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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's degree , science
    Kent State University
  • Bachelor of Science degree
    Kent State University
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Merisant ::: About Merisant ::: Senior Management, 16 Oct 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.
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.
About Paul Block – Paul R. Block, 20 July 2014 [cached]
Paul R. Block -
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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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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