Dean Foods yesterday (27 April) announced that Jack F Callahan, Jr, has been appointed senior vice president and chief financial officer. He will assume the role in May.

Previously Callahan served as senior vice president of corporate strategy and development at PepsiCo, where he oversaw all corporate strategy and merger activity. At PepsiCo, Callahan also served as senior vice president of investor relations, chief financial officer of Frito Lay International and VP of Strategy a Planning at Frito Lay North America. Callahan's prior experience also includes key roles at General Electric and McKinsey & Company.

"Jack embodies everything we were looking for in our search for a chief financial officer. He comes to us with a wealth of operational, strategic and financial expertise; deep industry knowledge; and a shared passion for our corporate mission," Dean Foods CEO Gregg Engles said. "He will be a critical member of our senior leadership team as we refine and execute our strategies to maximize the performance of our businesses. We are very excited to bring Jack to Dean Foods."

"Dean Foods' performance over the last ten years speaks for itself," said Callahan. "The strength of its dairy operations, combined with its powerful portfolio of brands, creates an incredible opportunity for continued growth and value creation. This opportunity aligns perfectly with my interests and experience and I look forward to contributing to the further growth and success of the company."