TreeHouse Foods has promoted Christopher D. Sliva, currently SVP of TreeHouse Foods and COO of its operating unit Bay Valley Foods, to EVP of TreeHouse Foods and president of Bay Valley Foods. The company also appointed Harry J. Walsh to a newly created role of EVP of acquisitions integration for TreeHouse Foods. Walsh most recently served as EVP of TreeHouse Foods and president of Bay Valley Foods. Both Sliva and Walsh will report to Sam K. Reed, chairman, president and CEO.
“Both Chris and Harry are key leaders of our TreeHouse organization. As we enter the next phase of our growth and development, they will be integral to both our organic and acquisition-driven growth strategy,” said Reed.
“We are excited to have an executive of Chris’ caliber and experience leading the operations of the organization,” Reed added. “In the short time that Chris has been with us, he has established himself as a strong operational leader at Bay Valley Foods and has gained the confidence and respect of our entire company.
“Since 2008, Harry has been instrumental in driving substantial growth in both revenue and profitability for Bay Valley Foods,” Reed said. “Under his leadership, we have made a number of acquisitions that have greatly expanded the scope of the company, and we believe he is ideally suited to continue broadening TreeHouse into new categories and markets. Harry will continue to work out of Oak Brook, but will serve as the company’s on-site leader for newly acquired companies.”
Sliva, 49, joined TreeHouse Foods in July 2012 after a successful career with several consumer packaged goods companies including Dean Foods, Procter & Gamble, Eastman Kodak and Ft. James Corp. Sliva holds a bachelor of arts degree from Washington University.
Walsh, 57, joined TreeHouse Foods in January 2005 and is one of the company’s founders. Prior to that, he held senior management positions at Keebler Foods Co., Bake-Line Products, Sunshine Biscuits, G.F. Industries and Granny Goose Foods. Before entering the food industry, Walsh was an accountant with Arthur Andersen & Co. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from The University of Notre Dame.
TreeHouse, based in Oak Brook, Ill., is a food manufacturer servicing primarily the retail grocery and foodservice distribution channels. Its products include non-dairy powdered creamers, private label canned soups, refrigerated and shelf stable salad dressings and sauces, powdered drink mixes and single-serve hot beverages, hot cereals, macaroni and cheese, skillet dinners, Mexican sauces, jams and pie fillings, pickles and related products, aseptic sauces and liquid non-dairy creamer.