The J.M. Smucker Co. has made a series of key executive promotions designed to position the Ohio-based company for continued growth and success following the recently announced planned acquisition of Big Heart Pet Brands, which is expected to be completed by the end of the company’s fiscal year in April 2015.
The company’s board of directors, including Chairman Timothy P. Smucker and CEO Richard K. Smucker, have approved the following changes, effective April 1:
• Vincent C. Byrd will assume the role of vice chairman. Byrd currently serves as president and COO. In this newly created position, Byrd, along with David West, will lead the integration and synergy efforts of the Big Heart Pet Brands transaction. Byrd has been with the company for 38 years.
• Mark T. Smucker will assume the role of president of consumer and natural foods. Smucker has 17 years of experience with the company, most recently serving as president of the Smucker’s U.S. retail coffee business.
• Steven Oakland will assume the role of president of coffee and food service. Oakland most recently held the position of president of international, food service and natural foods. Oakland has been with the company for 32 years.
• Barry C. Dunaway will assume the role of president of international and chief administrative officer. Dunaway has 28 years of experience with the company, most recently serving as SVP and chief administrative officer.
In addition, following the anticipated closing of the Big Heart Pet Brands transaction, West will assume the role of president of Big Heart Pet Food and snacks. West currently is the CEO of Big Heart Pet Brands and has more than 25 years of food industry experience.
These five leaders, along with Mark R. Belgya, SVP and CFO, will report to Richard Smucker.
In addition to their management roles, Tim Smucker, Richard Smucker, Mark Smucker and Byrd will continue to serve on the company’s board of directors. West will be nominated to the board of directors in conjunction with the closing of the Big Heart Pet Brands transaction.
“The executive promotions announced…, along with the talented teams that support them, continue to provide family leadership and broad management continuity, while also adding new talent to our leadership team,” said Richard Smucker. “This leadership team has a proven track record of growing brands and businesses and continues our history of strong succession to ensure our company’s long-term growth.”