Campbell Soup Company Outgoing CEO Doug Conant Honored During Hall of Fame Weekend
On July 8 - 10, the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum celebrated the Hall of Fame induction of the one and only Andre Agassi, as well as Peachy Kellmeyer, a tennis administrator who was a driving force behind the development of women's pro tennis worldwide. During the Hall of Fame Weekend festivities, which are presented by Campbell Soup Company, tennis enthusiasts celebrated these legendary stars and enjoyed a weekend of great tennis, memorable speeches and unforgettable special events including the annual Rolex / BNP Paribas Hall of Fame Dinner at the stunning Rosecliff Mansion and the Brooks Brothers Lunch with Legends, a fun event which features tennis talk with tennis legends on the Hall of Fame property.
A special highlight of the Brooks Brothers Lunch with Legends was a tribute presentation for Douglas R. Conant, current President and CEO, who will step down on July 31, 2011 after more than 10 years in the role. Conant was honored with a special plaque and recognized before the crowd of tennis legends and fans. Also during the weekend, the International Tennis Hall of Fame recognized Denise Morrison, Campbell's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, who will succeed Conant as President and CEO on August 1.
Under Conant's leadership, Campbell Soup Company has been a dedicated sponsor of the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum, supporting the organization's mission to preserve the history of tennis, honor the legends and inspire the future. He has been instrumental in the growth of the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, an ATP World Tour event held each July. In addition, Conant has led Campbell Soup Company's support of Hall of Fame Weekend, an annual event which is highlighted by the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Conant joined the Board of Directors of the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum in 2003.
"With the support of Doug Conant and Campbell Soup Company, the International Tennis Hall of Fame is able to produce a world-class tennis tournament each summer, as well as a celebratory weekend to honor the greatest legends of tennis. It is our hope that by offering these events to fans, we are exposing people to the many benefits of this great, and perhaps inspiring future tennis players and even tennis legends," said Clouser. "We are indebted to Doug for the time and efforts that he has put into supporting the International Tennis Hall of Fame in this mission."
Conant was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Campbell Soup Company in January 2001. He also was elected a Director of the company at that time. Under Conant's leadership, Campbell has reversed a precipitous decline in market value and employee engagement. Conant joined Campbell with 25 years of extensive food industry experience from three of the world's leading food companies: General Mills, Inc., Kraft, and Nabisco. A native of Chicago, Conant earned his B.A. degree from Northwestern University and his master's degree in business administration from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern. In addition to his work with the Hall of Fame, Conant is Chairman and Trustee of The Conference Board and a member of the Board of Directors of the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP). Conant recently released the book TOUCHPOINTS: Creating Powerful Leadership Connections in the Smallest of Moments, which shares his views on how to be a highly effective leader in the interruption age, with the philosophy that every planned and spontaneous interaction is an opportunity to build engagement and promote an organization's values, purpose and agenda.
Campbell Soup Company's involvement with the Hall of Fame is just one facet of their dedication to tennis. Being a lifetime sport, tennis has a positive impact on people’s physical, mental and social wellbeing– a natural to complement the company’s mission to foster good health. With Conant's leadership, the company has supported the Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis & Education Foundation for 17 years, partnering with the organization to engage underprivileged children with tennis so that they may enjoy the benefits of health, educational opportunities and character building that tennis offers. In addition, Campbell Soup Company is the the presenting sponsor of the ITA/Campbell Rankings for NCAA tennis and also presents the annual Campbell/ITA National College Player of the Year Award.