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Mr. Paul R. Block

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Chief Executive Officer and Presi...

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Merisant Company
33 N Dearborn St Ste 200
Chicago , Illinois 60602
United States

Company Description: Merisant Worldwide, Inc. is engaged in the manufacturing and marketing of low-calorie tabletop sweeteners. The Company’s brands are: Equal and Canderel. The Company...   more
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Employment History

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  • bachelor's degree , science
    Kent State University
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About Paul Block – Paul R. Block
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About Paul Block
Paul R. Block is president and CEO of Merisant Company. He leads 400 employees, oversees four dedicated manufacturing facilities on three continents, and manages operations in more than 80 countries. He joined Merisant in September 2004 as president and chief operating officer and was named CEO in November of that year. From 2005 to 2010, Block served as board chairman, overseeing the company's emergence from a successful balance-sheet restructuring and ownership change. Specifically, Block led a debt-reduction process that shrank the company's debt to $142 million from $567 million.
Under his leadership at Merisant, Block and his team were the first to create a co-brand ownership with PepsiCo around the Pure Via brand all-natural sweetener. As one of the first proponents of Stevia, Block showed his passion for delivering products and solutions that provide choice to customers.
Block has more than 30 years of experience in the food and beverage industry. In addition to his experience with new product development, brand reinvigoration and maximizing portfolio architecture, Block demonstrates expertise in finance, debt structure, manufacturing and process engineering. He prides himself in approaching situations with both a deep analytical and a broad creative perspective. He also works hard to instill the values of teamwork and mutual respect in all employees.
Born in Lynchburg, Va., Block graduated from Kent State University with a bachelor's degree in science. Prior to joining Merisant, Block served as president and chief executive officer of U.S. coffee retail for Sara Lee Corporation; executive vice president and U.S. general manager of Allied Domecq PLC, where he oversaw the acquisition of Stolichnaya Vodka; and vice president and U.S. general manager of Dannon Water. He also managed brand and product development operations with Miller Brewing Company, Guinness and Philip Morris. In all of his roles, Block worked to create growth by taking a nonlinear, breakthrough approach to brand building and new product development.
Block received Brandweek's Marketing Manager of the Year Award, was named to Advertising Age's list of top marketers in the U.S. and received the distinction of Groupe Danone's Chairman Award for Innovation. Block was also honored with the Edgar Bronfman Award for his outstanding leadership in the wine and spirits Industry by the UJA Federation and with the Atlas Turnaround Corporate Executive of the Year Award for his leadership in the successful restructuring and turnaround of Merisant.
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Testimonials – Paul R. Block
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The icing on the cake was having the privilege of working with and observing CEO, Paul Block in action. In our first communication Paul wrote, "My personal style is to empower people to work in teams to find solutions, moreover, to work collectively, through a constructive dissention process and purpose.
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"Paul is a true value creator, both in the traditional operational and management sense, and in his ability to understand and take advantage of the impact that the balance sheet and capital markets have on stake holder value. Paul combines an optimistic style with a realistic, pragmatic view of the range of potential outcomes, which makes him credible and inspiring. Perhaps most valuable and unusual, is Paul's ability to adjust and adapt quickly, which allows Paul to be a member of the Team when that is the most effective, to be the leader when that is the most effective, and to adopt the approach and style that is most likely to accomplish the objective. When a company faces significant challenge and opportunity, the experience, perspective, and style of Paul Block would be a very significant asset."
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During the last two years, I have worked very closely with Paul Block on restructuring Merisant. Paul possesses the rare combination of skills required by a CEO to implement a truly successful restructuring. First and foremost, he has tremendous business judgment that has allowed him to make very difficult business decisions in the face of limited liquidity. More impressively, he was able to develop, market and launch a successful new product line while securing a world-class operating partner despite the company's financial difficulties.
In addition, Paul has a very sharp understanding of the overall financial objectives and requirements of the ongoing restructuring. His understanding of the company's capital structure and liquidity targets is consistently thorough and accurate. Lastly, Paul's ability to keep his management team together during a difficult restructuring is commendable. Based on my experience, this is only achieved by a CEO who is truly a leader within and outside of his company - a quality that Paul clearly possesses."
