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Doug Conant had a very impressive 10 year run as CEO of Campbell Soup. Doug was instrumental in one of the greatest corporate turnarounds in history. He employed 2 chief characteristics to move the company forward, focus and discipline. Two traits that are in short-supply in today's corporate world.
Doug also recently co-authored TouchPoints: Creating Powerful Leadership Connections in the Smallest of Moments, which became a NY Times and Wall Street Journal Bestseller.
We discussed Doug's book, his principles on leadership, and how the Campbell's turnaround became a reality.
Doug's Profile (via Forbes):
Douglas R. Conant, 60, has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Campbell Soup Company and as a member of the Board of Directors since January 2001. Mr. Conant brings extensive food industry experience as a seasoned executive of global consumer product companies. From 1995 to 2000 he was President of Nabisco Foods Company. He joined Nabisco in 1992 and served as President of Sales; Senior Vice President, Marketing for The Nabisco Biscuit Company; and Vice President/General Manager of the Fleischmann’s Company. He began his career in 1976 in marketing at General Mills and held senior management positions in marketing and strategy at Kraft Foods from 1986 to 1992. Applebee’s International, Inc. (1999 to 2006). On June 23, 2011, Ms. Morrison will succeed Douglas R. Conant, who will step down as President and CEO, on July 31, 2011, the end of the Company’s current fiscal year.
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