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Ventura Foods Promotes John Buckles to New COO Role

Experienced leader will drive strategic integration as company continues aggressive growth trajectory

Ventura Foods has promoted John D. Buckles to the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective the first of this month. In his new role, Buckles will lead an integrated commercial and operations function for the leading global manufacturer of custom and branded food products including dressings, sauces, mayonnaises and margarines.

"Given the significant growth we've already experienced and pace at which we plan for it to continue, it's never been more important to our organization to have focus, alignment and collaboration at every level," said Chris Furman, president and chief executive officer, Ventura Foods. "As Chief Operating Officer, John will further accelerate our ability to grow, strengthen and diversify."

Formerly the Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at the company, Buckles joined Ventura Foods in 2011. Prior to his promotion, he led all sales, marketing, R&D and culinary activities in the U.S., as well as the company's international division. Before joining Ventura Foods, Buckles held management, sales and marketing leadership roles at PepsiCo, Kellogg's and Coca-Cola. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with majors in Management Information Systems and Marketing from Central Michigan University.

"John is uniquely qualified for this new and key role. He is a seasoned and trusted leader whose passion for our business will reinforce our commitments to strategic prioritization and innovation," said Furman. "He is also a respected advisor and mentor dedicated to developing the talented individuals in our organization."

With approximately $3 billion in annual revenue, Ventura Foods is a leading producer of dressings and sauces, mayonnaises, margarine and butter blends, and oils and shortenings, selling to foodservice companies, retailers, and food manufacturers in the U.S., Canada and more than 60 countries and Gold n' Soft® spreads.

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