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Douglas R. Conant, a New York Times bestselling author and sought-after speaker, was appointed President and CEO of the Campbell Soup Company in 2001. He retired in 2011, receiving the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) 2011 Champion of Workplace Learning and Performance Award.
Doug Conant was the 11th leader in this iconic company’s 141-year history – faced with reversing a precipitous decline in market value. Conant succeeded by dramatically transforming the global leadership team, reconfiguring the portfolio, cutting costs and making strategic investments in Campbell’s products, marketing programs, innovation pipeline and infrastructure. He improved the company’s financial profile delivering quality sales growth, ten straight years of adjusted earnings per share growth, strong cash flow, record high investment and record high Return on Invested Capital. As a result, the company was able to deliver cumulative shareholder returns in the top tier of the global food industry.
The key enabler of this performance was Campbell’s march towards achieving world-class employee engagement levels. During the decade of Douglas Conant’s leadership, employee engagement went from being among the worst in the Fortune 500 to being consistently among the best. Campbell has been widely recognized for its progress; its many honors range from being recognized by the Gallup organization with its “Great Workplace Award” for four years running to receiving the 2010 Catalyst Award for helping women advance their careers. During his tenure, the company was also recognized as a leader in social responsibility and ethical leadership.
Doug Conant joined Campbell with 25 years of experience from three of the world’s leading food companies: General Mills, Kraft and Nabisco. He began his career in 1976 in marketing at General Mills. After 10 years, he moved to Kraft where he held top management positions in marketing and strategy. Immediately prior to coming to Campbell, he was President of the $3.5 billion Nabisco Foods Company where he led his team to improved marketplace performance and five consecutive years of double-digit earnings growth.
During his tenure at Campbell, Douglas Conant established the Campbell CEO Institute to train the company’s future leaders. Along with his team and strategic leadership expert Mette Norgaard, his mission was to ensure that the company’s highest-potential employees were well-equipped to handle the challenges and surprises that inevitably create a leader’s impact and legacy. Conant and Norgaard have since co-authored the New York Times bestselling book, TouchPoints: Creating Powerful Leadership Connections in the Smallest of Moments.
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Douglas Conant was the recipient of the ASTD 2011 Champion of Workplace Learning and Performance award and is working on a new book about the secret to driving high performance in an enduring way in an on-demand world.
Along with writing, speaking and teaching on a variety of leadership topics, Mr. Conant now devotes his time to helping to guide non-profit organizations. He is Chairman of the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) and an active member of the board of the following organizations: National Organization on Disabilities (NOD), the Partnership for Public Service (PPS), Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), Catalyst, The Conference Board (TCB), the Families and Work Institute (FWI), the International Tennis Hall of Fame (ITHF), and most recently, the United Nations Fund for International Partnerships (UNFIP). He is also a former chairman of the Grocery Manufacturers Association(GMA)and The Conference Board(TCB).
A native of the Chicago area, Doug Conant earned his BA degree from Northwestern University and his MBA from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern.