Kelly to president and c.e.o. of AIPC

by Eric Schroeder
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KANSAS CITY — American Italian Pasta Co. announced that Jack Kelly, a 30-year food industry executive who has led several private companies, including San Antonio Farms and Fiorucci Foods, has been named president and chief executive officer. Mr. Kelly joined AIPC in November as chief operating officer. At that time, he was tapped to become the company’s new president and c.e.o. after the company completed the final phase of its restatement of certain financial reports.

Mr. Kelly succeeds Jim Fogarty, a managing director with turnaround firm Alvarez & Marsal, who has been AIPC’s president and c.e.o. since September 2005.

"Jack has hit the ground running in the two months since he arrived," said Bill Patterson, chairman of the board of directors. "The planned leadership transition not only has been seamless, but even faster than originally anticipated.

"Jack has quickly focused his energies on getting to know our people and the company, as well as identifying key initiatives that will further improve our operations and enhance the branded and private label opportunities in our retail, food service and ingredient businesses."

In addition to c.e.o. at Fiorucci Foods Inc. and San Antonio Farms, Mr. Kelly has held senior management positions at Haagen-Dazs Company, Inc., Kraft Foods Inc. and Oscar Mayer Foods Corp.

Mr. Kelly also has been named to the company’s board of directors.

AIPC also announced Paul Geist, vice-president and corporate controller, has been named executive vice-president and chief financial officer. Mr. Geist joined AIPC in October 2004.

Prior to joining AIPC he was vice-president/controller for Potbelly Sandwich Works, a privately-owned restaurant company. In addition, he has held several senior management positions, including that of c.f.o. at Houlihan’s Restaurant Group, Inc. and Westar Energy.

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