PI Executive Fills Operations Post for AJINOMOTO FOODS

September 12, 2018 – Talent advisory firm Pi Executive has recruited Brett Buatti as executive vice president of operations for Ajinomoto Foods North America, a subsidiary of Japan based Ajinomoto Group, a provider of frozen foods and cultural cuisine. The search was led by partner Pierre Trippitelli.

Mr. Buatti has more than 20 years of experience developing world-class manufacturing and supply chain organizations within fast growing consumer good companies. “Brett is a dynamic operations executive and general business innovator who has a reputation of being an agile leader who drives impact across the organization,” said Pi Executive.

The appointment comes as Ajinomoto Foods targets significant growth and continued evolution within its manufacturing and supply-chain organization. By capitalizing on its leadership position in ethnic frozen foods and appetizers, the company looks to grow both organically and through strategic acquisitions. With the appointment Mr. Buatti, Ajinomoto is poised to have an inspiring executive leading their operations development and growth, said the search firm.

Mr. Buatti previously worked for Pharmavite, a vitamin and supplement manufacturer in the U.S., where he was vice president of operations overseeing the company’s total end-to-end supply chain. Prior to that, he held positions at NBTY and Campbell’s in their manufacturing and supply-chain organizations.


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Ajinomoto Foods North America is a leading frozen foods company with global reach. With a rich history of diverse ethnic offerings, its brands are well known across America.

Last year, Pi Executive placed Marco A. Leal as chief human resources officer (CHRO) of Ajinomoto Windsor. The search was conducted by Mr. Trippitelli and assisted by director Katherine MacLane. Mr. Leal joined the Japanese native company from Rush Street Gaming (RSG), a regional casino operator and a private equity-owned business.

Consumer brand recruitment firm Perpetual Insights launched its executive search and human resources consulting arm, Pi Executive, in 2016. Mr. Trippitelli joined the firm to lead the new division. Previously, he served as a member of the global consumer practice at Korn Ferry. Since its inception at the beginning of last year, Pi Executive has conducted over 50 executive searches in the C-suite and provided numerous talent consulting assignments.

Mr. Trippitelli’s recent searches include finding a global CEO for a food retail company, a global CEO for a food ingredients company, a president and CEO for a North American food ingredients company, a CEO for a dairy company, a COO for a U.S. confectionery company, a CMO for a global beverage company, head of operations & supply chain for a global beverage company and a CFO for a global skincare concern. Since Pi Executive’s inception, it has conducted over 75 executive searches in the C-suite.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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