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Hank Cardello

Director, Food Policy Center

Hank Cardello is a former food industry executive whose mission is to drive practical public policies on food and obesity issues and to guide business on how to profitably transition to better-for-you products.

Hank Cardello currently serves as a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute, a renowned policy think tank in Washington, DC, where he directs its Food Policy Center. Hank is the author of Stuffed: An Insider’s Look at Who’s (Really) Making America Fat published by HarperCollins/Ecco, and the landmark report Better-for-you Foods: It’s Just Good Business. Most recently he served as architect for the confections industry commitment to reduce portion sizes and sell fewer calories.

For over three decades, Hank was an executive at some of the world’s largest food and beverage companies, including President of Cadbury-Schweppes’ Sunkist Soft Drinks, Inc., Vice President of Marketing for Canada Dry, Director of Marketing for Coca-Cola USA, and Brand Manager for Anheuser-Busch and General Mills. He has served as Chief Executive Officer for several nutritional food ingredient companies and, in 2000, was identified as a “Top 10 Innovator” in the Nutritional Foods industry. Mr. Cardello was also Co-Chair of the Global Obesity Business Forum, a public-private initiative sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.         

Hank’s perspectives have been shared in numerous publications, including the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the Washington Post, The Economist, and TIME magazine, as well as in major broadcast media, such as CNN, NPR, the BBC, Good Morning America, CNBC, and the major television networks. Mr. Cardello has been a regular contributor to the Atlantic and Forbes on food industry and obesity matters and has moderated expert panels at the White House, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Partnership for a Healthier America among others. He holds a B.S. degree Magna Cum Laude in materials science and metallurgy from Lehigh University, and an MBA in marketing from the Wharton Graduate School, University of Pennsylvania.

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