Be empowered and energized. Learn how others like you have shaped their futures, their careers, their world — and ours.
Back to All ProfilesJosh Anthony


Josh Anthony

Vanderbilt Executive MBA 2009
Vice President, Global Research and Development at Campbell Soup Company

Formula for Success

New Skills Take Anthony Beyond Old Disciplines

Josh Anthony holds a PhD in Cellular and Molecular Physiology. But despite his position as R&D Director in charge of new product innovation for an international producer of infant formula, he recognized that “people in industry are often associated with their functional role.” Wanting to move beyond that role to contribute more to his company by enhancing his understanding of business, he set a goal: “to be sufficiently versed across disciplines so that I am not only viewed as a scientist but also as a business partner who can contribute across functional boundaries.”

At Vanderbilt, he found the right fit: “a world-class MBA program without pretense” and coursework he could apply immediately in his own work to make an impact beyond his role in R&D. Drawing on what he learned in Statistics and Macroeconomics, for example, Josh worked with his company’s market research department to develop models for predicting changes in infant formula share using Macroeconomic indicators. Using knowledge from Corporate Valuation and Marketing classes, he partnered cross-functionally to develop metrics to better assess the value of the company’s new product opportunities.

“For me,” he says, “the MBA is about opportunity. The knowledge I’ve gained has afforded me opportunities to meet business challenges and grow my career in new directions.” Among those opportunities was a new position. In 2011, Josh became Vice President for Global Nutrition and Health at the Campbell Soup Company.
Since 1969, Vanderbilt Business has been building a new kind of business leader. The kind who aren't afraid to challenge old ways of thinking. Who don't think they've heard it all before (or pretend they will ever know it all). The persistent kind. People who are ready to work harder and dig deeper, and who put ideas over ego and performance over pedigree.

We attract the kind who are looking not only to succeed in the business world but to shape it for the better. While also shaping their skills, their careers and their futures. All while shaping our own community in ways that make a lasting difference for themselves and others.

You'll find stories here of Vanderbilt Businesspeople, people much like you, who have done all these and more.

We invite you to become a World Shaper yourself. Or to recruit one. And, most of all, to read how Vanderbilt Business has become such a richly shaping experience for so many. Close