Saputo announces management shuffle as Kai Bockmann steps down as president, COO

Saputo Inc., Chairman of the Board and CEO Lino Saputo Jr., left, speaks with Kai Bockmann, President and Chief Operating Officer, Saputo Inc. and Dairy Division (Australia) during the company's annual general meeting in Laval, Que., Tuesday, Autust 7, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

MONTREAL - Dairy giant Saputo Inc. says Kai Bockmann is stepping down as the company's president and chief operating officer ahead of his retirement this March.

The Montreal-based dairy processor says effective immediately Carl Colizza, president and chief operating officer of North America, and Leanne Cutts, president and chief operating officer of international and Europe, will report to Lino A. Saputo.

Saputo will now serve as president in addition to his role as board chairman and chief executive.

He says Bockmann contributed to building a strong and diverse leadership team over the last 10 years.

The company has struggled in recent months as COVID-19 disruptions, labour shortages and supply chain turmoil weighed on it's bottom line.

Saputo has ushered in price increases to cope with inflation, yet the company said in November those higher prices are failing to keep up with rising costs.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 13, 2022.

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