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Barilla Appoints New President, Region Americas, Barilla Group

Melissa Tendick, vice president, marketing, Barilla Americas, will be assuming the leadership role, following the departure of Jean-Pierre Comte.

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Barilla has announced Jean-Pierre Comte, president, Region Americas, will be leaving after 13 years with the company. Melissa Tendick, vice president, marketing, Barilla Americas, will assume the role of president Region Americas, effective June 1.

Tendick began her career at Barilla in 2003 and joined the marketing team in 2005. During her tenure, she led the U.S. dry pasta business to the highest value market shares and established a solid foundation for Barilla’s business in the U.S. Tendick has also been a long-standing internal champion of diversity and inclusion and serves as one of the executive sponsors for Barilla’s Employee Resource Group on Diversity & Inclusion.


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“I’m extremely delighted to enter into my new role at Barilla,” says Tendick. “It’s an honor to lead our employees across the Americas and to partner with our global leadership team, led by Gianluca Di Tondo [Barilla Group CEO] to give the world delicious, high-quality products that have the power to bring people together around the table. Today more than ever, I am inspired by Jean-Pierre’s efforts over the last 10 years and am committed to continuing his unprecedented impact on this company."

“Leading Barilla in the Americas for the past decade has been a true honor,” says Jean-Pierre Comte, outgoing president Region Americas. “Throughout my time with Barilla, Melissa has been a trusted advisor and has demonstrated proven success across the markets. I trust that, under her direction, Barilla will continue to thrive, staying true to its family-owned roots and Italian heritage, delighting the consumers we serve while delivering profitable growth for our retail partners and the company in the region.”


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