Harry’s Labs’ Tehmina Haider on how the CPG giant is building out a portfolio of brands

Tehmina Haider is the head of Harry's Lab, which both builds new CPG brands as well as invests in and acquires existing ones. Haider described the operation as being a "diversification engine." She joined the Modern Retail Podcast and explained how she's built out the program over the last three years.

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