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ConAgra’s CEO Retires

August 15, 2014

ASSOCIATIONS/ORGANIZATIONS:

American Chain of Warehouses, Inc., Lansdale, Pa.
Bruce Montgomery
was named executive vice president. Montgomery is well known throughout the logistics industry, with more than 25 years' experience in supply chain practice, 3PL business development and recruiting new talent to the field. He is particularly well versed in the requirements and solutions responsive to fast-moving consumer packaged goods companies, having been with Nabisco for nearly 20 years. He is also a member of the Warehousing & Educational Research Council and Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. 

International Dairy Foods Association, Washington, D.C.
Clay Detlefsen
, vice president of regulatory affairs and counsel, announced his resignation, with Aug. 15 being his last day. Detlefsen will join the National Milk Producers Federation to focus on sustainability and environmental issues that will have a positive impact throughout the entire dairy community.

 

PROCESSORS/RETAILERS:

ConAgra Foods, Inc., Omaha, Neb.
Gary Rodkin
, chief executive officer, announced his intent to retire at the end of the company’s fiscal year in May 2015. Rodkin joined ConAgra Foods in October 2005. Previously, he was chairman and CEO of PepsiCo Beverages and Foods North America, where he led a $10 billion organization that included leading brands such as Pepsi, Gatorade, Quaker Foods and Tropicana. He joined PepsiCo in 1998 after it acquired Tropicana, where he had served as president since 1995. From 1979-1995, he held marketing and general management positions at General Mills, with his last three years at the company as president of the Yoplait yogurt division.

GNP Co., St. Cloud, Minn.
Chief executive officer Michael Helgeson announced plans to retire, effective Nov. 3. Steve Jurek, current executive vice president of operations and administration, will step in as president. During his 21 years as CEO, Helgeson led the $400 million company through tremendous change, challenge and growth, including directing the company to nearly triple in sales, acquiring and expanding the company's Arcadia, Wis., operations, acquiring a further processing plant in Luverne, Minn., leading a successful recovery after a fire at its Cold Spring, Minn., processing plant, launching fixed-weight scannable products, which revolutionized how fresh chicken is packaged, merchandised and sold, launching many new products, including the Just BARE brand of chicken offerings and value-added Gold'n Plump items such as chicken patties and bake-in-the-bag seasoned whole chickens, and overseeing the acquisition of GNP Co. by Maschhoff Family Foods. Jurek joined GNP (then Gold'n Plump Poultry) in 1977, holding a variety of positions before being named to his present position in 1997. Tim Wensman, executive vice president of customer processes (sales, marketing, product management and development and supply planning), will continue in his role with expanded responsibilities, such as public relations and communications across the Maschhoff Family Foods organization. 

King & Prince Seafood, Brunswick, Ga.
Chef Brett Smith joined the research and development team, bringing more than 24 years of diverse culinary and hospitality management experience.

 

FOODSERVICE:

Domino's Pizza, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Stan Gage
, vice president of the company's Americas region for international operations, was named executive vice president - team USA, succeeding Steve Akinboro, who is considering purchasing a Domino’s franchise. Gage will be leading the network of 376 company-owned stores throughout the United States. In 1985, he started as a part-time driver, while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. From there, he went on to become a store manager, supervisor, training director and corporate operations director. He has led both domestic and international training divisions and served as vice president for three regions—the Midwest, Europe, and most recently, the Americas, overseeing operations in Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America, Alaska and Hawaii.

 

SUPPLIERS:

Quadrant Engineering Plastic Products, Reading, Pa.
Terry Folk was promoted to global business line manager-cast and custom cast products, responsible for assembling and leading an expert team of versatile managers tasked to develop and implement strategic and operational plans to increase market position and boost financial performance in the cast and custom cast business segment. A 34-year veteran of Quadrant EPP, Folk has maintained key roles such as the supply chain manager of the American markets.

Kansas City Southern, Kansas City, Mo.
Erik Hansen
was named vice president intermodal, responsible for intermodal sales and marketing and intermodal and automotive operations. Hansen joins KCS after more than 25 years in leadership positions at A.P. Moller-Maersk and affiliated companies. Most recently, he served as managing director of Maersk Line Middle America, where he managed an organization of 200 people in six countries. Prior to that, Hansen served as country and regional chief financial officer for subsidiaries in A.P. Moller – Maersk in the Far East and later in Latin America, where he developed and executed growth and efficiency improvement strategies in a multi-cultural environment. Meanwhile, Daniel Bozung was named assistant vice president mechanical operations, responsible for leading the development of KCSR's new work management system and implementing a technical training program for locomotive mechanics. Bozung joins KCSR from Caterpillar, Inc., where he held positions in marketing, corporate public affairs and supply chain management. Prior to Caterpillar, he was an active duty Naval Officer and SH-60B "Seahawk" helicopter pilot, having made multiple overseas deployments in support of contingency operations. 

VersaCold Logistics Services, Canada
Michael Spence was appointed chief financial officer, responsible for the finance and accounting functions and managing the company’s technology strategy and platforms. Previously, Spence was president and CFO of Canadian General Tower. Meanwhile, Joe Sammon was named vice president engineering, responsible for physical engineering within VersaCold’s 33 warehousing facilities across Canada. In addition to physical plant and overall facility engineering, he will manage the company’s green energy initiatives and maintain sensitive temperatures in order to meet customers’ quality requirements.

Matrix Technologies, Inc., Maumee, Ohio
Ron England was promoted to director of project management. England started his career with the company in 1996 as an engineer and steadily moved into key roles, including project manager and senior project manager. He was later promoted to associate director of project management in October 2013. Meanwhile, Tim Lemoine was promoted to associate director of engineering. Lemoine has been with Matrix for 21 years in a variety of positions, most recently as senior manager. During a brief break from Matrix, he was with Daimler Chrysler and Festech Software Solutions as a business analyst and account manager, respectively, and worked as an engineer for Pantron Corp. Terry DuMoulin was promoted to associate director of industrial services division, responsible for helping the continued development of the industrial systems division through innovative approaches to project staffing and execution, while focusing on customer satisfaction. DuMoulin has been with Matrix for 17 years under a myriad of positions, most recently as senior manager. Prior to Matrix, DuMoulin worked as a project engineer for Tecumseh Products. Deborah Zimmerman was promoted to associate director of project management, responsible for acting as a liaison for the project management division in the headquarters and coordinating daily project management activities. Zimmerman worked for Matrix for nearly seven years before becoming a mathematics instructor for St. Ursula Academy. She returned to Matrix in 2011, where she has continued to excel in her project management responsibilities. Prior to Matrix, she held engineering positions at Orbital Engineering, SSOE and BP Chemicals, Inc. Bill Schuller was promoted to vice president and director of engineering. He joined Matrix as a department manager, and later became director of engineering in 2006. He is the co-author of two U.S. patents, and worked as an engineer and supervisor for BP. Lastly, Kevin Grohnke was promoted to vice president and director of regional operations, and will continue to provide leadership to the Matrix regional offices in Denver, Kansas City, Chicago, Minneapolis and Indianapolis. Grohnke just celebrated his 30-year anniversary with Matrix. 

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