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Chris Lischewski

President and CEO, Bumble Bee Seafoods

In 1999, Chris Lischewski became president and CEO of Bumble Bee Seafoods, the largest branded seafood company in North America. Before he came to Bumble Bee, he worked in management consulting and held executive positions with H.J. Heinz, StarKist and ConAgra Foods. Bumble Bee in 2016 converted its canned and pouched tuna products to Non-GMO Project Verified. The brand also moved to sea salt across all canned tuna products to support “clean labeled” products that contain as few  ingredients as possible.

ALMA MATER: University of Southern California

BEST PART: Developing, building and executing strategies to outperform in our category.

TOUGHEST CHALLENGE: The impact of changing demographics on customer purchase behavior.

BEST ADVICE: “Success depends on a great team. Devote time to nurturing high performers.”

FUN FACT: He played in the 1973 Little League World Series.