CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG) is executing on its growth and productivity plan to enhance performance and drive shareholder value, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bob McDonald, told the Company’s shareholders at its annual meeting today.
During the meeting, Mr. McDonald highlighted P&G’s consistent growth and superior long-term shareholder returns over the years. He cited the strength of P&G’s proven business model of discovering meaningful consumer insights, translating those insights into products with superior benefits and value and supporting those products with strong marketing programs and broad distribution. He underlined the sharp focus against the Company’s 40 largest businesses, 20 top innovations and 10 most important developing markets as well as its $10-billion productivity program as key drivers to future growth.
Mr. McDonald commented: “Our plan, as you can see, is decisive, simple and focused. Grow our core and win with innovation fueled by productivity. It’s a plan that has the support of our Board of Directors, the commitment of our leadership team and the full engagement of Procter & Gamble people all over the world.”
On innovation, Mr. McDonald commented, “We are renewing our commitment to discontinuous innovation — that is, to innovation that obsoletes current products and creates new categories and new brands.”
He continued: “In the meantime, many superior product innovations are in the market now, including Tide PODS, Downy UnStopables, ZzzQuil, Pampers Baby Dry, Charmin DuraClean, Bounty Trap & Lock, Crest Pro-Health for Life, Olay Regenerist, and a full portfolio of superior new products on Pantene and Head & Shoulders.”
Mr. McDonald concluded, “Our objectives are unchanging: To win with consumers; and, to deliver total shareholder return that ranks P&G among the top third of our peer group – the best performing companies in our industry. We’re confident we’re doing what’s right and necessary to achieve these objectives, now and for the long term health of our business.”
P&G will issue its results for the first fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2012 on October 25, 2012.
About Procter & Gamble
P&G serves approximately 4.6 billion people around the world with its brands. The Company has one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Pampers®, Tide®, Ariel®, Always®, Whisper®, Pantene®, Mach3®, Bounty®, Dawn®, Fairy®, Gain®, Charmin®, Downy®, Lenor®, Iams®, Crest®, Oral-B®, Duracell®, Olay®, Head & Shoulders®, Wella®, Gillette®, Braun®, Fusion®, Ace®, Febreze®, Ambi Pur®, SK-II®, and Vicks®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 75 countries worldwide. Please visit http://www.pg.com for the latest news and in-depth information about P&G and its brands.
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