The biggest U.S. supplier of kefir, has named its first female chief financial officer, Neha Clark who previously spent more than 15 years at Kraft Heinz.
Her appointment is effective from August 1, 2018. Ms. Clark succeeds Eric Hanson, who will remain with company as Chief Accounting Officer and Corporate Controller.
Ms. Clark’s appointment marks one of the few instances in which a leadership team consists of women in the top CEO and CFO spots of a publicly traded company. GM and Hershey are the only Fortune 500 companies with women in the roles of both CEO and CFO.
“I’m thrilled to welcome Neha into our Lifeway Family and look forward to her contributions to the culture and community of our company,” said Lifeway CEO Julie Smolyansky. “I hope this appointment will continue to highlight the impact that women, immigrants, and a strong culture of diversity have on Lifeway and society as a whole. Neha will play an active role in the coming weeks as we collaborate on the upcoming launch of Plantiful, our first plant-based probiotic, and the relaunch of our popular ProBugs for kids.”
Neha is an action-oriented finance leader and successful entrepreneur with over 16 years of diverse experience. Business leadership across various accounting/finance positions with a strong focus in the manufacturing sector. A skillful executive in creating strategic plans, financial analysis, executive presentations, complex business decisions, internal & external audits, commodity risk management, cost reduction initiatives and managing large business teams.
Lifeway Foods Inc. recently named one of Forbes’ Best Small Companies is America’s leading supplier of the probiotic fermented beverage known as kefir. In addition to its line of drinkable kefir, the company also produces frozen kefir, specialty cheeses, probiotic supplements and a ProBugs line for kids. Lifeway’s tart and tangy cultured dairy products are now sold across North America, Ireland and the United Kingdom.