Kurzius to president and c.o.o. of McCormick

by Eric Schroeder
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Lawrence Kurzius has been with McCormick for 11 years.

SPARKS, MD. — Lawrence Kurzius has been named president and chief operating officer of McCormick & Co., Inc. He will continue to report to Alan D. Wilson, who remains chairman and chief executive officer for McCormick.

In this newly created role, Mr. Kurzius will have responsibility for McCormick’s businesses worldwide. In addition, he will continue to lead the global quality, supply chain and R.&D. corporate functions and serve as president of global consumer and president of North America.

Mr. Kurzius has been with McCormick for 11 years, and he has served as a member of the management committee since 2007. He has held multiple roles of increasing responsibility, including president of U.S. consumer and president of international businesses, including Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA), China and Asia Pacific Zone (APZ). Most recently he was president of global consumer, president of the Americas and China, and chief administrative officer.  Prior to joining McCormick, Mr. Kurzius was the c.e.o. of Zatarain’s, where he worked for almost 12 years and held marketing positions with Uncle Ben’s, a division of Mars, Inc. and the Quaker Oats Co.

He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Princeton University.

Malcolm Swift, president of EMEA and APZ, will take on the additional role of president of global industrial. Mr. Swift will report directly to Mr. Kurzius for his responsibilities in the EMEA and APZ region.  He will continue to report to Mr. Wilson for his new role in global industrial. Mr. Swift is a member of the Management Committee. He joined McCormick in January 2005 after spending time in Europe with Mars Inc., Diageo P.L.C., Time Warner and Hero AG.
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