Lamb Weston Announces Leadership Changes

The potato processor has named two in top positions.

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Lamb Weston leadership changes
Lamb Weston has hired Sukshma Rajagopalan, previously with PepsiCo, as its chief information and digital officer, and announced Mike Smith moving to the chief operations officer position.Image courtesy of Lamb Weston Holdings Inc.

Potato processor Lamb Weston has named Sukshma Rajagopalan as chief information and digital officer, effective June 26, 2023. She will lead the development and execution of the company’s digital strategy, reporting to Tom Werner, president and CEO.

Rajagopalan has more than 25 years of experience leading digital and IT teams, most recently as senior vice president and chief digital officer at Avantor, where she led all aspects of the company’s global enterprise digital roadmap, including finance, supply chain, and commercial solutions, as well as data and analytics including automation and AI.

Prior to joining Avantor, she held IT and digital leadership roles at PepsiCo and Kraft Foods.

“I’m looking forward to Sukshma joining our executive team in this new role,” said Tom Werner. “Her breadth of experience in the digital space and her deep knowledge of the food industry will help us to unlock even more value in our digital and technology strategies."

Just last month, the company hired Mike Smith as the new chief operations officer. In this newly created position, Smith will have accountability for the Commercial, Supply Chain, Agriculture, Marketing, and Innovation organizations for the company.

Smith has been a key leader at Lamb Weston since joining the company in 2007. Most recently, he led the North American Foodservice and Retail businesses to record sales and launched award-winning innovation as Senior Vice President and General Manager, Foodservice, Retail, Marketing & Innovation. He previously led strategy development for the company as Senior Vice President, Growth & Strategy, a role that included accountability for the company’s global Research, Innovation and Marketing organizations. 

Lamb Weston has been a leading supplier of frozen potato, sweet potato, appetizer, and vegetable products to restaurants and retailers around the world for more than 70 years.


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