CAMDEN, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 8, 2003–Campbell Soup Company
(NYSE:CPB) today announced the nominations of Paul R. Charron and Les
C. Vinney for election to its board of directors at the company’s
annual meeting of shareowners, which will be held on November 21,
Charron and Vinney succeed Tom Field and David Li, who are
retiring from the Board.
Charron, 61, is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Liz
Claiborne (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 like Procter & Gamble Co. and General Foods Inc. Prior
to joining Liz Claiborne in 1994, Charron was Executive Vice President
of VF Corporation, the nation’s largest publicly held apparel maker.
Charron received a B.A. degree in government from the University
of Notre Dame in 1964, and earned his M.B.A. from Harvard Business
School in 1971.
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.
Vinney earned a B.A. degree in economics and political science
from Cornell University in 1970, and earned his M.B.A. with
distinction from Cornell in 1972.
“Paul Charron brings a strong consumer products background, and
Les Vinney has a solid financial background as well as a career in
diversified businesses,” said Campbell Chairman George M. Sherman. “I
am sure both Paul and Les will make valuable contributions to the
Board. Their track record of success in growing sales and earnings in
their businesses will benefit Campbell.”
Field joined the Campbell board in 1987 and Li joined in 1995.
“Tom Field’s expertise in food retailing brought a valuable
perspective to the Board, while David Li brought a rich background in
finance and international business. We thank them both for their
contributions and their many years of dedicated service to the
Campbell Soup Company,” said Sherman.
With these changes, the Campbell board remains at 16 members. 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” vegetable juices, “V8 Splash” juice beverages, “Pace” Mexican
sauces, “Prego” pasta sauces, “Franco-American” canned 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,” “Bla Band” and “McDonnells” brands. The company is ably
supported by 25,000 employees worldwide. For more information on the
company, visit Campbell’s website on the Internet at
CONTACT: Campbell Soup Company Jerry S. Buckley (Media) (856) 342-6007 or Leonard F. Griehs (Analysts) (856) 342-6428 SOURCE: Campbell Soup Company