The Dawn Leadership Team is a core group of senior leaders who provide the global strategic direction that shapes our company vision and goals while ensuring key business objectives are consistently met. This diverse team brings together knowledge and insight from the best food companies in the world, along with innovative thinking from other key industries such as automotive, pharmaceutical, retail and many others. Their commitment to encouraging innovation, creativity and diversity in all areas enables Dawn to deliver unexpected solutions that inspire our customers to trust us as their indispensable partner for success.
John Schmitz is the president of North America for global bakery leader, Dawn Foods – based in Jackson, MI. With almost 30 years of experience in the food & beverage and retail sectors, John has a lengthy track record of creating enterprise value and achieving business results globally. In his role, he oversees the strategic direction and business results of the North America Ingredients business, focusing on product development and driving nation-wide technology projects to keep Dawn at the forefront of the industry. John’s strengths include both analytical and strategic thinking as well as creative problem solving to resolve complicated business issues with clarity and innovative thinking.
Prior to joining Dawn, John was vice president, general manager of Land O’Lakes’ International Business, where he oversaw the overall P&L and growth responsibility for the company’s business platforms in Europe, Africa and Latin America for 12 years. He has a Masters in Business Administration from The Tuck School of Business – Dartmouth College and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Minnesota.
“Our greatest asset is our brand. Dawn promises the most innovative and highest quality baking ingredients in the industry, backed up by unmatched baking expertise to help our customers be successful in their operations. We have so much potential as we enter our second century as a company.”
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Our Greatest Asset: Our brand. Dawn promises the most innovative and highest quality baking ingredients in the industry, backed up by unmatched baking expertise to help our customers be successful in their operations. We have so much potential as we enter our second century as a company.
Our Greatest Challenge: Finding new ways to engage with our customers. Dawn is privileged to have such a diverse customer base, and our job is to continue to find new ways to meet their needs and exceed expectations as a baking ingredient supplier. Dawn’s goal is to have all of our customers think of us as their trusted business partner. One current example of this is our investment in a digital platform that will bring greater connectivity with our customers.
Favorite Sports Teams: I am a big fan of European soccer. My favorite club is Liverpool in the English Premier League.
Favorite Baked Good: Chocolate croissant
Hobbies: I like to stay active. Cycling is my favorite outdoor activity.
Favorite Food: I am a big fan of authentic Mexican food. Chicken mole is one of my favorite Mexican dishes.
Favorite Travel Destination: It depends on the time of year. In the winter, I like traveling to the beaches in Mexico. In summer, I like Colorado and the Rocky Mountains.
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