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Whitewave Foods Announces Leadership Appointments

The following excerpt is from the company's SEC filing.

Blaine McPeak promoted to newly created position of Chief Operating Officer, effective December 1, 2015

Kevin Yost promoted to U.S. Group President, Americas Foods & Beverages, effective December 1, 2015

Chief Financial Officer Kelly Haecker to leave the company effective March 31, 2016, to spend more time with his family; Will be Succeeded by Greg Christenson currently Chief Financial Officer of Americas Foods & Beverages

Gregg Engles Remains Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

DENVER, Colo. November 16, 2015

The WhiteWave Foods Company (NYSE: WWAV) today anno unced that Blaine McPeak, President of Americas Foods & Beverages, will be promoted to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer and will assume responsibility for all global operations of the company. McPeak will continue to report to Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Gregg Engles. To further strengthen WhiteWaves management structure, Kevin Yost, President of Americas Fresh Foods, will be promoted to U.S. Group President of Americas Foods & Beverages, overseeing WhiteWaves U.S. businesses including Silk, So Delicious, Horizon, Wallaby Organic, Earthbound Farm and International Delight. Yost will report to McPeak. The international operations of Americas Foods & Beverages will continue to be managed by McPeak.

Congratulations to Blaine, Kevin and Greg on their well-deserved promotions to expanded leadership roles at WhiteWave. We are fortunate as a company to have such an extraordinary group of leaders, as well as strong talent throughout our entire organization. Since WhiteWave became a public company in 2012, we have experienced tremendous growth, bringing significant value to our shareholders, employees, customers and other stakeholders. As we continue to grow our core businesses, acquire new brands and expand geographically, we need to ensure we have the robust organizational capabilities required to manage our current and future growth initiatives, said Gregg Engles, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. I am pleased that Blaine McPeak will assume an expanded leadership role as COO. In response to our growing organizational requirements, I am also pleased that Kevin Yost will assume leadership of a unified Americas Foods & Beverages business, where he will be in a position to drive continued growth and foster greater collaboration among all our Americas businesses. I will continue to lead WhiteWave as Chairman and CEO. Having Blaine and Kevin in these new roles will allow me to focus my time on future growth strategies and other...