Blackstone’s Pinnacle Appoints Exec VP

Pinnacle Foods Group has appointed Christopher Boever as executive vice president and chief customer officer. In his new position, Boever will report directly to CEO Bob Gamgort and lead the sales force and broker organization for the US retail organization. Pinnacle Foods is a portfolio company of The Blackstone Group.


Pinnacle Foods Group LLC announces the appointment of Christopher J. Boever as Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer. In his new position, Boever will report directly to CEO Bob Gamgort and lead the sales force and broker organization for the US retail organization.

“Chris brings to Pinnacle extensive sales retail leadership experience and a strong track record of driving growth,” says Pinnacle Foods CEO Bob Gamgort.

“Leading the Pinnacle Sales Organization is an excellent opportunity to apply my strengths to a portfolio of iconic brands,” says Boever.

With more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of sales management, Boever most recently served as Senior Vice President Sales at ConAgra Foods, Inc. where he led the direct and broker sales organization for the Consumer Division. Chris joined ConAgra Foods in 2007 as Vice President Sales Planning and advanced through positions of increasing responsibility including both planning and operations strategy across a portfolio of frozen, grocery, refrigerated and snack food brands. Prior to ConAgra Foods, Chris worked at Hormel Foods from 1991 to 2007. He moved rapidly through roles of increasing scope before being named Vice President of Sales Strategy in 2004. His last position with Hormel was Vice President Sales, Business Development where he was the strategic link between brand and customer annual operating plan development and execution for the Grocery, Meat and Deli businesses. Chris holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin.

Pinnacle Foods is a portfolio company of The Blackstone Group.

About Pinnacle Foods Group LLC

Millions of times a day in more than 85% of American households, consumers reach for Pinnacle Foods brands. We are a leading producer, marketer and distributor of high-quality branded food products, which have been trusted household names for decades. Headquartered in Parsippany, NJ, our business employs more than 4,300 people in North America. We are a leader in the shelf stable and frozen foods segments and our brands hold the #1 or #2 market position in 10 out of 13 major category segments in which they compete. Our Duncan Hines Grocery Division manages brands such as Duncan Hines(R) baking mixes and frostings, Vlasic(R) pickles, peppers, and relish, Comstock(R) and Wilderness(R) Fruit Pie Fillings, Mrs. Butterworth’s(R) and Log Cabin(R) syrups, Armour(R) canned meats, Nalley(R) and Brooks(R) chili and chili ingredients, and Open Pit(R) barbecue sauces. Our Birds Eye Frozen Division manages brands such as Birds Eye(R), Birds Eye Steamfresh(R), C&W(R), McKenzie’s(R), and Fresh like(R) vegetables, Birds Eye Voila!(R) complete bag meals, Aunt Jemima(R) frozen breakfasts, Swanson(R) and Hungry-Man(R) dinners and entrees, Van de Kamp’s(R) and Mrs. Paul’s(R) seafood, Lender’s(R) bagels and Celeste(R) pizza. Our Specialty Foods Division manages Tim’s Cascade Snacks(R), Hawaiian(TM) Kettle Style Potato Chips, Snyder of Berlin(R) and Husman’s(R) in addition to our food service and private label businesses. Further information is available at .

About The Blackstone Group

The Blackstone Group is one of the world’s leading investment and advisory firms. We seek to create positive economic impact and long-term value for our investors, the companies we invest in, the companies we advise and the broader global economy. We do this through the commitment of our extraordinary people and flexible capital. Our alternative asset management businesses include the management of corporate private equity funds, real estate funds, funds of hedge funds, credit-oriented funds, collateralized loan obligation vehicles (CLOs) and closed-end mutual funds. The Blackstone Group also provides various financial advisory services, including mergers and acquisitions advisory, restructuring and reorganization advisory and fund placement services.