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Sargento Foods Announces New Executive Roles

Sargento Foods Announces New Executive Roles

Monday, February 21st, 2022

Sargento Foods is refreshing its leadership ring with the announcement of six new executives and roles. Amongst the appointees are: Kris Cherukuri, the company’s latest Vice President of Information Technology; Vera Petrova Dickinson, the new Vice President of Food Safety and Quality; Chris McCarthy, Sargento’s new Vice President of Pricing and Demand Planning; Holly Baumgart, the new Vice President of Strategic Planning; Julia Klimkovich, the company’s Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis; and Dennis Schweiger, who is now the Vice President and Treasurer, Corporate Finance and Accounting.

Cherukuri joined Sargento as Vice President of Information Technology in August 2021. In this role, Cherukuri is responsible for the company’s existing technology platforms while leading the charge to deliver new technology-driven capabilities that support Sargento’s strategic growth objectives. Cherukuri now leads all the teams in Sargento’s IT department which includes Strategy, Infrastructure, Applications, and Governance.

Kris Cherukuri, Vera Petrova Dickinson, Chris McCarthy, Holly Baumgart, Julia Klimkovich, and Dennis Schweiger have been named to new executive roles at Sargento

Before joining Sargento, Cherukuri came from Sysmex America, where he led the Enterprise Systems team. Prior to his role at Sysmex, he held several senior IT roles over eight years with Tyson Foods.

Dickinson also joined the Sargento Family last year in June, taking on the role of Vice President of Food Safety and Quality. In this role, Dickinson is responsible for the strategic development and execution of food safety and quality standards and systems.

Previously, Dickinson held positions at several global organizations, including Walt Disney World, Mondelēz International, Mars Wrigley, and most recently, Danone North America.

Next in line is McCarthy, the new VP of Pricing and Demand Planning. In his new role, McCarthy is responsible for the management of the Divisions’ pricing, promotions/trade budgets, demand planning, and terms and conditions coordination. McCarthy continues to lead the CPD Price/Commodity Management process with Sargento’s FPA partners.

Sargento Foods is refreshing its leadership ring with the announcement of six new executives and roles

McCarthy has held various leadership positions including VP - Strategic Planning, Director of Marketing for Core Products, and Director of Integrated Marketing Communications. He has been a key contributor to several historical cores and new product growth initiatives.

Baumgart will be taking on the position of Vice President of Strategic Planning. In her role, Baumgart will focus on the long-term health of the business, bringing the company’s Real Food vision to life, and leading several key strategic and corporate initiatives. Since joining Sargento as Vice President of IT, Baumgart has led the transformation of IT as a business partner to all areas of the company.

Baumgart has developed an aligned IT strategy and established an IT Project Management Team to ensure IT resources are focused against Sargento’s top priorities. According to the release, she has more than 15 years of experience in IT, business development, and consulting.

The executives chosen to enter these new roles all have extensive expertise in their respective fields

Klimkovich takes on the role of Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A). She leads all FP&A across the enterprise which includes Consumer Products, Food Service & Ingredients, Operations, and SG&A. In this new role, Klimkovich drives comprehensive processes for developing financial plans and analysis while partnering with operational and business leaders across the organization.

Klimkovich’s vision and expertise have uncovered significant financial insights that have enabled growth and improved profitably in an increasingly inflationary environment.

Schweiger has accepted the position of VP and Treasurer of Corporate Finance and Accounting. In this role, Schweiger oversees all aspects of Sargento corporate accounting, credit, and treasury functions while continuing to strengthen the talent within the finance organization.

Schweiger most recently served as Director of Financial Planning & Analysis. Before officially joining the Sargento Family, he spent more than 17 years at Kohler, where he held a range of leadership positions spanning commercial operations, treasury, and corporate accounting.

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