CAMDEN, N.J., July 2, 2001 – Campbell Soup Company (NYSE: CPB) today announced the appointment of D. Eric “Rick” Pogue as Senior Vice President, Human Resources. He will report to President and Chief Executive Officer Douglas R. Conant and oversee the company’s global human resources organization. Campbell has approximately 24,000 employees worldwide. Pogue’s appointment is effective July 16, 2001.
Pogue, 52, was most recently Senior Vice President, Human Resources for Revlon Worldwide where he worked from 1997-2000. He has 30 years of comprehensive corporate human resources experience, including work within the food industry at Philip Morris Companies, Inc. in addition to other consumer businesses.
“Strengthening our organization and investing in our people are essential elements in Campbell’s transformation plans,” Conant said. “We are delighted that Rick will be leading this charge. He knows the consumer products industry. He knows the strategies and tactics to build and grow a successful organization, and most importantly, he knows people. He has the ability to motivate people, celebrate their differences and leverage their strengths. With a focus on innovation, integrity and inspiration, Rick will work across our entire organization to enhance everything we do.”
Pogue began his career at Case Western Reserve University in both faculty and staff positions. In 1972, he joined Cleveland State University, where he spent four years in staff development and training. From 1976-1982, he held several positions at the Diamond Shamrock Corporation. For the next six years he served as Vice President and later, Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Reichold Chemicals. From 1988-1992 he served as Corporate Vice President, Human Resources and then Vice President, Employee Relations & Business Services for Philip Morris Companies, Inc. In these senior leadership roles he worked with Kraft Foods after it was acquired by Philip Morris.
In 1992, Pogue and his wife Marie formed Next Phase Ventures where he served as President. Two years later he joined the Marvel Entertainment Group as Vice President, Human Resources & Business Services, where he served from 1994-1997 until joining Revlon.
Pogue commented, “I’ve always greatly admired Campbell’s unique brand strengths and am excited at the opportunity to help support their growth. By incorporating multiple points of view into the company’s decision-making processes and work, we’ll bring out the best in each employee’s performance and ideas. This inclusive approach will add significant value to the entire organization, enhance the workplace and provide employees with positive motivation to succeed.”
Pogue earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Heidelberg College and a Master of Arts degree in Personnel from Bowling Green State University.
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About Campbell Soup Company
Campbell Soup Company is a global manufacturer and marketer of high quality soup, sauces, beverage, biscuits, confectionery and prepared food products. The company owns a portfolio of more than 20 market-leading businesses each with more than $100 million in sales. They include “Campbell’s” soups worldwide, “Erasco” soups in Germany and “Liebig” soups in France, “Pepperidge Farm” cookies and crackers, “V8” and “V8 Splash” juices, “Pace” Mexican sauces, “Prego” pasta sauces, “Franco- American” pastas and gravies, “Swanson” broths, “Homepride” sauces in the United Kingdom, “Arnott’s” biscuits in Australia and “Godiva” chocolates around the world. The company also owns dry soup and sauce businesses in Europe under the “Batchelors,” “Oxo,” “Lesieur,” “Royco,” “Liebig,” “Heisse Tasse,” “Blå Band” and “McDonnells” brands. The company is ably supported by 24,000 employees worldwide. For more information on the company, visit Campbell’s website on the Internet at www.campbellsoup.com.