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Friday 24 January 2020

Aryzta appoints new CEO for North America division

Aryzta CEO Kevin Toland
Aryzta CEO Kevin Toland
Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

Irish-Swiss food group Aryzta has appointed Tyson Yu as CEO of its North America division, effective 1 February.

He has also joined the company’s executive committee, reporting to Kevin Toland, group CEO.

Dave Johnson assumes the role of non-executive chairman of Aryzta North America.

Elsewhere, John Heffernan has been appointed as president and chief commercial officer North America, where he will be reporting to Mr Yu.

Mr Yu (37) is currently chief operations officer of Aryzta North America and has been with the company for 10 years.

Prior to this, he worked in private equity and investment banking and is a graduate of Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Economics.

Mr Heffernan (49) is currently group chief strategy officer at Aryzta, having joined the group in March 2018.

He will remain on the group executive committee.

Prior to joining Aryzta, Mr Heffernan had senior positions as chief development officer in DAA plc, as founder and CEO of Clearpower and AER, in private equity with Boundary Capital, and worked with McKinsey and Company.

Aryzta CEO Kevin Toland thanked Dave Johnson for “his leadership and contribution in refocusing our North American business in the past two years.”

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