The Hillshire Brands names new CIO

CHICAGO — The Hillshire Brands Company has appointed David W. Stahl as its new CIO. Stahl will oversee all IT strategy and planning activities and will provide executive leadership and direction for IT. He will report to Maria Henry, CFO.

“David has a proven track record of success and a strong background in quality and process improvement,” said Maria Henry, CFO. “He will lead our information technology agenda in support of the company’s growth strategy and efficiency programs. David’s experience and strong leadership will be a great addition to our team.”

Most recently, Stahl was VP of information technology at Tellabs where he was responsible for all aspects of the company’s global IT operations. He led an IT transformation program which resulted in improved service levels, lower costs and higher operational performance of the IT function. During his tenure at Tellabs he held positions of increasing responsibility from director, global quality assurance to VP, corporate quality and customer satisfaction.

Prior to Tellabs, Stahl served in Quality positions at Underwriters Laboratories, Inc., 3Com Corporation’s subsidiary CommWorks, Emerson Electric and Matsushita Electric Corporation of America. He began his career at Defense Electronics Supply Center.

Stahl received his bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Ohio Northern University. He serves as a member of the board of directors for the QuEST Forum.

Hillshire Brands Company generates approximately $4 billion in annual sales and has approximately 9,500 employees. Its brands portfolio includes Jimmy Dean, Ball Park, Hillshire Farm, State Fair, Sara Lee frozen bakery and Chef Pierre pies, as well as artisanal brands Aidells and Gallo Salame.