The Pampered Chef Names Buffett Protégé New CEO

The Pampered Chef announced this week that interim CEO Doris Christopher is passing on management of the Berkshire Hathaway unit to Tracy Britt Cool, a top adviser to Berkshire Chairman Warren Buffett. Christopher, who founded The Pampered Chef in 1980 and currently serves as Chairman, has filled the position since December 2013.

Having joined Berkshire fresh out of Harvard Business School, Cool is in her fifth year at the company. As Financial Assistant to the Chairman, she helps oversee many of Berkshire’s operations—including The Pampered Chef, where for the past year she has served as an adviser to Christopher. In addition to her new role, Cool will remain Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway companies Benjamin Moore, Larson-Juhl, and Oriental Trading Company, as well as serve on the board of the H.J. Heinz Company.

“I couldn’t think of a better leadership duo at the helm of The Pampered Chef,” Buffett shared in a statement. “With Tracy’s experience helping Berkshire companies reach their full potential and Doris’ passion for both The Pampered Chef’s consultants and products, I see great things in the company’s future.”


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