Rosemont, IL — National food and fine ingredients distributor Batory Foods has appointed Rita Ramirez as its first chief people & sustainability officer. In the newly created role, Ramirez will lead the company’s initiatives to foster a culture of sustainability, diversity and inclusion.
Ramirez has held leadership roles at Batory for more than a decade, most recently as vice-pPresident of employee experience where she formalized human resource functions and led initiatives in the areas of talent management, diversity & inclusion, employee engagement, environmental, health & safety and sustainability.
Ramirez will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of Batory Foods’ sustainability efforts, from supply chain sustainability to environmentally responsible practices. Her role will also involve leading new initiatives in pursuit of a diverse, inclusive, and engaged workforce. One initiative Ramirez plans to implement is “The Batory Way Academy,” a program that will align employee training to the company’s business strategy and integrate mentorship among its workforce.
“We are thrilled to appoint Rita as our first chief people & sustainability officer,” says Vince Pinneri, president. “As we continually strive to enhance our commitment to sustainability and cultivate an inclusive workplace, Rita’s expertise is an invaluable addition to our leadership team. Her passion and experience in these critical areas will undoubtedly drive positive change within our organization and in the communities we serve.”
“I am thrilled to take on this exciting new role,” says Ramirez. “I look forward to collaborating with the entire Batory Foods team to further cultivate an environment where sustainability and people are at the heart of everything we do.”