DENVER — Alphia, one of the largest pet food co-manufacturers in North America, announced that Fred Jasser has joined the company as chief financial officer on March 4.

Jasser has more than 20 years of experience in financial, operational and strategic leadership roles within the food, consumer and retail industries. Prior to joining Alphia, Jasser served as chief strategy officer and chief financial officer at Hearthside Food Solutions, a co-manufacturer of baked snacks and fresh and prepared foods. During his time at Hearthside, he helped lead a number of acquisitions, divestitures and initiatives across the company’s supply chain, manufacturing, finance and sales divisions to help Hearthside meet consumer trends and serve its customers.

Prior to Hearthside, Jasser served as vice president at BDT Capital Partners, where he also served as interim CFO for the company’s portfolio companies. He also served as treasurer for Sears Holdings Corporation and vice president in investment banking of Goldman Sachs’ consumer and retail group.

“Fred brings to Alphia extensive corporate finance, operational, commercial and strategic experience — we’re thrilled to welcome him to our team as we build out our capabilities and embark on our next phase of growth and expansion,” said David McLain, president and chief executive officer, Alphia. “His track record of executing complex transactions and integrations will be invaluable as we drive both organic and inorganic growth.”

Jasser will leverage his deep understanding of food manufacturing, consumer industry dynamics and capital markets to support Alphia.

“I’m excited to be joining Alphia, a best-in-class manufacturer in the exciting pet food category with positive industry tailwinds,” Jasser said. “I look forward to working with Dave and his team, who have built a culture of operational excellence while always keeping customers and pet parents at the heart of everything they do.”

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