Bonduelle Fresh Americas — the former Ready Pac Foods — has appointed Mary Thompson to CEO.
Effective Oct. 8, Thompson will lead day-to-day management of the Irwindale, Calif.-based company, developing a strategic mission that focuses on getting fresh vegetables and plant-based foods to consumers, according to a news release.
Thompson most recently was president and managing director of Cargill Meats Europe. She has more than 25 years of experience at Cargill, leading various business segments at the agribusiness company. She has had leadership roles in business functions including commercial, manufacturing, supply chain and technology in Europe, Asia and North America.
Thompson is also a member of the Bonduelle Group Management Committee, which “ensures the implementation of policies across all Bonduelle businesses,” according to the release. Bonduelle is based in France.
“Her experience leading multi-billion dollar agribusinesses in North America and Europe make her an ideal leader for this business unit,” Daniel Vielfaure, Bonduelle Group deputy CEO, said in the release. “We believe the global perspective and holistic approach she brings to the business will help drive Bonduelle Fresh Americas to greater growth and profitability in support of Bonduelle’s long-term ambition.”
Ready Pac remains a brand at the company, as do Bistro, Ready Snax, Cool Cuts and elevĀte brands.
“My vision is that we continue to grow profitably, creating greater success for our customers and new opportunities for our employees and the communities in which we operate,” Thompson said in the release.
Thompson succeeds Tony Sarsam, who led the company from 2013 until his departure this February to become CEO of the Borden Dairy Co. Sarsam has been credited with leading Ready Pac out of financial straits. According to a news release from the dairy company when Sarsam joined Borden, Ready Pac Foods, under his leadership, “grew by more than 60% and now has an 80% stake in the meal salad kit category.”
Bonduelle acquired Ready Pac Foods in 2017, and the “renamed Bonduelle Fresh Americas is the newest of the company’s five business units,” according to the release.