US dairy group Dean Foods has named Jody Macedonio as its new chief financial officer.

Macedonio previously worked at PepsiCo and Nestle but most recently she was the senior vice president of finance for the North America laundry and beauty divisions of Henkel following the company’s acquisition of Sun Products Corporation where she served as senior vice president, finance, planning and treasurer. 

She takes up the CFO role at Dean Foods – where she also becomes an executive vice president – on 26 February.

Macedonio takes over from Scott Vopni, the company’s chief accounting officer, who was acting as interim CFO following the departure of Chris Bellairs in August

Dean Foods CEO Ralph Scozzafava said: “We are very excited to have an executive of Jody’s caliber join our management team. With deep financial and operating experience in food and consumer packaged goods – including proven success in driving significant financial improvement and sustainable business performance – Jody will contribute immediately to Dean Foods. 

“Her expertise will be instrumental in our continued focus on winning in private label, building and buying strong brands, and driving our cost productivity agenda.”

Prior to working for Sun Products, Macedonio was employed at PepsiCo where she held several positions after joining in 1999, including serving as chief financial officer and vice president, finance for the North Business Unit of Frito-Lay. 

Prior to joining PepsiCo, Macedonio served in finance positions at Nestle. SmithKline Beecham and Chemical Bank .  

She said: “I am very excited to join Dean Foods. I believe the potential to drive growth through value creation is excellent given the strength of both the private label and brand portfolios, which will also benefit from the cost productivity agenda already underway.”