J. M. Smucker announces executive appointments
Effective March 1, 2016, Barry C. Dunaway will assume the role of President, Big Heart Pet Food and Snacks.
Mr. Dunaway has 28 years of experience with the Company in a variety of management roles and currently serves as President, International and Chief Administrative Officer. In his current role, Mr. Dunaway has responsibility for the Company's merger and acquisition strategy, among other responsibilities, which has included significant involvement in the Company's acquisition of Big Heart Pet Brands and ongoing integration activities.
Mr. Dunaway will succeed David J. West, who currently serves as President, Big Heart Pet Food and Snacks.
Mr. West has held this role since joining the Company in March 2015. Mr. Dunaway and Mr. West will work together to transition responsibilities, beginning January 1, 2016. On March 1, 2016, Mr. West will assume the role of Strategic Advisor to the Executive Committee.
At the conclusion of his employment agreement, on April 30, 2016, Mr. West will remain a member of the Company's Board of Directors, advising in areas that include corporate strategy and growth capabilities.
The Company also announced that, effective January 1, 2016, Mark R. Belgya, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will be promoted and have expanded responsibilities that now also include the Company's Government and Industry Affairs, Information Services, and Corporate Strategy departments. ■