Norwich, NY–Peter McGuinness has been promoted to the role of president of Chobani. A press release announcing the promotion highlighted McGuinness’ six years of “extraordinary leadership, impact and commitment to the Chobani brand, its people, and its customers, helping the company to become America’s #1 Greek Yogurt brand and the second largest overall yogurt manufacturer in the U.S.”
McGuinness will report to Hamdi Ulukaya, CEO and founder and will also oversee Chobani’s Demand function, supply chain, manufacturing, sustainability, and research and development functions. The alignment of these functions comes at a critical time in Chobani’s growth and expansion
“We created this company with people at the center, and they are the reason for where we are today,” Ulukaya said in the release. “Peter has been an amazing member of that journey, and I’m honored and happy to have him as President. Passion, intelligence, and collaboration make us who we are, and I love seeing this talent rising up through the company, working side by side to build the future of Chobani. We continue to break down walls, collaborate more, and become closer as leaders, making a better food company for tomorrow.”
Several additional promotions were also announced:
- Federico Muyshondt has been named chief customer officer, reporting to McGuinness. In addition to his current role overseeing retail and international sales activity, Muyshondt’s role will now include category development, shopper marketing, and revenue and trade management.
- Jason Blaisure has been named Senior VP of Supply Chain, reporting to McGuinness. Blaisure will oversee manufacturing and engineering operations, procurement, logistics & customer service, and contract manufacturing.
- Parag Agrawal has been named chief information officer, reporting to Ulukaya. He will oversee the company’s technological infrastructure and IT operations.
- Grace Zuncic has been named chief people and culture officer, continuing to report to Ulukaya. She remains responsible for maintaining the company’s strong company culture and human resources capabilities.
Chobani also reported the departure of Mick Beekhuizen, CFO, noting the Beekhuizen “has worked tirelessly during his tenure at the company to make Chobani better, stronger and more prepared for its future.” Michelle Brooks, current Chobani treasurer, will serve as Interim CFO.
“With these changes,” the company reported in the release, “50% of Chobani’s executive leadership team will be comprised of female leaders. This is a proud moment for the company, as diversity and inclusion has always been a part of Chobani’s values.”