Peterson to chief innovation officer at Wrigley

by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
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CHICAGO — The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. announced Surinder Kumar, chief innovation officer, is retiring, and Rob Peterson will take over the position.

"It’s been a privilege to work with Surinder for the past seven years," said Bill Wrigley Jr., executive chairman and chairman of the board. "Back in 2000, Surinder was one of the first executives I recruited to be a part of our newly formed executive leadership team. With his outstanding leadership skills and boundless energy and creativity, he built a world-class innovation function and team here at Wrigley. We sincerely appreciate the lasting impact his contributions will have on our business and wish for him the very best in the future."

Mr. Kumar joined the company in 2000, and his retirement is effective July 1.

Mr. Peterson has been a member of the Wrigley Innovation Team since 2006 and has been vice-president of new products and packaging. Before joining Wrigley, he led technical organizations at Pactiv, Newell Rubbermaid and Procter & Gamble. He has already been promoted to vice-president of innovation and will work with Mr. Kumar to transition responsibilities. When Mr. Kumar retires in July, Mr. Peterson will be given the title of vice-president and chief innovation officer.

"Rob represents the optimal combination of business acumen, leadership skills and technical capabilities necessary to take the Wrigley Innovation organization to even greater heights," Mr. Kumar said.

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