Schwan’s Promotes Exec to New COO Spot

Feb. 9, 2021
Schwan’s Co. has promoted an executive to the new position of chief operating officer.

Schwan’s Co. has promoted an executive to the new position of chief operating officer, and has brought in an executive from Ocean Spray to replace her in her previous job.

Julie Francis, who was hired in 2018 to head Schwan’s Consumer Brands, is now the company’s first COO. Her new job will encompass her duties at Consumer Brands, which provides products for retail channels, plus Schwan’s Food Service and SFC Global Supply Chain, as well as other specific operational and shared service functions.

“Since joining our company, Julie’s deep industry and operational experience has helped deliver outstanding results for our business and customers,” CEO Dimitrios Smyrnios said in a statement.

Francis will be replaced in her position at Schwan’s Consumer Brands by Brian Scheigg, who was most recently at Ocean Spray, serving as chief operating officer and president of Ocean Spray International Services. Before Ocean Spray, Scheigg had been an executive with Mars Inc.

“Throughout his career, Brian has successfully delivered profitable growth across multiple geographies and categories, and I look forward to working closely with him as we continue our efforts to bring delicious foods to families everywhere and deliver the best service possible to our customers,” Francis said.

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