Campbell Soup Company announced the appointment of Craig Slavtcheff, 51, as vice president and head of research and development (R&D). Slavtcheff will lead Campbell’s entire R&D organization, including strategy, innovation and product development for the company’s divisions, as well as its science and technology, regulatory, nutrition, and culinary teams. He will report to Campbell’s chief operating officer, Luca Mignini.
“Effective Research and Development is a critical component of Campbell’s focused strategy to leverage our leading brands and market positions in North America. Craig is a disciplined and seasoned leader with a strong record of building effective teams that deliver compelling product innovation and drive business results,” said Mignini. “His more than 30 years of R&D experience in the consumer-packaged goods industry will be instrumental in aligning our innovation efforts against the differentiated portfolio roles of our brands.”
Before joining Campbell, Slavtcheff held the positions of senior vice president of R&D and quality affairs at Sun Products Corporation and the North American head of home & personal care R&D at Unilever. In these roles, he led R&D and innovation for popular global brands, including Dove and Pond’s cleansing & beauty products, Suave hair care, and Wisk and All laundry detergents.
Slavtcheff is a board of trustee member and executive committee member for The American Institute of Baking and served as an industrial advisory board member for the University of Connecticut’s Chemical Engineering Department, where he earned his B.S. degree in chemical engineering. He has been awarded more than dozens of patents in his career.
Slavtcheff replaces Carlos Barroso who retired from Campbell in August 2018.