Home / Food Manufacturing Division / President and CEO

Food and Beverage Executive Search in President and CEO

Bristol Associates’ Food & Beverage Manufacturing division is a leader in placing top candidates in executive positions in food industry jobs nationwide. Our practice recruits for Retail including consumer packaged foods within grocery, club, mass merchandise, drug and specialty channels. In addition, we also specialize in Foodservice and Industrial Ingredients. Our practice is led by Vice President David Alford.


Featured Clients

We have completed searches for a wide array of industry clients including:

  • Amy’s Kitchen
  • Odwalla Juices (Coca-Cola)
  • Ready Pac Produce
  • Monster Beverage Co.
  • POM Wonderful
  • Rich Foods
  • Natural Balance (Big Heart Pet Products)
  • Unilever–Best Foods

Examples of Positions Placed

Our Food & Beverage Division has placed successful candidates in a variety of executive positions including President, Chief Executive Officer, and General Manager.

Below is a sampling of positions placed.

President / Chief Executive Officer

The placed candidate is responsible for all domestic U.S. operations of a major multi-national fine foods firm, as well as increasing their sales volume by overhauling the line, repositioning the brand, expanding the distribution base and establishing new items. They create a complete sales and marketing organization, recruit and hire product managers and sales managers, and form a customer service department and establishing an international broker network.

President / Chief Executive Officer

The successful candidate was expected to turn-around the private equity fund at which they were placed, create a growth oriented culture, and successfully prepare the business for sale. They were able to increase the annual top-line sales by 31% and EBITDA by seven percent by introducing lean manufacturing principles with focus on continuous improvement, vertical integration and ongoing profit improvement programs.

General Manager/ Chief Operating Officer

The placed candidate introduced over 100 new products and ten new types of packaging, improved company manufacturing capacity and acquired a manufacturing site in the Midwest for a 50 million branded and private label Baked Goods company.

Qualities of a Great Executive

With over 50 years of experience placing food and beverage executives, we know what makes a great one. Below are some of the qualities and experience we look for:

  • Demonstrated passion for one’s function, the marketplace, and the company’s product
  • Experience with analysis of complex problems and deductive reasoning
  • Innate ability to motivate people
  • Understands the importance of meeting commitments

Division Leader


David Alford

Vice President
David Alford has been in the staffing industry for 18 years and joined Bristol Associates in 2017. He has placed people across a broad spectrum of industries, including Food & Beverage Manufacturing, Restaurant, Hospital & Healthcare, and Nonprofit.


Have a hiring need?

Looking for a new job?