B&G Foods hires first chief operating officer, citing growth

B&G Foods Inc. now has a chief operating officer.

The Parsippany company appointed Kenneth G. Romanzi to the new role. He will also serve as executive vice president beginning Dec. 4.

Romanzi will serve on the executive management team.

“After more than doubling the size of our business over the past two years, we believe now is an excellent time to supplement our already very strong executive management team with another highly talented executive,” said CEO and President Robert C. Cantwell. “Ken Romanzi is a proven leader with extensive experience in the food and beverage industry. We are very pleased to have Ken join our team. As chief operating officer, Ken will have a broad range of responsibilities as we continue to execute our growth strategy.”

Romanzi most recently served as president of fresh foods at WhiteWave Foods Corp., where he led Earthbound Farm Organic.

Before that, he was senior vice president and chief operating officer of global brands for Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc.

His previous jobs have also included president of Hasbro’s U.S. toys division. Romanzi started his career in marketing at Frito-Lay Inc.

“B&G Foods’ executive management team has done a tremendous job through the years transforming the company from a small, regional pickles and peppers business to one of the leading public-branded food companies in the nation,” Romanzi said. “I look forward to working with Bob and the entire team at B&G Foods to assist with the future growth of the company.”