Mario Gosselin will be retiring from his role as CEO of KP Tissue Inc. and Kruger Products L.P. (KPLP) as of March 2018, and his successor will be former Kraft executive Dino Bianco.
Bianco has more than 25 years of financial, sales/marketing and senior management experience with Kraft, including nearly seven years as president of Kraft Canada. He was the recipient of the Food Industry Association of Canada's Golden Pencil Award in 2013, which recognized his lifetime contribution to the grocery sector. He also has extensive U.S. and foodservice experience, having recently been president of Kraft's U.S. Beverage division based in Chicago.
"The board is excited to have found someone of Dino's calibre to succeed Mr. Gosselin," said Joseph Kruger II, chairman of Kruger Products, in a media release. "Mr. Bianco has extensive CPG experience and the strategic mindset to lead Kruger Products through its next phase of growth."
Gosselin is retiring after nearly 40 years with Kruger Inc., during which time he held a number of senior positions with the group in both Canada and the U.K. He was appointed CEO of KPLP in October 2012. Gosselin will remain with KPLP until June 15, 2018 to ensure a smooth transition, and will continue to sit as a director and vice-chair of KPLP's Board until that date.