By  on June 13, 2008

CINCINNATI — Ed Shirley, who has been the group president of P&G North America, has been named vice chair of Global Beauty & Grooming, a position previously held by Susan E. Arnold, before she moved up to her present post of president of Global Business Units about a year ago. Shirley, 51, will report to Arnold and his promotion is effective July 1.

Reporting to Shirley will be Chip Bergh, group president of Global Personal Care, and Chris Delapuente, group president of Global Hair. Before assuming his present post, Shirley was president of International Commercial Operations at Gillette, which Procter & Gamble Co. acquired in late 2005.

"Ed is the right leader to accelerate the long-term growth of P&G's beauty and grooming businesses," stated A.G. Lafley, P&G chairman and chief executive officer. "He has a proven track record of leadership results. He knows how to win with consumers and retail customers in fast-growing, highly complex categories. He has breadth and depth of experience in general management, finance, marketing, sales and supply chain. He knows how to leverage retail partnerships and supply chain leadership to drive top- and bottom-line growth."

Shirley will be succeeded as president of P&G North America by Steve Bishop, 44, who is now president of North America Market Operations. His promotion also will be effective July 1. Bishop will report to Werner Geissler, vice chair of Global Operations.

Lafley stated: "The North America business is strong and Steve's the right leader to keep the momentum going. As general manager, he led the turnaround of P&G's North America Fabric Care business, and as president of North America Market Operations, he's been a key architect of the transformative change under way in the North America organization. Most importantly, Steve and Ed have delivered consistently strong growth in the North America business over the past two years, in the face of intensifying economic and competitive pressure."

Both executives will continue to be based in Cincinnati.

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