Fast-Moving CG Execs: Campbell Soup, Jones Soda, J&J Snack Foods
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Camille Pierce has been named VP and chief culture officer at Campbell Soup Company, a new role for the company. She will also become a member of its leadership team.
Pierce, most recently senior director of global inclusion and diversity at Whirlpool Corporation, will lead Campbell’s enterprise-wide diversity and inclusion strategy. Prior to Whirlpool, she spent two decades at Procter & Gamble in both human resources and marketing roles.
“We’re approaching inclusion and diversity and culture change in a comprehensive and systemic way, by making it a company-wide priority supported by an integrated plan with measurable goals and a multi-year approach,” said Mark Clouse, Campbell’s president and CEO. “Camille’s leadership and expertise will add tremendous value to our team, and she will be critical in our ongoing progress to build an inclusive and winning culture.”
Mark Murray has joined Jones Soda Co. as president. Most recently president of JGC Foods, Murray’s held a range of senior sales and marketing positions at such companies as Harry's Fresh Foods, SOLO Cup Company, Campbell's Food Company and Kraft Heinz.
"Having worked with Jones closely over the past several months, it is clear the company has made progress resetting the business and identifying its unique areas of strength,” Murray said in a statement. “It is a pivotal time for the company as we look to capitalize on the notable marketing campaigns implemented a few months ago, and I firmly believe there is ample room for growth. Although we are still in the early innings of revitalizing the business, I look forward to leveraging my background, along with the company's exceptional brand image and leadership team, to further expand its customer base and significantly increase sales."
J & J Snack Foods Corp. has appointed Ken Plunk as senior VP, chief financial officer. Most recently senior VP, international finance at Walmart, he’s previously held leadership roles with The Home Depot and Coca-Cola as well.
The Coca-Cola Company announced a series of leadership appointments as part of a larger restructuring. Alfredo Rivera has been named president of the North America unit. He has most recently served as president of the Latin America group.
Henrique Braun, who currently serves as president of the Brazil business unit, will become president of the new Latin America operating unit. Braun joined the company 1996 and has also served as president of Coca-Cola’s Greater China and Korea businesses.
Nikos Koumettis, current president of the Europe, Middle East and Africa group, will become president of the new Europe operating unit. Koumettis, who joined Coca-Cola in 2001, previously served as president of the company’s Central and Eastern Europe business unit.
Chief innovation officer Robert Long plans to retire Feb. 28, 2021, after a 17-year career with Coca-Cola. The company will subsequently combine its innovation and technical functions under the leadership of Nancy Quan, who will take the role of chief technical & innovation officer. Quan joined the company in 2007 and currently oversees the company’s technical and supply chain community, among other things.
Athina Kanioura has joined PepsiCo as its first executive VP and chief strategy and transformation officer. She joins from Accenture.
Maria Velissariou is joining Mars, Inc. as global corporate R&D VP and chief science officer, replacing the retiring David Crean.
Diana Frost, meanwhile, is departing Mars to join The Kraft Heinz Company as chief growth officer for Kraft Heinz Canada.
Flowers Foods named Brad Cashaw as chief supply chain officer.