Bakkavor USA Appoints Leif Hickman as Senior Vice President of Commercial; Kamran Lodi Comments
CHARLOTTE, NC - Commercial development is on the horizon for Bakkavor USA. The prepared foods provider recently named Leif Hickman as its new Senior Vice President of Commercial. In this role, he will be primarily focused on cultivating customer partnerships, ensuring a strong and consistent supply chain, and overseeing customer service.
“It is such a pivotal time of growth here at Bakkavor USA,” Hickman said. “I am excited to join a company that values their customer partnerships and offers solutions in helping realize the explosive trend toward healthy, fresh prepared meals. It really is the right time, the right place, and it is clear that the consumer has an elevated demand for fresh foods that makes it an optimal time for Bakkavor’s consumer-centric innovation to offer choice, quality, convenience, and freshness.”
Leif has driven growth and profitability for food, beverage, and consumer packaged goods brands for over 20 years. He brings extensive United States-based market experience along with an energetic, action-oriented, and positive mindset. Most recently, Leif was the Chief Commercial Officer at Dream Harvest, where he led the sales, marketing, and supply chain functions.
The new SVP previously held the role of Chief Customer Officer for Bonduelle Fresh Americas, where he led North American Retail and Foodservice Sales, Category Management, Consumer Insights, Customer Service, and Demand Planning. Before his role at Bonduelle, Leif spent 13 years with Nestlé, where he held roles of increasing leadership and responsibility across multiple divisions in both New Zealand and the U.S., according to a press release.
“We are extremely excited to have Leif join our Leadership Team. He brings a rich history of experience and expertise in growing key customer relationships, leading successful teams to ensure a reliable supply chain, and providing best-in-class customer service,” said Chief Operating Officer Kamran Lodi. “His outstanding track record of success and positive approach aligns with our core values and goals.”
Congratulations to Leif Hickman!