Douglas R. Conant, now a New York Times bestselling author and sought-after speaker, was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Campbell Soup Company in 2001 and served in this role for a decade. During his tenure Campbell has been recognized for its progress. Its honors range from being recognized by the Gallup organization with its “Great Workplace Award” for the last four years, to receiving the 2010 Catalyst Award for helping women advance their careers. Mr. 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 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 unit to improved marketplace performance and five consecutive years of double-digit earnings growth. Conant co-authored (with Mette Norgaard) the New York Times bestselling book,Touchpoints: Creating Powerful Leadership Connections in the Smallest of Moments. He is now working on a new book about the secret to driving high performance in an on-demand world.
Mr. Conant devotes substantial time to guiding non-profit organizations. He is Chairman of the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP), a member of the Board of the National Organization on Disabilities (NOD) and a member of the Board of the Families and Work Institute. He is an active member, past Chairman and current Trustee of The Conference Board. He also remains active on other boards including Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) and Catalyst. A native of Chicago, Conant earned his BA degree from Northwestern University and his MBA from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern.