Todd Stitzer

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H. Todd Stitzer (born 10 March 1952)[1] is an American businessman who served as the chief executive officer of Cadbury plc from 2003 to 2010.

Early life[edit]

Stitzer was born in the United States, the son of a YMCA director and a nurse, and is a naturalised British citizen.[2] He was educated at Ridgewood High School, New Jersey, Springfield College, Massachusetts. He then obtained a B.A. from Harvard University and a J.D. from Columbia Law School.[3][4][5]

Career[edit]

He joined New York law firm, Lord Day & Lord, in 1973 as an associate attorney and in 1983, joined Cadbury North America as Assistant General Counsel, later becoming marketing chief for US beverages.[6][7][8] He moved to London in 1991 as Group Development Director and then back to the United States in 1993 as Vice-President of Marketing and Strategic Planning and then Chief Operating Officer for Cadbury Beverages, North America.[9] He was President and Chief Executive Officer of Dr Pepper/Seven Up from 1997 to 2000 and Chief Strategy Officer from 2000 to 2003.[10] He joined the board of Cadbury in 2000 and in 2003, was appointed Chief Executive Officer.[11] On 3 February 2010 Todd Stitzer along with Cadbury Chairman Roger Carr announced their resignation following the purchase of Cadburys by Kraft Foods the day before.[12] Stitzer had worked for Cadbury plc for 27 years;[13] he was succeeded by Kraft CEO Irene Rosenfeld.

Stitzer is a regular churchgoer and enjoys tennis, skiing and sailing.[14] His favourite book is philosopher Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged.[15] He has two children, a boy and a girl, and homes in Connecticut and Surrey.[16][17]

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