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Dean Foods recently posted a sharp decline in net income.

DALLAS — Chris Bellairs, executive vice-president and chief financial officer of Dean Foods Co., will leave the company Sept. 1. Mr. Bellairs joined the company in 2008 and has been c.f.o. since March 2013.

“Bellairs’ departure is not related to any issues regarding the integrity of the company’s financial statements or accounting policies and practices,” Dean Foods said. The company recently posted net income for the quarter ended June 30 at $17,647,000, a decline compared to the same period of the previous year when earnings totaled $33,371,000.

Scott Vopni, senior vice-president and chief accounting officer, has been named interim c.f.o. while the company searches for a new c.f.o. Mr. Bellairs will assist in transitioning Mr. Vopni into the role, the company said.

Mr. Vopni joined Dean Foods in May 2008 and has held multiple senior roles in the company’s finance organization. He currently leads the accounting team and oversees the finance function for both the supply chain and commercial organizations.

Ralph Scozzafava, c.e.o. of Dean Foods
“Chris helped guide the company to where we are today as a standalone company and worked hard to improve our balance sheet,” said Ralph Scozzafava, chief executive officer of Dean Foods. “We appreciate the years of service Chris dedicated to Dean Foods, and we wish him well as he pursues his next opportunity. Scott Vopni is well qualified to serve as interim c.f.o. while we conduct a search for a financial executive who will further build our leadership team’s experience taking a company through the kind of strategic transformation we’re executing here at Dean Foods. I speak on behalf of our leadership team in saying we remain focused and committed to executing our plan and delivering results for the remainder of 2017 and beyond.”