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McDonald’s COO Retires

March 21, 2014

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Kronos Foods, Inc., Glendale Heights, Ill.
Howard Eirinberg was named chief executive officer, succeeding long-time CEO Michael Austin, who is now chairman of Kronos Food Corp. Eirinberg joined Kronos in 2011 to lead all sales and marketing initiatives for the company's meat, bakery, dairy, dessert, restaurant and distribution sectors. He has grown Kronos' sales by launching new products like chicken shawarma into the club and foodservice channels. Before joining Kronos, Eirinberg previously served as president and COO of Vienna Beef Ltd., where he was instrumental in successfully launching new products into new channels, developing new customer segments and enhancing the company's brand awareness. Previously, he ran the foodservice division of Fresh Express, Inc. and held senior sales and marketing positions at Richelieu Foods, Inc. and The Quaker Oats Co.

Ready Pac Foods, Inc., Irwindale, Calif.
Tim Clark was named new senior vice president, chief human resources officer, responsible for leading the human resource functions and supporting the productive and profitable business operations. Clark maintains 20-plus years of experience, with a diverse human resource background in both large and small organizations, as well as the consumer packaged goods industry. Prior to Ready Pac, Clark spent more than 10 years with The Pepsi Bottling Group, where he held a variety of HR positions across multiple locations throughout the United States. For the past six years, he was responsible for forming the HR function as the head of HR for RED Digital Cinema. He has also held several HR-related roles for New Century Financial Corp., Fremont Investment and Loan and Texaco Refining and Marketing, Inc.

 

FOODSERVICE:

McDonald’s Corp., Oak Brook, Ill.
Chief operating officer Tim Fenton announced his retirement, effective Oct. 1. He will continue to serve as COO during a brief transition period, and thereafter, as a special advisor focused on global franchising, restaurant portfolio optimization and other strategic business initiatives. The company will not replace the COO role, but will broaden responsibilities for two senior leaders. For example, Pete Bensen, executive vice president and CFO, will assume oversight for worldwide supply chain, development and franchising functions, whereas Steve Easterbrook, executive vice president and global chief brand officer, will assume oversight for the restaurant solutions group, corporate strategy and the global CSR, sustainability and philanthropy department.

 

SUPPLIERS:

Coveris, Chicago
Gary Masse was appointed chief executive officer, effective April 14, succeeding Jack Knott, who will remain involved with the company as a non-executive director on the board. Masse maintains more than 25 years of experience in the manufacturing sector, most recently serving as chief executive officer of Precision Partners Inc., where he implemented a culture of teamwork and accountability across the businesses, which resulted in 19% revenue increase, 38% EBTIDA growth and record cash flow. Immediately prior to Precision, Masse was group president for Cooper Industries, where he managed the Cooper Tools global business and achieved profitable growth through global expansion and expanded margins by implementing lean manufacturing at the operations and back office.

Lyco Manufacturing, Columbus, Wis.
David Feller, CPA, was named new chief financial officer, responsible for assisting with the company’s overall financial structure, management, strategy and planning. Feller brings more than 25 years’ worth of solid financial experience, including experience in banking and financial industries, accounting firms and philanthropic organizations. He served as chief financial officer for the National W Club for more than 12 years. Prior to that, he was an assurance manager for Grant Thornton LLP and a commercial loan credit analyst for Bank One.

NDC Infrared Engineering, Irwindale, Calif.
Karl Schmid joined as director of customer care, EMEA for the sensors, systems and metals divisions, responsible for all customer care and support throughout the EMEA area for all of NDC’s product lines. Schmid has previously held leadership positions at Voith Paper as their manager of special services and Mahlo GmbH & Co.KG as their worldwide service and spares manager. He brings 25-plus years’ experience in service and engineering.

Harpak-ULMA Packaging, LLC, Taunton, Mass.
Duane Cappo was appointed regional sales manager – Southeast, responsible for Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia, including Washington, D.C. and West Virginia. Cappo brings more than 20 years of sales experience with capital equipment, including experience in the packaging industry. Most recently, he worked for Loma Systems as a regional sales manager selling a broad range of safety inspection equipment. Cappo has also worked for FleetwoodGoldcoWyard, Multivac, Imaje USA and Domino Amjet. His experience includes sales with packaging automation products and horizontal form-fill-seal rollstock equipment.

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