McCormick names new leader

by Meat&Poultry Staff
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SPARKS, MD. — Lawrence Kurzius has been named president and chief operating officer of McCormick & Co. Inc. and will continue to report to Alan Wilson, who remains chairman and chief executive officer.

Kurzius is now responsible for McCormick’s businesses worldwide in this newly created role. He will also continue to lead the global quality, supply chain and research and development, corporate functions and serve as president of global consumer and president of North America.

Kurzius has been with McCormick for 11 years, and he has served as a member of the management committee since 2007. He has held multiple roles of increasing responsibility, including president of US consumer and president of international businesses, including Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA), China and Asia Pacific Zone (APZ). Most recently he was president of global consumer, president of the Americas and China, and chief administrative officer. 

Prior to joining McCormick, has was the CEO of Zatarain’s, where he worked for almost 12 years and held marketing positions with Uncle Ben’s, a division of Mars Inc., and the Quaker Oats Co. He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Princeton Univ.

Malcolm Swift, president of EMEA and APZ, will assume the additional role of president of global industrial. He will report directly to Kurzius for his responsibilities in the EMEA and APZ region. He will continue to report to Wilson for his new role in global industrial. Swift is a member of the Management Committee. He joined McCormick in January 2005 after spending time in Europe with Mars Inc., Diageo PLC, Time Warner and Hero AG.

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