K-C annouces new organizational structure

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Kimberly-Clark Corp. announced a new global organizational structure that creates three global ``strategic leadership teams'': tissue, personal care, and healthcare/non-wovens.

Kimberly-Clark's regional business organizations in North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia/Pacific will continue to have profit-and-loss responsibility. But the new global strategic leadership teams will be responsible for developing and managing global plans for branding and product positioning, cost reductions, technology, research and development, and capital investment.

Leading the new teams will be Thomas J. Falk, group president-global tissue and paper; Kathi P. Seifert, group president-global personal care; and Robert E. Abernathy, group president-global health care/non-wovens.

The marketer said its regional leaders will be an important part of the new worldwide strategic leadership teams.

``Globalization efforts are already benefiting us in Europe, where Tom and Kathi have had oversight responsibility since March,'' said Kimberly-Clark Chairman-CEO Wayne R. Sanders. ``With our business results in Europe improving, we are replacing our so-called `SWAT team' approach to managing the region with the new global organizational structure.''

Kimberly-Clark also said it is creating global senior management teams for consumer tissue, away-from-home tissue, infant/child care, feminine/adult care, healthcare and non-wovens.

Separately, it named Juan Ernesto de Bedout president-Latin American operations, reporting to Mr. Sanders. He will work closely with Claudio X. Gonzalez, chairman-CEO of Kimberly-Clark de Mexico, Kimberly-Clark said.

Copyright December 1998, Crain Communications Inc.

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