Snacks & Candy

Hostess to Gain New Chief Financial Officer

Travis Leonard to replace Mike Gernigin
Travis Leonard
Photograph courtesy of Hostess

LENEXA, Kan. — Hostess Brands LLCsaid that Travis Leonard will join the company as the chief financial officer on May 11, succeeding Mike Gernigin, who has been interim chief financial officer since November 2021. Gernigin will become the company’s chief accounting officer.

Travis’ expertise will be invaluable as we continue our efforts to build a snacking powerhouse and achieve cross-channel growth,” said Andy Callahan, president and CEO of Hostess Brands. “Our entire leadership team looks forward to partnering with Travis as we work to drive continued revenue growth, industry-leading margins and generate top-tier returns for our shareholders.”

Leonard’s more than 25 years of global financial executive experience includes his most recent position as senior vice president and chief financial officer of the medical segment at Cardinal Health. There, he led a global finance organization supporting $16.7 billion in revenue for medical products, distribution and services business. He joined Cardinal Health in 2018 as corporate treasurer. Prior to this, Leonard served in finance and corporate audit roles at Cargill. Earlier in his career, he spent nearly 14 years in various finance roles across multiple businesses at Kraft Foods.

The transition comes at a time when Hostess aims to implement its long-term growth algorithm.

Hostess Brands is a strong company with an agile and innovative culture, and I am excited to be part of its ongoing success story,” said Leonard. “There are significant growth opportunities ahead, and I look forward to delivering top-tier performance and results for our employees, customers and shareholders.”

Snack company Hostess Brands LLC, Kansas City, Mo., produces a variety of treats, including Twinkies, CupCakes, Donettes, Ding Dongs, Zingers and more.

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