Marco Leal

Executive Vice President of HR


Marco has more than 20 years of experience developing world-class HR organizations for fast-growing consumer goods companies. A versatile HR executive and general business leader, Marco has developed a reputation of being “the business person’s HR leader” and a role model in leadership behaviors.
Marco’s appointment to his current position comes as Ajinomoto Foods North America Inc. aims to build upon the recent acquisition of Windsor to become the number-one manufacturer of Asian/ethnic food products in North America’s surging Asian frozen food market.

With the important cultural transformation ahead, Marco is excited to serve as an inspiring HR leader, mentor and coach who gets the best out of teams and people.

Prior to joining Ajinomoto, Marco worked for

Rush Street Gaming (RSG), a regional casino operator and a private-equity owned business. He also headed HR for the Americas and Asia Pacific regions of Bel Brands, where he created organizational structures and helped improve decision-making processes to help manage hyper-growth and improve employee engagement.

Marco has also worked major corporations in various industries including  Chase Manhattan Bank, Ford Motor Company and more recently PepsiCo and Wm. Wrigley Jr./Mars Inc.

Marco holds an undergraduate degree from Michigan State University as well as a Masters in Labor Relations and Human Resources. Marco lives in the Los Angeles, California area.