The Atlanta-based maker of kitchen goods said a CEO search was conducted by the board's search committee in partnership with an executive recruiting firm. Ketchum, a 33-year veteran of
Procter & Gamble
, took over as interim chief in October when previous Chief Executive Joseph Galli resigned "by mutual agreement" with the board.
"After a thorough review of outstanding external candidates, coupled with our analysis of Mark while he performed in the role of Interim CEO these last 4 months, it became clear that Mark is the right person to lead Newell Rubbermaid in achieving excellence across our broad product portfolio," said Chairman William Marohn. "Mark has a proven track record of product innovation, brand positioning, top-line sales growth and operational excellence on a global basis. Our Board of Directors believes he is the right person to lead Newell Rubbermaid on its future path and bring strategic focus to the organization."