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Campbell Soup Co. said yesterday it has appointed Sean Connolly president, Campbell USA, and Irene Chang Britt president, North America Foodservice, effective Dec. 1.
Reporting to Denise Morrison, president, North America soup, sauces, and beverages, Connolly will be responsible for Campbell's $3.7 billion U.S. soup, sauces, and beverages business.
Connolly came to Campbell in 2002 as v.p. marketing for sauces and prepared foods. Most recently, he headed Campbell's North America Foodservice business unit for the last two years. Before that, Connolly was v.p. and g.m. of U.S. Soup for three years. Under his leadership, Campbell's U.S. Soup business saw strong sales and profit gains, and the condensed soup business began its turnaround.
Prior to joining Campbell, Connolly spent 10 years in brand management leadership positions in the food and beverage unit of Procter & Gamble.
Also reporting to Morrison, Britt, who was named a Top Woman in Grocery by Progressive Grocer in 2008, replaces Connolly as president, North America foodservice. Britt joined Campbell in 2005 as v.p. and g.m., sauces and beverages, during which the company has experienced strong growth across the sauces and beverage portfolio, particularly in the company's beverage business which has seen double-digit growth driven by new products, expanded distribution, and bold advertising.
Before coming to Campbell, Britt spent eight years with Kraft Foods, most recently as s.v.p. and g.m. of the salted snacks Division. She also held roles as v.p. and business leader of the Canadian biscuit and snacks division and v.p. of marketing for salted snacks in New Jersey, in addition to roles in strategy.
Earlier in her career, Britt worked at Kimberly-Clark for 12 years, where she rose through the ranks in marketing positions, and attained key assignments in sales and research and development. She has eight years of experience in the away-from-home market from her time at Kimberly-Clark, where she ran the company's washroom systems business.
"Sean and Irene have demonstrated exceptional leadership and management capabilities in their most recent positions and have strong performance records during their Campbell careers," said Morrison. "Going forward, the company will certainly benefit as they apply their skills and knowledge to their new roles."
Camden, N.J.-based Campbell has a portfolio of market-leading brands, including Campbell's, Pepperidge Farm, and V8.