Newell Names Peterson Interim CEO

Newell Brands has named Christopher Peterson its interim chief executive officer, effective June 28.

Peterson, who has been serving as the company’s evp/chief financial officer, replaces CEO Michael Polk who previously announced his retirement.

“Chris has earned the respect of our board, executive team and employees since joining the company last year and has the board’s full confidence,” said Patrick Campbell, chairman of the board, Newell Brands. “The search for a permanent CEO is proceeding well and the board expects to be in a position to announce an external hire as the permanent CEO in the upcoming weeks.”

Peterson will also continue his current role as the company’s CFO.