LiDestri's Management Team
LiDestri's executive team, like the company, is a mix of old and new: people who have dedicated themselves to the company for decades and newer faces brought on for their deep experience with divisions and product lines that are new to LiDestri.
Giovanni "John" LiDestriChairman
Giovanni "John" LiDestri is an example to the 1300-plus employees that hard work, dedication and loyalty pay off. A first-generation immigrant from Tusa, Sicily, he started working as a bottle washer in a Ragu Foods pasta sauce facility, quickly rising through the ranks.
In 1976, John was recruited to be general manager of Cantisano Foods by owner Ralph Cantisano. In 1991, he became company president and in 1997, the CEO. Five years later, John bought all remaining shares of the business from the Cantisano family and changed the company name to LiDestri Foods. John has always believed in the power of hiring creative people and giving them "a long runway" to manifest their dreams. He believes, because he knows it from personal experience, that some of the best ideas bubble up from the bottom. John lives in Miami Florida with his wife, Dr. Cynthia Reddeck-LiDestri, who plays a key role in LiDestri’s wellness program. They have three grown children: John Jr., Stefani and Dylan.
Stefani LiDestriCEO and Co-President
Stefani is CEO and Co-President of LiDestri Food and Drink alongside her brother, John. Stefani has worked with her executive team to modernize systems and practices of a company that continues to grow based on a reputation for true partnerships and speed to market. Since taking on the role as Co-CEO in 2016, Stefani embraces the fact there is nothing static about today's business environment and created a vision for LiDestri to set the pace in this ever-changing world while remaining steeped in their roots.
Stefani is deeply creative, which helps her innovate and communicate across multiple industries, channels and disciplines. Stefani is instrumental in running the company and guiding its partnerships with charitable causes, serving as co-chair to one of the most successful fundraising events for Paul Newman’s, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. This remarkable Camp provides year-round services to children, families, and siblings who are coping with serious illnesses. Stefani serves as co-chair of the annual Big Apple Bash in New York City, one of the charity’s most successful fundraising events.
John C. LiDestriCo-President
John C. LiDestri is Co-President of LiDestri Food and Drink alongside his sister Stefani. He has a lifetime of experience in ingredient sourcing on behalf of some of the country’s largest and most dynamic food and beverage manufacturers.
A partner for the past 20 years at National Cortina, he brings that experience back home to LiDestri in his role of leading business development. John has long known the value of building strong partnerships both with suppliers as well as customers, an approach that fits seamlessly with LiDestri’s culture. As the company develops an increasingly innovative portfolio across food, beverage and spirits. John is a world traveler at heart, and enjoys vacationing with his kids when they aren’t out biking together or spending time at their beach house in Asbury Park, NJ.
Jennifer Amodeo ShepkerVice President Finance
Director of Finance, Jen Amodeo Shepker, is an astute and collaborative leader who provides the company’s senior team timely and accurate financial statements along with ongoing cash flow projections. She also has oversight of accounting and finance operations, global risk management, plus the critical role of design and maintenance of the financial reporting structures.
Jen began her career in public accounting at Deloitte in 2004 after completing her bachelor’s degree in accounting from the Rochester Institute of Technology and earned her CPA in 2009. She joined LiDestri in 2010 as the financial reporting supervisor, was promoted to Assistant Controller in 2011, Corporate Controller in 2013, and Director of Finance in 2015. Born and raised in a small-town community south of Buffalo, Jen enjoys spending her “free time” outdoors in the country with her husband, toddler son, baby daughter. She is also passionate about giving back, helping to bring awareness to the charity The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp both within and outside of LiDestri.
Laurie joined LiDestri 5 years ago and quickly added value in leading the Product Management and the R&D teams for food, beverages and spirits. In 2019 Laurie broadened her responsibility to oversee the critical customer relationships that keep the sauce pumping as well and in January 2020 accepted the role of COO, adding operations and supply chain to her Responsibilities.
Laurie’s team leads all parts of the organization in taking products from the concept stage to market and then tracks product performance in meeting customer needs and the company’s earnings goals.
Prior to joining LiDestri, Laurie spent 27 years in the packaging and petrochemical businesses of ExxonMobil Chemical, where she held various leadership positions in Global Marketing, Sales Management, Technology Management and Planning. A Rochester, NY-native, Laurie, her husband, and their three college and high school aged children enjoy spending summertime in the Finger Lakes. They also enjoy college football and cheering on Penn State.
Tom GalantiVice President of Supply Chain
As Vice President of Supply Chain at LiDestri Food and Beverage, Tom Galanti is an expert in supply chain high performance business processes and practices. Tom is experienced in nearly all aspects of supply operations, materials management, purchasing, production planning, inventory management, logistics, applied business systems and integrated business process management.
He has demonstrated leadership and innovation with the application of I.T. and redesigned business processes. He led in the establishment of the materials management function, supply logistics and adoption of integrated supply chain business process in manufacturing.
John MatrachisiaChief Information Officer
As Chief Information Officer at LiDestri Food and Beverage, John Matrachisia is working to create a responsive I.T. organization that aligns technology initiatives with the company’s business goals. John is a recognized technology leader with strategic vision, whose personal skill set blends executive acumen with teambuilding and I.T. solution development and improvements.
Prior to joining LiDestri in 2014, John served as a CIO for other executive teams, and he has more than 14 years of experience in the consumer products manufacturing space. Outside of work, John spends his time skiing, volunteering, boating and golfing—usually accompanied by his wife and four children.
Sarah MillerDirector of Human Resources
Sarah Miller co-leads Human Resources as Director of Human Resources at LiDestri alongside Rob Szegda, Captain of HR Innovation. Sarah is a hands-on HR practitioner who believes that partnering with internal leaders is the critical step that can drive the LiDestri values through the organization and results in a high performance culture.
Her business mindedness adds great value and focus to aligning and deploying our strategic goals through the business, enabling the achievement of our strategic goals. Sarah is responsible for the implementation of HR services, policies, processes and programs across all of LiDestri’s facilities, to support the organization in meeting its corporate objectives.
A 20 year veteran in Human Resources; Sarah joined LiDestri in 2015 after working for SentrySafe as their Director of Human Resources. She is a Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst as well as trained in the Lominger International leadership competency model. She has a Leadership Coaching Certificate through the Warner School of Education, University of Rochester and McArdle Ramerman Center. Sarah lives in Victor, NY with her husband Keith and their two children. She spends the majority of her time away from work in ice rinks as a "hockey mom".