Hostess Brands recently tapped food industry and consumer packaged goods (CPG) veteran Dan O’Leary to expand its C-suite roster. O’Leary will be donning his new Chief Growth Officer cap, a newly created role in the company.
“It is a pleasure to be joining such a dynamic and results-oriented team and to be a part of building our portfolio of iconic brands,” said Dan O’Leary. “I have been continually impressed by the growth the Company has exhibited over the last five years, and I am excited to be a part of the strategic and forward-looking work that will help to accelerate that growth into the future.”
As noted in the release, O’Leary brings more than two decades of general management, marketing, and operations experience from both large and small companies. As Chief Growth Officer, O’Leary will lead the consolidation of the company’s innovation and growth capabilities under one team while leading the development of the company’s strategic growth plans to optimize long-term value creation.
Under this newly created role, O’Leary will also be responsible for the profit and loss (P&L) oversight and general management of the Hostess® and Voortman® brands as well as overseeing the company’s marketing, R&D, and strategy organizations.
“With more than twenty years in the consumer packaged goods industry and a proven track record growing a diverse host of both iconic and emerging brands, Dan is a terrific addition to the Hostess leadership team, and we are thrilled to have him join,” said Andy Callahan, President and CEO. “His thorough knowledge of the CPG industry and deft understanding of business market strategy will help to more rapidly advance Hostess’ innovation agenda and accelerate growth for the Hostess and Voortman brands.”
In addition to P&L oversight and general management of all brands, O’Leary will oversee the Hostess marketing organization and play a part in creating the company’s mergers and acquisitions (M&A) strategy. This cross-functionality will provide him with insight across all aspects of the business and enable him to deploy resources in a way that best serves the company’s strategic objectives.
O’Leary will join Hostess Brands from Tyson Foods, where he served as Group General Manager of Tyson’s Prepared Retail segment. In this role, he was responsible for overall P&L management, strategic brand development, cross-functional leadership, and people development of the branded retail portfolio. Prior to Tyson, O’Leary held senior management roles at Mizkan America and Kraft Foods.
Congratulations to Dan O’Leary as he takes on his new role!