McCormick & Company, Incorporated announced its board of directors elected Alan D. Wilson president and CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2008 and a member of the board of directors, effective November 27, 2007. Wilson joined the company in 1993 and was named president and COO in December 2006.
Robert J. Lawless, present chairman and CEO will retire Jan. 1, 2008 and will continue to serve as chairman of the board.
During his 14-year career, Wilson served as president, Tubed Products, Inc., president, McCormick Canada and president - North American Consumer Foods and Supply Chain. In addition, Wilson was involved in the development of the spice revitalization program that is being rolled out in the U.S. and the execution of a restructuring program that is on-track to generate $50 million of cost savings. He currently serves on the chairman's Advisory Council of the Grocery Manufacturers Association.
During his 30-year career with McCormick, Lawless has contributed to the success of the Company in a number of important roles. He was named president in 1996 and CEO in 1997. Lawless currently serves on the board of directors for Constellation Energy and the board of directors for Baltimore Life. In addition, he serves on several non-profit boards and has received numerous awards within the community in recognition of his leadership and philanthropy.