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Governance:  Board of Directors

Board of Directors
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Board Members

Colgate's Board of Directors believes that good corporate governance accompanies and facilitates our long-term business success.

Ian Cook
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Cook joined Colgate in the United Kingdom in 1976 and progressed through a series of senior management roles around the world. He became Chief Operating Officer in 2004, with responsibility for operations in North America, Europe, Central Europe, Asia and Africa. In 2005, Mr. Cook was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer, responsible for all Colgate operations worldwide and was promoted to Chief Executive Officer in 2007. Elected director in 2007 and Chairman in January 2009.      
John Cahill
Former Chairman and CEO, The Pepsi Bottling Group, Inc.
Mr. Cahill was CEO and Chairman of The Pepsi Bottling Group, Inc. from 2001 to 2006 and Executive Chairman for 2006 - 2007. From 1989 to 1998, Mr. Cahill held multiple senior financial and operating leadership positions at PepsiCo and with the formation of The Pepsi Bottling Group, Inc. (PBG) in 1998 he became Chief Financial Officer of PBG and subsequently President and COO. Independent Director - Elected director in 2005.      
Jill Conway
Visiting Scholar, Program in Science, Technology and Society
at Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 1985
Mrs. Conway was President of Smith College from 1975 to 1985. Independent Director - Elected director in 1984.      
Helene D. Gayle
President and Chief Executive Officer of CARE USA
Prior to joining CARE in 2006, Dr. Gayle previously held senior positions with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Independent Director - Elected director in 2010.      
Ellen Hancock
Former President of Jazz Technologies, Inc.
(formerly Acquicor Technology) from 2005 to 2007
Mrs. Hancock previously was Executive Vice President of Research and Development and Chief Technology Officer at Apple Computer Inc., Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at National Semiconductor, and Senior Vice President at IBM. Independent Director - Elected director in 1998.      
Joseph Jimenez
Chief Executive Officer of Novartis AG
Prior to joining Novartis in 2007, Mr. Jimenez was President and CEO of H.J. Heinz’s North American and European businesses and held senior leadership positions at ConAgra Grocery Products. Independent Director - Elected director in 2010.      
David Johnson
Chairman Emeritus of Campbell Soup Company
Mr. Johnson previously was Campbell Chairman from 1993 to 1999 and President and Chief Executive Officer, 1990-1997 and March 2000-January 2001. From 1987 to 1989, he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Gerber Products Company. Independent Director - Elected director in 1991.      
Richard Kogan
Former President and Chief Executive Officer of
Schering-Plough Corporation, 1996-2003
Mr. Kogan was also Chairman of Schering-Plough Corporation from 1998 to 2002. Mr. Kogan joined Schering-Plough as Executive Vice President, Pharmaceutical Operations, in 1982 and became President and Chief Operating Officer in 1986. Independent Director - Elected director in 1996.      
Delano Lewis
Senior Fellow, New Mexico State University, since 2006
Mr. Lewis served as U.S. Ambassador to South Africa from December 1999 to July 2001, Chief Executive Officer and President of National Public Radio from 1994 to 1998, and President and Chief Executive Officer of Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Company from 1988 to 1993, which he joined in 1973. Independent Director - Director from 1991 to 1999 and since 2001.      
J. Pedro Reinhard
Former Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
of The Dow Chemical Company
Mr. Reinhard served as Chief Financial Officer of The Dow Chemical Company and Executive Vice President from 1996 to 2005. He previously held a series of senior international financial and operating positions at The Dow Chemical Company and was appointed Treasurer in 1988. Mr. Reinhard was a Director of The Dow Chemical Company from 1995 to 2007. Independent Director - Elected director in 2006.      
Stephen Sadove
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Saks Incorporated
Mr. Sadove joined the management team of Saks as Vice Chairman in 2002, serving as Chief Operating Officer from 2004 to 2006. He has served as CEO of Saks since January 2006 and was named Chairman in May 2007. He previously held a series of key positions at Bristol-Myers Squibb. Independent Director - Elected director in 2007.                 
Audit Committee

David Johnson

John Cahill

Jill Conway

Ellen Hancock

Richard Kogan


Finance Committee

Ellen Hancock

Richard Kogan

Delano Lewis

J. Pedro Reinhard


Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee

Delano Lewis

Jill Conway

Ellen Hancock

David Johnson

Stephen Sadove


Personnel and Organization Committee

Richard Kogan

John Cahill

Jill Conway

David Johnson

Delano Lewis

J. Pedro Reinhard

Stephen Sadove


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