Treehouse Foods (THS) Appoints Kevin Jackson Permanent COO, Promotes Sean Lewis SVP/Chief Customer Officer
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TreeHouse Foods (NYSE: THS) today announced the evolution of its commercial organization leadership. The new leadership structure, effective April 1, 2021, is designed to further solidify TreeHouse's customer relationships and strengthen ongoing engagement with the Company's retail and foodservice partners.
Kevin G. Jackson, who has been serving as interim Chief Commercial Officer since January, will continue in this role on a permanent basis. Mr. Jackson will also retain his leadership role as President, Snacking & Beverages, and continue to report to CEO and President, Steve Oakland.
Sean Lewis has been promoted to Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer, reporting to Mr. Jackson, and will join the executive leadership team. Mr. Lewis most recently served as Vice President of Sales, National & Regional West at TreeHouse.
"Over the last few years, we purposefully structured our commercial organization to become more customer centric and to make it simpler for customers to do business with us," said Steve Oakland, Chief Executive Officer and President of TreeHouse Foods. "These appointments represent an important evolution of this commitment, and I am confident that Kevin and Sean are well suited to build on our past progress and drive our commercial organization forward, as we execute on our strategy and create value for our stakeholders."
"Kevin has been a valuable asset to TreeHouse and his contributions will be important to further developing our commercial vision, aligning the organization and driving our revenue objectives; while Sean will serve as a key voice with our customers, solidifying top-to-top relationships and refining and optimizing our sales processes in support of Kevin's efforts," Mr. Oakland concluded.
Mr. Jackson joined TreeHouse in February 2020 from the J.M. Smucker Company, where he served in numerous roles of increasing responsibility across sales and marketing during his 17-year tenure including Senior Vice President U.S. Retail Sales and North American Food Away From Home Division. Prior to that, he was a Senior Brand Manager at Brach's Confections and at Constellation Brands. Mr. Jackson earned his Master of Business Administration from New York Institute of Technology and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Mr. Lewis joined TreeHouse in August 2019 as Vice President of Sales, National & Regional West and is a seasoned commercial leader with extensive consumer packaged goods experience. He spent nearly 20 years with Kraft Heinz and Nabisco, where he held several regional, district, category and business lead roles with increasing responsibility, including the development, pursuit and leadership of customer relationships to achieve revenue, share and distribution growth and optimal shelving. Mr. Lewis also spent time with Mizkan America as Customer Vice President, West Area, where he was responsible for all aspects of driving revenue including strategic planning, team leadership and development, territory alignment, and customer management. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.
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