August 2, 2012

CT's Pepperidge Farm names Irene Britt prez

Irene Chang Britt

Norwalk's Pepperidge Farm named Irene Chang Britt president, the first female to run the Norwalk snack-food maker in nearly a half-century, authorities say.

Britt, 49, succeeds Pat Callaghan, who steps down after more than 30 years with the company.

Britt reports to Denise Morrison, president and CEO of parent Campbell Soup Co., of Camden, N.J.

Pepperidge Farm's global sales approach $2.3 billion annually, ranking Campbell Soup No. 3 in the world's baked snacks category, the company said.

Britt is the first woman to lead Pepperidge Farm since company founder Margaret Rudkin presided over the business from 1937 to 1966. Campbell acquired Pepperidge Farm in 1961.

Before joining Campbell in 2005, Britt spent eight years with Kraft Foods, including posts as senior vice president and general manager of the salted snacks division and Post cereal division.

Before that, she spent 12 years at Kimberly-Clark, marketing, sales and research and development.

Britt is on the board of Sunoco Inc. She also serves on the Catalyst Board of Advisors and on the Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) U.S. Executive Advisory Board. She earned her BA from the University of Toronto and her MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

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