Amy's Kitchen is adding a newly created chief supply chain officer role to its executive team, a move the company hopes will help it adapt to shifts in the global supply chain.
Oksana Woloszczuk, a former vice president of North American Integrated Supply Chain at McCain, joins Amy's Kitchen's C-suite in the new role, the company announced on Jan. 19.
The manufacturer of organic, non-GMO and vegetarian frozen food has faced costly supply chain disruptions in the past year. In July 2022, for example, cost increases and demand shifts led Amy's Kitchen to close its San Jose, California factory, leading to an operating loss of $1 million per month.
“Due to the growing complexity of our business, demand for our products and the challenges of navigating a global supply chain in unprecedented conditions, the time was right to add the role of Chief Supply Chain Officer to our executive leadership team,” VP of Impact and Communications Paul Schiefer said in an email to Supply Chain Dive. “We’re lucky to have the leadership of Oksana Woloszczuk who brings deep experience to this role.”
Besides the chief supply chain officer role, Amy's Kitchen also hired Steve Kravariotis as VP of supply chain planning and David Griego as senior director of engineering.
The three executives each bring over 30 years of experience to the food manufacturer, having worked at companies like Avon Products, The Clorox Company, McCain, Del Real Foods, Kellogg's and more.
“We see the new roles in supply chain as an evolution of our business and part of our growth trajectory,” Schiefer said. “They allow us to evolve our processes, be strategic in how we are managing cost and inventory and diversify our partners and suppliers to mitigate risk."