Parsippany-based B&G Foods, Inc. announced the formation of four new business units as well as several senior leadership appointments to establish clear focus and expectations and drive organic and acquisition growth. The four newly created business units are:
Commenting on the announcement and the transition from a function-based organization structure to a business unit structure, Casey Keller, president and chief executive officer of B&G Foods, stated, “We are reorganizing our company into four business units—establishing clear focus and expectations within the B&G Foods portfolio. These units will define the categories and brands that we will resource and grow, the platforms for future acquisitions, the brands that will run for efficiency and cash flow, and the businesses we may exit over time.”
He added that the business unit structure will also push accountability and multi-function responsibility down to more closely managed parts of the complex B&G Foods portfolio—improving the speed and clarity of decision-making to deliver growth and financial performance.
“Following announcement and leadership appointments, which will take effect on August 1, we expect to complete these organizational changes during the next several months and to set performance expectations for the business units by the end of the year,” Keller added.
Jordan Greenberg, currently executive vice president and chief commercial officer, will transition to president of spices & seasonings, and remain an executive vice president of B&G Foods. Greenberg joined B&G Foods in 1999 and has served in roles of increasing responsibility over that time, including as vice president of marketing, vice president and general manager – Green Giant and his current position. Prior to joining B&G Foods, Greenberg served in the marketing departments of Land O’Lakes and Alpine Lace.
Ellen Schum, currently executive vice president and chief customer officer, will transition to president of specialty, and remain an executive vice president of B&G Foods. Schum joined B&G Foods in 2018 and has served in roles of increasing responsibility over that time, including as vice president of U.S. retail sales and her current position. Prior to that, Schum served as executive vice president of sales and marketing and then chief operating officer of Schuman Cheese. Schum started her career in finance at Nabisco and spent 24 years at Nabisco and Kraft Foods in leadership roles of increasing responsibility, first in finance for 5 years, then in sales for 19 years, most recently serving as area vice president – East.
Kristen Thompson, currently director of marketing for Green Giant, has been promoted to president of frozen & vegetables, and has been appointed as a senior vice president of B&G Foods. Thompson joined B&G Foods in June 2019 as a director of marketing for Ortega. Most recently before joining B&G Foods, Thompson served as marketing director of Birds Eye Vegetables at Conagra Brands and Pinnacle Foods.
B&G Foods has initiated an external search for the President of Meals and expects to announce that appointment by the end of August.
Gary Benedict, currently vice president of revenue growth management, will be promoted to senior vice president of Commercial Operations. Benedict joined B&G Foods in 2019. Most recently before joining B&G Foods, Benedict served in sales management roles at Campbell Soup Company and WhiteWave Foods. Benedict has also served in sales management roles at Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories and Johnson & Johnson.
Rick Drummond, currently vice president of quality assurance and research & development, will be promoted to senior vice president of quality assurance and research & development. Drummond, who has more than 30 years of consumer packaged goods experience, focusing on quality and R&D, joined B&G Foods in March 2016. Before joining B&G Foods, Drummond served in management level positions at Pepperidge Farm, Pinnacle Foods, Mondelēz, Kraft Foods and Nabisco.
Tessie Gallagher, currently vice president of sales, will be promoted to senior vice president of field sales. Gallagher joined B&G Foods in 2017. Gallagher has more than 25 years of sales management experience at companies including, Primzie Crispbreads, Kraft Foods, PepsiCo-Frito Lay, and PepsiCo-Quaker Oats.
Marty Schoch, currently vice president of procurement, will be promoted to senior vice president of supply chain. Schoch joined B&G Foods in 2008. Prior to B&G Foods, Schoch worked at The Manischewitz Company in various supply chain roles with increasing responsibility.
Bruce Wacha, executive vice president of finance and chief financial officer; Eric Hart, executive vice president of human resources and chief human resources officer; and Scott Lerner, executive vice president, general counsel, secretary and chief compliance officer, will each continue to serve in their current roles.
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