The Pennsylvania SPCA has named former senior executive of the Campbell Soup Company Jerry Buckley as its new CEO.

 

Buckley worked for 16 years at Campbell, serving as both senior vice president of public affairs and chairman of the company's charity foundation, which donates about $1 million each year to organizations around its Camden, N.J. hometown.

 

"I was drawn to the Pennsylvania SPCA because of its strong mission of serving the community for more than 145 years and its dedication to preventing animal cruelty through comprehensive programs and services," he said in a statement.

 

"I look forward to leading this dynamic organization and working alongside the talented staff and board, and to strengthening partnerships with other animal welfare organizations, donors, volunteers and community members."

 

Before his work at Campbell, Buckley received a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and built a resume that includes a 12-year stint as correspondent and bureau chief for Newsweek magazine. He has also served on the board of directors of WHYY, the New Jersey Academy for Aquatic Sciences and the Catholic Partnership Schools in Camden.