Marcella Kanfer Rolnick
Vice Chair, GOJO
When BrownFlynn co-founders Barb Brown and Margie Flynn set out to write a book commemorating the 20th anniversary of their consulting firm, they were committed to giving voice to women leaders.
The best way to do that? Spotlight 25 of the nation’s most accomplished women business leaders to learn about their leadership journeys, as well as how they empower aspiring and current leaders.
Without question, Marcella Kanfer Rolnick, the vice chair for Akron-based GOJO, was an easy choice when it came to deciding who to feature in Uplifting Leaders* (*Who Happen to be Women). Marcella’s commitment to her family business—now a global operation—and her unique approach to leadership, make her a standout leader not only in Northeast Ohio—but around the world.
In her professional role, Marcella focuses on creating meaning and value through her diverse family enterprise— including GOJO, the global leader in skin health and hygiene solutions for away-from-home markets and inventor of PURELL® Hand Sanitizer, and an array of early-stage ventures and philanthropic foundations.
At GOJO, Marcella ensures preconditions for long-term viability and vitality are in place; this includes her championship of sustainability, innovation, and organizational effectiveness. She co-founded and guides Walnut Ridge Strategic Management Company, a management and administration services provider.
Throughout her career, Marcella has performed numerous roles within GOJO, including establishing the e-business practice and launching new markets. She has also worked in management consulting, nonprofit business development, and investment advisory services.
Marcella serves on various boards, including EP Technologies, UNKNWN, Meeteor, The Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit, American Jewish World Service, and Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah.
Marcella was named one of Jewish Women International’s 10 “Women to Watch” and Crain’s Cleveland Business’ “Forty Under 40.” Marcella received the “Woman of the Year” Award for Innovation by the Women’s History Project of the Akron Area.
Marcella, her husband, and four children reside in Brooklyn, NY; Akron, OH; and Chautauqua, NY.
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