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Advertising Age reports that Ed Shirley, “the most senior remaining executive who came into P&G from its 2005 acquisition of Gillette, will step down from his post as vice chairman-global beauty and grooming effective July 1. He will retire from P&G in January following a six-month special assignment in which he'll continue to report to Chairman-CEO Bob McDonald.”

According to the story, “Jodi Allen, who had been VP-North American baby care since 2008, has been named VP-North American operations and marketing. She'll report to Melanie Healey, group president-North America, and Marc Pritchard, global brand-building officer in that new role, where she succeeds Kirk Perry.

“Mr. Perry has been promoted to president on special assignment, according to people familiar with the matter, where he'll lead a team of executives developing a plan to streamline how P&G's global business units and market development organizations work together. He'll report directly to Mr. McDonald and Global Human Resources Officer Moheet Nagrath.”

The end result of all these moves, the story suggests, is that it “appears to leave a wide open field for CEO succession at P&G among several group presidents in their 40s and 50s. That's one indication Mr. McDonald, 57, plans to stay in the post for several more years, as prior P&G CEO successors have generally had two or three years of grooming in posts reporting directly to the CEO.”
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