Carpenter named general counsel of McCormick

by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
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SPARKS, MD. — W. Geoffrey Carpenter, the current associate general counsel and assistant secretary for McCormick and Company, Inc., has been named general counsel and secretary of the company. Mr. Carpenter replaces Robert W. Skelton, who is retiring at the end of the year after 32 years with the company.

Mr. Carpenter joined the company in 1984 and has been the company’s associate general counsel and assistant secretary since 1996. Mr. Skelton joined McCormick in 1976 and was promoted to vice-president, general counsel and secretary in 1996. He became senior vice-president, general counsel and secretary in 2002. Mr. Skelton was a member of the boards of a number of the company’s divisions and subsidiaries and is also an emeritus member of the McCormick Multiple Management Board.

"Throughout his more than 30 years with McCormick, Bob has modeled our core values," said Alan Wilson, president and chief executive officer. "His integrity, work ethic and compassion have served us well as he provided expert advice and wise counsel to our executives and board members. His tireless efforts contribute to our success by enabling critical acquisitions, protecting our brands and ensuring compliance. He has excellent business instincts and is an outstanding attorney.

"Geoff Carpenter has played a critical role in our legal function and has served as a key member of our management team for several years. His leadership, diligence and perseverance on the recent Lawry’s acquisition were essential to our ultimate success."

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