The board of directors at New Jersey-based Campbell Soup Co. elected Denise Morrison, 57, as president and CEO, effective Aug. 1, the first day of Campbell’s next fiscal year. In October 2010, Morrison was named EVP and COO and elected a director of the company in anticipation of her appointment to the role of CEO at the beginning of fiscal 2012.
Morrison will succeed Douglas R. Conant, 60, who will step down as president and CEO on July 31 after more than a decade in that role. Conant also will step down from Campbell’s board of directors at that time.
Morrison has more than 35 years of experience in the consumer packaged goods industry. She began her career at Procter & Gamble in 1975, and later held positions of increasing responsibility at PepsiCo, Nestle USA, Kraft and Nabisco. After joining Campbell in April 2003 as chief customer officer, she was appointed president of Campbell USA in 2005, and president of North America Soup, Sauces and Beverages in 2007. In her current role as COO since October 2010, she has led all of Campbell’s global businesses, including Campbell North America, Campbell International and Pepperidge Farm, as well as corporate strategy, research and development and global marketing services. Morrison previously served as a director of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and Ballard Power Systems Inc. She earned her B.S. degree in economics and psychology from Boston College.