MONTRÉAL – Saputo Inc. announced March 8 that it named Frank Guido president and chief operating officer of its US dairy division, and Haig Poutchigian president and COO of its Canadian dairy division.

The company said the changes will become effective on April 1. Guido and Poutchigian will report to Carl Colizza, Saputo’s president and COO for North America.

Guido has served as president and COO of Saputo’s Canadian dairy division since 2019. He first joined the company in 2015, and over the course of the past 25 years has taken on a variety of senior management positions in the consumer packaged goods industry, overseeing operations, supply chains and finance.

Poutchigian began working for Saputo in 2016 as senior vice president, finance, for the Canadian dairy division. The company said his 25-plus years of experience are highlighted by a focus on finance and operations.

Colizza said Guido is joining the company’s USA team at a “pivotal time” as it implements a global strategic plan.

“Frank is a seasoned, values-driven business leader who brings to the table a proven track record of operational excellence and delivering on strategic priorities,” Colizza said.

He added that Poutchigian “has been instrumental” to the Canadian division’s success, “and his results-oriented focus will be key in driving the execution of our strategy.”

Said Lino A. Saputo, chair of the board, president and chief executive officer: “Frank and Haig stepping into these roles reflects our deep bench of talent and leadership that can move cross-divisionally as our company continues to grow. I have tremendous confidence in these two outstanding leaders and the value they will continue to bring to our organization as we build on our current momentum and advance the company’s strategic objectives.”