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Frozen food maker finalizes chief customer officer hire

Elmwood Park, New Jersey. — Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods, a Vestar Capital Partners portfolio company, has appointed Steve Polonowski as Chief Customer Officer.

Polonofsky will help develop Dr. Praeger’s consumer partnerships to support this convenient frozen food maker’s efforts to accelerate the growth of vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and kosher products.

Dr. Praeger’s CEO Andy Reichgut said: “His diverse experience with better brands across categories, customers and channels will be a great asset to the team at Dr. Praeger’s.”

In addition to his most recent role as President and Chief Commercial Officer of BetterBrand, Mr. Polonofsky has held leadership positions including Chief Sales Officer of Simple Mills, Vice President of Sales and Senior Director of Amazing Grass business at Glanbia Performance Nutrition. I have many years of experience. PepsiCo, Inc. sales and marketing

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Michigan State University.

The appointment marks the second significant addition of Dr. Praeger to the executive team in late 2022, with Reichgut becoming CEO in July.