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Dawn Foods names new R&D VP for North America

Dawn Foods announced Adam Pawlick as the company’s new vice president of research & development for North America. Pawlick joined the company in March 2022, and reports to John Schmitz, president of Dawn North America.

Pawlick is responsible for setting the strategic direction for Dawn’s R&D efforts in North America, working in close collaboration with Global Chief Product Officer, Johan Sanders. He will also lead the region’s product development, packaging development, and regulatory teams. In his role, Pawlick will develop and oversee Dawn’s product and technical roadmap in support of Dawn’s growth plans and to ensure customers’ needs are met.

“Adam brings an incredible breadth of strategic and technical experience to Dawn and will be instrumental in driving our innovation strategy for North America,” said John Schmitz, president of Dawn Foods North America. “We are focused on providing customers with innovative products and solutions that drive profitability in their business. I am confident that Adam’s expertise and engaging leadership style make him the right fit to help us continue to inspire bakery success for our customers.”  

Pawlick joins Dawn from Wells Enterprises, the largest family-owned ice cream manufacturer in the United States, where he served as Vice President of Engineering. Throughout his career, Pawlick has worked in product development and engineering for myriad food and beverage companies, including TreeHouse Foods, Palermo’s Pizza and ConAgra Foods, among others.