Champion Foods Announces New President

David W. Kowal’s appointment to Champion Foods effective immediately

DETROIT — David W. Kowal was announced Tuesday as the new president of Champion Foods by Christopher Ilitch, president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings, Inc. The appointment is effective immediately.

Kowal will oversee all aspects of the high growth food manufacturing business, including business strategy, P&L, product development, manufacturing and customer relations.

“We are pleased that Dave is joining our leadership team and will oversee this important and growing business. Given his proven record of accomplishments in the industry and his strong global business and leadership skills, Dave can make an immediate and significant impact on our organization,” said Ilitch.

Kowal previously served as CEO and president of Distant Lands Coffee Company in Seattle, a role he held since 2009.  Distant Lands is the only vertically integrated specialty coffee company in North America and the leading provider of private label and custom specialty coffee programs to foodservice and grocery accounts.