Carrie McDermott Named Third CEO in Stonewall Kitchen History

May 16, 2023
McDermott replaces retiring John Stiker; plus four C suite promotions.

Specialty food maker Stonewall Kitchen has named Carrie McDermott the third CEO in the company’s 32-year history. Along with her appointment were four promotions to the C suite – all this according to the Specialty Food Assn.

McDermott replaces retiring John Stiker, who has been CEO since 2014. He will continue as a consultant to the business.

In addition to McDermott’s hiring, Stonewall Kitchen made four promotions. Steve Barone, former VP of manufacturing has been promoted to COO; Corey Fogarty, former VP of merchandising has been promoted to chief merchandising officer; Kathy Gilbert, former VP of national sales has been promoted to chief sales officer; and Janine Somers, former VP of marketing and direct-to-consumer sales has been promoted to chief marketing officer.

Before joining Stonewall Kitchen, McDermott was CEO of PetPeople, a retailer focused on natural pet food and supplies. Prior to that, she was president of Sally Beauty.

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Dave Fusaro has served as editor in chief of Food Processing magazine since 2003. Dave has 30 years experience in food & beverage industry journalism and has won several national ASBPE writing awards for his Food Processing stories. Dave has been interviewed on CNN, quoted in national newspapers and he authored a 200-page market research report on the milk industry. Formerly an award-winning newspaper reporter who specialized in business writing, he holds a BA in journalism from Marquette University. Prior to joining Food Processing, Dave was Editor-In-Chief of Dairy Foods and was Managing Editor of Prepared Foods.

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