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 merge 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.
Prior to Bill’s 20 year tenure with Dreyer’s, he served in a variety of general management roles in his 15 year career with Levi Strauss & Co. Bill wrote the original business plan for Levi’s Womenswear Division. He gained valuable start-up experience as the division grew, ultimately launching its Women’s Special Size Division as its first Vice President and General Manager. He later served in a similar role in the company’s Youthwear Division.
Bill currently serves on the Board of Directors of Bargreen-Ellingson, a family-owned restaurant supply company headquartered in the Pacific Northwest, and Pint Size Distribution, a distributor of Nestle-Dreyer's ice cream and frozen pizza products, servicing the Hawaiian islands. He also volunteers with several non-profit organizations: Junior Achievement of the Bay Area, where he is past-chair, and the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership.
Bill splits his time with his wife Debby between Alamo and La Quinta. They have three grown children, all working in the Bay Area. He enjoys tennis, golf, reading and travel. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Washington, and his Master of Business Administration from Stanford University.