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Little Lady Foods Management Transition

March 27, 2014

After 30 years of leading Little Lady Foods from start-up to today, John and Dan Geocaris have decided to step down from the day-to- day management of the company. Little Lady Foods is a leading contract manufacturer of private label custom-made food products, including artisan private label pizzas, on-trend frozen gourmet sandwiches, and other specialty frozen food products.

John and Dan will be retaining their roles on the Board of Directors, continuing to support Little Lady Foods’ customer and growth efforts and maintaining their ownership interest in the company.

A search has been initiated for a new chief executive officer. The CEO will be responsible for all activities of the company and will report directly to the Board of Directors. As Dan and John step away from a day-to-day role in the business, they will be available to assist in the company’s future growth. In addition, the Crowns will assume a more active role in ownership and management of Little Lady.

Two members of the Crown organization will be joining the management team. Tanya Burnell will join as executive vice president – Corporate Strategy & Marketing and Keenan Johnston as director – Corporate Strategy. They will be reporting to the Board of Directors until a new CEO is in place. Effective immediately, sales, marketing, quality and human resources will be reporting to Tanya. Jim Sharwarko and Steve Kunkle will continue in their current roles reporting directly to the Board of Directors as well. 

During this interim period, prior to the start of the new CEO and for a sufficient transition period afterwards, Dan and John will continue to work closely with the management team. They will be focusing their efforts on insuring a smooth transition for all current customer relationships and new customer commercialization projects.

The Crown and Geocaris families remain committed to Little Lady Foods and are excited about the future of the company.