TreeHouse Foods has appointed Steven Oakland as president and CEO. Oakland also joined the Board of Directors effective March 2, 2018, and will assume his executive duties on March 26, 2018. He succeeds Chairman, President and CEO Sam K. Reed, who will serve as non-executive chairman of the board through July 1, 2018, at which time he will retire from the company.
Oakland was most recently vice chair and president, U.S. Food and Beverage at The J.M. Smucker Company where he led the $5 billion U.S. food and beverage businesses across all channels, including U.S. retail coffee, U.S. retail consumer foods, natural foods, U.S. retail sales, and marketing services.
"Steve brings to TreeHouse a wealth of experience moving quickly to assimilate and integrate complex businesses, designing highly effective organizations and improving the growth and profitability of acquired companies," said Dennis O'Brien, lead independent director of the board of directors of TreeHouse Foods. "His leadership principles and practices are the right fit for Treehouse and will serve him well as a catalyst to drive revenue growth, supply chain optimization and organizational effectiveness."
"Steve is a proven leader," O'Brien continued. "He has been central to transforming the Smucker Company from a fruit spreads company to a best in class Fortune 500 marketer and manufacturer spanning multiple consumer packaged goods categories. Importantly, Steve has been integral to Smucker's consistent and strong track record of delivering long-term shareholder value."
"I am thrilled about the opportunity to lead this great team, given its unparalleled leadership in private label food and beverage," said Oakland. "No company is better positioned than TreeHouse to capitalize on the growing importance of private label in today's dynamic retail landscape, which is a credit to Sam Reed and his vision. The initiatives that Sam and the team have put in place are the right ones, and I look forward to hitting the ground running to improve our execution and performance in the near term, while assessing the long-term strategic drivers of the portfolio."
"I fully support the board's appointment of Steve and am pleased to hand over the reins to him. I'm delighted that we have attracted someone with a deep understanding of food and beverage and private label across all channels of distribution and classes of trade," said Reed. "Steve brings an independent strategic perspective of how we can build and strengthen our TreeHouse going forward, and I believe his experience and expertise will prove invaluable." Upon his retirement, Reed will continue to serve in a non-executive advisory capacity to Oakland through the end of the year.
Oakland has a distinguished track record with The J.M. Smucker Company. Prior to his vice chair and president role, he had served as president, Coffee and Away From Home; president, International, Foodservice, and Natural Foods; president, U.S. Retail - Smucker's, Jif, and Hungry Jack; vice president and general manager, Consumer Oils and Baking; vice president and general manager, Foodservice; and general manager of J.M. Smucker Canada. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Foot Locker, Inc., Foster Farms, and MTD Products Corporation. Oakland earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in marketing and economics from Mount Union College.