After three months, TreeHouse president resigns

by Rebekah Schouten
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Chris Sliva, TreeHouse Foods
Christopher D. Sliva, president of TreeHouse Foods, Inc., has announced his resignation from the company in order to pursue another career opportunity.

OAK BROOK, ILL. — Christopher D. Sliva, president of TreeHouse Foods, Inc., has announced his resignation from the company in order to pursue another career opportunity. Mr. Sliva was promoted to president in August. Previously, he was executive vice-president and chief operating officer of TreeHouse Foods and president of Bay Valley Foods.

Dennis Riordan, TreeHouse Foods
Dennis F. Riordan

Dennis F. Riordan, executive vice-president and chief financial officer, whose upcoming retirement was announced in August, has committed to remain with TreeHouse and serve as president while the company conducts a search for a new president. During this time, Mr. Riordan will oversee both Bay Valley Foods and TreeHouse Private Brands.

“Dennis is the natural person to step into the president role in the interim,” said Sam K. Reed, chairman and chief executive officer of TreeHouse Foods. “He has been a key contributor to our strategy and is familiar with all aspects of our business. Dennis will ensure continuity and operational excellence and maintain the company’s relentless focus on customers, categories, consumers and organizational capabilities while a permanent successor is found.”

Matthew Foulston, TreeHouse Foods
Matthew J. Foulston

In a separate announcement, TreeHouse said Matthew J. Foulston will be joining the company as executive vice-president and chief financial officer, effective no later than Dec. 2. Mr. Foulston is currently c.f.o. of Compass Minerals International, Inc., and he previously was senior vice-president of operations and corporate finance at Navistar International and vice-president and c.f.o. at Navistar Truck. Mr. Foulston also held senior leadership positions at Mazda North America and Ford Motor Co.

“As we continue the integration of Private Brands, Matthew will be a key partner in our organization and will be instrumental to our growth and simplification initiatives,” Mr. Reed said.  “Matthew’s large public company background in the automotive industry will serve us well as we enter the next phase of our company's growth.” 
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