John D. Keith worked for 32 years for Unilever North America and its predecessor company, Bestfoods, prior to starting J. D. Keith & Associates, LLC in 2008. While at Unilever, he held many senior leadership roles in finance and information technology, including VP Finance for Bestfoods North American Retail businesses and VP Information Technology for Unilever in North America.
He began his career with Coopers & Lybrand in 1971, within their audit practice, becoming a CPA in 1974. In 1976, he joined Bestfoods and progressed through roles of increasing responsibility in finance, operations and general management. In 1984, Mr. Keith moved to Bestfoods Bakery Division where he served as Vice President Finance and Information Services. In 1991, he became Vice President Finance for Bestfoods North American Retail businesses before assuming the position of Vice President Information Systems for Bestfoods North America in 1996. Mr. Keith assumed the position of Vice President Information Technology for Unilever Bestfoods, shortly after the acquisition of Bestfoods by Unilever in October, 2000. He assumed the role of Vice President Information Technology for Unilever in North America in September 2002 and served in that capacity until his retirement in late 2007.
A lifelong resident of New Jersey, Mr. Keith also serves on the Board of Directors of the Spina Bifida Resource Network.
Mr. Keith received a B.S. degree in Finance and History from Monmouth University in 1971. Mr. Keith was born in 1949.
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