Dawn Foods Appoints Ahmet Hepdogan as Vice President of Acquisitions, North America


JACKSON, Mich. — Global bakery manufacturer and ingredient distributor Dawn Foods today announced two additions to its North American leadership team. Ahmet Hepdogan joins the company as vice president of acquisitions, North America, and Josh Bruketta has been promoted to vice president of people, North America.

Hepdogan succeeds John Wolf, who will retire in March 2023. In his role, Hepdogan will lead Dawn’s regional acquisitions team, working on strategy and strategic contract negotiations and identifying innovative global sourcing solutions to meet Dawn’s business goals. Dawn. He will also lead strategic planning for materials and services, work across regional and global procurement strategies, and support commodity risks within the supply chain. Hepdogan will serve as a member of the Dawn North America leadership team, reporting to John Schmitz, President of Dawn Foods North America.

“Ahmet has a successful history of leading world-class purchasing organizations in the food and beverage industry with a focus on building relationships and delivering strategic plans,” said Schmitz. “He is an effective leader and advocate for the digitization of procurement, which aligns with our ongoing transformation agenda focused on supporting our business and clients around the world.”

Prior to Dawn, Ahmet served as Director of Acquisitions for Ferrara, a sweet snack company and affiliate of Ferrero International. He has also held strategic acquisition and leadership positions at ARYZTA (Aspire Bakeries) and US Foods.

Bruketta, who has been with Dawn since 2021 and previously served as a director within the department, now leads the people organization for North America. In this new role, Bruketta is responsible for managing and developing talent, managing change and driving departmental excellence across the region. He will continue to partner with leaders across the business to advance Dawn’s people-first culture and support the company’s business strategy.

“Josh has been instrumental in driving significant change in the areas of retention, recruiting and more for our retail and distribution business,” added Schmitz. “He will continue to work closely with our global people partners to position Dawn as an employer of choice and enhance the team member experience. I appreciate her advice and experience and look forward to seeing her continue to move our organization forward.”

Bruketta will also report to Schmitz and be part of the Dawn North America leadership team.

About Dawn Food Products, Inc.

Dawn Foods is a world leader in the manufacture of bakery products and distribution of ingredients. As the partner chosen to inspire everyday baking success, Dawn Foods is committed to delighting its customers around the world with the partnership, knowledge, innovations, baked goods and experience that enables them to achieve their goals. aspirations. Headquartered in Jackson, Michigan, Dawn Foods has more than 4,000 team members worldwide and provides high-quality baked goods to more than 50,000 customers located in more than 100 countries. To learn more about the company, its products and its culture, visit www.dawnfoods.com.

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