NEW BERLIN, WIS. — Neal Glaeser has been named president and chief executive officer at Denali companies after serving as company president for 18 years. In his expanded role, he will oversee operations at both Denali Ingredients and Denali Flavors.

Mr. Glaeser joined Denali Flavors, the licensing company of Moose Tracks ice cream flavors and sister company to Denali Ingredients, in 2001. There, he led efforts to expand the company’s offerings from a flavor concept and licensing business to an ingredients solution provider for ice cream, frozen desserts, dairy and other food applications. He also spearheaded Denali Flavors’ purchase of the former Cool Brands/Eskimo Pie ingredient company, which was renamed Denali Ingredients, in 2006.

During the past 13 years he has overseen several plant improvements, including the opening of Denali’s R.&D. Center, as well as the company’s expansion into new product capabilities such as stabilizers and texture systems, extruded dough, flakes and most recently baked inclusions.

“Neal is a visionary, and he has a unique ability to take big strategic ideas and turn them into actionable momentum in a condensed period of time,” said Jon Vander Woude, company spokesperson. “His leadership skills are exemplary, and as a result he’s attracted talent and built a team of some of the best in the business.”