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Associated Wholesalers Names Veteran Wholesale Exec as President

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Food Marketing Institute, Arlington, Va.
Harris Teeter president and COO Fred Morganthall will turn over his chairman position to Jerry Garland, president and CEO of Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc.

USA Poultry & Egg Export Council, Big Sky, Mont.
Mike Little
, director of export sales at Mountaire Farms, was elected chairman of the board, succeeding outgoing chairman Charles von der Heyde, president of Pilgrim’s of Mexico. As chairman, Little will head the 8-member executive committee, which sets policy and gives direction to USAPEEC, an organization whose mission is to promote and increase exports of U.S. chicken, turkey, duck and egg products worldwide. Also elected to the executive committee were first vice chairman Jim Wayt of Intervision Foods, and second vice chairman Steve Monroe of Sanderson Farms. Joel Coleman, vice president and general manager of international sales at Butterball, was re-elected secretary-treasurer. Neil Carey of Simmons Prepared Foods was re-elected chairman of USAPEEC’s marketing committee.

Associated Wholesalers, Inc., Robesonia, Pa.
Veteran wholesale executive Matthew Saunders was named president and CEO, effective immediately, taking over for J. Christopher Michael, who is retiring after 41 years of service. Michael will remain as chairman emeritus to help oversee a smooth leadership transition. Saunders joined AWI as executive vice president and COO in 2012. He previously served in leadership roles at Merchants Distributors Inc. and Supervalu.

California Dairies, Inc., Visalia, Calif.
John Azevedo was re-elected to serve another year as chairman of the board.

International Dairy Foods Association, Washington, D.C.
J. David Carlin was named senior vice president of legislative affairs, responsible for managing all of the association's legislative, political and economic policy activities. He replaces Jerry Slominski, who left IDFA earlier this year. Carlin, who was a partner with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP until joining IDFA, has extensive experience in food and agriculture policy. He has represented numerous food and agricultural companies, cooperatives and trade associations before the House and Senate Agriculture Committees and at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Carlin was an associate at Akin Gump when President Bill Clinton appointed him in 1995 to serve with Glickman at USDA. As head of the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations, Carlin served as the primary USDA liaison with Congress and the White House Office of Legislative Affairs. He returned to Akin Gump in 1998 to focus his practice on public law and policy matters.

 

PROCESSORS/RETAILERS:

Target Corp., Minneapolis
Brad Maiorino was named senior vice president, chief information security officer, effective June 16, responsible for the company’s information security and technology risk strategy to help ensure that the company, its guests and team members are protected from internal and external information security threats. Maiorino comes from General Motors, where he was chief information security and information technology risk officer. There he was responsible for leading the transformation of the company’s global information security and IT risk organization. Prior to General Motors, he was the chief information security officer at General Electric.

Arctic Zero, Inc., Escondido, Calif.
Christopher Calano was named vice president of sales, responsible for leading national sales strategies, including promotional and advertising plans, sales teams and broker networks. With more than two decades of sales experience, Calano has held roles with Unilever and PepsiCo. In his most recent position as national sales director at La Michoacana, Calano led the U.S. ice cream and novelty business. Prior to that, he was instrumental in the creation of operational and communication procedures to build a foundation for sales growth at Pulmuone Foods USA/Monterey Gourmet Foods. Meanwhile, Emily Notrica was named director of sales, conventional channels, responsible for facilitating and expanding opportunities with brokers, distributors and wholesaler communities covering grocery retailers. Notrica, who brings more than 20 years of experience in the ice cream industry. She has held roles with Unilever, Ben & Jerry's and Häagen-Dazs, and was most recently director, West region at So Delicious Dairy Free, where she oversaw the grocery and natural channel, along with Walmart.

2 Sisters Food Group, United Kingdom
Stephen Leadbeater was appointed chief financial officer, following incumbent Steve Henderson’s decision to take early retirement. Leadbeater maintains a wealth of experience in the food industry, including 10 years as CFO at Findus Group, where he was instrumental in the successful delivery of a number of significant major financial and corporate projects. He also previously worked for Young’s Seafood and its precursor Ross Group. Other roles include working for divisions of United biscuits Plc and Associated British Foods Plc.

Lancaster Colony Corp., Columbus, Ohio
John Boylan, treasurer, vice president, assistant secretary and CFO, notified the board of directors of his intention to retire on July 1 after 28 years of service with Lancaster Colony, including 17 years as CFO. As a result, Douglas Fell was named chief financial officer. Fell joined Lancaster Colony in 1993, and most recently has held various leadership positions within the company's food group involving finance, information technology and operations. Since 2012, he has overseen the food group's finance and information technology functions. Fell also served as corporate controller from 1993-1996. Prior to his employment with Lancaster Colony, Fell was a senior audit manager with Deloitte and Touche.

