DALLAS, Feb. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Dean Foods Company (NYSE: DF) today announced the promotion of Tommy Zanetich, 59, to Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Dean Foods, effective immediately.
"Tommy is a strong leader with an outstanding ability to develop and motivate people, bring teams through significant change and align HR strategy with business strategy," said Gregg Engles, Chairman and CEO. "Dean Foods will benefit from his wealth of experience and practical approach as we accelerate our efforts to take cost out of the system and build necessary capability," added Engles.
Zanetich joined Dean Foods in 2006 as Senior Vice President, Human Resources, for the WhiteWave Foods division, where he was instrumental in transforming the business from three separate legacy companies to a best-in-class packaged goods company. Zanetich's first priority in his new role is further aligning the entire Dean Foods organization behind its cost reduction initiatives.
Prior to Dean Foods, Zanetich served as the Vice President, Human Resources, for Kraft Foods North America Customer Development, leading a team of 40 human resource professionals for a $26 billion organization with 15,000 employees. During the 20 years he spent at Kraft/Nabisco in various executive positions, Tommy served as the senior HR advisor and led numerous staffing, employee relations, organizational development, and performance initiatives. His previous experience includes managing HR teams for leading packaged goods brands including Nabisco and General Foods.
ABOUT DEAN FOODS
Dean Foods is one of the leading food and beverage companies in the United States and a European leader in branded soy foods and beverages. The Company's Fresh Dairy Direct-Morningstar segment is the largest U.S. processor and distributor of milk, creamer, and cultured dairy products. These offerings are marketed under more than 50 local and regional dairy brands, as well as through private labels. The WhiteWave-Alpro segment produces and sells an array of branded dairy, soy and plant-based beverages and foods. WhiteWave brands, including Silk(R) soy and almond milk, Horizon Organic(R) milk and dairy products, International Delight(R) coffee creamers, and LAND O LAKES(R) creamers, are category leaders and consumer favorites. Alpro is the pan-European leader in branded soy food products.
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