Schwan Food c.e.o. steps down; Flack to interim post

by Eric Schroeder
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MARSHALL, MINN. — The Schwan Food Co. announced M. Lenny Pippin, president and chief executive officer, has left the company, effective immediately. Gregory D. Flack, president of the company’s Global Consumer Brands, Inc., has been named interim c.e.o.

Mr. Flack joined Schwan in 1987 as a national food service marketing manager and rose through the ranks, becoming executive vice-president of product and market strategy with direct responsibility for the company’s research and development, quality assurance and new product development process. He later was named senior vice-president for Schwan’s Food Service Inc, and in March 2006 was named president of Global Consumer Brands

Mr. Pippin joined Schwan Food in November 1999, becoming its fourth president and c.e.o. and one of the few outsiders to run the company in its 55-year history. Prior to joining Schwan, he was president and c.e.o. of Lykes Brothers Inc., a privately-held corporation with operating divisions in the food, agriculture, transportation, energy and insurance industries. Earlier, he was the c.e.o. of Albert Fisher, N.A., a food service business based in Dallas.

Schwan Food is a privately held, multibillion-dollar business that manufactures and markets frozen foods through home delivery, retail grocery and food-service channels. Its brands include Red Baron, Tony’s, and Freschetta pizza, Mrs. Smith’s and Edwards desserts and Schwan’s fine frozen foods.

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