Chief Operating Officer
With over 25 years of experience in the food industry, Chris is adept in developing businesses, cultivating talent and driving marketplace success.
Chris Wilkins joins Benson Hill from TreeHouse Foods. His most recent position there was President of the Snacks Division after initially serving as President of Baked Goods. Prior to Baked Goods, Chris led the Private Brands business at TreeHouse Foods which consisted of a $4-billion dollar portfolio. In 2016, Chris moved to Treehouse from ConAgra Foods, where he lead the entire ConAgra Foods Private Brands business since 2015, ultimately leading the divestiture of the business through its acquisition by TreeHouse Foods. He joined ConAgra Foods in 2007 as the General Manager of Store Brands where he positioned that business to be a key growth pillar for the company, with a strong emphasis on acquisition. Additionally, Chris led the integration of Ralcorp Holdings, Inc. into ConAgra Foods in 2013, becoming V.P., General Manager, Private Brands Snacks, following the integration. Prior to joining ConAgra Foods, Chris held positions at Land O’ Lakes, Inc., where he created a new product development process, reinforced branding principles and created a new licensing business unit. He has also previously worked at The Pillsbury Company, where he developed a firm foundation in classical marketing. Chris serves on the board of directors for the St. Louis Area Food Bank. He formerly served on the board of directors for the American Baker’s Association, the Biscuit and Cracker Manufacturer’s Association and the Center for Brand Leadership at the Kelley School of Business. Chris holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Wabash College and a M.B.A in Marketing from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.