Kevin Cleary, president and COO of Clif Bar & Co, has been promoted to chief executive officer.
Cleary, a San Francisco Bay Area native, joined Clif Bar in 2004 as executive vice president of sales. In 2006, he was promoted to COO, and in 2009 he was promoted to president and COO.
In his new role as CEO, Cleary will focus on expanding Clif Bar’s growth in the sports nutrition and healthy snacks category while continuing to lead the company’s day-to-day business operations. Owners Gary Erickson and Kit Crawford will continue as co-chairs of Clif Bar’s Board of Directors and become co-chief visionary officers guiding the company’s ‘Five Aspirations’ business model.
“Kevin’s talent for leadership and passion for a sustainable business model is evident by our tremendous business growth," said Erickson. "To date, Kevin has expanded Clif Bar’s national and international distribution while directing the rapid expansion of the company’s portfolio of on-the-go snacks.
Crawford added: “With a passion for people engagement and environmental and social responsibility, Kevin has increased the use of organic and certified sustainable ingredients in our products to new levels."
Cleary commented: “It’s been an amazing experience bringing Clif Bar’s Five Aspirations business model to life day-to day-and seeing great results across the company from sales to our work in communities around the globe. We couldn’t have realised that kind of positive growth without the hard work of our amazing people. I’m looking forward to building on this momentum as we look to the future.”
Clif Bar & Company makes nutritious, organic foods and drinks for people on-the-go and is a family and employee-owned company, focused on social and environmental responsibility. Those aforementioned Five Aspirations are "Sustaining our Business, our Brands, our People, our Community and the Planet."