Campbell Soup Co. says President and CEO Douglas Conant will take several weeks off work following surgery scheduled for Monday.
The company says the procedure has long been planned and will be a follow-up to treatment he received after he was injured in a car crash in July 2009.
The company said he broke some ribs in the accident, but did not disclose other details of the injury. He was not driving.
While he's out, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Denise Morrison is to run the Camden-based company's day-to-day operations. She's also expected to take over when Conant, 59, steps down in July after a decade leading the world's largest soup maker.