The Feeding America Board of Directors announced today that Bob Aiken will become president and chief executive officer, effective December 5. Aiken joins the organization following executive leadership positions at several Chicago-based food companies, most recently as the chief executive officer of Bolder Foods, a company founded to invest in specialty, ethnic and natural food companies.
Prior to his role at Bolder Foods, Aiken spent six years with U.S. Foods where he began as the executive vice president of strategy and governance and ascended through the ranks to become president and chief executive officer in 2007. U.S. Foodservice is one of the nation's leading food distribution companies with revenue of over $18 billion and 25,000 employees. Earlier in his career, Aiken served as chief executive officer of Metz Baking Company, a fresh bread baker serving grocery chains with revenues of over $650 million and 6,000 employees.
Aiken also served on the Board of Directors of the Greater Chicago Food Depository, a member of Feeding America, from 2011-2012.
"Bob is a seasoned executive who has proven his ability to successfully run complex organizations," said David Brearton, chair of the Feeding America Board of Directors."We believe Bob's passion for the issue of hunger and his collaborative approach to leadership make him an excellent choice to lead our network."
Feeding America, the nation's leading hunger relief organization and network of food banks, provided more than 3.5 billion pounds of food through 61,000 community based feeding programs last year. The network serves more than 37 million people, including 14 million children and 3 million seniors annually.
"I find it deeply troubling that there are more than 50 million people at risk of hunger right in our own backyard," said Aiken."After spending the majority of my career in the food industry, I am humbled by the opportunity to lead such an incredible organization working to ensure that every man, woman and child has access to a meal."
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