USA – Aryzta North America has appointed Tyson Yu as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer and John Heffernan as President and Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) North America effective 1 February, 2020.

Tyson Yu will also serve as a member of the Group Executive Committee, reporting to Kevin Toland, Group CEO, while John Heffernan will be reporting to Tyson Yu.

As part of a planned organisational evolution, the company also announced that Dave Johnson will assume the role of Non-Executive Chairman of Aryzta North America.

Tyson Yu

Tyson Yu is currently Chief Operations Officer of Aryzta North America and has been with the company for 10 years in various roles.

He was previously the President of Canada, Head of Strategy North America, Head of Strategy and Acquisitions of Fresh Start Bakeries before taking up his current position as North America Chief Operations Officer two years ago.

Before joining Aryzta, Tyson worked in private equity and investment banking and is a graduate of Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Economics.

The new CCO, John Heffernan is currently the Group Chief Strategy Officer Aryzta and has been with Aryzta since March 2018. He will remain on the Group Executive Committee.

Prior to joining Aryzta, John had senior positions as Chief Development Officer in daa plc, as founder and CEO of Clearpower and AER, in private equity with Boundary Capital and worked with McKinsey and Company.

John Heffernan

In his new role as President and Chief Commercial Officer John will be responsible for Commercial, Innovation and Strategy for North America.

Commenting on the appointments, Aryzta AG CEO Kevin Toland said: “I would like to thank Dave for his leadership and contribution in refocusing our North American business in the past 2 years, improving our customer focus, restructuring and reorganising the region and successfully launching Project Renew.

“I am pleased that he will continue to stay involved with the Group. Tyson has signifi-cant experience in our business in various geographic, operational and functional roles in North America over the past decade.

“John has been deeply involved in the commercial, innovation and strategy development across the Group. I wish them both every success in their new roles.”

Dave Johnson added: “I believe it is a logical time for me to transition into this new role and look forward to working closely with Tyson and John.”