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BakeMark announces new President + CEO

Pico Rivera / CA. (bmi) BakeMark USA LLC announces the appointment of Gary Schmidt as President + CEO of BakeMark, effective July 09, 2018. Prior to joining BakeMark, Gary Schmidt held various leadership roles, most recently as COO of KanPak, a Golden State Foods company. He has also previously served at Corbion as VP of Sales and VP of Global Operations, in addition to executive roles with Cargill, EJ Gallo, and Givaudan. Gary graduated from Montana State University with a BS in Chemical Engineering and from Webster University with an MBA.

«I am honoured and proud to join BakeMark, the industry leader in North America. BakeMark has a great track record, great branding and a bright future ahead. I’m looking forward to elevating our partnership with customers and suppliers, while strengthening our capabilities», said Schmidt.

Jim Parker, current President + CEO of BakeMark, will assume the role of Executive Chairman of BakeMark, as well as Chairman of BakeMark’s Board of Directors. Parker will assume these duties as of July 09, 2018.

«It has been a great honour to lead BakeMark as President + CEO and to be part of BakeMark’s growth story. I am very confident that Gary will propel BakeMark to new heights, while supporting the customers, suppliers and all stakeholders in the bakery trade», said Parker.

This news follows BakeMark’s recent acquisitions of the Best Brands and Multifoods brands, in addition to the acquisition of two manufacturing plants in the US, all a part of their growth and expansion strategies under the ownership of Pamplona Capital Management.

Based in Pico Rivera, CA, BakeMark is the recognized market leader in the baking industry, as a manufacturer and distributor of bakery ingredients, products and supplies. BakeMark serves North America and customers internationally across all industry channels with its comprehensive product portfolio, including bakery mixes, fillings, icings, glazes, commodities, frozen products and bakery supplies. BakeMark is the exclusive distributor of some of the industry’s top brands, including Westco, BakeSense, Best Brands, Multifoods, BakeQwik, Trigal Dorado, C’est Vivant and Sprinkelina, operating through 5 manufacturing plants and 25 distribution centers located across North America.