Check out who’s movin’ on up - and out - in the refrigerated and frozen food sector.
Grocery Manufacturers’ Association, Washington, D.C.
Ric Jurgens, retiring chairman and CEO of Hy-Vee Inc., andDean Pappas,former CEO of Clement Pappas and Co. Inc., received the 2011 Hall of Achievement Awards. A 42-year veteran of the company who’s retiring in June, Jurgens has been Hy-Vee’s top officer since 2006, bolstering the company’s reputation as an industry leader in health and wellness and making a strong commitment to environmental sustainability. Pappas joined Clement Pappas and Co. in 1962. He and his brother, Peter, grew the company to a leader in the supply of private label fruit juice beverages and cranberry sauce to leading wholesalers and retailers throughout North America. Pappas was chairman and CEO until his family’s sale of the business in June 2011. Pappas’s long-standing commitment to the CPG industry is evidenced by his 27 years of service on the National Food Processors Association, Food Processors Association and GMA board of directors, including serving as chairman of NFPA in 2004.
The International Refrigerated Transportation Association (IRTA), Alexandria, Va.
Paul Kramer, director of logistics for Johnsonville Sausage, Sheboygan, Wis., is the recipient of the 2012 IRTA Executive of the Year award. The annual award recognizes an individual in the refrigerated transportation industry who has made a significant contribution by fostering innovation, resolving industry issues or improving the industry's image and efficiency. Kramer was recognized for integrating a company-dedicated fleet at Johnsonville Sausage with the consolidation power that his third-party logistics partners offer. He takes advantage of consolidation when applicable, and runs truckloads and backhauls on his own trucks, reducing empty miles and generating revenue in the process.
Hy-Vee, West Des Moines, Iowa
Randy Edeker was elected new chairman and CEO, succeeding Ric Jurgens, who is retiring following a 43-year career with Hy-Vee. Edeker, a 30-year veteran of Hy-Vee, has held positions at every level of the company during his career. He joined Hy-Vee as a part-time employee at the Chariton store and quickly moved up through the ranks, working at retail stores in four states before getting his first store director assignment at Columbus, Neb., in 1993. In 1995, Edeker was promoted to Hy-Vee's corporate staff, serving as a director of operations overseeing stores in two different geographic regions. In 2004, he was elected vice president, marketing, then moved up to senior vice president, retail operations in 2006, and in 2008, he became executive vice president, COO.
Sara Lee Corp., Downers Grove, Ill.
Kent Magill will become general counsel and corporate secretary for “MeatCo,” Sara Lee’s North American retail and foodservice business that was created after the spin-off of its international coffee and tea business on June 28. Magill will be responsible for the company’s legal activities as well as global business practices.
Mountaire Farms Inc., Selbyville, Del.
Paul Downes was named president and CEO, succeedingDave Pogge, who remains as a member of the board of directors. Downes has worked for Mountaire Farms for more than 34 years, most recently as chief operating officer and previously as vice president of live operations.
General Mills, Minneapolis
David Dudickwas named the upcoming president of the bakeries and foodservice business segment, succeeding current presidentJohn Machuzick,who will retire from the company on Aug. 1. Dudick has more than 30 years of experience with General Mills. After joining the company in 1979, he served in multiple manager and director roles for the sales organization before being promoted to vice president in July 2004.
Rogue Creamery, Salem, Ore.
Co-ownerDavid Gremmels was appointed by Governor Kitzhaber to serve on Oregon’s Sustainability Board as a commission/board member. The Oregon Sustainability Board encourages activities that best sustain, protect and enhance the environment, economy and community for the present and future benefit of Oregonians.
Wingstop, Richardson, Texas
Former chief executive of Pizza Inn Holdings,Charles Morrison, joined as president and CEO, replacingJames Flynn, who becomes executive chairman of the board. Morrison will be responsible for the overall strategy and development of the brand. Prior to Pizza Inn, Morrison was president of Steak and Ale and The Tavern Restaurants for Metromedia Restaurant Group. He has also held management positions at Kinko’s, Boston Market and Pizza Hut.
Sapient Automation, Hatfield, Pa.
Tim Harrison joins as Midwest sales director. Before joining Sapient Automation, Harrison worked as a senior account executive for Pick and Store Systems, where he implemented many vertical lift module (VLM), vertical carousel and horizontal carousel systems in companies such as Caterpillar, Rolls Royce, Cook Medical Inc., among others. Previously, Harrison was as an operations engineer for Gibson Parts & Equipment, and as a lean manufacturing engineer at Fairfield Manufacturing.
Eagle Flexible Packaging, Inc., Batavia, Ill.
Scott Hansen was appointed director of sales and marketing, responsible for directing product development efforts around the company’s Nviro product line. Hansen joins Eagle with a proven track record in the industry and an extensive background and expertise in pouch converting.
BOSH Precision Agriculture, Newport News, Va.
Young Kimwas named general manager, bringing more than 20 years experience in business development, aviation technology and unmanned systems.
Delkor Systems, Minneapolis
Rosalia ‘Rocky’ Buencaminowas named marketing and communications manager. Buencamino has global marketing and communications skills gained from years of experience working for Tetra Pak. She moved from their Philippine market company office to their gabletop business unit operations in Illinois and Minneapolis.
Scholle Corp., Irvine, Calif.
Leon Gianneschiwas named chief executive officer, responsible for driving performance for all of Scholle’s businesses, including Scholle Packaging, Vacumet, JW Automarine, Scholle Chemical and Recycle Technology Industries. Since joining the company in 1994, Gianneschi was managing director of Scholle's European and Asia-Pacific regions and was president of Scholle Packaging, where he has fostered global growth for the business across the globe.