SOUTHLAKE, TEXAS — Chef Holdings Inc., the parent company of CTI Foods and Liguria Foods, announced Terence “Terry” O’Brien as its new chief executive officer. O’Brien succeeds Mike Buccheri, who is stepping down on May 10 to pursue other opportunities.

O’Brien, brings almost four decades of experience into his new role. Most recently, he served as CEO for CP Foods North America. As CEO, he doubled the company’s revenue and led its financial and operational turnaround. He has also previously held senior leadership roles at Dean Foods, Frito-Lay and Brach’s Confections.

"We know Terry is going to be a difference maker," said Jim Clough, chairman. "Terry's experience across the food manufacturing industry and extensive experience at the helm of similar companies are going to make a very positive immediate impact for CTI's customers and team."

"I couldn't be more excited to join CTI Foods and its parent company," O'Brien said. "I applaud the huge strides the company has made since 2019. I look forward to continuing to support CTI's customer base as our primary focus and to supporting the continued growth of this industry-leading company."

Buccheri joined Chef Holdings as CEO in May 2019. During his tenure, the company has noted improvements across its facilities and products.

"Mike has been an asset and incredible leader for CTI's turnaround, navigating COVID, and putting this company on the path to greater growth," Clough said. "We thank him for his service over the past four years and we wish him the best of luck in all of his future endeavors."