Two promoted at Sargento

by Eric Schroeder
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PLYMOUTH, WIS. — Kristi Jankowski and Rod Hogan have been promoted at Sargento Foods, Inc.
Ms. Jankowski has been named senior vice-president of innovation where she will be responsible for corporate-wide innovation strategy, prioritization, research and other product development activities. Since joining Sargento in 1999, Ms. Jankowski has held a variety of roles and responsibilities, including as vice-president of research and development. Prior to Sargento, she was a senior research scientist of product development with Kraft Foods.

Ms. Jankowski received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Mr. Hogan was promoted to vice-president of new business development, where he will continue building upon past new business development successes as part of the innovation team. Mr. Hogan joined Sargento in 1996 and has worked as a senior product development scientist, director of natural cheese, and, most recently, as senior director of new business development. Previous to Sargento, he worked at Kraft Foods as a senior research scientist.

Mr. Hogan received a bachelor’s degree from Millersville University in Millersville, Pa., and a master’s degree in business administration from Marquette University.

“Innovation has always been a hallmark for Sargento and we plan to carry on that tradition for years to come,” said Lou Gentine, chairman and chief executive officer. “It is for this reason we are excited to further elevate our commitment to innovation and congratulate Kristi and Rod on their recent promotions, as we are looking forward to the impact they will have at Sargento in their new roles.”

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