May 23, 2022 – New York City-based executive search firm Mattson and Company has assisted in the recruitment of Eduardo Bezerra as CFO and Kyle Hanson as general counsel and corporate secretary of Perrigo Company, a global provider of over-the-counter pharmaceuticals and other healthcare products. “The appointments of Kyle and Eduardo are a key part of the next phase of Perrigo’s consumer self-care strategy,” said Perrigo Company CEO Murray S. Kessler. “They represent the next generation of Perrigo leaders who will help optimize and accelerate the newly transformed organization. They both have the passion and experience that embody ‘The Perrigo Advantage,’ and I am confident that their diverse perspectives and deep experience will contribute to Perrigo’s success.”
“By focusing on our supply chain reinvention, successfully integrating HRA Pharma, growing gross margins, driving innovation, and continually improving our organization and culture, the path ahead for Perrigo is clear, and we have the leadership to make it happen,” Mr. Kessler said. Mr. Bezerra joins Perrigo from Fresh Del Monte Produce, where he served as SVP and CFO. He previously served in multiple finance, as well commercial and strategy positions with increasing responsibility at Monsanto Co. for over 20 years, before the company was acquired by Bayer AG, when he took the lead on all finance-related integration matters.
“We are excited to have Eduardo join Perrigo with his extensive experience leading finance functions and growing margins at fast-moving consumer goods companies,” said Mr. Kessler. “In addition, he previously implemented global finance shared services structures, managed large integration processes, in addition to his deep international experience, having led teams across all 5 continents. I look forward to closely working with Eduardo on driving operational excellence through our supply chain reinvention program and strengthening our balance sheet through working capital improvements and value-driving capital allocation.”
Mr. Bezerra said he was excited to join Perrigo and help the company profitably and sustainably turn its consumer self-care vision into a reality. “It is a privilege to join Perrigo’s executive team and to partner with its talented finance organization, to advance the company’s powerful strategy while building value for shareholders,” he said.
Ms. Hanson is an experienced lawyer, with nearly 25 years as counsel for consumer-focused companies. She spent the last four years at Wolverine Worldwide, where she served as SVP, general counsel, and secretary. Prior to Wolverine, Ms. Hanson served for 20 years in various roles of increasing responsibility, including as general counsel, at The Buckle.
“As part of the next generation of Perrigo leaders, Kyle’s extensive experience in the consumer industry will provide valuable perspective and insight to the company,” said Mr. Kessler. “Kyle not only brings consumer expertise, passion and strong judgement, she is also an experienced litigator that will help Perrigo further reduce uncertainty.”
“I am honored for the opportunity to join such a great company at a perfect time in its storied history,” said Ms. Hanson. “I look forward to a smooth transition with Todd and am excited to help advance Perrigo’s purposeful self-care vision.”
Founded in 1887, Perrigo is the world’s largest manufacturer of over-the-counter healthcare products and supplier of infant formulas for the store brand market. The company is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland.
Mattson and Company, a select board advisory and executive search firm that specializes in senior executive talent selection and effective board governance. With executive search professionals in New York; Chicago; Indianapolis, IN; Atlanta; Manchester; Short Hills, NJ; and Palm Beach, FL; Mattson and Company is a specialized boutique consulting firm with experienced consultants who are trusted advisors to boards and CEOs. Founded in 2014 by Gayle Mattson, the firm’s partners offer knowledge in implementing solutions to issues facing boards and C-suite executives with select clients to create close and unconflicted relationships.
Ms. Mattson’s board experience has included cross border recruitment and rebuilding boards for Fortune 500 companies, building new boards for pre-IPO and spin-off companies. Representative multiple board assignments include United Technologies, Lockheed Martin, Becton Dickinson, PETsMART, Palm Inc., as well as Genencor, Cott Corp., AstraZeneca Plc., Campbell Soup Co., Dow Jones & Company, McGraw Hill, Inco Ltd., and Manpower. She has also been instrumental in conducting CFO as well as CEO assignments for midcap to Fortune 100 companies, including Campbell Soup, Manpower, Cott Corp., and CDI Corp.
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