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Persian Named Chief Information Officer for The Schwan Food Company

January 15, 2016
By Business Wire News


The Schwan Food Company announced today that Kathy Persian has been named senior vice president and chief information officer for the company. In this role, she will be responsible for the strategic direction and execution of the company’s Information Services Department. She will also serve on the company’s executive leadership team.

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Kathy Persian (Photo: Schwan's Shared Services, LLC)

Kathy Persian (Photo: Schwan’s Shared Services, LLC)

“I am extremely excited to have someone with Kathy’s broad experience and strong leadership style join our team. Her deep knowledge and extensive background in business and information technology will be extremely valuable to our efforts to execute our business plans, grow as a company and enhance service to our customers,” said Dimitrios Smyrnios, CEO of The Schwan Food Company.

Persian brings more than 25 years of experience in information delivery to the role. Most recently she served as senior vice president of business transformation and chief information officer for Sports Authority, where she was responsible for corporate strategy development, the information services team, e-commerce, and enterprise program and process capabilities. Earlier, she served in several finance and information technology leadership roles at SUPERVALU, including chief information officer. She has also held leadership roles at Best Buy.

Persian received her bachelor’s degree in business management from the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn.

THE SCHWAN FOOD COMPANY is a privately held, multibillion-dollar business that manufactures and markets fine frozen foods through home-delivery, retail-grocery and food-service channels. Its many popular brands include Red Baron®, Tony’s®, and Freschetta® pizza, Mrs. Smith’s® and Edwards® desserts and Schwan’s® fine frozen foods. Based in Minnesota for more than 60 years, the company’s subsidiaries employ about 13,000 people in the United States. To learn more about Schwan, visit us at on the World Wide Web.

The Schwan Food Company
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