Campbell Soup Company has 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.”
Most recently, Slavtcheff served as Vice President, R&D for Campbell Snacks and International. Prior to that he was Vice President, R&D for the Global Biscuits and Snacks division, a position he has held since 2015. Since joining Campbell in 2012, Slavtcheff and his team have combined culinary inspiration with product and packaging technology to develop snacks that appeal to consumers’ desire for affordable and real foods.
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 replaces Carlos Barroso who retired from Campbell in August 2018.