US-based B&G Foods, which owns the Green Giant range of products, has brought in Bruce Wacha as executive vice president of corporate strategy and business development.

Wacha joins from US-listed rice supplier Amira Nature Foods, where he spent three years as CFO.

His role at B&G is a newly-created position. Wacha will oversee the company’s business development strategy, including M&A, capital markets transactions and investor relations and serve on its executive management team, reporting to president and CEO Bob Cantwell.

Cantwell said: “We are very pleased to have Bruce Wacha join our team; M&A and capital markets transactions are vital to our growth strategy and Bruce is an experienced and talented executive who will be a valuable addition as we execute that strategy.”

Prior to joining Amira, Wacha spent more than 15 years in the financial services industry at Deutsche Bank Securities , Merrill Lynch and Prudential Securities, where he advised corporate clients across the food, beverage and consumer products sectors. 

He said: “I am very excited to join the B&G Foods family, B&G Foods has a demonstrated track record of successfully acquiring and integrating brands. I look forward to contributing to the company’s efforts to achieve growth through accretive acquisitions that are aligned with today’s consumer trends.”