Global frozen foods giantMcCain Foods Limited, Toronto, said it appointedDirk Van de Putas president and CEO and a director of the company, succeedingDale Morrison, effective July 1, 2011. Van de Put joined McCain in May 2010 as chief operating officer.  He previously served at Novartis where he was president of Novartis' $3-billion global Over-the-Counter Consumer Health business. He also worked previously at Group Danone and Mars Incorporated. After seven years as president and CEO, Morrison is leaving McCain Foods to become a founding partner in a private equity firm, officials said.

Poultry giantPilgrim's Pride Corporation, Greeley, Colo., said it hiredFabio Sandrias chief financial officer of the company, effective immediately.  Sandri succeedsGary D. Tucker, 62, who has announced his retirement after eight years with the company, most recently as principal financial officer and chief accounting officer. Sandri, 39, previously served as chief financial officer of Estacio Participacoes, the largest private post-secondary educational institution in Brazil, a post he had held since April 2010.