Department: Board Member
Bill Oldenburg has over 35 years of general management experience in the consumer products industry. He retired in 2006 as Executive Vice President of Operations for Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream. In this capacity, he was responsible for manufacturing, engineering, procurement, warehousing and quality for all of Dreyer's, Nestle and Haagen-Dazs branded ice cream and frozen dessert products. Following the merger with Nestlé's Ice Cream Division, Bill led a three-year supply chain re-engineering effort, which resulted in a world-class "cow-to-consumer" supply chain. The total capital requirement exceeded $600 million, which included two of the world's largest ice cream manufacturing operations in Bakersfield, California and Laurel, Maryland.
In addition to his operations responsibilities, Bill was Dreyer's primary industry and legislative representative, both at the state and federal levels. He has led the industry's International Dairy Foods Association, the International Ice Cream Association and the Dairy Institute of California. He was instrumental in developing a national "reduced fat" standard of identity for ice cream, which paved the way for Dreyer's leadership in the "better for you" frozen dessert category. Dreyer's has a patented manufacturing technology which it markets under the "Slow Churned" brand name. This product is currently revolutionizing the industry.