There are some executive changes coming to the leadership at Dean Foods Co. The company announced that its current Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Chris Bellairs, will be leaving Dean Foods at the start of next month.
“Chris helped guide the company to where we are today as a standalone company and worked hard to improve our balance sheet,” said Ralph Scozzafava, CEO. “We appreciate the years of service Chris dedicated to Dean Foods, and we wish him well as he pursues his next opportunity. Scott Vopni is well qualified to serve as Interim CFO while we conduct a search for a financial executive who will further build our leadership team’s experience taking a company through the kind of strategic transformation we’re executing here at Dean Foods. I speak on behalf of our leadership team in saying we remain focused and committed to executing our plan and delivering results for the remainder of 2017 and beyond.”
Bellairs will leave the company on September 1, 2017, according to a press release. He first joined the company in 2008 as VP of Finance, Supply Chain, and assumed the role of EVP and CFO in March of 2013. In his current capacity, Bellairs leads the company’s account team and oversees the finance function for both the supply chain and commercial organizations.
“Bellairs’ departure is not related to any issues regarding the integrity of the company’s financial statements or accounting policies and practices,” Dean Foods said.
As the company searches for a new CFO, Dean Foods’ SVP and Chief Accounting Officer, Scott Vopni will serve as Interim CFO. Bellairs will assist in transitioning Vopni into this role.
The company has not stated if anyone will take over the Executive Vice President position, or what its plans are for that aspect of Bellairs appointment.
As Dean Foods solidifies its executive lineup, Deli Market News will continue to report on any announcements and their impact on the company.