NEW YORK — Charlean Gmunder has been named chief operating officer at Blue Apron Holdings Inc.
She brings more than 30 years of food operations experience to the meal kit company. She most recently was vice president of catering operations at United Airlines Inc., and was responsible for six company-owned direct food-related manufacturing sites and all third-party manufacturing sites worldwide. Before that she held operations roles at Maple Leaf Foods Inc., Chiquita Brands International, Promotion in Motion Companies Inc., Premio Foods, National Starch Food Innovation and Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co.
Gmunder holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and master’s degree in business administration from Rutgers University.
In her new role, Gmunder will oversee Blue Apron’s fulfillment, supply chain, food safety and quality assurance, physical operations, logistics, procurement and customer experience.
“Charlean’s background, experience and accomplishments represent an excellent complement to Blue Apron’s leadership and operations teams,” said Linda Findley Kozlowski, president and chief executive officer of Blue Apron. “Her experience in food system operations, coupled with her deep knowledge of new product development and expanding capacity, will be critical as we continue to execute on our growth strategies.”