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Panos Brands Names Industry Veteran Darcy Zbinovec As CEO

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Darcy Zbinovec

Rochelle Park, New Jersey-based Panos Brands, a provider of branded consumer foods, has named Darcy Zbinovec as CEO. She has more than 20 years of experience in the consumer packaged industry (CPG).Panos logo

Prior to joining PANOS, Zbinovec served as CEO for Ehrmann Commonwealth Dairy, the US division for Ehrmann AG. Prior to Ehrmann, She served as CEO for Among Friends, LLC, a startup natural baking mix company, strategically positioning the brand into national grocery and retail chains. Zbinovec’s diverse background includes experience with large CPGs like ConAgra Foods and Sara Lee Corporation, as well as smaller companies such as Kahiki Foods, a manufacturer of Asian frozen foods.

“Darcy’s experience implementing a culture of innovation in a wide variety of food businesses as well as managing multiple transformations will be an immediate asset for the Panos brand,” said Mike Foisy, chairman of Panos’ board of directors and lead operations partner for HKW Inc., which acquired Panos in 2016. “The board is confident Panos will benefit from Darcy’s proven CPG track record and commitment to fostering growth.”

Originally from Milwaukee, Zbinovec received a B.S. in microbiology from the University of Wisconsin, and an MBA from Keller Graduate School. She currently resides in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her husband and has two grown children.

“Panos has a number of brands with great history and a clear upward trajectory,” Zbinovec said. “I am excited to partner with the Panos and HKW teams to build off the company’s success and develop a strong future for these terrific brands.”

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