Personal care appliance maker The Gillette Company (Boston, MA, U.S.) has announced two senior management appointments, effective April 1.
Mark M. Leckie has been named group president, Duracell and Braun Global Business Management groups, and Edward D. Shirley has been appointed president, International Commercial Operations. Both executives will continue to report to James M. Kilts, chairman, president, and CEO. The appointments follow the retirement of Ernst A. Häberli, who headed both International Commercial Operations and Braun.
Mr. Leckie, who currently serves as president of the Duracell Global Business Management group, will assume additional responsibility for Braun.
Mr. Leckie started his career in the financial and strategic planning areas at Nabisco in 1977. He moved to Kraft as director of strategic planning in 1984. He went to Canada in 1989 as vice president of Kraft's Meals and Enhancers division. He subsequently advanced to head of marketing for Kraft's U.S. Grocery Products division, and later served for 4 years as executive vice president of Kraft and president of its Post Cereals division. In 1997, Mr. Leckie moved to the Campbell Soup Co. as president of US Grocery. In 2000, he assumed his position as president of the Canadian subsidiary of H.J. Heinz. Mr. Leckie joined Gillette as president of the Duracell Global Business Management Group in 2001.
Mr. Shirley, who currently serves as senior vice president, Global Value Chain and Global Marketing Resources, will now be responsible for the sales and trade marketing of the company's product line in Europe, Latin America, Asia-Pacific, and AMEE (Africa, Middle East and Eastern Europe). His successor as the head of the Global Value Chain will be announced at a later date. The Global Marketing Resources group, led by John Darman, will report to Peter Klein, senior vice president, Strategy & Business Development.
Mr. Shirley joined Gillette in the finance organization of the Blades and Razors business in 1978. During the next 10 years, he held a series of financial management positions of increasing responsibility and scope, culminating in his promotion to vice president, Finance and Administration, for Oral-B North America in 1988. After a series of marketing and sales assignments, he was named president of Oral-B North America in 1994.
Three years later, Mr. Shirley was appointed executive director of sales for Braun Europe, headquartered in Kronberg, Germany. He assumed responsibility for Braun's global sales organization in 1998. He was promoted to the position of President, European Commercial Operations, based in London, in 2000. Mr. Shirley returned to Boston to take on his current assignment in 2002.
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