Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods appoints former PepsiCo leader as new chief customer officer

Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods on Wednesday said it welcomed Steve Polonowski as its new chief customer officer. Dr. Praeger’s is a portfolio company of Vestar Capital Partners.

“Steve brings an impressive track record of building health-oriented brands through strategic customer partnerships and building strong teams. His diverse experience with better-for-you brands in different categories, customers and channels will be a huge asset for the team at Dr. Praeger’s,” Dr. Praeger’s CEO Andy Reichgut said.

Polonowski has worked at global, industry-leading consumer packaged goods companies including PepsiCo and Glanbia Performance Nutrition, and most recently at smaller brands such as Amazing Grass, Simple Mills and BetterBrand. In his most recent position, he served as president and chief commercial officer at BetterBrand, where he partnered with the founder to build an emerging and disruptive brand in the marketplace. Prior to that, he was the chief sales officer for Simple Mills, another Vestar portfolio company.

“I am incredibly excited to join Andy and the Dr. Praeger’s team to accelerate growth of this fantastic brand,” Polonowski said. “We are uniquely positioned to help consumers eat healthier by simply making veggies into great tasting and convenient food.”