Former Cadbury chairman dies

Posted on 14 Sep 2015 by Victoria Fitzgerald

Cadbury former chairman, Sir Adrian Cadbury, died on September 3 aged 86.

Famed for writing the Cadbury report, which became a corporate governance bible, Cadbury was born in Birmingham and attended Eton. He read economics at King’s College, Cambridge and also competed as a rower in the 1952 Olympics.

The Bournville Cadbury site.
The Bournville Cadbury site.

He was the grandson of George Cadbury, who built the Bournville factory, and was the son of prominent business figure, Laurence Cadbury, who also served as the company’s chairman.

After completing his degree, he joined the family business and famously said, “You listen, learn, get to know and work together. It is one of the biggest lessons.” During his tenure, Cadbury worked in every department of the business.

In a statement, a representative from Cadbury called the late Cadbury a “legendary figure” who “was unfailingly polite to everyone he met within the business and was on first name terms with many of them, regardless of where they worked.”

The Birmingham-based company was acquired by US-based Kraft in 2010.