OAK BROOK, Ill., June 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- TreeHouse Foods, Inc. (NYSE: THS) today announced that Kristy N. Waterman will join the Company as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, effective July 1, 2021. Ms. Waterman will have responsibility for TreeHouse's legal, compliance and ethics organization and will also serve as corporate secretary. She will report directly to Steve Oakland, CEO and President of TreeHouse.
Ms. Waterman most recently served as Senior Vice President, Strategy and Chief Administrative Officer of DFA Dairy Brands, the division of Dairy Farmers of America that acquired a substantial portion of Dean Foods Company. She succeeds Tom O'Neill, who will become a consultant focused on the ongoing litigation with Keurig Green Mountain and provide a smooth transition of his responsibilities.
"I am delighted to welcome Kristy to TreeHouse," said Mr. Oakland. "She is a results-driven leader and brings a wealth of experience across securities, capital markets and mergers and acquisitions. Kristy is an excellent fit for the organization, and we look forward to her strong contributions as TreeHouse continues our strategic journey to build a company with long-term sustainable growth and create value for our customers and our shareholders."
"I also want to express my deep gratitude to Tom for his many contributions to TreeHouse throughout his tenure," continued Mr. Oakland. "Tom has been instrumental in growing and evolving TreeHouse into the organization it is today. He guided TreeHouse in developing a first-class food safety, regulatory and compliance culture, and is responsible for establishing our code of ethics, both of which now serve as foundational elements of our great company."
Prior to DFA Dairy Brands, Ms. Waterman served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Government Affairs of Dean Foods Company and had responsibility for all legal and regulatory matters. She joined Dean Foods in 2014 and held positions of increasing responsibility within the legal department. Ms. Waterman began her career in the Dallas offices of Gardere, Wynne, Sewell and Norton Rose Fulbright, where she practiced general and corporate law, with a focus on mergers, acquisitions, transactions, securities, corporate governance and reporting and filing obligations. Ms. Waterman received her undergraduate degree from University of Texas at Austin and earned her law degree from St. Mary's University School of Law.
About TreeHouse Foods
TreeHouse Foods, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and distributor of private label packaged foods and beverages in North America. We have approximately 40 production facilities across North America and Italy, and our vision is to be the undisputed solutions leader for custom brands for our customers. Our extensive product portfolio includes snacking, beverages, and meal preparation products, available in shelf stable, refrigerated, frozen, and fresh formats. We have a comprehensive offering of packaging formats and flavor profiles, and we also offer clean label, organic, and preservative-free ingredients across almost our entire portfolio. Our purpose is to make high quality food and beverages affordable to all.
Additional information, including TreeHouse's most recent Forms 10-Q and 10-K, may be found at TreeHouse's website, http://www.treehousefoods.com.
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