January 14/Plymouth, Wis./Press Release -- Sargento Foods Inc. announced the hiring of David Kist as senior national account sales manager in the Food Service Division. He will be responsible for the sales activities in Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, reporting to Dan Riste, director of Food Service sales. He will manage existing accounts and development of new national account businesses.  

“David has many years of national account experience which will enhance our existing customer relationships, along with opening up new target accounts,” said Louie Gentine, president and chief customer officer at Sargento. “We are thrilled David is joining Sargento and look forward to watching the Food Service Division continue to grow with his expertise.”

Prior to joining Sargento, Kist held the position of director--national accounts for Campbell’s Soup Company and earned the honor of becoming a member of the Campbell’s Sales Hall of Fame. During his time with Campbell’s Soup Company, he was responsible for managing various chain brands, including Subway, Yum Brands and Wendy’s.

A native of Pittsburgh, Kist earned his bachelor’s degree in restaurant management from Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pa.