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Campbell Soup's incoming CEO to unveil plans

Campbell Soup's incoming CEO to unveil plans

The incoming president and CEO of the Campbell Soup Co. plans to lay out her vision for the world's largest soup maker to a group of analysts Tuesday.
Denise Morrison is taking the helm at Campbell Soup on Aug. 1, when Douglas Conant is stepping down from the job after more than a decade.
Morrison, 57, will be the first woman to lead Campbell and has been an executive with the company for eight years. She became heir apparent to the CEO position in September 2010.
Since then, as chief operating officer, she has been examining the company's operations and already has announced some major changes.
Two weeks ago, she announced a restructuring plan. It includes eliminating 770 jobs from the company's worldwide workforce of 18,400, many of them through layoffs; shutting down its operations in Russia; beefing up investment in Australia and closing a manufacturing plant in Marshall, Mich.
She said the company would keep in place its fledgling effort to sell soup in China, which launched along with the Russian effort four years ago.
After Conant took over in 2001, he reversed the long-term erosion of sales of the company's iconic condensed soups. One factor was an effort led by Morrison to reduce sodium levels. He also sold its Godiva Chocolatier operation and focused more on foods that can be marketed as healthy.
Conant, who took pride in regularly writing thank-you notes to employees and others, agreed to keep the company's headquarters in beleaguered Camden, New Jersey, and expanded its corporate campus there.
In addition to soup, Campbell sells V8 juices, a line expanded under Conant; Pepperidge Farm cookies, crackers and bread; Prego pasta sauces and Spaghettio's canned pasta.


Updated : 2021-02-27 15:07 GMT+08:00