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Utz Brands Elevates Arends, Devore To New Posts

Utz Brands promotes Mitch Arends and Cary Devore to new positions.
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Utz Brands Inc. has named Mitchell “Mitch” Arends as EVP and chief integrated supply chain officer and has appointed Cary Devore as EVP and chief operating and transformation officer.

The company said the appointments, effective Nov. 27, will enhance its execution of short- and long-term objectives, including supply chain optimization and integrated business planning.

“I believe that these appointments will significantly strengthen the company’s ability to deliver our strategic priorities, unlock further potential and help drive our short- and long-term growth objectives,” said CEO Howard Friedman.

In his new position, Arends will oversee all aspects of the supply chain, including procurement, manufacturing, transportation, warehousing and planning. 

He will accelerate Utz’s efforts to optimize its supply chain network and capabilities, using the progress the company has made over the last two years in scaling its productivity program, improving its service levels and implementing improved processes and capabilities. 

Utz Brands will provide more detail on its supply chain optimization initiatives – and introduce Arends – at its Investor Day on Dec. 15 in New York City.

“Mitch’s experience and track record in integrated supply chain leadership make him an excellent fit for Utz, especially as we continue our journey to further optimize our supply chain network,” Friedman said. 

“He will work closely with our talented existing manufacturing and supply chain leadership team in Shannan Redcay, EVP of manufacturing, and Chad Whyte, EVP of supply chain. Given the significant opportunity ahead of us, Mitch’s leadership and expertise will enhance our ability to execute with excellence at speed.”

In his new role, Devore will oversee the execution of the company’s strategic plan priorities, large-scale transformation initiatives and scaling key enabling capabilities across the company. 

An experienced executive with more than seven years at Utz, he is positioned to lead the company’s transformation activities given the complexity and long-term impact to the organization.

“Cary is a proven performer and his contributions have been instrumental over the past seven years, including in the company’s transition from a smaller private to a larger publicly traded company,” Friedman said. 

“I am extremely pleased he has accepted this significant role leading our major strategic plan initiatives. Cary’s breadth of knowledge about our company, diversity of experience, and acumen make him the perfect partner to deliver this work stream and elevate total company performance.”

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