Schwan’s Company CEO Dimitrios Smyrnios announced the promotion of Julie Francis to the newly created position of chief operating officer and the addition of Brian Schiegg as president of Schwan’s Consumer Brands, Inc.
Francis, who has more than 25 years of experience in the food and beverage industry, joined Schwan’s Company in 2018 as president of Schwan’s Consumer Brands, a subsidiary that focuses on the sales and distribution of branded foods to retail-grocery and club stores. During her time in this role, she has strengthened Schwan’s customer relationships and led the business to strong sales growth, significant market-share gains and improved profitability.
In her new role as chief operating officer, Francis will continue to report to Smyrnios and serve on the company’s executive leadership team. She will lead the management teams for Schwan’s Company subsidiaries Schwan’s Consumer Brands, Schwan’s Food Service, Inc. and SFC Global Supply Chain, Inc., as well as other specific operational and shared services functions.
Schiegg to serve as president of Schwan’s Consumer Brands
Schiegg has joined Schwan’s Company as president of Schwan’s Consumer Brands. He brings more than two decades of global experience in the consumer and packaged goods industry, most recently serving as chief operating officer and president of Ocean Spray International Services. With Ocean Spray, he led all US sales, global business units, marketing, planning, manufacturing, global ingredients and supply chain operations. Earlier, he spent many years in leadership roles with Mars, Inc.