Douglas Conant

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Douglas R. Conant
Alma materNorthwestern University
Known forLeadership at Campbell Soup Company

Douglas Conant is an American businessman who was President and CEO of the Campbell Soup Company until July 31, 2011. Longtime protégé Denise Morrison, who worked for him at Nabisco as well as Campbell's, succeeded him as CEO.[1]


A native of Chicago, Conant earned his BA degree from Northwestern University and his MBA from the JL Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern.[2]

Business experience[edit]

Conant worked for General Mills and Kraft Foods. He was President of Nabisco for five years prior to joining Campbell.[3] While at Campbell, Conant led a highly successful turnaround following the layoff of much of the management team.

Under his leadership, Campbell reversed a decline in market value, improved its financial profile and enhanced its diversity and inclusion practices.[4]

Conant was formerly the chairman of Avon Products, and is currently Founder and CEO of ConantLeadership (a growing community of people dedicated to improving the quality of leadership in the 21st century).[5]


He is co-author of TouchPoints: Creating Powerful Leadership Connections in the Smallest of Moments and writes a column for Harvard Business Review. His second book, The Blueprint: 6 Practical Steps to Lift Your Leadership to New Heights will be published in March 2020 by Wiley.


  1. ^ Campbell CEO Douglas Conant to Step Down in July[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "I Have A Kellogg MBA - Kellogg School of Management - Northwestern University".
  3. ^ "Douglas R. ca. Conant 1952— Biography - Worked in strategy and marketing at kraft".
  4. ^ "How Campbell's Soup Went From Stale to Innovative".
  5. ^ "Doug Conant - ConantLeadership".

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