Campbell names new head of R&D

Campbell Soup Co. has named a new research and development leader, the Camden-based food products company announced this week.

Craig Slavtcheff will be vice president and head of R&D, leading Campbell’s entire R&D organization, including strategy, innovation and product development across the company’s divisions and teams.

He will report to Campbell Chief Operating Officer Luca Mignini, replacing Carlos Barroso, who retired in August.

“Effective research and development is a critical component of Campbell’s focused strategy to leverage our leading brands and market positions in North America,” Mignini said in a prepared statement. “Craig is a disciplined and seasoned leader with a strong record of building effective teams that deliver compelling product innovation and drive business results.

“His more than 30 years of R&D experience in the consumer packaged goods industry will be instrumental in aligning our innovation efforts against the differentiated portfolio roles of our brands.”

Slavtcheff was most recently the VP of R&D for Campbell Snacks and International, and previously served as VP of R&D for the Global Biscuits and Snacks division. He has been with Campbell since 2012.

He has also been an R&D executive with Sun Products Corp. and Unilever.

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