May 14/Camden, N.J./Business Wire -- Campbell Soup Company announced the appointment of Tarkan Gürkan as vice president of corporate development. Gürkan will be responsible for identifying and evaluating new growth opportunities for Campbell through acquisitions, strategic alliances and joint ventures. He will be based at Campbell's headquarters in Camden and will report to Robert A. Schiffner, senior vice president and chief financial officer.

Gürkan has significant financial and food industry experience. He has worked in and around the food sector for the last 14 years and has participated in numerous acquisitions, divestitures and partnerships. He joins Campbell from Lehman Brothers, where for the last seven years he served as a senior vice president in its global consumer and retail group. At Lehman Brothers, his primary role as an investment banker was to lead mergers and acquisitions and financing transactions for leading food and beverage companies. Prior to Lehman Brothers, Gürkan spent four years at Nabisco Holdings Corporation as director of international business development and three years at Pepsi-Cola Company in its international mergers and acquisitions group. He began his career with the Koc Group, a global industrial company in Istanbul, Turkey.

Schiffner said, "Tarkan is a seasoned finance executive with a proven track record of leading transactions. His experience, knowledge and relationships in both investment banking and the food industry will make him a great asset to Campbell. Additionally, his investment banking expertise will complement our strong team of finance professionals."

Gürkan earned his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey, and his M.B.A. from Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

From the May 27, 2008, Prepared Foods e-Flash