Super premium ice cream processorBen & Jerry's, South Burlington, Vt., said its CEO and Vice President Global Brand Development, Walt Freese, decided to resign and pursue other opportunities.

Officials said Freese will continue to lead Ben & Jerry’s and support a seamless transition until his exit at the end of March.

"Since joining Ben & Jerry’s and Unilever over eight years ago, Walt and his management team have been instrumental in returning Ben & Jerry’s to its heritage of leadership in progressive social and environmental values," the company said.

“Walt has done an outstanding job,” added John LeBoutillier, Unilever’s senior vice president-Foods US. “We wish Walt all the best in his future endeavors.”