Dawn Foods, a Jackson, Michigan, USA-headquartered manufacturer and distributor of frozen baked goods and ingredients, has appointed Lorna Donatone to its board of directors. Donatone is a proven leader, most recently serving as chief executive officer of Sodexo’s Geographic Regions.
“We are proud to welcome Lorna and her passion for business, community, and overall excellence to the Dawn family,” said Chairman Miles Jones. “I am confident she will provide us with great insight and support as we continue to partner with bakers around the world to help them achieve their aspirations.”
Beyond her executive roles working in food and facilities management, and high-tech, banking and airline industries, Donatone is an experienced board member. She served on the Jamba Juice board from 2013 to 2018 and currently is active on the boards of Electrolux Professional and Sbarro. Additionally, she is a board member of The Phoenix, a Denver-based, not-for-profit organization that supports addiction recovery through organized fitness programs.
“Lorna’s experience leading organizations through transformational growth, along with her global perspective and commitment to people, aligns perfectly with our Dawn values and strategic plans for the future,” said Dawn Foods CEO Carrie Jones-Barber. “I look forward to collaborating with her as we continue to invest in our team members and grow globally.”
Donatone spent nearly a decade on the board of the National Restaurant Association in the United States, where she also chaired the organization’s Educational Foundation Board of Trustees and audit committee. She has been involved with the Culinary Institute of America and received the Titan of Industry and Trailblazer awards from the Women’s Foodservice Forum, where she chaired the forum’s Board of Directors and served on the board from 2007 to 2017.
“The strategic vision Dawn has for the future of baking and the partnership it provides customers are just two of the many reasons why I am excited to join the board,” said Donatone. “Everyone I have met from the team has a passion for the company, its products, and its customers. I am ready to get to work alongside my fellow board members and the leadership team as Dawn continues to transform and lead the global baking industry.”