IRI Appoints Lenny Chairman

Former Hershey, Nabisco exec brings more than 30 years of client-side food industry experience

Published in CSP Daily News

Richard Lenny

CHICAGO -- Information Resources Inc. (IRI), the global leader in solutions and services for consumer, retail and over-the-counter healthcare companies, has named Richard H. Lenny as chairman of its board of directors. Lenny succeeds Lawrence Benjamin, who will remain a member of the board and a senior advisor.

"I am deeply appreciative to Larry for his personal guidance, tremendous contributions to IRI and his continued involvement on the board and support of the business," said IRI president and CEO Andrew Appel. "During the past two years, Larry has made a significant impact on our business through his tireless energy and passionate focus on our retailer and manufacturer clients."

He added, "Rick brings to IRI an impressive background, including more than three decades of experience in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) arena, and we are thrilled to have him picking up the torch and helping us drive our 'Growth Delivered' strategy forward. His experience with the client side of our business and resounding track record of leadership success will provide unique perspective to help us accomplish our most critical objectives and exceed our clients' expectations."

Lenny previously served as chairman, president and CEO of The Hershey Co., where he developed a value-enhancing strategy which delivered superior marketplace and financial performance. Prior to Hershey, Lenny was president of Nabisco Biscuit Co. When it acquired Nabisco in 2000, Kraft named Lenny group vice president of Kraft Foods and president of Nabisco Biscuit & Snacks.

Lenny joined Nabisco in 1998 from the Pillsbury Co., where he was president of Pillsbury North America. Prior to this, he spent 18 years at Kraft Foods Inc., where he held a number of senior marketing and sales positions.

Chicago-based IRI is a leader in providing market and shopper information and predictive analysis.

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