OMAHA, NEB. — Brad Berentson, vice-president of finance for ConAgra Mills, has been named chief financial officer of the newly formed Ardent Mills, effective upon the close of the transaction that will create the new company.

Mr. Berentson has more than 25 years of experience in the food industry, including more than 10 years with ConAgra Foods and 15 years with General Mills. He will join Dan Dye and Bill Stoufer as members of the executive management team. Mr. Dye, currently the president of Horizon Milling, will be chief executive officer, and Mr. Stoufer, currently president of ConAgra Mills, will be chief operating officer and chief integration officer.

“Brad was selected for this role based on his long track record of success in our industry, including both ingredient and retail experience, a broad range of financial experience and a passion for developing high-performing organizations, leaders and teams,” Mr. Dye said.

Ardent Mills is the proposed new flour milling company that will combine the operations of ConAgra Mills and Horizon Milling, a joint venture between Cargill and CHS.