A recent succession plan is being carried out within the ranks of Epic Baking Company. The supplier has named its newest Chief Executive Officer, appointing Peter W. Hjort, Jr. to the role. He follows in the footsteps of Cheryl Barre, who is retiring.
The new CEO has over 40 years of experience in the food manufacturing industry, a press release explained. His career began in 1981 with Flowers Foods, where he had increasing roles of responsibility in Accounting and Finance. He was involved in acquiring and integrating dozens of acquisitions, including taking Flowers’ majority interest in Keebler public.
Hjort then joined Summit Hill Foods in 1998 as Chief Financial Officer and held that position until March 2017, serving as Chief Operating Officer before taking on the title of President. He also served as the Chief Financial Officer for Milner Milling and Pendleton Flour Mills.
In addition to his professional experience, Hjort has served as Board Member, Finance Chair, and President of Coosa Country Club; Class Member and Program Chairman of Leadership Georgia; Board Member and Finance Chair of Greater Rome Convention and Visitors Bureau; Board Member and Finance Chair of Northwest Georgia Sexual Assault Center; and much more. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Georgia.
Congratulations to Peter W. Hjort, Jr. on taking over this new role!