April 2, 2014 |

Little Lady Foods Management Transition

By Pizza Today


After 30 years of leading Little Lady Foods from start-up to today, John and Dan Geocaris have decided to step down from the day-to- day management of the company.  John and Dan will be retaining their roles on the Board of Directors, continuing to support Little Lady Foods’ customer and growth efforts and maintaining their ownership interest in the company.

A search has been initiated for a new chief executive officer.  The CEO will be responsible for all activities of the company and will report directly to the Board of Directors.  As Dan and John step away from a day-to-day role in the business, they will be available to assist in the company’s future growth.  In addition, the Crowns will assume a more active role in ownership and management of Little Lady.

Two members of the Crown organization will be joining the management team.  Tanya Burnell will join  as Executive Vice President – Corporate Strategy & Marketing and Keenan Johnston as Director – Corporate Strategy. They will be reporting to the Board of Directors until a new CEO is in place.   Effective immediately, sales, marketing, quality and human resources will be reporting to Tanya.  Jim Sharwarko and Steve Kunkle will continue in their current roles reporting directly to the Board of Directors as well.

During this interim period, prior to the start of the new CEO and for a sufficient transition period afterwards, Dan and John will continue to work closely with the management team.  They will be focusing their efforts on insuring a smooth transition for all current customer relationships and new customer commercialization projects.

The Crown and Geocaris families remain committed to Little Lady Foods and are excited about the future of the company.

About Little Lady Foods

Little Lady Foods (www.littleladyfoods.com) is the leading contract manufacturer of private label custom-made food products. From unique artisan private label pizzas and on-trend frozen gourmet sandwiches to other specialty frozen food products made of “flour and water and stuff,” it optimizes market opportunities for manufacturers/processors, private label retailers and foodservice operators. Its leading edge custom frozen food manufacturing operations, a proven consultative food manufacturing approach and proprietary frozen food brand acceleration techniques deliver success for partner clients.

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