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McCormick CEO Lawrence Kurzius to succeed Alan Wilson as chairman

Lawrence Kurzius promoted to McCormick Chief Executive Officer (PRNewsFoto/McCormick & Company, Incorporat)

Lawrence Kurzius (PRNewsFoto/McCormick & Co. Inc.)

Alan D. Wilson, executive chairman of the board and former CEO of McCormick & Company, will end his eight-year tenure as chairman, effective Jan. 31. CEO Lawrence Kurzius will take over as chairman, on top of his current duties, the Sparks-based spice giant announced Wednesday.

Wilson, who worked for the McCormick for 23 years, will continue to serve as a board member and senior adviser for McCormick. He retired as CEO in February and has continued to serve as executive chairman since that time.

“Transitioning to the role of Chairman of the Board for McCormick is consistent with the Board’s succession plan at the executive level and is also consistent with my personal plans. Under Lawrence’s leadership, we have a great team of executives with relevant food industry experience and a lot of talent.  I am confident that this group is highly motivated to build upon our success in the years ahead,” Wilson said.

In addition, Executive Vice President Gordon M. Stetz will retire from the board at the end of this year.  Stetz has been employed by McCormick for 29 years, and was executive vice president and CFO from 2007 until he retired in September. Stetz’s announcement coincides with the retirement announcement he made in June. He has served on McCormick’s board since 2011.

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