Americold Realty Trust appoints George Chappelle as Permanent CEO

– USA, GA –  Americold Realty Trust (NYSE: COLD) today announced the appointment of George Chappelle as CEO, effective immediately, after having been Interim CEO and a member of the Board of Trustees since November 2, 2021.

“After a thoughtful search process, the Board unanimously concluded that George is the right executive to lead Americold forward,” said Board Chairman, Mark Patterson. “George is an exemplary leader with a proven record of execution and a deep understanding of our business and industry. He has hit the ground running since joining as Interim CEO last year, advancing efforts to support customers and position Americold for success. With George now at the helm permanently, the Board is confident in Americold’s ability to drive growth and long-term value creation.”

About George F. Chappelle Jr.

He has more than 35 years of logistics, supply chain, and information technology experience in the food and beverage and consumer packaged goods industries. He previously held various executive and leadership roles with Tyson Foods, The Kraft Heinz Company, and Sara Lee Foods.

George Chappelle has served as Interim CEO and a member of the Americold Board of Trustees since November 2021. Before Americold, Mr. Chappelle served as an executive of Tyson Foods, holding a variety of leadership roles including Chief Corporate Services Officer; General Manager of Emerging Proteins, Research and Development and Logistics; COO of Prepared Foods; and Chief Integration Officer. Before joining Tyson Foods in 2017, he served as COO at several leading consumer packaged goods companies, including AdvancePierre Foods, Vi-Jon, and Solo Cup Company. Previously, Mr. Chappelle spent more than four years with Sara Lee Foods, including as Chief Supply Chain Officer and CIO He also served as CIO of HJ Heinz from 2002 to 2005. Mr. Chappelle currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Flagstone Foods and as a member of the Boards of Apex International and Randall Foods. He previously served as Chairman of the Board of AGRO Merchants Group from 2018 to 2020.

“I have been deeply impressed by this Board and management team’s commitment to delivering operational excellence and disciplined growth,” said Mr. Chappelle. “Americold is an essential component of the food supply chain with irreplaceable assets, an unrivaled market position, a best-in-class team, and compelling growth prospects. I look forward to leading Americold’s next chapter, delivering on our collective promise to serve our customers, deliver long-term growth in shareholder value, and live up to our commitments of corporate responsibility.”

About Americold Realty Trust

Americold is the world’s largest publicly traded REIT focused on the ownership, operation, acquisition, and development of temperature-controlled warehouses. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Americold owns and operates 250 temperature-controlled warehouses, with approximately 1.5 billion refrigerated cubic feet of storage, in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and South America. Americold’s facilities are an integral component of the supply chain connecting food producers, processors, distributors, and retailers to consumers.

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