Haydee Arreola Nocar

2020 STEP Ahead Honoree

PMO – Commercialization Manager
McCormick & Company, Inc.

I find manufacturing extremely rewarding. It involves what I’m most passionate about: working with people and creating new products. As a product life cycle manager at McCormick, I enjoy leading teams with different backgrounds and areas of expertise. I am passionate about developing new products to meet the evolving consumer needs.

In seven years at McCormick, Haydee has been responsible for the development and launch of more than 50 consumer products. Because of her leadership, her creativity in developing solutions and her incredible acumen for executing product launches, she is in charge of the product life cycle management of several of the company’s product lines, working closely with marketing, design, engineering, finance and production teams to take concepts from design to implementation. This is no easy feat, but Haydee enjoys a challenge, and her enthusiasm keeps her team motivated and engaged.

Haydee is passionate about promoting diversity and increasing opportunities for minorities in manufacturing. As a leader in McCormick’s Latino employee resource group, she uses her business development and marketing skills to promote many events and programs. In addition, through her active involvement with McCormick’s Latino Employee Ambassador Group, she has participated in several external initiatives where she has provided career guidance and encouraged individuals to apply for job opportunities at McCormick.

She is also a dedicated mentor within McCormick, particularly to Latinas who are new to the company. Two of her recent mentees have shared that they look up to Haydee as a Latina role model. The fact that Haydee consistently goes out of her way to encourage and prepare the next generation of Latinos for successful and fulfilling careers, whether in STEM or elsewhere, is evidence of her exceptional leadership.

An active community volunteer, Haydee has participated in many McCormick charity events, making a difference in the lives of people in Baltimore and surrounding counties. She also gives time to Junior Achievement’s microeconomy training program, where she acts as a translator for participating children that do not speak English. In addition, she has worked with Junior Achievement to recruit more Latino volunteers as mentors and coaches.