PLYMOUTH, Wis. -­ Sargento Foods Inc. announced three promotions in its Consumer Products Division.

Steve Foerstner, Ed Finnie and Brad Deckard have been promoted to civisional sales managers and will report to John Bottomley, director of sales for Sargento.

"The changes will enable us to capitalize on the strengths and skill sets of our sales team," said Louie Gentine, president of the Consumer Products Division at Sargento. "It also allows us to continue to meet the needs of our customers with a greater focus on national accounts."

Foerstner has been elevated to divisional sales manager in the Midwest region. Since joining Sargento in 1991, the resident of Westlake, Ohio, has held the following positions: national accounts sales manager and national customer business manager. The married father of three earned a bachelor's degree in marketing from Xavier University.

Finnie has been promoted to divisional sales manager for the Northeast and Eastern Great Lakes Regions. Previously, Finnie has held the positions of regional sales manager ­ Boston, national accounts sales manager and national customer business manager. Finnie, who resides with his wife in Westfield, Mass., earned his bachelor's degree in marketing from Western New England College.

Deckard will now assume the role of divisional sales manager, and is responsible for sales management of the Southeastern Region. Prior to this move, he held the title of national customer business manager. Deckard earned a bachelor's degree in advertising from the University of Florida. He also holds a master's degree in business administration from Florida Metropolitan University. Deckard currently resides with his wife and two children in Jacksonville, Fla.

From the June 18, 2007, Prepared Foods e-Flash