Epi Breads has announced the appointment of Cheryl Barre to the position of Company Leader and CEO. Barre will be responsible for leading the executive team, developing and implementing a strategy for growth through new business development, enhanced operations and acquisition.

Barre is a veteran of the baking industry, having spent nine years with CSM Bakery Solutions as senior vice president of business development in North America and global vice president of ingredients. Previously she served in executive roles at Arby’s, Russell Corporation, and Pepsi Cola.

Nic Mulliez, co-founder and chairman stated: “We are thrilled to have Cheryl on board at Epi. She shares our passion for exceeding customer expectations, and brings us strategic vision combined with extensive experience in managing bakery operations.”

Epi Breads provides collaboratively developed, custom bread products to some of the fastest growing restaurant chains and retailers in the country. Founded in 1985, Epi is an ESOP company that employs 850 team members with plants in Atlanta, Dallas and Muskegon, Michigan. Barre said: “I am honored to be leading this ESOP company; I believe in the philosophy of sharing the wealth with those who have worked hard to make the company successful."