John Bellardini, MBA

Vice President, Finance, Chobani
MBA, The Sage Colleges School of Management, 1996

In addition to expertise in finance, accounting, sales, and information systems, business leaders should be able to help others -- whether clients or colleagues  -- see another perspective, make difficult decisions and embrace change, said John Bellardini, vice president of finance at Chobani, Inc — maker of America’s #1 selling yogurt brand, Chobani Greek Yogurt. “That’s what Sage prepared me for. There was a touch of heart, a sensibility that you don’t often get in business school about understanding people,” he said.

A Certified Turnaround Professional, Bellardini was a partner at the Rochester, N.Y., based consulting firm JC Jones & Associates before he joined Chobani in April.  At JC Jones, he worked to help struggling businesses return to a profitable and sustainable business model. In 2008, he received the Small Company Turnaround of the Year Award, recognized as the “Oscar” of the turnaround industry, for his work with a steel fabrication, construction and engineering firm in Bath, Penn.

Bellardini has also worked at engineering driven companies including Philips, Dover-Universal Instruments Corporation and Amphenol Aerospace Operations. His experience in a range of industries informs his work on the leadership team at Chobani, where he will help the popular Greek yogurt producer achieve sustainable growth.