P&G Revamps Gillette Top Management

26 May 2006

Procter & Gamble's latest moves toward integration of the Gillette businesses within its own corporate structure will raise few eyebrows. Such changes have been expected since the $57 billion (€44.72bn; £30.52bn) deal was formally sealed seven months ago [WAMN: 04-Oct-05].

Former Gillette ceo James M Kilts (58) will step down as head of the Gillette unit on July 1 "to devote full attention" to the post-merger integration, and will quit the company when his one-year contract expires on October 1.

He will be replaced on July 1, albeit at a less senior level, by his protégé Mark M Leckie (52), ex-president of Gillette's Duracell and Braun divisions. As group president-Gillette global business unit, Leckie will report direct to P&G chairman/ceo Alan G Lafley.

Also moving up the slippery pole as of October 1 is long-serving P&G executive Charles V (Chip) Bergh (48), who takes over the key role of president-global blades and razors, reporting to Leckie. He replaces retiring Gillette career executive Peter K Hoffman (57).

Also reporting to Leckie as president of the Duracell division is Joseph Dooley (52). Until now, Dooley served as president of Gillette's North American commercial operations.

P&G also announced a raft of moves involving beauty-care executives, most of whom will report to Susan Arnold, vice chairman-global beauty and health. A spokesman hyped the changes as "further strengthening our management team to drive sustainable growth."

However, the most senior of the peripatetics, Marc S Pritchard (46), president-global cosmetics and hair colorants, moves to the new corporate post of president-global strategy, and reports direct to chairman Lafley.

Also in career transit is Mary Ann Pesce (51), currently president-new business development in beauty care. She takes over the deodorants and personal cleansing duties, continuing to be based at Gillette headquarters in Boston although reporting directly to Arnold.

Remaining in situ and likewise reporting to Arnold is Gina Coleman Drosos (43), VP-global cosmetics, although she adds hair colorants to her duties.

Data sourced from AdAge (USA); additional content by WARC staff