Sargento Foods Inc. is pleased to welcome new leaders and announce new roles: Kris Cherukuri, vice president of Information Technology, Vera Petrova Dickinson, vice president of Food Safety & Quality, Chris McCarthy, vice president of Pricing & Demand Planning, Holly Baumgart, vice president of Strategic Planning, Julia Klimkovich, vice president of Financial Planning & Analysis, and Dennis Schweiger, vice president & treasurer, Corporate Finance & Accounting.
Kris Cherukuri joined Sargento in August 2021. In this role, Kris is responsible for the company's existing technology platforms while leading the charge to deliver new technology-driven capabilities that support Sargento's strategic growth objectives. Cherukuri now leads all the teams in Sargento's IT department which includes Strategy, Infrastructure, Applications, and Governance.
Vera Petrova Dickinson joined the Sargento family in June 2021. In this role, she is responsible for strategic development and execution of food safety and quality standards and systems across the Sargento Foods supply chain.
In his new role, Chris McCarthy is responsible for the management of the Divisions' pricing, promotions/trade budgets, demand planning, and terms and conditions coordination. He continues to lead the CPD Price/Commodity Management process with Sargento's FPA partners. He first joined the company in 2013.
In her role, Holly Baumgart focuses on the long-term health of our business, bringing our Real Food vision to life, and leading several key strategic and corporate initiatives. She joined the company in 2016, as the company’s vice president of IT.
Julia Klimkovich leads all FP&A across the enterprise which includes Consumer Products, Food Service & Ingredients, Operations and SG&A. In this new role, she drives comprehensive processes for developing financial plans and analysis while partnering with operational and business leaders across the organization. She joined the Sargento family in 2015.
Dennis Schweiger oversees all aspects of Sargento corporate accounting, credit, and treasury functions while continuing to strengthen the talent within the finance organization. Dennis began his journey at Sargento in 2017 and most recently served as director of Financial Planning & Analysis.
About Sargento Foods Inc.
With over 2,000 employees and net sales of $1.5 billion, Sargento Foods is a family-owned company that has been a leader in cheese for more than 65 years. Founded in 1953 in Plymouth, Wisconsin, Sargento is proud to be the company that successfully introduced America to pre-packaged sliced and shredded natural cheeses and cheese blends. Today, Sargento Foods is still based in Wisconsin, where they manufacture and market amazing shredded, sliced and snack natural cheese products, as well as ingredients and sauces.