July 27, 2015 / 10:31 PM / 2 years ago

P&G to name David Taylor CEO: WSJ

(Reuters) - Procter & Gamble Co (PG.N) will replace Chief Executive A.G. Lafley with company veteran David Taylor in a widely expected appointment that could be announced as soon as Thursday, the Wall Street journal reported.

Downy softener and Tide laundry detergent, products distributed by Procter & Gamble, are pictured on sale at a Ralphs grocery store in Pasadena, California January 21, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

The move by P&G, the world’s largest household products maker, is pending a board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, the WSJ said, citing a person familiar with the matter.

The decision coincides with a massive overhaul of the company, which is struggling with sluggish sales due to “choppy” growth in developed markets, tough competition and a strengthening U.S. dollar.

The company has been streamlining its business, and earlier this month announced plans to sell off more than 40 brands to perfume maker Coty Inc (COTY.N) for $12.5 billion, as it looks to narrow its focus on fewer, faster-growing brands such as Tide and Gillette.

Taylor has been the group president of the company’s global health & grooming business since 2013. In January his role was expanded to include P&G’s ailing beauty business.

Lafley, who returned to take over as CEO of the consumer goods giant in 2013 after having led the company from 2000-2009, is expected to remain as chairman, the Journal reported.

Taylor, who joined the company in 1980, has worked in various capacities in his 35-year tenure with the company serving in managerial roles across markets including China and Western Europe.

P&G declined to comment.

The company’s shares closed down 0.4 percent at $79.97 on the New York Stock Exchange on Monday.

Reporting by Subrat Patnaik, Siddharth Cavale and Natalie Grover in Bengaluru; Editing by Savio D'Souza and Andrew Hay

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