Colgate has just announced that Kimberly A. Nelson has a new role on its board of directors.
In a press release announcement that was first released to Business Wire, it was revealed that Nelson will start her role, effective immediately. The announcement also revealed Dr. Helene Gayle will retire from the board on May 7, 2021.
It’s unclear whether Nelson’s appointment is so she can serve as a replacement for Dr. Gayle.
“We are delighted to welcome Kim to the Board and are pleased that she will contribute her outstanding capabilities to Colgate,” said Noel Wallace, Colgate’s Chairman, President and CEO, in the press release announcement. “Helene has our profound thanks for her immeasurable contributions to Colgate’s business success and governance excellence, and we extend our best wishes for her continued success.”
Prior to her new role on the board of Colgate, Nelson had a long and storied career, with her most recent role being the former Senior Vice President of External Relations at General Mills, Inc. In that global role, she led sustainability, consumer relations, corporate branding, and communications, government affairs and public policy, and external stakeholder relations. Ms. Nelson also served as President of the General Mills Foundation from 2011 until her retirement from General Mills, Inc. in 2018.
In addition to their eponymous toothpaste, Colgate — as part of the Colgate-Palmolive Company — has more than 200 brands under its worldwide umbrella, including Tom’s of Maine, Irish Spring, Speed Stick, Ajax, Fabuloso, and Suavitel, as well as Hill’s Science Diet and Hill’s Prescription Diet pet foods.