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Former Schwan's exec appointed to dessert board

NEWBURYPORT, Mass. — Foodservice Industry veteran Mike Pennella has agreed to serve as an adviser to the board Dianne's Fine Desserts' board of directors.

"We are pleased to welcome Mike as an adviser to Dianne's board," said Mike Knowles, CEO for Dianne's Fine Desserts. "Mike brings deep industry expertise in the foodservice, premium prepared foods and desserts markets that will be invaluable as we continue our strong growth trajectory. He is an astute, inspirational and effective leader recognized for his ability to build profitable partnerships based on an unrelenting commitment to exceed customer expectations."

Pennella recently retired from his position as SVP and GM of foodservice national accounts at Schwan's Foodservice. He has also served in leadership positions at Pilgrim's Pride, ConAgra Foods and Sara Lee, and has consulted with Domino's Pizza.

"I am excited to work with the team at Dianne's Fine Desserts," said Pennella. "Throughout the last year, the company has laid the groundwork for strong sustainable growth and is now poised to accelerate their business performance. I look forward to helping Dianne's Fine Desserts extend their leadership position by flawlessly delivering outstanding quality, innovative new products and seamless support for their customers."

Dianne's Fine Desserts is a leading provider of premium frozen thaw-and-serve desserts to the foodservice and in-store retail industries.