This week, Hostess Brands announced that its Board of Directors has named consumer packaged goods veteran Andrew “Andy” Callahan as President and Chief Executive Officer and appointed him Director of the company’s Board of Directors. Callahan brings more than 23 years of executive leadership experience to his new role after serving at Tyson Foods, The Hillshire Brands Company, Sara Lee Corporation, and Kraft Foods.
“We are delighted to welcome Andy to the Hostess team. He is a very accomplished consumer packaged goods executive with strong experience in leading brands, and we welcome his leadership, brand, and innovation expertise as we continue to further build our distribution and market share in the sweet baked goods category,” said C. Dean Metropoulos, Executive Chairman. “We believe Andy has the right combination of entrepreneurial and strategic leadership and people management skills to lead Hostess into our next phase of growth and build value for our stockholders.”
Prior to joining Hostess Brands, Callahan served as Tyson Foods’ President of Retail Packaged Brands, managing retail consumer brands like Tyson®, Jimmy Dean®, Hillshire Farm®, Sara Lee®, Aidells®, and Ball Park®. He also served as President of North American Foodservice and International, Hillshire Brands’ President of Retail before it was acquired by Tyson Foods, Sara Lee Corporation North America’s Chief Customer Officer, Sara Lee Foodservice Division’s President, and Jimmy Dean’s General Manager, according to a press release. He also spent 13 years at Kraft Foods in marketing, sales, and general management roles.
“I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to lead the Hostess Brands team,” said Callahan. “I have admired the Hostess® brand and I look forward to working with Dean, the Board of Directors, our leadership team and employees to realize the growth potential of the company.”
Prior to beginning his corporate career, Mr. Callahan spent seven years in the U.S. Navy as a flight officer. He earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Naval Academy and an MBA from the Florida Institute of Technology.
Callahan will replace Metropoulos, who has been serving in the expanded role of interim President and Chief Executive Officer since March 31, 2018. Metropoulos will remain Executive Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors.
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