April 13, 2021 Cory Carlson

How to balance faith, family, and work | Podcast interview with Kirk Perry


Kirk Perry is building a distinguished career in marketing with best-in-class companies like, P&G and Google, where he was President of Brand at the time of this podcast interview. Kirk has recently accepted the position of CEO for IRI, which is effective May 17, 2021.

After our engaging conversation, it’s obvious he touts his greatest success to his steady cadence in balancing home and work lifeboldly sharing his faith, and finding the ideal rhythm in juggling work and family life to smoothly pave the road to success at work. He credits putting his family first as the fast track to his success.

With Kirk’s 23 years within P&G in the US and Asia, and then Kirk Perry, Google President of Brand Solutions, you may not know Kirk came from humble beginnings and journeyed along a difficult road.

Growing up, money was scarce and at times required help from the government. Kirk became the first in his family to attend college but almost didn’t finish.

Then, after starting his career, then his family, cancer cast its heavy cloud over his home with his daughter’s diagnosis, and later his own, coming just after uprooting his family to move across the country to lead Google.

With each new monumental obstacle, Kirk’s determination and perseverance was strengthened, as was his faith.

He learned through adversity to find the balance between work and family so that he could support not only his family’s financial welfare, but also their emotional welfare by being present. He learned that putting his family first helped him to become the youngest GM in a Fortune 500 company’s history.

He learned to be bold in your faith, at home and even at the office to create the deepest connections.

I hope you’ll enjoy this podcast as much as I enjoyed the conversation with Kirk Perry!

In this episode, you’ll discover… 

  • Why avoiding small, petty arguments in your marriage is the first step for sabotaging your relationship according to a mathematician turned psychologist ([2:33]
  • The “would you say that at work?” filter that instantly stops silly disputes with your spouse before they start ([3:30]
  • The counterintuitive reason working hard to give your kids a good life cripples your relationship with them ([10:38]
  • How putting your family first helps you become the youngest GM in a Fortune 500 company’s history (even if it seems like your career will plummet by focusing less on it) ([11:40]
  • Why you should run away from working at your dream business if they don’t let you openly talk about your faith ([25:31]
  • How being bold in your faith creates a deeper connection with your company (especially if it seems like not talking about your faith is the best way to land promotions) ([29:24]
  • Why being a great leader is impossible without having humility, authenticity, and vulnerability ([32:12]
  • How being a “Bible thumper” pushes other people away from your faith (and what to do instead to convert non believers) ([34:02])

Kirk Perry’s Bio:

Kirk Perry, President and CEO of IRI [beginning May 17, 2021], is a seasoned consumer products and brand strategist with more than 30 years of CPG and technology experience at two of the world’s largest and most respected companies, Procter & Gamble (P&G) and Google. He has a deep understanding of the global consumer marketplace from both the manufacturer and technology-based service provider perspective, with first-hand experience in the U.S. and internationally.

Kirk is currently President, Global Client & Agency Solutions at Google, responsible for driving Google’s global revenue with the world’s largest advertisers and advertising agencies. He joined Google in 2013 with the mission of making Google the trusted digital partner with the world’s largest brand builders. In this role, he established and led a large global team that helped Google’s biggest global partners grow their businesses and shift marketing spend from offline to online. Kirk expanded Google’s Brand Solutions’ footprint globally, growing its relationships and revenues with the world’s largest advertisers and agencies.

Before joining Google, Kirk spent 23 years at P&G. His most recent position was President of Global Family Care, where he led growth and innovation at the company’s $5 billion+ global paper business, which included leading brands such as Bounty, Charmin, and Puffs. He also served as Vice President, US Operations and North America Marketing, overseeing the NA marketing and sales operations organizations. He was responsible for media spend, customer scale programs,  consumer understanding, sales operations and ethnic marketing in a $30 billion+ region.

His other positions at P&G included Vice President, North America Baby Care; General Manager, Northeast Asia Baby and Family Care; and Marketing Director, Korean Market Development Organization/Northeast Asia Baby Care – which included two 3-year assignments in Korea and Japan. He has also had brand marketing assignments for P&G’s best-in-class products such as Crest, Metamucil, Pepto Bismol, and Nyquil/Dayquil.

Kirk serves on the boards of two well-known, publicly-traded companies, e.l.f. Cosmetics, where he is the chair of the executive compensation committee, and The J.M. Smucker Company, where he is a member of the executive compensation committee. He has also been active with many non-profit organizations, including board affiliations with The Ronald McDonald House, The CityLink Foundation, City Team, The United Way Campaign Cabinet, March of Dimes (National and Regional), the University of Cincinnati Foundation, and the University of Cincinnati’s Bicentennial Commission. Kirk has also coached youth sports for more than 20 years. Kirk and his wife Jacki have been married for more than 30 years and have four grown children.

If you’d like to learn more about Kirk and connect with him, you can find his LinkedIn profile here.

Are you crushing it at work but struggling at home?

If you’re looking for a resource to help you with these times when your work is now in your home, check out my book Win At Home First on Amazon. Forbes Magazine rated it “one of 7 books everyone on your team should read”. 

Also, If you’re stuck in a rut, find working from home difficult, or your priorities have changed and you’re questioning your purpose, I want you to know you’re not alone.

I put together a webinar for you called The Power of Priorities and Purpose. Check it out.

Cory Carlson

Cory Carlson is passionate about connecting people to greater performance and more significant purpose. Cory's competency of extensive sales/marketing and team development mixed with character of helping people have greater impact allows him to transform businesses and their leadership. As the leader goes, so does the company...and home. Cory's professional experience includes being President of Sales for national contractor, interactions with private equity ownership, boardroom meetings, to sales call with sales personnel. Coaching experience ranges from one-on-ones with CEOs/Executives to team workshops/retreats. If looking for holistic growth, let's connect!