Denise Morrison, Campbell Soup
Position: President and CEO
Family: Married with two daughters
Denise Morrison has one heckuva resume. She joined Campbell Soup (NYSE:CPB) in 2003, working her way up to become CEO in 2011, after serving as an executive at Kraft Foods (NASDAQ:KRFT), Nestle (PINK:NSRGY), PepsiCo, Nabisco and more.
It’s almost no wonder she’s been named the 21st most powerful woman in business by Fortune and the 80th most powerful by Forbes.
It seems to run in the family, too, as her three sisters include the regional vice president of sales at Expedia (NASDAQ:EXPE), the past senior vice president of sales at AT&T (NYSE:T) and the chairman and CEO of Frontier Communications (NASDAQ:FTR).
She also has two daughters, both around 30 at this point, and wasn’t afraid to make that a priority when it came to her career. As a Bloomberg profile recaps, she cold-called the president of Nabisco Foods to ask for a job when her employer at the time — Nestle — was planning to relocate some operations from California to Cleveland.
Because her daughter was in high school, she didn’t want to make the move. Soon enough, she was working at Nabisco.