Third Point urges Campbell shareholders to vote for its nominees

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(Reuters) – Activist investor Daniel Loeb’s Third Point LLC on Friday urged Campbell Soup Co’s (CPB.N) shareholders to vote in favor of the hedge fund’s nominees.

FILE PHOTO: Tins of Campbell’s tomato soup are seen on a supermarket shelf in Seattle, Washington, U.S. February 10, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Helgren/File Photo

Third Point, which has launched a proxy fight to replace the American food company’s 12-member board, had unveiled a slate of nominees last week.

Third Point owns a 5.65 percent stake in Campbell as of Sept. 6, according to Reuters data. Loeb bought his stake in Campbell after Chief Executive Officer Denise Morrison unexpectedly stepped down in May.

The fund said the Campbell board’s failure to have a functioning CEO succession plan in place following Morrison’s exit is “a reflection of its inability to conduct one of the most essential duties of any board of directors.” (bit.ly/2Mu2gM5)

The 149-year-old company which revolutionized the home-cooking industry with easy-to-prepare soups and low-cost production techniques has been struggling to attract young consumers to its namesake soups and Pepperidge Farm cookies.

Campbell was not immediately available for comment.

Reporting by Arunima Banerjee in Bengaluru; Editing by Shailesh Kuber

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