Index Fresh announced the appointment of Steve Roodzant as its new Chief Executive Officer after a national search. He will start in his new role on May 18, 2020.
Roodzant will take over from Dana Thomas, who is retiring after serving as the CEO of Index Fresh for 24 years. He had announced his plans of retirement late last year.
As the incoming CEO of Index Fresh, Roodzant brings almost twenty years of experience in the trade. In his last role, he served as the Senior Vice President of Plant Operations at Grimmway Farms where he rose from General Manager to SVP and a member of the executive team during his 13-year career there.
“I am extremely humbled and excited to join the team at Index Fresh. Index Fresh’s reputation in the industry is fantastic, and it’s a testament to the quality and talent level of the people who make it happen,” said Roodzant.
He also worked at Bolthouse Farms for six years, rising from a Plant Manager to Vice President of Operations and a member of the executive team. Before that, he spent six years as a Naval Officer making three six-month deployments to the Middle East between the two Gulf Wars. He earned an engineering degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and an MBA from the University of Southern California.
An Orange County native, this Californian is a big sports fan, and enjoys flying, golfing, and staying active in the community. He is married to Krista, his wife of 25 years, and they have three adult sons.