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Dean Foods Appoints Ralph Scozzafava as COO

Dean Foods Appoints Ralph Scozzafava as COO

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Dean Foods has a new COO, the company has announced, naming former EVP Ralph Scozzafava to the position effective October 1st. In his new role, Scozzafava will continue to oversee the Commercial functions of sales, marketing, and R&D, but will now also work with operations & procurement and logistics.

Ralph Scozzafava, COO, Dean Foods"I've really enjoyed the dairy industry, and I'm excited to begin this new phase of my career with Dean Foods," Scozzafava said. "I've been impressed with the quality of people within the organization and all we can accomplish together. The launch of DairyPure® earlier this year was one example of how I think we're changing the dairy category, and I very much look forward to this next chapter."

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Scozzafava joined Dean Foods in October 2014 as EVP and CCO with more than 30 years of experience in the consumer goods and grocery categories. He held progressive general management, sales, and marketing positions with an outstanding track record of growth and leadership, according to a press release.

Gregg Tanner, Chief Executive Officer, Dean Foods"Ralph is a passionate leader with a successful track record in building strong, effective teams," said Gregg Tanner, CEO of Dean Foods. "His effectiveness during his tenure as CCO is a great launching pad as he steps into the role of COO. I look forward to working closely with Ralph for many years to come."

Before joining Dean Foods, Scozzafava was Chairman of the Board and CEO of Furniture Brands International, where he built organizational capabilities and improved operating results. Scozzafava also held several general management, sales, marketing and operations leadership roles at Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company. Scozzafava eventually rose the ranks to be Wrigley's Vice President of Worldwide Commercial Operations, managing a $5 billion business with more than 10,000 employees in the U.S. and abroad in 180 countries. The new COO also spent many years in management with Johnson & Johnson, Clorox, and the Campbell Soup Company.

"This is an exciting time at Dean Foods," Tanner said. "Together we will continue to help Dean Foods deliver on our vision of being the most admired and trusted provider of wholesome, great-tasting products at every occasion."

The company notes that Tanner will continue to lead the company and oversee efforts to achieve Dean Foods' broad corporate vision and focus on key strategic issues.

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