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Denise Morrison was named Thursday 6/23/11 as the new president and chief executive of Campbell Soup Co. Credit Campbell Soup Co.
Denise Morrison was named Thursday 6/23/11 as the new president and chief executive of Campbell Soup Co. Credit Campbell Soup Co.

Morrison named CEO at Campbell Soup

JOBS NEWS - Jun 27th 2011, 08:46

As expected, Campbell Soup Co. named Denise Morrison president and chief executive, effective Aug. 1, succeeding Douglas R. Conant, who served more than 10 years in that role, the company said Thursday. 

Morrison, who joined the Camden company that also makes V8 juices and Pepperidge Farm baked goods in 2003, was promoted to chief operating officer last October, in anticipation of her likely elevation to the top job.

Morrison, 57, said that during her time as COO she visited Campbell operations that previously did not report to her as president of Campbell's largest unit, North American soup, sauces and beverages. Those visits included operations in Russia and China.

She also led the Campbell team working a long-term strategic plan, which will be unveiled next month.

"Believe me, it will be about growth," she said, but declined to give details.

Morrison is married and has two adult daughters. She lives in Princeton and grew up in Elberon, N.J., which is between Long Branch and Asbury Park.

Separately, Campbell said its board had approved a $1 billion share repurchase program. 

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