President & CEO
Mark Jansen was selected by the Blue Diamond Growers Board of Directors to become President and Chief Executive Officer in October 2010. With a unique understanding of the branded retail and food service business, Mark’s career achievements include leading the brand growth for Haagen-Dazs, Betty Crocker, Totino’s, Pillsbury, Red Baron, Freschetta, Wolfgang Puck, Tony’s and Minh.
Prior to joining Blue Diamond, Mark was president of Schwan’s Food Service in Marshall, Minnesota, where he led the profitable turnaround of the division. He also worked for the Pillsbury Company, Edison Brothers Stores, Inc. and General Mills, Inc.
Mark received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from St. Olaf College and an MBA in Marketing and Finance from the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University.
Which Blue Diamond product do you crave?
When I’m watching my favorite football team on a Sunday afternoon I have to have some Blue Diamond Oven Roasted Almonds with Sea Salt at my side.