Kind Healthy Snacks Names President

Charlie Menchaca
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Source: Path to Purchase Institute

Health and wellness veteran Mike Barkley succeeded John Leahy as president and chief operating officer of Kind Healthy Snacks.

Barkley leads the company alongside Kind founder and CEO Daniel Lubetzky as the company sets its sights on innovation and category disruption. Leahy, who joined the company in 2010, will assume a strategic adviser role in retirement.

Barkley is tasked with growing Kind's portfolio, purpose and potential. He previously held leadership roles at Pinnacle Foods and Boulder Brands.

As operating partner to the entrepreneurial Lubetzky, Leahy helped fuel the company's growth. When he joined KIND, the company:

  • Sold nine whole nut bars
  • Employed 30 team members 
  • Generated roughly $20 million in revenue

Currently, KIND:

  • Offers more than 70 different snacks
  • Employs upwards of 700 full- and part-time team members
  • Is enjoyed by millions of consumers

During his tenure, Leahy opened the club channel and launched key accounts in the mass class of trade. In the process, he helped expand KIND's distribution from approximately 25,000 outlets to 250,000. Beyond his accomplishments, colleagues say they will remember Leahy's commitment to excellence and steadfast moral compass.

When asked what he hopes the team will remember about him, Leahy says, "I hope they will say he was all in, all the time, for the KIND team members."

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