IRVINE, CALIF. – Golden State Foods (GSF) promoted Campbell Cooper to corporate vice president and president, International Business Group. Cooper has overseen operations in Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East as president, international business group, since late 2019. Campbell will continue to plan, direct and coordinate GFS’s international operations in Asia, Australia, Egypt and New Zealand.
GSF credited Campbell with successfully leading the company’s international teams in improving quality, associate engagement, operational efficiencies, profitability and key relationships with iconic quick-service restaurant and retail customers. Under Campbell’s leadership, GSF said the company’s international food manufacturing businesses have seen significant growth while forging multiple partnerships to maintain that growth into the future.
“Campbell’s inspiring leadership of our international teams and his demonstrated strong personal values have steadfastly served our customers and their thriving businesses, especially throughout the challenging circumstances of this past year,” said Brian Dick, GSF corporate executive vice president and chief operating officer. “With his keen focus on developing teams, supporting customers, and thinking strategically, Campbell brings great value to our organization and will certainly contribute meaningfully to our future endeavors as GSF’s newest executive officer.”
Cooper joined GSF as group vice president, GSF Fresh! in 2018. He played a key role in the company’s introduction into Taiwan through a joint venture partnership. Cooper also spearheaded GSF’s expansion in China and Australia. Among numerous accomplishments in the past two years, GSF Fresh! China opened a second Produce Products facility and earned three 2020 McDonald’s Corp. supplier recognitions, including the Collaboration Award and Encouraging Improvement Award, as well as the A Quality Award for the fourth consecutive year. Additionally, Tim Hortons honored KanPak China, a GSF company, as a 2019-2020 Top Ten Best Business Partner.
Prior to joining GSF, Campbell served as general manager, functional foods for Royal Cosun, where he developed a five-year global strategy, research and development platform and investment plan to encompass markets in Europe, the United States and Asia. Before that he worked for global food brands like Fronterra, Nestlé Purina Europe and Zespri International.
Cooper is originally from Havelock North, New Zealand. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Horticultural Science from Lincoln University in New Zealand. He is based in Auckland.