Campbell names new leader of Snacks business

By Eric Strauss
Camden | Mar 3, 2020 at 3:30 am

Campbell Soup Co. has named a new head of its Campbell Snacks business, the Camden-based food company announced Monday.

Valerie Oswalt joined the Camden-based company as executive vice president and president of the Campbell Snacks unit, effective next Monday, Campbell said in a news release. She replaces Carlos Abrams-Rivera, who left Feb. 1 for a job with Kraft Heinz, another food company.

Oswalt will report to Mark Clouse, Campbell’s CEO and president, as part of the Campbell leadership team and a corporate officer.

“Having worked closely with Val in the past, I have seen firsthand her ability to lead large organizations and deliver strong business results,” Clouse said in a prepared statement. “I’m confident that she is the right choice, and a great cultural fit, to grow our differentiated snacks portfolio. Her diverse background and crossfunctional expertise will be invaluable to our leadership team and to our company.”

Oswalt has more than two decades of experience in the snack food industry, including serving in senior positions at Kraft Foods and Mondelez. Most recently, she was CEO of Century Snacks, a privately held trail mix and nut products company.

“I’m excited to join Campbell, a company with a rich history rooted in iconic brands,” she said in a statement. “The company’s snacks division has delivered impressive growth, and I look forward to working alongside this team and leading this business as we accelerate its momentum.”

The Campbell Snacks division, which includes the Goldfish, Pepperidge Farm and Snyder’s of Hanover brands, among others, generated about $3.8 billion in net sales during fiscal 2019, Campbell said.

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