Barilla announced that Jean-Pierre Comte, president, region Americas, will be stepping down from his role after 13 years of distinct service in the company. Melissa Tendick, vice president, marketing, Barilla Americas, will assume the role of President region Americas, beginning June 1, 2023.

Tendick brings with her 20 years of experience at Barilla and will be responsible for growing Barilla's presence in the Americas by providing strong category and marketing expertise, strategic vision, and leadership to the company.

A graduate of Eastern Illinois University, Tendick began her career at Barilla in 2003 and joined the marketing team in 2005. During her tenure, she led the US dry pasta business to the highest value market shares and established a solid foundation for Barilla's business in the United States. Tendick has also been a long-standing internal champion of diversity and inclusion and serves as one of the executive sponsors for Barilla's Employee Resource Group on Diversity & Inclusion.