OAK BROOK, Ill. — TreeHouse Foods on Tuesday named Robert Aiken, Jr., president and COO, effective July 10.
"Bob has a unique food industry background, having been both a customer, as the CEO of US Foods, and a food manufacturer, as president and CEO of Metz Baking Company," stated Sam Reed, chairman and CEO of TreeHouse Foods. "I've known Bob for many years and am confident that his background, insight and public company experience will prove instrumental as we complete the integration of the private brands business. Bob has a clear track record of driving margin expansion through a relentless focus on productivity and cost improvement in the face of industry change, and I am delighted to welcome him to the TreeHouse family."
Aiken will assume the president's role from Dennis Riordan, who had previously announced his retirement. Riordan will remain with the company and move to a senior adviser role to facilitate a smooth transition of his responsibilities.
Most recently, Aiken served as president and CEO of Essendant, a $5.4 billion value-added wholesaler of workplace products where he had been driving a business transformation. Prior to that he was president and CEO of US Foods, one of the largest foodservice distribution companies in the United States, which, at the time, had revenues of $18 billion.
"TreeHouse is an exceptional organization perfectly positioned to capitalize on the growth of private label," Aiken said. "The success TreeHouse has experienced to date with the integration of the private brands business has laid the groundwork for future optimization. I see significant untapped potential to simplify our operations, streamline our presence and improve our profitability. We have tremendous opportunity here, and I am excited to be a part of it."
Aiken holds his bachelor of science in business administration from Georgetown University and his juris doctor from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington D.C.