SVP and Chief Communications Officer
ConAgra Foods, Inc.
Named one of the world's top communication professionals by the Holmes Report, Jon Harris is Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer for ConAgra Foods, Inc., (NYSE: CAG) where he leads the enterprise-wide Communication and Public Affairs organization. Strategic efforts focus on reinforcing the strong corporate values and driving a positive corporate reputation for ConAgra Foods. In this newly created role, Harris also oversees the ConAgra Foods Foundation and all of the Company’s corporate giving efforts, including the successful Child Hunger Ends Here program. ConAgra Foods’ robust portfolio includes: Banquet®, Chef Boyardee®, Egg Beaters®, Healthy Choice®, Hebrew National®, Hunt's®, Marie Callender's®, Orville Redenbacher's®, PAM®, Peter Pan®, Reddi-wip®, Slim Jim®, Snack Pack® and many others.
Prior to ConAgra Foods, Harris served as Chief Communications Officer, Senior Vice President, Hillshire Brands, where he oversaw all aspects of integrated communications for the leading food company and its extensive line of high-quality brands, including Jimmy Dean, Hillshire Farm, Ball Park, Sara Lee, Aidells and State Fair. Harris was responsible for managing the company’s network of communication professionals and a multi-million dollar budget that included corporate communication, employee communication and internal/external public relations. In addition, he served as President of the Hillshire Brands Foundation.
Harris had previously served as Senior Vice President, Global Communications for Sara Lee Corporation, where he was responsible for leading worldwide business and marketing communication for the company’s core food and beverage brands and oversaw the spin-off of the company into two pure-play, publicly-held entities.
Prior to joining Sara Lee in 2005, Harris served as Vice President, Communication and Corporate Development for Bally Total Fitness Corporation, where he led media development, public relations, product placement and image marketing for the Company.
Previously, Harris led communications at OurHouse.com preceded by four years at Pepsi-Cola Company in Purchase, NY. Among his many roles at Pepsi-Cola Company, Mr. Harris served Senior Manager of Public Affairs and headed up communications efforts behind the Company’s core brands and marketing initiatives. Earlier in his career, Harris worked at Ketchum Public Relations and Medicus Public Relations.
Jon Harris is an adjunct professor at the Graham School at the University of Chicago and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Rutgers University.
He resides in the suburbs of Chicago with his wife and three children.