Brian Hults

Vice President, Global Organizational & People Development at Newell Brands, Inc.

Brian Hults

Brian Hults

Vice President, Global Organizational & People Development at Newell Brands, Inc.

Biography

Brian Hults is a former Novartis Pharmaceuticals and Coca-Cola executive with significant experience in global human resources, executive capability building and strategic workforce planning.

Currently, Brian leads Newell Rubbermaid’s Global Organizational and People Development function. In this role, Brian has a wide variety of responsibilities, from developing the company’s succession plans for the Board of Directors to directing major organizational change initiatives such as the company’s marketing, sales and operational transformation initiatives. Most recently, Brian is credited with implementing a sales and operations planning initiative that contributed to a $224 million reduction in inventory and a 33 percent increase in cash generation for the company during 2009.

Brian joined Newell Rubbermaid in 2005 as Group Vice President of Human Resources for the company’s Global Office Products segment. In partnership with the segment President, he led a turnaround of the business that helped achieve nine consecutive quarters of double-digit operating income growth.

Prior to joining Newell, Brian was responsible for the turnaround of corporate human resources, global staffing, labor relations, and HR shared services at Novartis Pharmaceutical in Basel, Switzerland. He also led the turnaround of human resources for the Coca-Cola Company’s $5 billion business in the Asia-Pacific region. There, he fostered quality HR practices across the region, implemented a proactive workforce planning model and led HR for the $890 million Korean bottler acquisition. Brian also led a 33 percent workforce rationalization initiative on-time, ahead of budget while enabling the business to exceed its financial targets that year.

Earlier in his career, Brian was responsible for HR for the $3 billion Global Farm Equipment business at Case Corporation (formerly JI Case). There, in partnership with the business president, he co-led the development of a new go-to-market approach that resulted in a 27 percent lift in top line sales and 40 percent reduction in fixed cost. Also at Case, he held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility including Plant HR Manager, Corporate HR Manager and HR Manager for global R&D, while also serving on the team that managed a successful initial public offering exceeding parent company expectations.

Brian began his career with Frito-Lay, Inc. (a PepsiCo division) in Dallas, working in Management and Organizational Development.

He has a B.A. in general psychology from the University of California, San Diego, an M.A. and Ph.D in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Michigan State University and a Master of Management from the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University. Brian lives in Atlanta with his wife of over 20 years and three children.

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Newell Brands, Inc. engages in the manufacture, marketing, and sale of consumer and commercial products. It operates through the following segments: Live, Learn, Work, Play, and Other. The Live segment sources, markets, and distributes a line of household products. The Learn segment includes writing and fine writing businesses, which have market share growth potential by further building strong brands like Sharpie, Paper Mate, and Expo and deploying the portfolio into new geographies. The Work segment offers a portfolio of cleaning and commercial brands including Rubbermaid, Rubbermaid Commercial Products, Quickie, Spontex, and MAPA that are found in homes, hospitals, schools, stadiums, and other commercial settings. The Play segment manufactures global consumer active lifestyle products for outdoor and outdoor-related activities, and primarily sells its products under the Berkley, Coleman, Contigo, Ex Officio, Marmot, Rawlings, and Shakespeare trademarks. The Other segment engages in the distribution of plastic products including closures, contact lens packaging, medical disposables, plastic cutlery and rigid packaging under Jarden Plastic Solutions. The company was founded in 1903 and is headquartered in Hoboken, NJ.

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Consolidated Container Co. LLC develops and manufactures rigid plastic packaging solutions. It specializes in customized mid-run and short-run packaging solutions, serving a customer base in the dairy, household chemicals, food and nutraceuticals, industrial and specialty chemicals, water and beverage, and juice markets. The company is headquartered in Atlanta, GA.

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2012 Atlanta Human Capital Leadership Forum

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Brian Hults is affiliated with Newell Brands, Inc., Consolidated Container Co. LLC

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