 

SUPPLIERS:

Insight Enterprises, Inc., Columbus, Ohio
Laura Mills joined as a market leader overseeing commercial enterprise client relationships in Michigan, Kentucky and the Ohio Valley region. Mills comes from IBM's global technology service team, where she focused on retail and distribution clients and worked hands-on with IT and C-level executives for infrastructure service solutions. Additionally, Mills worked as an account executive for Software Information Systems, where she spearheaded the development of new territory for the company in central Ohio.

Scholle Packaging, Northlake, Ill.
David Mondrus was named vice president of beverage market sector, responsible for identifying new opportunities through deep industry understanding and market assessments to expand Scholle's reach and share in the flexible packaging market. Mondurs comes to Scholle with eight years of management consulting background at Booz & Co., Inc. (now Strategy&). Prior to Booz & Co., he worked in financial services and public accounting.

Seegrid Corp., Pittsburgh, Pa.
Tim Chiocchio was welcomed as new lean project manager. Chiocchio gained most of his lean experience and training over the past 21 years, first working as a manufacturing manager at Sony Electronics. Chiocchio became a Six Sigma Black Belt and ultimately was responsible for coordinating, implementing and sustaining all continuous improvement kaizen activity.

Genesee & Wyoming Inc., Darien, Conn.
Louis Gravel was named president, succeeding Mario Brault, who is retiring in September. Gravel joins G&W Canada from Rio Tinto/Iron Ore Co. of Canada (IOC), where he was general manager of the Quebec North Shore and Labrador Railway and IOC’s Canadian port operations since 2006. For the previous 15 years, he served in various capacities at both IOC and QNS&L, including as superintendent of strategic rail projects and as manager of the engineering department. Brault joined G&W Canada in 2000 after 22 years with Canadian National Railway. A civil engineer by training, he has devoted his entire career to the railroad industry and been active in a number of industry associations, including as the first chairman of the Railway Association of Canada Shortline Committee and as vice chairman of RAC’s board of directors.

Toyota Material Handling North America, Columbus, Ind.
Kevin Alexander was appointed chief procurement officer, responsible for developing and implementing a corporate procurement strategy and organizational structure to leverage the combined resources of Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc.(TMHU), Toyota Industrial Equipment Mfg., Inc. (TIEM) and The Raymond Corp. Alexander brings more than 15 years of executive experience to TMHNA, most recently serving as vice president of global sourcing for Honeywell Security Group, Honeywell International, Inc. Prior to Honeywell, he was vice president of strategic sourcing at Dover Corp.’s Paladin Brands material handling division. He has also held leadership positions at The Boeing Co., Glasstech, Inc. and SKF USA, Inc.

Avure Technologies, Middletown, Ohio
Matt Rutherford, senior vice president of sales, announced his retirement, effective Aug. 1. During Rutherford’s tenure as vice president of sales from 2002 to the present, Avure Technologies’ combined annual sales grew from $21 million to $130 million.

ADCO Manufacturing, Sanger, Calif.
Charles Muskat was hired as director of sales for export, robotics and key accounts. This newly created position was tailored to leverage Muskat’s long-time experience and capability in robotic packaging system sales as well as key account relationship building.

Roadrunner Transportation Systems, Inc., Cudahy, Wis.
Alex Bush was promoted to account executive, truckload services, with a primary focus on refrigerated transportation sales. In the newly created position, Bush will work closely with leadership teams at three Roadrunner companies—R&M Transportation, LLC, Bruenger Trucking and A&A Express, Inc.—to provide refrigerated transportation services to current and potential customers. Bush joined Roadrunner in June 2012 as an inside sales account executive. He most recently served as a logistics account executive lead within the truckload logistics team.

Harpak-ULMA, Taunton, Mass.
Steve Silva was appointed regional sales manager, Western states, and will cover Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Silva has worked for Ross Industries as their West Coast sales manager, where he significantly increased both U.S. and South American sales while building strong working relationships with major companies. Prior experience includes several years at Risco USA Corp., where he was the West Coast sales manager. He also managed sales in seven states and developed business in the Hispanic and Asian markets.

Banner?Day and Joseph M. Day Co., Saginaw, Mich.
Mike Bismack
was named electrical controls engineer, directly involved with bakery, pipe heating and boiler projects. Experienced in programing of PLC, HMI and automation and safety systems, including database and network communications, Bismack brings overall controls experience to the position. He joined from Merrill Engineering and Integration where he served as controls engineer.

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