SJU to Host Beta Gamma Sigma Centennial Speaker Series
Thursday, September 13, 2012
by Kimberly Starr '12
PHILADELPHIA (September 13, 2012) - Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS), the honor society for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), is celebrating its 100th year anniversary with a speaker series during the 2012-13 academic year. Saint Joseph’s University is commemorating the anniversary by hosting the annual McCarthy Lecture in conjunction with the celebration. Both organizations will welcome Denise Morrison, the newly elected president and chief executive officer of Campbell’s Soup Company, as the guest in this speaker series on Thursday, Oct. 11.
Morrison joined Campbell’s as president of Global Sales and chief customer officer in 2003 and continued to thrive in the company. She is the organization's first woman elected as CEO since Campbell’s Soup was founded in 1869.
While her career began with Procter & Gamble in Boston, Mass., Morrison has since made a name for herself in the food industry. She joined Pepsi-Cola in Trade and Business Development and spent the majority of the 1980s at Nestlé USA, where she held senior marketing and sales positions.
Morrison is leading Campbell’s Soup at a pivotal time for the company as it shifts its focus from Baby Boomers, who have been eating Campbell’s Soup for decades, to the next generation. She is increasing consumer interest through interactive and entertaining iPad apps, allowing users to find recipes using Campbell’s soups.
Morrison is a founding member and current board member of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, an initiative designed to educate those in the marketplace, workplace and in schools to combat obesity. She also serves on the board of the Grocery Manufacturers Association and is the chair of its Health & Wellness Committee.
As a benefit to its members, BGS created the Centennial Speaker Series to expose members to insights from prominent business professionals and leaders, discussing an assortment of business topics. The McCarthy Lecture at Saint Joseph’s University is one of four events hosted by BGS in commemoration of the turn of the centennial anniversary.