Lawrence Kurzius has been named McCormick CEO

Lawrence Kurzius has been named McCormick CEO

McCormick & Co. has named president and COO Lawrence Kurzius as its new chief executive, replacing Alan Wilson.

Kurzius has worked for the US spice and condiments group for a decade, including stints as president of the company's US consumer business and president of its international operations, which took in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, China and Asia Pacific. He was named president and COO in January.

Wilson has been McCormick's chairman and CEO since 2008. He will stay at the company as executive chairman.

"I am truly honoured and excited about the opportunity to lead this great company," Kurzius said. "I'd like to personally thank Alan for his continued service to McCormick and his personal mentorship. The future for McCormick is very promising and I look forward to working with all of our employees around the world."

Wilson said Kurzius "has a proven track record of delivering results" and "understands and values the importance of continuing to grow the company while ensuring that McCormick remains a great place to work".

Reflecting on his tenure as CEO, Wilson added: "I am extremely proud of what we've been able to accomplish at McCormick. Our management team is comprised of the best talent in the industry. We've been able to deliver consistent results for our investors and over 10,000 employees around the world and I look forward to continuing to work with them in my new role."