Steve Kalmanson, President of North Atlantic Consumer Products to Retire;
Robert Abernathy, Bob Black and Tony Palmer Assume New or Expanded Roles
DALLAS, March 6 /CNW/ -- Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE: KMB) today
announced that Steve Kalmanson (55), Group President of the company's North
Atlantic Consumer Products business, is retiring following a more than 30-year
career with the company. He will be replaced by Robert Abernathy, current
Group President of K-C's Developing & Emerging Markets (D&E) business.
In addition, the company announced that Bob Black, the company's Chief
Strategy Officer, will replace Abernathy as head of the D&E business and that
Tony Palmer, Chief Marketing Officer, will assume responsibility for K-C's
innovation organization, which previously reported to Black.
"We thank Steve for his three decades of dedicated service to
Kimberly-Clark," said Tom Falk, chairman and chief executive officer of
Kimberly-Clark. "Most recently, Steve's leadership of the North Atlantic
Consumer Products teams has helped us leverage our scale and drive improved
strategic alignment across North America and Europe. He was a key player in
the development and launch of numerous innovations such as Pull-Ups training
pants, GoodNites Underpants and Depend incontinence products. His passion and
infectious competitive desire to win will be missed.
"Robert, Bob and Tony are accomplished and respected leaders who have
been instrumental in successfully executing our Global Business Plan
strategies. They bring proven skills and a fresh perspective to their new
roles. With these management changes, we underscore our commitment to
continue delivering improved business results and we are taking advantage of
an opportunity to better align our marketing and innovation activities."
Abernathy (53) has extensive experience growing K-C's consumer businesses
around the world. Under his leadership, the company's D&E businesses have
generated growth in sales and operating profit averaging 15 percent and 14
percent, respectively, over the last four years. He also has held management
positions in K-C's North American diaper and tissue businesses, led the
company's K-C Australia unit and served as head of the company's former
Business-to-Business unit, which included K-C's Professional and Health Care
Black (48) brings considerable expertise to his new role as Group
President of Developing & Emerging Markets. As former chief operating officer
of Sammons Enterprises and president of Steelcase International, he has
significant experience in leading large, complex global operations.
Palmer (48) has successfully established a global marketing organization
that is driving implementation of best practices, sharing ideas and the
development of marketing talent globally as an underpinning to improved brand
strength and enhanced top- and bottom-line growth. His leadership of the
company's innovation organization is a natural progression for K-C, more
closely integrating that group with the marketing and brand-building teams
that currently report to him.
Kimberly-Clark and its well-known global brands are an indispensable part
of life for people in more than 150 countries. Every day, 1.3 billion people
-- nearly a quarter of the world's population -- trust K-C brands and the
solutions they provide to enhance their health, hygiene and well-being. With
brands such as Kleenex, Scott, Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex and Depend,
Kimberly-Clark holds the No. 1 or No. 2 share position in more than 80
countries. To keep up with the latest K-C news and to learn more about the
company's 136-year history of innovation, visit http://www.kimberly-clark.com.
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