Consumer >> CEO Interviews >> June 10, 2002

Richard Smucker – J.m. Smucker Company (sjm)

RICHARD K. SMUCKER is President and co-CEO of The J. M. Smucker Company, makers of jams, jellies, ice cream toppings, juices, and other food products. He is the great-grandson of J. M. (Jerome Monroe) Smucker, who founded the company bearing his name in Orrville, Ohio, in 1897. The company's headquarters are still located in Orrville. Mr. Smucker graduated from Miami University (Ohio) and received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Before being named President in 1987, he held various financial and operational positions with the company, including Treasurer, Executive Vice President, and Chief Administrative Officer. In addition to serving on the Board of Smucker's, Mr. Smucker is also a Director of the Wm. Wrigley, Jr. Company, International Multifoods, and The Sherwin-Williams Company. He is also a trustee of the Cleveland Orchestra and serves on the Board of IFMA (International Foodservice Manufacturers Association). Mr. Smucker is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Culinary Institute of America and has also served on various charitable organizations. Profile
TWST: Can you tell us about your company and its business?

Mr. Smucker: The Smucker Company was established 105 years ago in the

food industry. Apple butter was our first product, and today