The J.M. Smucker Company
Richard K. Smucker is Executive Chairman of The J.M. Smucker Company, an $8 billion food and beverage manufacturer and marketer of iconic North American brands including Smucker's®, Jif®, Folgers®, and Crisco®, and in pet food and pet snacks, Meow Mix®, Milk Bone®, Kibbles ‘n Bits®, 9Lives®, and many more. Richard began his career at Smucker in 1972. Prior to his current role, he served as Smucker’s Co-Chief Executive Officer from 1998-2011, and Chief Executive Officer from 2011–2016.
The J.M. Smucker Company was founded more than a century ago by Mr. Smucker’s great-grandfather, Jerome M. Smucker, and has been honored numerous times on FORTUNE magazine’s annual listing of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, ranking first in 2004.
Mr. Smucker serves on the boards of The J.M. Smucker Company, The Consumer Goods Forum, and The Cleveland Orchestra.
He has also held a variety of board and trustee positions in the past, including The Food Marketing Institute (FMI), Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank, The Sherwin-Williams Company, International Multifoods Corporation, Wm. Wrigley, Jr. Company, and Buttonwood Capital Partners Limited. He is a past chairman and trustee of the Miami University Board of Trustees and is a trustee emeritus of The Culinary Institute of America.
He and his brother, Tim, were recognized by MarketWatch as CEO’s of the year for 2009.
Mr. Smucker received his MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Commerce and Finance and his bachelor’s degree in finance from Miami University of Ohio. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1970 to 1976.
He and his wife, Emily, have one daughter and two grandchildren.