CAMDEN, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 21, 2003–Campbell Soup
Company (NYSE:CPB) today held its annual meeting of shareowners in
Windsor Locks, CT, near the company’s new Pepperidge Farm bakery in
Bloomfield, CT. Shareowners approved the company’s nominees to its
Board of Directors. The following directors were reelected:
-- George M. Sherman, Chairman of Campbell Soup Company and retired President and Chief Executive Officer of Danaher Corporation. -- Douglas R. Conant, President and Chief Executive Officer of Campbell Soup Company. -- Edmund M. Carpenter, President and Chief Executive Officer of Barnes Group, Inc. -- Bennett Dorrance, private investor and Chairman and Managing Director of DMB Associates. -- Kent B. Foster, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ingram Micro, Inc. -- Harvey Golub, retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of American Express Company. -- Randall W. Larrimore, Chairman of Olin Corporation and retired President and Chief Executive Officer of United Stationers Inc. -- Philip E. Lippincott, former Chairman of Campbell Soup Company and retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Scott Paper Company. -- Mary Alice D. Malone, private investor and President of Iron Spring Farm, Inc. -- David C. Patterson, Founder and Chairman, Brandywine Trust Company. -- Charles R. Perrin, retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Avon Products, Inc. -- Donald M. Stewart, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Chicago Community Trust. -- George Strawbridge, Jr., private investor and President of Augustin Corporation. -- Charlotte C. Weber, private investor and President and Chief Executive Officer of Live Oak Properties.
Elected as Directors for the first time were Paul R. Charron and
Les C. Vinney.
Charron and Vinney succeed Thomas W. Field, Jr. and David K.P. Li,
who retired from the Board. Field joined the Campbell board in 1987
and Li joined in 1995.
Charron, 61, is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Liz
Claiborne, Incorporated (LIZ), one of the world’s leading branded
fashion apparel and accessories companies, with annual sales of more
than $4 billion. Charron has had a distinguished career at leading
consumer package goods companies such as Procter & Gamble Co. and
General Foods Inc. Prior to joining Liz Claiborne, Incorporated in
1994, Charron was Executive Vice President of VF Corporation, the
nation’s largest publicly held apparel maker.
Vinney, 54, is President and Chief Executive Officer of STERIS
Corporation (STE), headquartered in Mentor, OH. With annual sales of
$1 billion, STERIS Corporation is a leading provider of infection
prevention, contamination prevention, microbial reduction, and
surgical support systems, products, services, and technologies to
healthcare, scientific, research, industrial and government customers
throughout the world. Prior to joining STERIS, Vinney was Senior Vice
President and Chief Financial Officer of The B.F. Goodrich Company.
Both new board members were identified and recruited by Gayle
Mattson, a Senior Client Partner and member of the Global Board
Services practice at Korn/Ferry International, based in the firm’s New
At the meeting shareowners also ratified the appointment of
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as independent auditors for the current
fiscal year and approved a new long-term incentive plan.
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 is 134 years old, with nearly $7
billion in annual sales and a portfolio of more than 20 market-leading
brands. In North America, leading brands include “Campbell’s” soups
and “Swanson” broths, “Pepperidge Farm” cookies, crackers, breads and
frozen products, “V8” vegetable juices, “V8 Splash” juice beverages,
“Pace” Mexican sauces, “Prego” pasta sauces, and “Franco-American”
canned pastas and gravies. In Europe, leading brands include “Erasco”
soups in Germany and “Liebig” soups in France, and the company also
has several dry soup and sauce brands: “Batchelors,” “Oxo,” “Lesieur,”
“Royco,” “Liebig,” “Heisse Tasse,” “Bla Band,” “Erin,” and
“McDonnells.” Additional European brands include “Homepride” sauces
and “Fray Bentos” canned meats in the United Kingdom, and “Devos
Lemmens” mayonnaise and cold sauces in Belgium and France. In the Asia
Pacific region, the company markets “Arnott’s” biscuits, “Campbell’s”
soups and stock, and “Swanson” broths. “Godiva” chocolates are sold
around the world. The company is ably supported by 25,000 full-time
employees worldwide. For more information on the company, visit
Campbell’s website at www.campbellsoup.com.
CONTACT: Campbell Soup Company Media: John W. Faulkner, 856-342-3738 or Analysts: Leonard F. Griehs, 856-342-6428 SOURCE: Campbell Soup Company