Serhat Unsal is the Chief Executive Officer of Jackson, MI-based Dawn Foods. Sharing CEO responsibilities with Carrie Jones-Barber, Unsal leverages his extensive global leadership experience to help drive greater growth and success for Dawn. Unsal joined Dawn in early 2011. As President International from 2011-2016, Unsal led Dawn’s global growth in the company’s key European markets along with emerging markets in Africa, Middle East, Asia/Pacific, and Latin America. In his four years as President, Unsal doubled the international divisions’ operating profit by developing and deploying completely new regional strategies for Europe, LATAM and AMEAP. During the same period, he also led Dawn’s corporate strategy development & execution.
Prior to Dawn, Unsal spent 18 years with Unilever where he started his career as a Project Manager. By 2010, Unsal had risen to the role of Managing Director Unilever Foodsolutions Turkey, Central Asia & Caucasia. In this role, he doubled his division’s annual revenue and operating profit. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors for Unilever Turkey. Unsal earned a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA from the University of Toronto.