DALLAS, March 19 /CNW/ -- Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE: KMB)
announced today that R. Gordon Knapp will join the company as president of its
North Atlantic Family Care business. In this role, Mr. Knapp will be
responsible for identifying and pursuing strategic growth opportunities for
K-C's North American and European Family Care businesses, which include such
well-known and trusted brands as Kleenex, Scott, Andrex, Cottonelle, Scottex
Reporting to Steven R. Kalmanson, group president of North Atlantic
Consumer Products, Mr. Knapp will succeed Dan M. Smith, who is retiring at the
end of May after 27 years with K-C. Mr. Knapp will lead K-C's North Atlantic
Family Care team in building and executing a strategy to accelerate top- and
bottom-line growth, identify new innovation opportunities and help establish
new business capabilities and processes.
Mr. Knapp joins K-C from Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, where he served as
president of its North American consumer healthcare division with
responsibility for retail and professional sales and marketing, finance, human
resources and market operations. Before that, Mr. Knapp oversaw the company's
consumer healthcare operations in Latin America, Africa, Asia and Australia.
He began his career at Warner-Lambert, where he held a series of positions of
increasing management responsibility for its consumer brands in North America
"Gordon brings global experience in leading large, complex consumer
organizations and in growing well-established businesses," said Mr. Kalmanson.
"That expertise will be invaluable in helping lead our multi-functional team
as we continue to drive our North Atlantic Family Care business to the next
level of performance.
"As for Dan, we want to express our sincere appreciation for his nearly
three decades of outstanding service at K-C," said Mr. Kalmanson. "During
this time, he held various operations and management positions from mill
manager of multiple K-C manufacturing facilities, to Managing Director of the
company's Middle East joint venture, Olayan Kimberly-Clark Arabia, to
President of the overall Family Care business in North America and Europe.
Among his many accomplishments, Dan led the successful integration of
Kimberly-Clark and Scott Paper's tissue manufacturing operations following the
merger of the two companies in 1995. He also deserves tremendous credit for
subsequently developing and implementing a strategy to standardize all of
K-C's manufacturing and supply chain operations worldwide, delivering
substantial cost savings and significant productivity gains."
Mr. Knapp earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from
Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario in 1983 and a master's degree in
business administration from the University of Western Ontario, in London,
Ontario in 1985.
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
135-year history of innovation, visit http://www.kimberly-clark.com .
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