Utz Brand is just days away from officially welcoming its newest executives to the team. As of November 27, Mitchell Arends will step up as Executive Vice President, Chief Integrated Supply Chain Officer, and Cary Devore will be named EVP, Chief Operating and Transformation Officer.
Arends will oversee all aspects of the supply chain, including procurement, manufacturing, transportation, warehousing, and planning. A press release explained that he will accelerate Utz’s efforts to optimize its supply chain network and capabilities. Utz will provide more detail on its supply chain optimization initiatives and introduce Arends at its Investor Day in New York City on December 15, 2023.
He comes to Utz with over 25 years of experience in all aspects of supply chain, most recently as Chief Supply Chain Officer of North America Operations at Kraft Heinz.
Prior to Kraft Heinz, Arends served in procurement and operations roles at Nestle & Gerber, R.R. Donnelley & Sons, and Deere & Company.
“Mitch’s experience and track record in integrated supply chain leadership make him an excellent fit for Utz, especially as we continue our journey to further optimize our supply chain network. He will work closely with our talented existing manufacturing and supply chain leadership team in Shannan Redcay, EVP, Manufacturing, and Chad Whyte, EVP, Supply Chain. Given the significant opportunity ahead of us, Mitch’s leadership and expertise will enhance our ability to execute with excellence at speed,” said Howard Friedman, Chief Executive Officer.
Devore will oversee the execution of strategic plan priorities, large-scale transformation initiatives, and scaling key enabling capabilities.
An experienced executive with more than seven years at Utz, he is uniquely positioned to lead transformation activities given the complexity and long-term impact to the organization. Prior to Utz, Devore held various roles in the private equity sector.
“Cary is a proven performer, and his contributions have been instrumental over the past seven years, including in the company’s transition from a smaller private to a larger publicly traded company,” Friedman said. “I am extremely pleased he has accepted this significant role leading our major strategic plan initiatives. Cary’s breadth of knowledge about our company, diversity of experience, and acumen make him the perfect partner to deliver this work stream and elevate total company performance.”
Congratulations to these two executives!