Park Ridge-based fruit snack maker, PIM Brands, appoints three to executive roles

Industry veterans appointed to CFO, CHRO and VP of manufacturing

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PIM Brands on Tuesday said it recently appointed three to its executive team.

Ramiro Fernández has been named the Park Ridge-based fruit snack manufacturer’s chief financial officer, Susan Miller its chief human resources officer and Jagannathan Ramachandran its vice president of manufacturing.

Fernández joins PIM from snack-food maker Herr Foods, where he was CFO. During an impressive 30-year career, he has served in a wide range of leadership roles for iconic companies, including finance manager for Kellogg’s, director of finance for Frito-Lay Mid-Atlantic, director of finance for Pepsico North America, and CFO chocolate and pet care of Mars Caribbean and Central America.

“I look forward to bringing my considerable experience and industry knowledge to the fast-growing PIM organization, to help drive our successes into the future,” Fernández said.

Fernández holds an undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in chemistry from Boston University and an MBA from the University of Rochester.

Miller also joins PIM with over 20 years of experience in senior leadership roles at global manufacturing companies, including Evonik Corp., where she served as head of future work.

“I am passionate about supporting all facets of HR, specifically those unique to manufacturing. I believe in driving success through a targeted people strategy,” Miller said.

Miller holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Rutgers University and has completed programs at IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Ramachandran joins PIM Brands with over 20 years of experience, with responsibility for manufacturing operations at the company’s Somerset production facilities. Prior to PIM, Ramachandran spent 11 years with the Campbell Soup Co. in operations and continuous improvement leadership roles, as well as with Advanced Filtration Systems Inc. and Collins & Aikman Corp.

“I am proud to join PIM Brands and welcome the opportunity to collaborate with our teams to drive a high-performance culture and organization. I am always eager to develop the most innovative and cost-effective solutions,” Ramachandran said.

Ramachandran holds a bachelor’s degree in production engineering from Bharathiar University in India, a Master of Science in manufacturing systems engineering (lean and operations) from the University of Kentucky, as well as an MBA from the University of Illinois.