Along with cooler weather in the Northern Hemisphere, next month will be bringing a new Chief Executive Officer to the ranks of C.H. Guenther & Son (CHG). The industry operator has appointed Rod Hepponstall to the role, effective November 6, 2023. He brings more than two decades of senior leadership experience and a proven track record guiding retail and foodservice organizations.
“I am honored to join CHG and continue the company’s strong legacy of exceptional product quality and customer service,” said Hepponstall. “For more than 170 years, CHG has produced remarkable and innovative food products while building a global network of manufacturing capabilities and flexibility. Together with my new CHG colleagues, we will further strengthen the company’s longstanding customer partnerships and take this storied business to the next level.”
Hepponstall joins CHG from High Liner Foods, where he served as President, CEO, and a member of the Board of Directors. According to a press release, he led High Liner through multiple transformation initiatives, streamlined its global supply chain to better position the company for growth and integrated people, processes, and technology across the firm resulting in record adjusted EBITDA in his final full fiscal year.
Earlier in his career, Hepponstall also held senior foodservice and retail positions at Lamb Weston, Conagra Brands, Grupo Bimbo, and Maple Leaf Foods.
“Rod has a passion for transforming and growing high-quality food manufacturing businesses, and I am delighted to partner with him to execute CHG’s growth strategy,” said Dale W. Tremblay, Chairman. “Rod is the right leader to guide CHG’s next chapter. His industry experience, customer obsession, focus on operational discipline, and commitment to our company’s long-held values make him a great fit with our culture and our team. I am eager to support him as CHG grows in both current and adjacent categories.”
For more on this exciting appointment, check out the press release here.
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