Hank Cardello is a former food industry executive whose mission is to drive practical public policies on food and obesity issues and to guide business on how to profitably transition to better-for-you products.
Cardello serves as a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute, a non-partisan policy think tank in Washington, DC, where he directs its Obesity Solutions Initiative. He is the author of Stuffed: An Insider's Look at Who's (Really) Making America Fat published by HarperCollins/Ecco, and the landmark reports Better-for-you Foods: It’s Just Good Business and Lower-Calorie Foods: It’s Just Good Business.
For over three decades, Hank was an executive at some of the world’s largest food and beverage companies, including positions as President of Cadbury-Schweppes’ Sunkist Soft Drinks, Inc., Vice President of Marketing for Canada Dry, Director of Marketing for Coca-Cola USA, and Brand Manager for Anheuser-Busch and General Mills. He has served as Chief Executive Officer for several nutritional food ingredient companies and, in 2000, was identified as a “Top 10 Innovator” in the Nutritional Foods industry. From 2007-2008, Mr. Cardello Co-Chaired the inaugural Global Obesity Business Forum, an initiative sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Hank’s perspectives have been shared in numerous publications, including the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the Washington Post, The Economist, and TIME magazine, as well as in major broadcast media, such as CNN, NPR, the BBC, Good Morning America, CNBC, and the major television networks. Mr. Cardello has been a regular contributor to the Atlantic and Forbes on food industry and obesity matters.
Cardello's undergraduate degree was awarded Magna Cum Laude in materials science and metallurgy from Lehigh University, and he holds an MBA in marketing from the Wharton Graduate School, University of Pennsylvania.