US chip maker Kettle Foods has appointed Paul Davis as its first global CEO.

"We are so fortunate to welcome Paul to the Kettle Foods family," said Cameron Healy, founder of Kettle Foods. "Paul connects with our rich company culture and deep heritage in the natural food industry, while bringing a healthy dose of consumer product experience to lead us into the next stage of growth, our most ambitious yet. He's the perfect catalyst to propel us into the future."

Davis most recently was president of Barilla North America where he helped the world's largest pasta company dramatically widen its market leadership position through new products and innovative advertising, the company said. Previously Davis served as president North America of Starbucks Coffee Company.

"Kettle is one of the most respected brands in the natural food category, with an unbelievable fan base - one of the most loyal I've seen in my career," said Davis.