Bob Evans Farms names new CFO

by Bryan Salvage
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Paul DeSantis, 46, has been named chief financial officer, treasurer and assistant corporate secretary of Bob Evans Farms Inc. effective March 7. DeSantis will oversee the financial reporting, investor relations and corporate finance functions.

Prior to joining Bob Evans, DeSantis served as CFO and treasurer for Schulman Inc. since April 2006. He joined Schulman as vice president of finance in January 2006. DeSantis also spent four years in accounting and financial positions at The Kellogg Company, the world's largest producer of cereals and other convenience foods.

DeSantis earned his bachelor's of science degree in marketing and international business from Georgetown University. He also holds a master's of business administration degree with a concentration in finance from the University of Michigan.

Richard Green, who has served as interim chief financial officer since Jan. 3, will continue in his existing role as chief risk and compliance officer.

"We are thrilled to have someone with Paul's wealth of financial expertise join Bob Evans Farms," said Steve Davis, chairman and CEO. "His experience in financial reporting, strategic planning, treasury, tax and compliance, among others, will make him an essential component of our executive staff. We also thank Dick Green for his leadership during the interim period."

Bob Evans Farms Inc. owns and operates full-service restaurants under the Bob Evans and Mimi's Cafe brand names. It is also a leading producer and distributor of pork sausage and a variety of complementary homestyle convenience food items under the Bob Evans and Owens brand names.
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