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food company executive

James Larnard Ferguson, American food company executive.


Ferguson, James Larnard was born on March 16, 1926 in Evanston, Illinois, United States. Son of J. Larnard and Justine (Dickson) Ferguson.


AB, Hamilton College, 1949. Master of Business Administration, Harvard, 1951.


Associate advertising manager Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati, 1951-1962. Senior vice president, account supervisor Lennon & Newell Advertising, New York City, 1962-1963. Assistant to marketing manager, Birds Eye division General Foods Corporation, White Plains, New York, 1963-1967, general manager, Birds Eye division, 1967-1968, corporation vice president, general mgr.frozen foods division, 1968-1970, corporation group vice president, 1970-1972, executive vice president, 1972, president, 1972-1977, chief operating officer, 1972-1973, chief executive officer, 1973-1986, chairman, 1974-1986, chairman executive committee, since 1987, also board directors.

Vice chairman Philip Morris Companies, Inc. (parent), New York City, 1985-1986, also board directors. Board directors Union Carbide Corporation, Sawyer-Ferguson-Walker Company.

Board directors, member executive committee and compensation committee Chase Manhattan Bank (N.A.).


Member audit committee Council Finance Aid to Education. Trustee Hamilton College. Member Outward Bound, Business Committee for Arts.

Board directors Associates Harvard Business School. Senior warden Episcopalian church, since 1971. Served with C.E. United States Army, 1944-1946.

Member Grocery Manufacturers American (board directors, chairman, executive committee), Business Roundtable (executive committee, policy committee), Socially Responsible Investment International Council, Conference Board, Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin. Clubs: Economic; Wilton Riding, Blind Brook, Clove Valley Rod and Gun. Silver Spring Country (Ridgefield, Connecticut).

Links, Woodway Gun.


  • Other Interests

    Sports, music.


Married Elizabeth Rich, June 17, 1950. Children: Deborah, John Dickson, Douglas.

J. Larnard Ferguson

Justine (Dickson) Ferguson

Elizabeth Rich

Deborah Ferguson

John Dickson Ferguson

Douglas Ferguson