The Ones Who Drive Us Forward

Our Leadership Team

Our leadership team works closely together to make sure that Bel values come first. They join us from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and professional experiences, and they collectively approach strategy and operations with corporate social responsibility in top of mind.

Bel Brands USA has been named Chicago’s “101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” for 10 years in a row. To see if you are a good fit for Bel, please check out our careers section.

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Jaime Lewis

Chief Financial Officer

Meet Jaime

Jaime Lewis

Chief Financial Officer

Jaime joined Bel Brands USA as the Chief Financial Officer in October 2021.  In this position, she serves on the US Leadership Team in an executive role where she provides leadership, guidance and overall management of the Finance and Accounting functions.  Jaime is a Finance leader with 20 years of proven success delivering revenue, profit and market share objectives while maintaining sound financial controls and business processes.  She strives to build strong cross functional partnerships across organizations and works to advance a strategic financial agenda while maintaining a flexible and collaborative approach. She has broad finance expertise across Financial Planning, Revenue and Cost Management in large Corporate, and Private Equity environments.

Prior to Bel USA, Jaime was the Senior Vice President of Finance at ATI Physical Therapy a Retail based healthcare organization.  Jaime spent most of her career at PepsiCo, as a Finance leader supporting the Quaker Oats and Tropicana businesses.  Jaime holds degrees in Accounting and Finance from DePaul University.  In her spare time, Jaime enjoys being active outdoors, cooking, traveling and spending time with her husband and three kids.

Ivan Giraud

Chief Executive Officer

Meet Ivan

Ivan Giraud

Chief Executive Officer

Ivan Giraud joined Bel Brands USA as Chief Executive Officer in January 2022. Ivan is also  the General Manager of Materne USA and has acted in this role since 2018. He will remain in this position at Materne with the additional duties as US business lead for Bel USA.

Ivan joined Materne USA in 2017 leading Category and Revenue Development before being promoted to General Manager in June 2018. He also has previous career experience with Nestle, Heinz and JDE coffee. Ivan has over 28 years of experience in food companies.

From a leadership perspective, Ivan’s values are rooted in continually learning and growing, remaining humble through hard work and staying optimistic. Ivan is a husband and proud father of three boys and his hobbies include cooking and running.

Kerri Gollias

VICE PRESIDENT, HUMAN RESOURCES

Meet Kerri

Kerri Gollias

VICE PRESIDENT, HUMAN RESOURCES

Kerri Gollias joined Bel in June 2015 as the Director of Human Resources, US Corporate. In 2017, she was appointed Vice President of Human Resources, Americas where her core responsibilities include partnering with the Americas and US Leadership Teams to deliver Bel US’ long-term strategy and business objectives, and leading the Americas HR team in strategic development, planning, and implementation of key HR initiatives and practices to meet Bel’s growth ambitions.

During her time with Bel USA, Kerri has found being part of the organization’s HR organization very exciting and rewarding. This includes being able to partner with leaders and employees to drive business results, working together to build employee engagement and cultivating a dynamic and values-based culture.

Kerri received a Master’s Degree in Labor and HR from Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University and a Bachelors of Communications from the University of Dayton. When she is not at Bel, Kerri loves spending time with friends and family. She and her husband enjoy cheering their children on at their various activities ranging from gymnastics competitions to football and baseball games. They also enjoy taking advantage of Chicago’s wonderful city life on occasions when they have time away from their home in suburbs.

 

“I am inspired and energized by our Big Bel ambition and feel very fortunate to work in a values-based organization with a group of extremely talented and committed people. You can have the best strategy in the world, but it is the people who bring the strategy to life. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing people grow, thrive and achieving success as a team.”

Shannon Maher

Chief Marketing Officer

Meet Shannon

Shannon Maher

Chief Marketing Officer

Shannon has been with Bel for a combined 6 years, first starting her career with the organization in 2010 as Associate Brand Manager. Shannon progressed to the position of Senior Director, Mini Babybel in 2017 before being promoted to her most recent role as Vice-President, Marketing. In her current position, Shannon leads brand strategy, marketing communication development and innovation for Bel’s brands including Mini Babybel, The Laughing Cow, Boursin, Kaukauna, Merkts, Owl’s Nest and Price*s. Among her numerous achievements on the marketing team, one of Shannon’s most proud accomplishments was leading development and execution of Bel Brands USA’s multi-year strategic alliance with Disney. Mini Babybel is the Official Snack Cheese of Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, the Disneyland Resort in California and Disney Cruise Line!

Shannon holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Kansas. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, running and walking her rescue dog, Norman. She currently resides in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago with her husband and two-year-old daughter.

I receive inspiration from working with really great, talented people who inspire me every day to do better!  Bel is a fast-paced and dynamic atmosphere that allows everyone in the organization to truly make an impact. In my current leadership role, I hope to be able to inspire my team and continue to make an impact on the future of Bel.

Cindy Lamping

VICE PRESIDENT, SUPPLY CHAIN

Meet Cindy

Cindy Lamping

VICE PRESIDENT, SUPPLY CHAIN

Cindy joined Bel USA in 2018 in the role of VP, Supply Chain. She joined our organization from Home Products Inc. where she led logistics, transportation and customer service across multiple locations. Cindy brings proven success in leadership roles across multiple areas of Supply Chain, with expertise in logistics, S&OP, inventory planning and control, procurement, strategic sourcing and contract manufacturing as well as experience in operations, quality, packaging and engineering.

Cindy was previously employed with Beiersdorf North America for nearly 20 years, where she held various director and managerial roles in the US and Canada.

She earned an MBA from Xavier University in Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University.