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Century Snacks appoints new CEO

Century Snacks has made a change to its leadership team.

The Commerce, Calif.-based company announced that Valerie Oswalt would be its new chief executive officer.

Oswalt has over 20 years of consumer package food experience and was previously the president of North American Confections for Mondelēz International.

“On behalf of the entire team at Century Snacks, I’m thrilled to welcome Valerie to our organization,” David Lowe, chairman of the board of Century Snacks and CEO of Insignia Capital Group, said. “Valerie is a dynamic leader with a unique background that spans marketing, sales, operations and finance. She has a long-standing track record of building brands, leading high-performing diverse teams and establishing strong customer relationships to deliver both top and bottom line results. We look forward to our next stage of growth under her leadership.”

During her time with Mondelēz, Oswalt led a $1.5 billion portfolio, which included Trident, Sour Patch Kids, Swedish Fish, Oreo Chocolate Candy and Halls. She previously held senior positions across the marketing, finance, sales, and supply chain functions.

“I am thrilled to join the Century Snacks team at such an exciting time in its growth trajectory,” Oswalt said. “The opportunity in the nut and trail mix market is tremendous, and Century Snacks is poised to capitalize on it. I am excited to work with the talented Century Snacks team leveraging our new, state-of-the-art U.S. based manufacturing facility, building our Snak Club brand by leveraging our partnership with Tajin — the fastest growing chili lime seasoning in the U.S., expanding our private label retail relationships and leveraging our new packaging and innovation to accelerate growth.”
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