In October 2018, Julie Francis was appointed to her current position as president of Schwan’s Consumer Brands, Inc. The business unit markets and sells delicious foods from iconic brands such as Red Baron®, Freschetta® and Tony’s® pizza, Mrs. Smith’s® and Edwards® desserts, and Pagoda® Asian-style foods to retail and club stores throughout North America.
She comes to Schwan’s with 25 years of experience in sales, marketing, branding, strategy, operations and general management in the food and beverage industry. She most recently served as senior vice president of commercial and category development for Constellation Brands. Earlier, she served in a number of senior leadership positions across the Coca-Cola System, including vice president of sales and marketing, North America for Coca-Cola Enterprises, and chief commercial officer for Coca-Cola Refreshments.
Julie earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Alfred University, studied business administration in the master’s program at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.