Alan G. Lafley, 51, president-global beauty care and North America, will be one of two top P&G executives to head both a global business unit and a regional market-development organization. Widely regarded as front-runner to succeed Durk Jager, he takes over P&G's troubled beauty-care business and responsibility for P&G's biggest geographic market, North America. His current post is president-Asia, but that will change in October to president-North America before he takes the global title in January.
R. Kerry Clark, 46, president-global feminine protection, becomes leader of one of P&G's fastest-growing global businesses, based in Kobe, Japan. He will be president-Asia through a transition period from October to July 1999.The youngest of the GBU presidents, he's regarded by analysts as a contender to eventually become CEO. His current post is senior VP-president, laundry and cleaning, North America.
Fabric and Homecare
Wolfgang C. Berndt, 55, president-global fabric and homecare, based in Brussels, will take on P&G's largest global category. His current position is president-North America, but will temporarily become president-Western Europe, Middle East and Africa in October.
Food and Beverage
Jorge Montoya, 52, president-global food and beverage and Latin America. The president of the old Latin America division picks up duties as head of food and beverage, based in Caracas.
Healthcare and Corporate New Ventures
Bruce L. Byrnes, 50, president-global healthcare and corporate new ventures, is now president-healthcare products, North America.
Mark D. Ketchum, 48, president-global baby care, moves from president-paper products, North America, to commanding one of P&G's major global businesses.
Tissue and Towel
Gary T. Martin, 53, president-global tissue and towel and global product-supply officer, had already been P&G's top manufacturing executive as senior VP-product supply and global category executive,-tissue and towel products.