BOULDER, Colo., Aug. 7 /-- Horizon Organic Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:HCOW) , which markets the leading brand of certified organic foods, announced today the appointment of Don Gaidano to Vice President of International and Corporate Development. Gaidano had previously served as Chief Financial Officer at Horizon Organic in the U.S. and relocated in 2000 to serve as Managing Director of Rachel's Organic, Horizon Organic's UK-based brand, to head up expansion into Europe. Since then, he has successfully led the development and growth of Rachel's Organic into the premier organic milk and dairy brand in the UK.
In Gaidano's new role he will be responsible for overseeing current operations in the UK and Japan, leading Horizon Organic's expansion into Europe and Asia, and heading up corporate development efforts that include identifying significant new business opportunities.
"Don has done a magnificent job in the UK to build the Rachel's Organic brand and grow the market for organic dairy products. We are delighted that he will retain oversight of UK and Europe operations from our U.S. headquarters," said Chuck Marcy, CEO of Horizon Organic. "In addition we are eager for Don to assume his new role here in the U.S. I am confident he will help us build upon our market leadership and demonstrate our continued commitment to the growth of organic products."
Gaidano's previous position at Rachel's Organic in the UK will be filled by Neil Burchell who will serve as the new Managing Director responsible for all UK operations. He is currently the company's Marketing Director and will assume his new role in the beginning of September when Don Gaidano returns to the U.S.
About Horizon Organic
Horizon Organic markets the leading brand of certified organic foods in the U.S. and the leading brand of organic milk in both the U.S. and U.K. In the U.S. its products include organic milk, a full-line of organic dairy products, organic eggs and juices. In the U.K., the Company markets organic yogurt, milk and butter under the Rachel's Organic brand. For more information, please visit the Company's web site at www.horizonorganic.com.