P&G’s share price (NYSE:PG) climbed by 0.21 percent to $76.82 in afterhours trading on Wednesday, June 5, after the world’s largest household products maker announced a reorganisation of its business into four new divisions, the first big change since A.G. Lafley returned as chief executive two weeks ago (Procter & Gamble Ousts CEO McDonald and Re-Hires A.G. Lafley).
Lafley appointed on Wednesday four senior executives to run the newly formed business units and report directly to him – a move which analysts consider as a contest meant to identify Lafley’s successor. “The individuals who are reporting directly to Lafley are obviously potential candidates to be named to the top spot,” Morningstar analyst Erin Lash said, as quoted by Reuters.
One of the divisions is global baby, feminine and family care, which will include brands like Pampers and Tampex. Martin Riant, 54, will be running the unit. Deborah Henretta will head global beauty, which will be responsible for brands like Cover Girl and Olay.
Gilette, Oral B, Braun and Scope brands will fall into the global health and grooming unit to be headed by David Taylor, 55. Taylor will also oversee P&G’s pet-care business, which includes Iams pet food. Finally, global fabric and home care, which includes brands like Tide detergent and Swiffer sweepers, will be led by Giovanni Ciserani, 51.
The changes collectively “will strengthen our focus on go-to-market excellence in our core developed and developing markets,” Lafley said in a statement on Wednesday, and added that they will “help us operate better and faster as one unified team to win.” The changes are expected to kick in on July 1, the first day of the company’s fiscal 2014.
The Wall Street Journal quoted Neuberger Berman analyst Jason Tauber as saying that the reorganisation should provide better insight into how Procter & Gamble’s divisions perform. They would also allow investors to get to know the potential candidates for the chief executive spot.
“These new assignments mean A.G. is likely to stick around for at least a couple of years in order to insure that the person who gets the CEO job produces results and earns the support of the other successor candidates,” said John Wood, a vice chairman of Heidrick & Struggles International, a major company providing senior-level executive search services.
Procter & Gamble will report its financial results for the four new business units as segments starting with the new fiscal year. The only unit to gain market share over the past nine months, according to the company’s quarterly reports, has been the global grooming business.
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Also on Wednesday, Procter & Gamble said that Dimitri Panayotopoulos, current vice chairman for Global Business Units, will take the role of vice chairman and adviser to Lafley. Jorge Mesquita, a senior executive who has most recently led the business-creation and innovation efforts, will leave the company. His spot will be filled by Charles Pierce, who also heads P&G’s oral care business.
**P&G’s share price was $76.82 as of 06.06.2013, 08.04 BST.**