CPL announced Business Consulting Director Robert W. J. Harwood will serve as CEO of CPL Scientific Limited from April 2, 2014. Exiting CEO Steve Lisansky will continue as chair, and Joe Hart will take on the post of vice president, science and technology.
"Consolidating CPL Scientific’s reputation as the go-to brand for strategy consulting and executive search in food ingredients and related sectors is a key priority at this important stage of the company’s development," said CPL chair Steve Lisansky. "The appointments of Robert and Joe reflect the importance of ensuring we have the right people in place as we advance and execute our plan. Collectively they have a wealth of consulting experience, industry experience and insight, bringing a deep passion and commitment to develop the business for our clients."
Dr. Harwood, 45, is currently director of consulting at CPL Business Consultants. With 11 years' experience at CPL, Harwood has led a diverse range of consulting engagements for multinational companies and clients in manufacturing, private equity, investment banks and consulting. He has diversified CPL’s offerings and client base.
"CPL has a sound brand and a solid reputation which has been built up over the last 27 years. We have a team of talented and experienced employees, and valuable client relationships worldwide. I am honoured to be named to this position and I look forward to growing the company and building on the CPL name," Harwood said. "CPL is well known for its commercial expertise, depth of insight and technical understanding and I aim to expand the business and bring CPL’s expertise to a wider audience while maintaining the core values of the brand."
Hart, 56, possesses deep knowledge of the food ingredients, animal nutrition and pet food industries and has held scientific leadership roles in companies such as Nestlé and Danisco. Hart has eight years of consulting experience at CPL working on a wide range of technical and commercial engagements.
CPL will advance its unique integrated consulting and search capabilities to further strengthen its position in ingredients for food, nutraceutical and health, animal health and nutrition, agriculture and nutrition, bio-agriculture and crop protection and biotechnology.