December 14. 2009 2:00AM - Last modified: March 14. 2012 12:39PM

Louie Gentine is new president of Sargento Foods


Sargento Foods Inc. announced that Louie Gentine has been appointed president and chief customer officer of the Plymouth company.
Lou Gentine, Sargento chairman and chief executive officer, made the announcement that his son will succeed Bob Clouston, who is retiring.
"Bob has made many significant and lasting contributions to our success since he was hired in 2000, and we wish him the best in his retirement," Lou Gentine said. "With Bob's transitional counsel and mentoring, Louie is well-prepared to build upon our recent successes."
Louie Gentine earned his bachelor's degree in business administration in finance from the University of Notre Dame and his master's degree in business administration from Loyola University.
After spending three years in commercial banking, Louie Gentine returned to Sargento and has had many cross-functional training and leadership experiences in marketing, production, procurement and, most recently, as president of the consumer products division.
In his new role, Louie Gentine will have responsibility for the company's four sales divisions, new product development and corporate-wide customer and consumer research.
The company also announced that Michael Pellegrino has joined Sargento as president of its consumer products division. Pellegrino most recently worked at Kraft Foods as senior vice president for global strategic planning.
Sargento is a family–owned manufacturer and marketer of natural shredded, sliced and snack cheeses, appetizers, cheese ingredients, sauces and meal solutions servicing the retail, deli, foodservice and industrial segments of the food industry.