WhiteWave Foods Welcomes Kevin Yost as President of Earthbound Farm

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Mon. January 6th, 2014 - by Jordan Okumura-Wright

<p> WhiteWave Foods is appointing Kevin C. Yost as President of its newly acquired Earthbound Farm business, effective immediately. He will report to Gregg Engles, CEO and Chairman at WhiteWave Foods and will serve on the company’s Executive Leadership Team.<hr class="legacyRuler"><hr class="legacyRuler"><hr class="invisible minimal-padding"> “We are excited to have Kevin grow and lead the Earthbound Farm business and the company’s talent,” said Engles. “His deep experience leading companies through change, improving operations, leading product development, driving above-market revenue and earnings growth, and building winning cultures make him the perfect leader for Earthbound Farm. We look forward to his contributions to build on the company’s success as we work together to change the way the world eats for the better.”<hr class="legacyRuler"><hr class="legacyRuler"><hr class="invisible minimal-padding"> Yost most recently worked with Saputo, Inc. He brings more than 22 years of CPG and food industry experience driving shareholder value at leading, multi-billion dollar companies, including Dean Foods’ Morningstar division, ConAgra Foods, and Swift and Company.<hr class="legacyRuler"><hr class="legacyRuler"><hr class="invisible minimal-padding"> Charlie Sweat, Yost’s predecessor, will move into an advisory role to ensure a smooth transition. The rest of the Earthbound Farm management team will retain their current positions, according to a press release. Sweat, whose leadership helped the company’s organic sales grow from $10 million to more than $500 million, will now be pursuing a variety of professional and personal ventures, including joining the board of directors of the non-profit Global Green USA.<hr class="legacyRuler"><hr class="legacyRuler"><hr class="invisible minimal-padding"> “Charlie is a passionate leader who helped grow Earthbound Farm into a major player and influencer in the organic food industry and therefore a very attractive business to WhiteWave,” said Engles. “We look forward to benefiting from Charlie’s expertise during the transition in an advisory role, appreciate all that he has done to make the company a success, and wish him the same success as he takes on these new ventures.”<hr class="legacyRuler"><hr class="legacyRuler"><hr class="invisible minimal-padding"> Congratulations on joining Earthbound Farm, Kevin! </p><hr class="legacyRuler"><hr class="invisible minimal-padding"><p><a class="btn btn-sm btn-primary col-lg-12" style="white-space: normal;" href=" https://www.ebfarm.com/products" target="_new"> Earthbound Farm </a><hr class="legacyRuler"><hr class="legacyRuler"><hr class="invisible minimal-padding"><a class="btn btn-sm btn-primary col-lg-12" style="white-space: normal;" href=" http://www.whitewave.com/investors" target="_new"> WhiteWave Foods </a></p><hr class="legacyRuler"><hr class="invisible minimal-padding">