Campbell Appoints J.P. Bilbrey, Former CEO of Hershey, to Board of
Directors; Sara Mathew to Retire
CAMDEN, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mar. 28, 2019–
Campbell Soup Company (NYSE:CPB) announced today that Les C.
Vinney has chosen to retire as Chairman of the Board and as a director.
The Board of Directors has elected Keith R. McLoughlin to succeed Vinney
as Chairman. The Board also announced the appointment of J.P. Bilbrey,
former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The Hershey Company, to the
Board, as well as the retirement of Sara Mathew.
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Vinney, 70, has chosen to retire from the Campbell Board due to other
personal commitments. He joined the Board in 2003 and has served as
Chairman since 2015. Vinney was formerly President and CEO of STERIS
Corporation, a leading provider of medical supplies. Before joining
STERIS, Vinney was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at
McLoughlin, 62, has been a Campbell director since 2015 and recently
served as Campbell’s Interim President and CEO from May 2018 until
January 2019, where he oversaw the Board-led strategy and portfolio
review. He stepped down from the interim role in January 2019 when Mark
Clouse began as President and CEO. Before joining Campbell’s Board,
McLoughlin was President and CEO of AB Electrolux and spent more than 20
years in senior leadership roles at E. I. duPont de Nemours and Company.
Vinney said, “It has been an honor to serve as a director and as
Chairman of the Campbell Soup Company. The Board is fortunate to have a
strong and capable leader in Keith, whose steady direction has been
indispensable over the last year. He has been an advisor and asset to
me, our fellow Board members, Campbell’s leadership team and our
employees. His role as Interim President and CEO of Campbell make him
uniquely qualified and the logical choice to take on the role of
Chairman at this important time in Campbell’s history.”
McLoughlin said, “I am honored to serve as Chairman of a company with
iconic brands and many talented employees whom I have come to know well
in the last year. During my time as Interim President and CEO, I gained
a deeper knowledge of the company’s operations, and in working closely
with leadership, believe we have made significant progress in focusing
the company. I look forward to continuing to work with Mark, the
Campbell Leadership Team and my fellow directors as we continue to
transform Campbell and create shareholder value.”
McLoughlin continued, “Les has made many important contributions during
his 16 years on the Campbell Board and provided critical leadership
during a pivotal period in our company’s history. On behalf of the
entire Campbell Board of Directors, we thank Les for his service and
wish him well in retirement.”
Former Hershey CEO J.P. Bilbrey Appointed to Campbell Board
Bilbrey, 62, served as President and CEO of The Hershey Company from
2011 to 2017 and Chairman of the Board from 2015 to 2018. Before
becoming CEO of Hershey, Bilbrey served as Chief Operating Officer and
Executive Vice President from 2010 to 2011 and was Senior Vice President
and President, Hershey North America from 2007 to 2010. Prior to joining
Hershey in 2003 as Senior Vice President, Hershey International, Bilbrey
held senior leadership positions at Mission Foods and Danone Waters of
North America, Inc. after more than 20 years at The Procter & Gamble Co.
McLoughlin said, “We are thrilled to welcome J.P. and his 40 years of
experience in the food industry to Campbell’s Board as part of our
ongoing director refreshment process. His extensive knowledge of the
changing consumer landscape and the North American market will be a
tremendous asset to our Board.”
Sara Mathew to Retire from Campbell Board
Mathew has chosen to retire from the Campbell Board after more than a
decade of service. She joined the Board in 2005 and has served as Chair
of the Audit Committee during her tenure.
McLoughlin said, “On behalf of the Board, we thank Sara for her many
contributions through the years and wish her all the very best.”
McLoughlin’s appointment to Chairman is effective immediately. Vinney
will remain a director until his retirement on April 15, 2019. Mathew’s
retirement is also effective April 15, 2019. Bilbrey’s appointment is
effective in May 2019.
About Campbell Soup Company
Campbell (NYSE:CPB) is driven and inspired by our Purpose, “Real food
that matters for life’s moments.” For generations, people have trusted
Campbell to provide authentic, flavorful and affordable snacks, soups
and simple meals, and beverages. Founded in 1869, Campbell has a
heritage of giving back and acting as a good steward of the planet’s
natural resources. The company is a member of the Standard and Poor’s
500 and the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes. For more information,
or follow company news on Twitter via @CampbellSoupCo.
To learn more about how we make our food and the choices behind the
ingredients we use, visit www.whatsinmyfood.com.
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