The chief executive of US pasta supplier American Italian Pasta Co. has decided to leave the business following the company's US$1.2bn sale to Ralcorp Holdings.

Jack Kelly, who will leave AIPC in November, said on Friday (30 July) that he was "confident" the business would "continue to thrive" as part of the Ralcorp business.

Walt George, who has spent nine years with AIPC, will replace Kelly. George was most recently AIPC's chief operating officer but has also held supply chain and logistics roles.

"Throughout the process of acquiring AIPC, we have been very impressed with Walt's knowledge of the business and his leadership abilities," said Ralcorp co-chief executive officer and president Kevin Hunt. 

"I am confident that Walt's demonstrated leadership and experience will be a major contribution to the future success of our dry pasta business."