Christopher D. Furman
President and CEO, Ventura Foods
Nominated by Saint Joseph’s University
Christopher D. Furman became President and CEO of Ventura Foods in 2009. A leading manufacturer of custom and branded food products, Ventura Foods boasts over 3,000 employees and over $3.0 billion in annual sales. Under Furman’s direction, the company has seen five of its most successful financial years and was just named one of the fastest growing private companies in Orange County. Furman also currently serves on the Board for the Pacific Life Insurance Company.
With over 30 years of experience in the F&B and consumer products industries, Furman spent 23 years with PepsiCo, holding positions both domestically and abroad. He most recently served as President of PepsiCo Foodservice, successfully launching two new businesses during his tenure.
Deeply committed to community service, Furman has served on many Boards including Pacific Life Insurance Company and the Santa Margarita High School Consultative Board, where he chairs the Finance and Development Committee. Furman also actively participates with the Children’s Hospital of Orange County Foundation.
As an alumnus and previous Board Member of St. Joseph’s University, Furman was instrumental in establishing the SJU Academy of Food Marketing Endowed Scholarship and will be inducted into the Saint Joseph’s University Haub School of Business Hall of Fame in April 2017.