MARSHALL, MINN. — Dimitrios Smyrnios has been named chief executive officer of The Schwan Food Co. He replaces Gregory Flack, who stepped down on Oct. 4.

Mr. Smyrnios spent the past 20 years working with Nestle. Most recently he was president of Nestle’s Dreyer’s Ice Cream division. Prior to leading the Dreyer’s business, Mr. Smyrnios held progressive roles of responsibility within Nestle Waters North America.

“After a thorough and deliberate search process, the board of directors concluded that Dimitrios Smyrnios is the right leader to strengthen our company moving forward,” said Allan Schuman, chairman of the board for The Schwan Food Co. “He is a proven leader with a strong track record in profitably growing businesses. Importantly, he is deeply familiar with our business, having spent his entire career in the food industry in leadership positions at PepsiCo and Nestle S.A.”