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Chiquita Brands International, Superior Foods Appoint New Presidents

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The Sustainability Consortium, Tempe, Ariz.
Reckitt Benckiser joins as a member of the home and personal care and food beverage and agriculture sectors, responsible for establishing a robust dialogue with retailers and providing consumers with more sustainable choices.

The Natural Products Foundation, Washington, D.C.
Two new members were added to the Legal Advisory Council. Jim Prochnow concentrates his practice primarily on regulatory affairs and litigation, focusing on food and drug law, advertising law and intellectual property issues. He works to defend companies and individuals in Federal Trade Commission investigations concerning false and misleading advertising and with respect to FDA enforcement efforts, and advises about safe and aggressive marketing practices that comply with the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, the FTC Act and related guidelines. Meanwhile, Justin Prochnow focuses his practice on regulatory and business issues primarily in the food, medical device, drug and cosmetic industries. He works with dietary supplement, sports nutrition, beverage, conventional food, cosmetic, medical device and over-the-counter drug companies to ensure regulatory compliance with statutes and regulations enforced by the FDA, the F TC and other regulatory agencies. He also defends companies from both governmental agencies and private litigants with claims ranging from breach of contract and false advertising to RICO and Lanham Act violations.

U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, Tucker, Ga.
Bernard Leonard, retired group vice president, foodservice poultry and prepared foods for Tyson Foods, will serve on the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) board of directors as a representative, replacing Gary Cooper, COO of Cooper Farms and immediate past chairman of U.S. Poultry & Egg Association. Leonard brings many years of experience in the poultry industry, including 13 years with Tyson Foods, in addition to holding executive-level management positions with Hudson Foods, Southland Foods and ConAgra Foods.

Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, Lombard, Ill.
Rick Jackson, executive vice president of Mast Global Logistics, was elected to the office of chair, responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership for international and domestic logistics, transportation, distribution center operations and supply chain technical services. Nancy Nix, executive director of EMBA Program and professor of supply chain practice at Texas Christian University, was named immediate past chair. Heather Sheehan, vice president, indirect sourcing and logistics for Danaher Corp., was elected board chair elect, responsible for non-production and logistics procurement, strategy and implementation across the company's 100-plus operating companies. Ted Stank, Bruce Chair of Business and professor of supply chain management at The University of Tennessee, was elected board vice chair. Kevin Smith, president and CEO of Sustainable Supply Chain Consulting, was elected secretary and treasurer. Other chairs for the 2012-2013 term include Mark Baxa, director, global trade operations for Monsanto was named roundtable chair; John Bowersox, customer service operations manager for Kohler Co. was named young professionals' chair; Mary Long, vice president logistics and network planning for Domino's Pizza was appointed member-at-large chair (corporate member focus); and Remko van Hoek, director global procurement at PwC was named member-at- large chair (European focus). Chris Moberg, chair marketing department at Ohio University was named certification chair; Walter Zinn, chair of marketing and logistics department at The Ohio State University was appointed education strategies chair; Eric Peltz, associate director of national security research division of RAND Corp. was named research strategies chair; and Brian Hancock, president, North America of Martin-Brower Co. was named program chair. Rick Blasgen serves as president and CEO.


PROCESSORS/RETAILERS:

Chiquita Brands International Inc., Charlotte, N.C.
Edward Lonergan was appointed president and CEO, effective Oct. 8. Lonergan succeeds Fernando Aguirre, who previously announced his plan to step down as chairman, president and CEO. Lonergan most recently served as president and CEO of Diversey, Inc., a global provider of sustainable cleaning, sanitation and hygiene solutions. Lonergan was also been appointed to the company's board of directors, while Kerrii Anderson was named non-executive chairwoman of the board of directors.

Tampa Maid Foods, Lakeland, Fla.
Karen Karl was named director of national accounts, responsible for developing and expanding national accounts. Karl maintains more than 20 years of experience in the food industry with national account positions at Surlean Foods and Heartland Catfish.

Sunsweet Growers Inc., Yuba City, Calif.
Brad Schuler was promoted to vice president global sales and marketing, responsible for overseeing the company’s marketing and sales efforts in all channels globally, including branded retail, private label, bulk, foodservice and industrial ingredients.

Ralcorp Holdings Inc., St. Louis
Keith Meister, the founder and managing partner of Corvex Management LP, was appointed to the board of directors, effective immediately. Meister will also join the Strategy and Financial Oversight Committee, responsible for evaluating strategic opportunities to drive shareholder value.

Superior Foods Inc., Watsonville, Calif.
Neil Happee was appointed president and CEO, taking over for David Moore, who will join co-founder Mateo Lettunich as co-chairman. Happee has been with the company for more than 20 years, the last 10 as COO.


SUPPLIERS:

Union Pacific, Omaha, Neb.
Diane Duren was named executive vice president, responsible for strategic planning, administration and human resources. Meanwhile, Beth Whited was named vice president and general manager, chemicals, succeeding Duren. Whited is responsible for marketing and sales activities within the chemical and petroleum industries. And, Roy Schroer was named vice president, human resources, effective in February 2013. Schroer has held leadership positions in the finance, marketing, sales and human resources departments, including assistant vice president of employee benefits. Lastly, long-time senior executives Charley Eisele, senior vice president of strategic planning and administration, and Barb Schaefer, senior vice president of human resources, are set to retire come February 2013.

Metl-Span LLC, Lewisville, Texas
Jeff Irwin was named executive vice president and general manager of its newly formed architectural panel division, responsible for expanding and improving the company’s capabilities to competitively address the growing demand for architectural insulated metal panels. Irwin joins the team commissioning a new architectural production facility in the eastern United States. Irwin is a 33-year veteran in the metal wall and roofing industry and has 22 years involvement in the insulated metal panel industry.

Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, Akron, Ohio
Iuliana Nita was appointed global marketing manager, food and beverage, process systems division, responsible for developing and coordinating strategies to meet the changing needs of the global food and beverage industry. In this position, she will work with customers to provide solutions that enhance the safety, performance and brand assurance of their processes, operations and products.

Kingspan Insulated Panels North America, Deland, Fla.
Alan Del Monte was named regional sales manager for the cold storage division, responsible for overseeing the North Atlantic region, including Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. Doug Cornelius was named regional sales manager of the cold storage division for the Great Lakes region, including Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Meanwhile, Matt Ulmer was appointed regional sales manager of the commercial and industrial division’s Gulf States region, including Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana.

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