Kronos Foods, a privately held, leading manufacturer of gyros and other Mediterranean and specialty foods, has named Howard Eirinberg as the company's CEO.
Eirinberg, who succeeds long-time CEO Michael Austin, now chairman of Kronos Food, joined the company in 2011 to lead all sales and marketing initiatives for the company's wide-ranging operations in meat, bakery, dairy, dessert, restaurant and distribution. Eirinberg is credited for growing sales by launching new products like chicken shawarma into the club and foodservice channels.
"The continued popularity of Mediterranean cuisine combined with emerging healthy and convenient eating trends has provided us with a unique opportunity to expand our foodservice presence while also introducing our products into a variety of other markets, including retail, club and convenience stores," Eirinberg said. "Kronos's dedicated team of skilled professionals is fully committed to bringing innovative and delicious new product options to foodservice and beyond."
Before joining Kronos, Eirinberg previously served as president and chief operating officer of Vienna Beef, the Chicago-based manufacturer of hot dogs, sausages and other specialty foods, where he oversaw the company's national food service and retail businesses. Previously, he ran the foodservice division of Fresh Express, a fresh-cut vegetable processor, and held senior sales and marketing positions at salad dressings manufacturer Richelieu Foods and food conglomerate Quaker Oats.
Eirinberg has a bachelor of science degree in marketing from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, and a master's degree in business administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.