Lipari Foods has named Tim Walls president and chief operating officer (COO), effective immediately. As president and COO, Walls oversees all company operations. He reports to Lipari Foods CEO Thom Lipari.
“By bringing Tim into this new role, we are ensuring the existing operations continue to have the attention needed to grow and prosper,” Lipari said. “This will allow me more time to concentrate on the expansion of the business as we continue our strategic position to be one of the premier perimeter-of-the-store and specialty grocery distributors in the U.S.”
Walls comes to Lipari Foods with a wealth of experience from his previous employer, Schreiber Foods, a $5 billion dairy company specializing in yogurt, natural cheese, processed cheese and cream cheese. During his 20 years at Schreiber, Walls successfully led companywide projects, including many supply chain optimizations such as the launch of Lean Six Sigma.
Walls held roles of increasing responsibility at Schreiber, starting as a production manager and working his way up to EVP and a member of the board of directors. He believes in the importance of communications and the power of employee engagement.
Walls also is passionate about giving back to the community and has done so as a board chair with Curative, an organization that supports individuals with disabilities or limiting conditions.
A graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Walls also holds a master’s degree in organizational management from the University of La Verne.
Warren, Michigan-based Lipari Foods was founded in 1963 by Jim Lipari, who began his career by delivering unique products from the back of his Buick station wagon. Today, Lipari Foods is a leading independent distributor in the Midwest, delivering a wide range of bakery, dairy, deli, packaging, seafood, meat, specialty grocery, international specialty, foodservice, confectionery, convenience food, beverage and health, wellness and beauty products to more than 6,000 customers in 15 states.