CHICAGO – Conagra Brands Inc. has announced the hiring of Barry Calpino as vice president of innovation. Calpino will report to chief growth officer, Darren Serrao. Calpino most recently served as vice president, global platform innovation at Mondelez.
“Barry is an experienced and accomplished leader with a track record of innovation and new product success at several of the most respected Consumer Packaged Goods companies,” Serrao said. “He’s made a name for himself delivering on big bets and breakthrough ideas and as Conagra Brands continues to build its innovation pipeline and cultivate more of an entrepreneurial culture, his expertise and leadership will be a tremendous asset to the team.”
In his new role as vice president of innovation, Calpino will focus on “driving rapid innovation and growth across Conagra’s portfolio of brands,” according to a company release.
“I am pleased to be joining Conagra Brands at such a transformative time for the company,” Calpino said. “I’ve been impressed with the recent innovations I’ve seen from Conagra and I’m excited for the opportunity to make meaningful contributions to the company's growth strategy.”
Prior to his tenure at Mondelez, he was vice president of breakthrough innovation at Kraft Foods Group. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Marketing at the Kellogg School of Management – Northwestern Univ. Calpino earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Marquette Univ. and holds an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.