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Kraft, Flowers Foods Transition Executive Leaders

National Livestock Producers Association, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Doug Hauser was elected as the new vice chairman. Meanwhile, Gary Smith became chairman of the board, replacing Stan Mannschreck, who stepped down after five years in the position and reaching the organization’s term limit. Hauser is a Farm Bureau agent and is the representative of the National Livestock Credit Corp. Hauser has been on the National Livestock Commission Board for over 20 years.


Stater Bros. Markets, San Bernardino, Calif.
Michael Reed was appointed senior director of real estate. Reed has more than 13 years of retail real estate experience, and has held various leadership positions with other retailers. He most recently served as real estate store development manager for Starbucks, responsible for growing the company's Midwest and Western Mountain regions.

Flowers Foods, Thomasville, Ga.
Tonja Taylor was named senior vice president of human resources, taking over for Donald Thriffiley, Jr., who after 36 years with Flowers Foods is retiring, effective March 29. Taylor will head up the company’s human resources function and direct human resource efforts at the corporate and subsidiary level. Taylor began her career with Flowers in 1999 as change management coordinator for a key information technology initiative. In 2000, she joined Flowers' corporate human resources team and has served as manager of organizational development, director of organizational development and managing director of human resources. In 2008, she was promoted to vice president of human resources.

Kraft Foods Group, Inc., Northfield, Ill.
Executive chairman John Cahill will transition to non-executive chairman of the board of directors, effective March 8. Cahill joined Kraft Foods in January 2012 as the executive chairman designate for the new Kraft, and became executive chairman of Kraft Foods Group after its spin-off from Mondelez International.


Union Pacific Corp., Omaha, Neb.
Lance Fritz was elected president and COO, while Cameron Scott was named executive vice president of operations, succeeding Fritz. The railroad company also announced that Jim Young retired as an employee but will continue to serve as chairman of the board of directors in a non-executive role.

Retrotech, Victor, N.Y.
Tim Bonney was appointed director of project operations. Bonney comes to this position with 15 years of experience at Retrotech spanning multiple disciplines, including senior project management, systems design, site management, software development and customer support. Rich Lanpheare was appointed director of business development, production order fulfillment solutions and warehouse automation. Lanpheare joined Retrotech in 2009 and has served in a variety of sales leadership positions. After a stint outside the organization, Austin Power returned as distribution order fulfillment/e-commerce solutions business development manager, responsible for developing new distribution/e-commerce sales opportunities. Power has more than 15 years of experience providing material handling solutions, services and products to a wide variety of markets.

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