Salvatore “Sam” Galletti has served as President and CEO of Ittella Parent since it was founded in 2009 as Stonegate Foods, Inc. Mr. Galletti has over 35 years’ experience in the food industry including prior operational and investor roles at Ittella, Sonora Mills, Good Karma Foods, and others, where he gained experience manufacturing a variety of products including seafood, breaded vegetables, grilled chicken and other organic foods. Through these prior roles, he has established key relationships with many of the retailers who now carry Ittella Parent’s products.
Mr. Galletti founded Ittella Parent primarily as an importer of Italian vegetables and other products, having realized the quality of produce from Italy surpassed that of available comparable produce from the U.S. Following Ittella Parent’s entrance into private label production and manufacturing of frozen products in its own facility, the name was changed to Ittella International in 2015.
Sarah Galletti holds the title of “Tattooed Chef” and Creative Director and since 2014 has led Ittella Parent’s transition from a producer of private label frozen vegetables to a branded, innovator of frozen plant-based meals and snacks. She is primarily responsible for the development of new products as well as the strategic and creative direction of the Tattooed Chef brand. Ms. Galletti remains highly involved in Ittella Parent’s sales and marketing efforts, including management of the Tattooed Chef brand’s digital marketing platform and development of Ittella Parent’s online DTC functionality.
Prior to her involvement with Ittella Parent, Ms. Galletti spent time in Italy working as a pizza and pastry chef at various eateries. Ms. Galletti’s time abroad led to her inspiration for the Tattooed Chef brand, having recognized a lack of high-quality, plant-based options available within the U.S. Since 2014, Ms. Galletti worked with Ittella Parent to develop and create the Tattooed Chef brand as an expression of her passion to supply consumers with unique, clean label, plant-based meals and other food products.
Charles Cargile has over 30 years of financial and operational experience, most recently serving as Chief Executive Officer of Nasdaq-listed Sunworks, Inc. from March 2017 until joining Ittella Parent in August 2020. Prior to joining Sunworks, Mr. Cargile served as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Newport Corporation from October 2000 until April 2016, when Newport Corporation was acquired by MKS Instruments. At Newport Corporation, Mr. Cargile was responsible for all accounting, financial reporting, tax, treasury, investor relations and information technology functions, as well as strategic planning, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. From November 1998 to October 2000, Mr. Cargile had several roles at York International Corporation including Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer and Vice President, Finance and Corporate Development. Mr. Cargile started his career at Coopers & Lybrand and Borg Warner Industrial Products, which later became Flowserve Corporation. Mr. Cargile has a B.S. in Accounting from Oklahoma State University and earned an MBA from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California (USC). Mr. Cargile currently serves on the Board of Directors of Sunworks and Photon Control, as well as the Corporate Advisory Board for the Marshall School of Business at USC.
Stephanie Dieckmann has served as COO and CFO of Ittella Parent since 2017 and has over 12 years of combined food industry experience. Prior to this role, Ms. Dieckmann was CFO at APPA Fine Foods, a private label food manufacturer of fresh ready to eat, frozen meals, and grilled chicken products, where she worked for over seven years. She also held a financial controller position with The Perfect Bite Co., a gourmet frozen appetizer company. During her time at APPA Fine Foods, Ms. Dieckmann became acquainted with Mr. Galletti, who was a former investor in the company.
In her role as COO, Ms. Dieckmann is primarily responsible for all operations in the U.S. and has led growth of Ittella Parent from approximately $32.5 million in sales in 2017 to approximately $84.9 million in 2019.
Giuseppe Bardari is the current President of Ittella Italy. Mr. Bardari joined Ittella Parent in 2010 as a Director of International Business Development, which he held for seven years, and was responsible for the procurement of items from Italy and managing the process of items leaving Italy and arriving in the United States. In 2017, he became President of the Italian division of Ittella Parent, Ittella Italy. Mr. Bardari is responsible for overseeing all operations of Ittella Italy, which includes managing relationships with local growers, procuring imported ingredients and the exporting of finished products.
Mr. Bardari holds additional frozen food industry experience from over six years spent as an export manager for Gias Spa. He holds a Degree in Economics from Messina University and MBA with specialization for Hi-Tech from Sdipa/Bocconi.
Matthew Williams has over 25 years of experience in sales leadership and general management roles in the consumer packaged goods industry, most recently as the President of food brands for Sugar Mountain, a creative food company with brands Beecher’s Handmade Cheese and Mishima Reserve American Wagyu, since March 2019. Prior to his role at Sugar Mountain, he served as Senior Vice President for Dean Foods from August 2014 until March 2019. In his most recent role with Dean Foods, he was Senior Vice President of the frozen business unit, where he was responsible for sales and marketing of Dean’s branded and private label ice cream business.