J.M. Smucker unveils key executive promotions

by Eric Schroeder
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ORRVILLE, OHIO — A day after the J.M. Smucker Co. tapped Mark T. Smucker as president and chief executive officer, the Orrville-based company detailed several more key executive promotions following the recently announced executive leadership transitions designed to position the company for continued growth and success.

Jeannette Knudsen, J.M. Smucker Co.
Jeannette L. Knudsen, new v.p., general counsel and secretary.

Jeannette L. Knudsen will assume the role of senior vice-president, general counsel and secretary. Ms. Knudsen has been vice-president, general counsel and corporate secretary since 2010. Prior to that time, she was corporate secretary, securities and acquisition counsel and corporate attorney. Before joining J.M. Smucker she was an associate with the law firm of Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, L.L.P.

David Lemmon, J.M. Smucker Co.
David J. Lemmon, new president, Canada and International

David J. Lemmon will assume the role of president, Canada and International. Mr. Lemmon has been vice-president and managing director, Canada and International since January 2016. Prior to this, he was vice-president and managing director, Canada and also held a variety of positions in sales and marketing management. Prior to joining Smucker, he held progressive sales roles with Colgate Palmolive.

Jill Penrose, J.M. Smucker Co.
Jill R. Penrose, new  senior v.p., human resources and corporate communications

Jill R. Penrose will assume the role of senior vice-president, human resources and corporate communications. Ms. Penrose has been vice-president, human resources and corporate communications since January 2016. Earlier, she was vice-president, human resources and vice-president, corporate strategy and organization development. Prior to joining Smucker, she was a management consultant with both PricewaterhouseCoopers and Towers Perrin.

Geoff Tanner, J.M. Smucker Co.
Geoff E. Tanner, new senior v.p. of growth and innovation

Geoff E. Tanner will assume the role of senior vice-president of growth and innovation. Mr. Tanner has been vice-president of growth and innovation since January 2016. Prior to this, he was vice-president of marketing for pet foods and pet snacks and held various leadership roles at Big Heart Pet Brands, and was vice-president of innovation at Del Monte Foods, Inc. He also was a strategy consultant with Cap Gemini Ernst & Young.

The executive leadership team members will report directly to Mr. Smucker, newly appointed president and c.e.o., effective May 1, 2016. Also reporting to Mr. Smucker at that date will be Mark Belgya, vice chair and chief financial officer; Steven Oakland, vice chair and president, U.S. food and beverage; Barry Dunaway, president, pet food and pet snacks; and Denny Armstrong, senior vice-president, supply chain logistics and operations support.
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