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December 6, 2013
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ASSOCIATIONS/ORGANIZATIONS:
Association of American Railroads, Washington, D.C.
Ian Jefferies, a senior transportation policy advisor to Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Chairman John D. Rockefeller IV (W.Va.), will join the association as senior vice president of government affairs, effective Dec. 11. Jefferies succeeds Laurie Knight, who returned to lead the government affairs shop at the National Beer Wholesalers Association. Jeffries also worked for the U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of the Inspector General and the U.S. Government Accountability Office before working on Capitol Hill.

Food Marketing Institute (FMI), Arlington, Va.
Douglas Baker joined as vice president of private brands, responsible for advancing FMI’s commitment to investing in brand equity and strengthening the FMI private brands community. Baker began his career in the food retail industry in 1984, working at Fry’s Food Stores. His 29 years in the food business include numerous promotions and leadership roles at Fry’s, Kraft Foods Group, Inc. and Federated Group, LLC, where he was most recently vice president of sales. Throughout his career, Baker has focused on retail operations, consumer packaged goods manufacturing, private brand development and marketing.

 

PROCESSORS/RETAILERS:
Stater Bros. Markets, San Bernardino, Calif.
David Harris was promoted to executive vice president of finance, CF O and principal accounting officer, effective Nov. 25. Harris joined Stater Bros. in 2009 as vice president of finance. In June 2011, he was promoted to senior vice president finance, and in 2012, he was promoted to senior vice president finance, CFO and principal accounting officer. He has more than 29 years of accounting, auditing and business advisory experience.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Bentonville, Ark.
Company veteran Doug McMillon was elected president and CEO, succeeding Mike Duke, effective Feb. 1, 2014. McMillon was also elected to the company’s board of directors, effective immediately. Duke will continue serving as chairman of the executive committee of the board and, in the tradition of his predecessors, stay on as an advisor to McMillon for one year.

Saputo Inc., Canada
Kevin Yost, president and COO of the dairy foods division, announced his resignation, effective Dec. 10. Dino Dello Sbarba will act as interim president and COO.

Chobani, Inc., New Berlin, N.Y.
Dipak Golechha was named chief financial officer. Golechha joins Chobani after 18 years at Procter & Gamble, where he held a variety of finance, operational and management positions, including CFO of the global snacks division. He replaces James McConeghy, who stepped down from his role in November.

Michael Foods, Inc., Minnetonka, Minn.
Meredith Tutterow joined the company as senior marketing director of the Crystal Farms brand, responsible for creating and leading marketing strategies that build the Crystal Farms business. With nearly 20 years of experience, Tutterow’s hallmark is developing fresh, focused strategies that drive profitable growth. Tutterow comes to Michael Foods after holding several marketing leadership positions at General Mills, most recently as the associate marketing director for Cheerios and Multi-Grain Cheerios.

 

SUPPLIERS:
BNSF Railway Corp., Fort Worth, Texas
George Duggan was promoted to group vice president, coal business group, effective Feb. 1, 2014, succeeding Steve Branscum, who has announced plans to retire in early 2014. Duggan joined Burlington Northern, a BNSF predecessor, in 1990 as a grain specialist. During his career, he has held various assignments with progressive leadership responsibility in customer support, marketing and sales. In 2005, he was named vice president, domestic intermodal and vice president, coal marketing in June 2010. Meanwhile, John Miller was promoted to group vice president, agricultural products, effective Feb. 1, 2014, succeeding Kevin Kaufman, who also announced plans to retire in early 2014. Miller joined BNSF in March 2008 as assistant vice president, agricultural products. He was named vice president, industrial products sales in November 2012, after serving as assistant vice president of that group since November 2011. Tom Williams was named vice president, industrial products sales, effective Feb. 1, 2014, succeeding Miller. Williams was named vice president, domestic intermodal in November 2012. Prior to that, he was promoted to vice president, industrial products sales in June 2010.

Canadian Pacific, Canada
Bart Demosky was appointed executive vice president and CFO, effective Dec. 28, taking over for Brian Grassby, who will retire at year’s end. Demosky joins CP from Suncor Energy, where he had been chief financial officer since 2009. His career at Suncor began in 2006 when he was appointed vice president and treasurer. In 2008, Demosky was named senior vice president business services. He brings more than 25 years of senior financial, strategic, operations and risk management experience.

Florida Freezer, North Fort Myers, Fla.
Dean Newman was hired as operations manager, responsible for overseeing all warehouse and transportation operations for both Florida Freezer and GFA Rail Services. Newman brings more than 20 years of experience in supply chain logistics, in both the paper and food distribution industries. Meanwhile, Lora Warren was named customer service manager, responsible for addressing all client needs under Newman’s administration. Julie Lemens will remain transportation manager, responsible for new business development.

 

IN MEMORIUM: BOB CAREY, PRODUCE MARKETING ASSOCIATION
Bob Carey, former president of the Produce Marketing Association, Newark, Del., passed away Nov. 29. Carey led PMA from 1958-1996, taking it from a near bankrupt organization with fewer than 100 members focused on produce packaging to a vertically integrated association of thousands focused on marketing. “I was privileged to work with Bob from the time he hired me in 1983 until his retirement in 1996. He was my mentor and my dear friend,” says Bryan Silbermann, chief executive officer of PMA. “His insights and advice when he was my boss and after he retired have been invaluable. Bob’s real genius was getting the best out of everyone around him—members and staff—and that’s become a core part of PMA’s culture.” PMA gives the Robert L. Carey Leadership Award at Fresh Summit each year, honoring someone who has demonstrated outstanding volunteer leadership skills and an uncommon commitment to helping PMA achieve its goals. Memorial contributions can be made to Delmarva Teen Challenge, Seaford, Del.

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