8th Avenue Food & Provisions has hired Doug Kooren in the position of Chief Financial Officer. As a member of the senior management team of this new private label enterprise, he will assume a strategic role in the overall financial management of the company. He will have primary day-to-day responsibility for planning, implementing, managing and controlling all financial-related activities of the company. This will include direct responsibility for accounting, finance, treasury, financial planning and analysis, cash-flow, strategic planning, costing, deal/M&A analysis and negotiations, stakeholder relationships and partnership compliance and capital markets activities. He will report to Jim Dwyer, Chief Executive Officer.
Doug brings 25 years of experience in finance, accounting, audit, sales, marketing, M&A and business integration. Most recently, he was Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of Foster Poultry Farms, a $2.5 billion family owned branded & private label, vertically integrated poultry company. Prior, he served as Vice President Finance/Senior Financial Officer for Lamb Weston, one of the world’s leading suppliers of frozen potato products. Doug spent the bulk of his career, in a variety of finance roles, with Conagra Foods. He started his career in public accounting (Price Waterhouse) before moving into audit with General Mills.
8th Avenue is a leading, private brand-centric, consumer products holding company, manufacturing and selling private brand food products primarily to retail, foodservice and ingredient customers. These businesses produce nut butter, dried fruits and nuts, pasta and granola products for top retailers, distributors and manufacturers. 8th Avenue Food & Provisions was formed in October 2018 through a combination of Post Holdings’ private brands businesses. The company is owned by Post Holdings and funds affiliated with Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P. (“THL”), a private equity firm.
Partners Mike Magurany & Scott Cuellar conducted the search. Chartwell Partners is a boutique, senior-level, retained executive search firm, operating on a national platform. Founded in 2005, they have offices in Chicago, Milwaukee, Dallas, and Philadelphia. Chartwell is comprised of ten partners, as well as a support staff of executive assistants and researchers. The firm specializes in consumer products, food and retail as well as industrial and healthcare.
Chartwell Partners is pleased to announce that John Pitts has joined Acuity Eyecare Group as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Acuity, John served as Chief Financial Officer for Jordan Health Services, Varsity Brands, and Horizon Health Corporation. Acuity’s lead investor is Riata Capital Group.
Chartwell Partners is pleased to announce that Ed Sims has recently joined Global Medical Response as Senior Vice President, Managed Care. Prior to joining Global Medical Response, Mr. Sims served as Chief Managed Care Officer for Lifecare Health Partners.
Formed in early 2018, Global Medical Response (“GMR”) is the nation’s largest medical transportation company (emergency and non-emergency) as the result of the combination of Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH), the leading provider of emergency air medical transport, and American Medical Response (AMR), the largest ground ambulance company in the US, providing both emergency and non-emergency medical transportation. GMR’s pro forma annual revenues are approximately $4 billion.
Chartwell Partners is pleased to announce that Gregory Theis, DDS has recently joined Delta Dental of Wisconsin (DDWI) as Dental Director. Prior to joining DDWI, Dr. Theis served as Dental Director for Health Partners of Western Ohio.
Delta Dental of Wisconsin (DDWI) is headquartered in Stevens Point, with sales offices in Milwaukee and Madison. As part of the nationwide Delta Dental Plans Association, DDWI joins 38 other Delta Dental plans to serve more than one third of the estimated 212 million Americans with dental insurance. DDWI is the state’s No. 1 dental plan, providing dental insurance to more than two million members.
Chartwell Partners is pleased to announce that Kurt Baumgartel has recently joined Evolution Health as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Evolution Health, Mr. Baumgartel served as President, Allegheny Health Network Home Health, Hospice & Transitional Care for Graham Healthcare Group.
Evolution Health was formed in 2012 as a strategic innovation within Envision Healthcare, helping to advance the enterprise’s positioning and value proposition for an evolving healthcare landscape. In 2014 Evolution Health initiated a joint venture with the Ascension healthcare company, the largest Catholic health system in the world and the largest non-profit health system in the United States with facilities in 23 states and the District of Columbia, to provide home based post-acute services nationally through a phased introduction. Evolution Health is continuing its growth in home health, hospice and home infusion services. Evolution Health and parent Envision Healthcare are owned by global investment firm KKR.