US dairy firm Dean Foods has announced that Joseph Scalzo will join the company as president and chief executive officer of WhiteWave Foods.

Scalzo has 20 years of experience at major consumer product and beverage companies, and will report directly to Dean Foods' chairman and CEO, Gregg Engles.

Scalzo joins WhiteWave Foods from The Gillette Company where he is group president, personal care and global value chain. Prior to that he was senior vice president and chief marketing officer of The Minute Maid Company.

Scalzo will begin his tenure at WhiteWave Foods shortly after the closure of the pending merger of Gillette and Procter & Gamble.

WhiteWave Foods makes premium branded food products including Silk Soymilk,  Horizon Organic certified organic milk and dairy products, International Delight coffee creamer, Land O' Lakes dairy products and Hershey's Milks and Milkshakes.