"Welch's is a beloved American brand, with strong footholds in several international markets," says Lutomski. "I am delighted to join Welch's at this critical time of global developments, to help expand existing markets and build new ones."
With a wealth of international food and beverage industry experience, Lutomski will aid Welch's in fueling long-term global development of their iconic products.
"We are enjoying positive trends in many global markets, despite challenging economic factors, and we're thrilled to have Wayne on board to take us even further," says Brad Irwin, Welch's president and chief executive officer. "We're excited by the broad scope of his global experience."
Previously, Lutomski spent eight years with Pepsi, launching SoBe in 35 countries. He also built international markets for Gatorade, successfully driving Korea to become the largest non-U.S. market. In addition, Lutomski introduced the Snapple brand in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the Philippines after beginning his career with E. & J. Gallo.
Lutomski earned a Bachelor's degree in political science and international relations from Auburn University. He replaces Bill Hewins, who is retiring after 30 years of dedication to Welch's.