Todd Stitzer

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H. Todd Stitzer (born 10 March 1952) [1] is an American businessman who served as the chief executive officer of Cadbury plc from 2003 to 2010.


Early life

Stitzer was born in the United States, the son of a YMCA director and a nurse, and is a naturalised British citizen. [2] He was educated at Ridgewood High School, New Jersey, [3] Springfield College, Massachusetts. He then obtained a B.A. from Harvard University and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. [1] [2]


He joined New York law firm, Lord Day & Lord, in 1973 as an associate attorney.

In 1983, joined Cadbury North America as Assistant General Counsel, later becoming marketing chief for US beverages. [1] [4] He moved to London in 1991 as Group Development Director and then back to the United States in 1993 as vice-president of Marketing and Strategic Planning and then Chief Operating Officer for Cadbury Beverages, North America. [1] He was president and chief executive officer of Dr Pepper/Seven Up from 1997 to 2000 and Chief Strategy Officer from 2000 to 2003. [5] [6] He joined the board of Cadbury plc in 2000 and in 2003, was appointed chief executive officer. [2] On 2 February 2010, Kraft Foods Inc. successfully completed the acquisition of Cadbury which was originally a hostile takeover, the next day Stitzer along with Cadbury Chairman Roger Carr announced their resignations. [7]

Stitzer has two children, a son and a daughter, and homes in Connecticut and Surrey. [1] [8]

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