Key Personnel: Neil P. DeFeo, chief executive officer; Dave Lundstedt, president; Kris Kelley, executive vice president and chief financial officer; Bill Littlefield, executive vice president and general manager, branded products; Gretchen Crist, senior vice president, human resources; Beth B. Hecht, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary; Craig Slavtcheff, senior vice president, research and development.
Sales: $2.1 billion
Major Products: Laundry detergents including All, Wisk, Sunlight, Surf, Snuggle, Sun and White Rain and private label products.
Comments: The $1.45 billion acquisition of Unilever’s U.S. laundry business, completed a year ago, made Sun a $2 billion business and the No. 2 player in the U.S. laundry category behind Procter & Gamble.
Since the acquisition, the Sun team has been busy putting its house in order. In March, the company opened a new corporate headquarters in Wilton, CT that is U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified.
It followed up that green move up with the opening of a new environmentally-friendly office in Bentonville Plaza in Bentonville, AK, which is directly across from the headquarters of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
Sun is owned by Vestar Capital Partners, a private equity group.