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Lawrence Kurzius has been chairman, president and CEO of McCormick & Company for the past six years, where he has worked to meet consumer demand, while strengthening the company’s business model in a global environment.

“The most important responsibility in my role as CEO is to ensure the growth and well-being of McCormick & Company, now and into the future, and to keep McCormick a great place to work,” Kurzius said.

McCormick recently passed the milestone of $6 billion in sales under Kurzius’ watch, a success he attributes, in part, to the value of the company’s products.

Prior to joining McCormick, Kurzius served as the president and CEO of Zatarain’s, a New Orleans-based company that was acquired by McCormick in 2003.

Kurzius received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Princeton University.

If you weren’t in this industry, what would you be doing?

I cannot imagine doing anything other than building great businesses and developing great leaders. From an early age, I’ve always had an entrepreneurial mindset, and have worked in both small and large businesses ranging from a pizza delivery service and a buttons and tee shirts business during my time at Princeton to later leading Zatarain’s and now McCormick & Company. The principles are remarkably similar, it’s the scale that’s different.