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"I had the pleasure of working closely with Paul and his team at Merisant to comb the world to identify and evaluate a number of natural sweetener candidates and select the one that represented the best new product opportunity. Paul had the vision to put together an external team of regulatory scientists who were experts in evaluating the safety of sweeteners and obtaining GRAS status, paving the way for Merisant to extend its product line into the important natural sweetener area. As the leader of the external safety and regulatory team, I was impressed by Paul's deft ability to understand the complex scientific issues to be addressed and the rationale for the regulatory path chosen for Rebaudioside A. A crucial part of the strategy was to meet with FDA early in the process to explain the scientific rationale for GRAS status of Rebaudioside A and to proactively identify and address any safety issues. As a result, Merisant was the first company to file a GRAS notification with the FDA, receiving a no-objection letter from the FDA in a timely manner. Further, Paul's team of highly regarded scientific and regulatory experts was a major factor that led a multinational food and beverage company to partner with Merisant."
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Then there is Paul Block, who is one of the very few equally adept and comfortable in both camps.
I worked closely with Paul for nearly 20 years across a range of companies and sectors - from his days as a Marketing Director at Guinness to his first CEO position with Sara Lee, and most recently as Chairman and CEO of Merisant. Among his considerable set of skills that I find most impressive is his ability to join up his 'man-on-a-mission' pursuit of ambitious, transformational value initiatives for moving brands and organizations into the future with a tenacity and desire to deliver immediate and tangible business results … and more than anything accounts for his record of success in managing high-growth as well as turnaround situations. In both cases, Paul has proved to be an effective agent of change with the necessary vision to drive true organizational potential and the chief motivator in the boardroom who encourages others to take action and realize those changes."
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"While serving on the Merisant Board of Directors, I saw Paul in action under formidable conditions. At a time when the company was facing and then operating under bankruptcy, he managed to retain a talented executive team, preserve and even expand strategic relationships with PepsiCo, maintain favorable supplier relationships and execute the launch of Pure Via™ - an innovative new product with landmark implications for the company. He navigated the regulatory process adeptly for securing FDA allowance of the key ingredient in Pure Via™, and his strategy to reposition the Merisant product mix in order to focus on all-natural ingredients yielded a growth path for the company. Paul can stay focused on the business objectives and navigate the minefield of restructuring at the same time, and even under steady fire he is in the top tier of competence and ability to lead with trust and accountability. His integrity, straightforward assessments and decisive action plans have earned him a very strong sense of confidence from the board. As a private equity investor, I have worked with scores of CEOs and management teams, and I personally find Paul's approach, instincts and intelligence refreshing."
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"I had the opportunity to work with Paul when he was at Allied Domecq and Sara Lee. For both companies, his leadership transformed the business and the brands. Paul was able to quickly sort through complex, layered business and marketing issues, and thoughtfully unravel them until strategic clarity and focus were restored. I also observed his exceptional talent to restructure and re-cast an organization… he not only brought out the best in his organization but in mine, as well. In every situation, Paul aligns all of the important details… he is a positive force who inspires individuals and teams to achieve aspiration outcomes."
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www.purevia.com, 11 Sept 2009 [cached]
"We have long been the market leader in table top sweeteners in France and are well-positioned to bring Pure Via™ to this market," said Paul Block chairman and chief executive officer of Merisant and Whole Earth Sweetener Company.
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www.purevia.com, 17 Dec 2008 [cached]
"We are delighted to bring Pure Via® to consumers," said Paul Block, chief executive officer of Merisant and Whole Earth Sweetener Company.
Merisant ::: About Merisant ::: Senior Management
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Paul Block
Chief Executive Officer and President
Paul Block joined Merisant as Chief Operating Officer in September 2004, and in November of that year Mr. Block became Chief Executive Officer. He was elected chairman of the Board of Directors in February 2006. Prior to joining Merisant, Mr. Block had served as president and chief executive officer of Sara Lee's Coffee and Tea Consumer brand. There, he led an impressive turnaround in operating performance. Mr. Block also served as chief marketing officer and, subsequently, EVP general manager of Allied Domecq Spirits USA, where he was instrumental in the repositioning and double-digit growth of its Courvoisier brand. Additionally, while at Danone International Brands, Mr. Block launched Dannon bottled water in the United States, achieving number one market share after only eight months. He has also held various brand management, field marketing and sales positions at Guinness Import and Miller Brewing companies.
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