Rendle is a 17-year Clorox veteran who most recently was president of the company, and before that executive vice president of cleaning, international strategy and operations. She began her career at Procter & Gamble Co.
Dorer was also a P&G alum who helped launch the precursors of Glad Press & Seal wrap and Force Flex trash bags, before joining Clorox as part of the acquisition in which Clorox now owns 80 percent of Glad — with the remaining 20 percent still owned by P&G. Dorer has been CEO since November 2014 and chairman since August 2016.
The move comes as Clorox reported a blowout quarter, buoyed by pandemic-related buying of a host of its products, including its namesake wipes and bleach, Kingsford charcoal, Brita water filters, Glad bags and Hidden Valley Ranch dressing.
Rendle will face an uphill battle with supplying wipes, which will be facing a shortage until 2021, outgoing CEO Dorer said in a recent interview with Reuters.
The brand typically stores excess supply for flu season but with COVID-19 has struggled with keeping up with demand, which has led to price gouging through some retailers. Demand is nearly six times what it is normally.
Supply for liquid bleach will improve in the next four to six months, but wipes, because they share similar polyester material used in personal protective equipment like masks and medical gowns, will likely take into 2021, the report says.
Clorox has begun making investments into outsourced manufacturing to try to keep up with demand and ramp up output.
The company's fiscal fourth-quarter organic sales soared 24 percent, 10 points ahead of analyst expectations, as earnings jumped 28 percent. Advertising costs for the quarter also rose 28 percent as the company made good on Dorer's promise, following the last quarter, to maintain ad spending in line with Clorox's long-term target of around 10 percent of sales.