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Mr. Paul R. Block

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Chief Executive Officer and Presi...

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

Employment History


  • Bachelor of Science degree
    Kent State University
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Merisant ::: About Merisant ::: Senior Management, 13 Mar 2014 [cached]
Paul Block Chief Executive Officer and President
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.
Paul R. Block ..., 16 Nov 2013 [cached]
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About Paul Block
Paul R. Block is president and CEO of Merisant Company. He leads the global business, its 550 employees, four dedicated manufacturing facilities on three continents and operations in more than 80 countries. He joined Merisant in September 2004 as president and chief operating officer and became CEO two months later. In 2005, he was named board chairman and remained in that position until 2010 when the company emerged from a successful balance-sheet restructuring and changed ownership.
Mr. Block led a debt-reduction process that shrank the company's debt to $142 million from $567 million and its interest expense to $11 million from $36 million. In June 2010, he received the prestigious Atlas Turnaround Corporate Executive of the Year Award for his leadership in the successful restructuring and turnaround of Merisant Company.
Mr. Block and his team achieved global leadership as an Aspartame tabletop sugar substitute. They also were the first to receive a U.S. Food & Drug Administration "no objection" letter for a new all-natural sugar substitute, Reb A, and to create a co-brand ownership with PepsiCo around the Pure Via brand all-natural sweetener.
Mr. Block has more than 30 years' experience in the food and beverage industry with a unique leadership style. He approaches situations with both a deep analytical and a broad creative perspective, which few CEOs do consistently and simultaneously. He also employs a strong orientation to teamwork and mutual respect.
In addition to new product development, brand reinvigoration and maximizing portfolio architecture, Mr. Block demonstrates exceptional competencies in finance, debt structure, manufacturing and process engineering. The result: a strong cross-functional leader able to change paradigms and initiate sustainable, strategic growth.
Born in Lynchburg, Va., Mr. Block graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor of Science degree. Reflecting his extensive leadership involvement with his university and his fraternity, Miller Brewing Company recruited him for its new College Marketing Team, a pioneering initiative passed down by parent company Philip Morris. He quickly ascended through the ranks there in marketing, sales, brand management and new product development. In subsequent companies and roles, Mr. Block continued to create growth by taking a nonlinear "breakthrough" approach to brand building and new product development.
Externally, Advertising Age named Mr. Block among the top marketers in the U.S. and Brandweek named him a "Marketer of the Year. Internally, Guinness named him "Marketing Manager of the Year" and Groupe Danone awarded him the Chairman's Award for Innovation. In addition, the UJA Federation honored Mr. Block with the Edgar Bronfman Award for his outstanding leadership in the Wine & Spirits Industry.
Contact Paul's Contact Information: Paul R. Block President and CEO phone: 312-840-5148 fax: 312-840-5341
About Paul Block
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News, 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.
Stevia News | Sugar Substitute Stevia | Stevia Products in India | Benefits of Stevia, 26 Aug 2012 [cached]
According to Paul Block, chief executive officer of Merisant and Whole Earth Sweetener Company, it has taken four years of research and development to bring the product to market.
Yahoo - New Leadership Structure for Allied Domecq Spirits & Wine, North America, 9 Aug 2000 [cached]
Paul Block, EVP and General Manager of Equity Brands USA, will lead a dedicated sales, marketing and commercial finance team to drive continued profitable growth for Allied Domecq's USA Equity spirits brand portfolio, which includes such brands as Kahlua liqueur, Sauza tequila, Beefeater gin, Courvoisier cognac, Canadian Club whiskey and Maker's Mark bourbon.Paul was previously SVP & Chief Marketing Officer of Allied Domecq Spirits USA.
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