MilkPEP Appoints New Officers, TreeHouse Foods Nabs Former Dean Foods CCO
International Association for Food Protection, Des Moines, Iowa
Food safety expert and technical director for SAI Global, Gordon Hayburn, received the IAFP Harold Barnum Industry Award, which recognizes individuals whose career highlights include leadership achievements, service to food safety education and independent peer assessment. Hayburn is a highly qualified subject matter expert in the areas of food safety and food science, and is a knowledgeable BRC and ISO 22000 auditor, as well as a skilled trainer and lecturer.
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C.
New appointments were named to the Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP) board. Appointed to fill vacancies that expire June 30, 2013, are James Walsh, HP Hood LLC; Dwight Moore, Jr., Harris Teeter; and John Gillam, Dean Foods Co. Appointed to fill a vacancy that expires June 30, 2014 is Michael Lasky, Borden Dairy. Newly appointed members are Bradley Anderson, Dean Foods Co.; Gary Aggus, Hiland Dairy Foods; Sandra Kelly, Shamrock Foods Co.; Jay Bryant, Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers Co-op; Timothy Kelbel, The Kroger Co.; Miriam Erickson Brown, Anderson Erickson Dairy Co.; and Mary Hill, Jackson Public Schools.
The Frozen Food Foundation, McLean, Va.; International Association for Food Protection, Des Moines, Iowa
Dr. David Reid received the third annual Frozen Food Foundation Freezing Research Award, which recognizes individuals or organizations whose research contributes to the continued enhancement of food quality and safety through freezing. Reid is a professor at the Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of California-Davis. Along with the award, he received a $2,000 honorarium and a plaque.
Nestlé USA, Glendale, Calif.
Hannah Coan was named vice president of corporate and brand affairs, taking over for Laurie MacDonald, who announced her retirement. She will be responsible for internal and external communications, public affairs and the Culinary Center. Previously, Coan was the team leader for numerous Nestlé public relations programs, working with integrated teams on many brands, including Lean Cuisine, Stouffer’s Buitoni and more.
Kraft Foods, Inc., Northfield, Ill.
Kim Rucker will become executive vice president, corporate and legal affairs, effective late August. She will be responsible for leading the legal, corporate governance and corporate affairs functions of the grocery division. Rucker joins the company from Avon Products, where she served as senior vice president, general counsel, corporate secretary and chief compliance officer.
California Dairies, Inc., Visalia, Calif.
Dr. Eric Erba was promoted to senior vice president and chief strategy officer. Previously, he was the senior vice president of administrative affairs. Before joining CDI, Erba was the assistant director for the division of animal health and food safety services at the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
TreeHouse Foods, Inc., Oak Brook, Ill.
Chris Sliva was named chief operating officer for Bay Valley Foods unit and senior vice president of the company. Sliva joins TreeHouse from Dean Foods, where was chief commercial officer of Fresh Dairy Direct-Morningstar.
Hormel Foods Corp., Austin, Minn.
Douglas Reetz, vice president and senior vice president of consumer products sales, and Dennis Goettsch, vice president of marketing, foodservice, announced their retirements. As a result, Patrick Schwab, director of fresh meats and margin optimization, will replace Reetz, while Jeffrey Baker, director of marketing, foodservice, will replace Goettsch, effective Oct. 29. Schwab joined Hormel in 1986. He held several sales positions before becoming national sales manager of pork primals in 1993. He then advanced to corporate manager of fresh pork sales, planning and logistics in 2000 and to director of fresh meat sales in 2004. He has held his current role since 2009. Meanwhile, Baker joined Hormel Foods in sales in 1990. After holding product manager positions for canned meats and sausage, Baker became the meat products district manager in 2001. The following year, he was promoted to senior product manager, meat products, and became the group product manager for meat products three years later. Baker advanced to director of fresh meats marketing and Precept Foods in 2009, and then on to his most recent role in 2012.
Key Technology, Inc., Walla Walla, Wash.
Marco Azzaretti was named optical product manager, responsible for managing activities that support the development and sales of Key’s laser/camera sorting systems such as Manta, Tegra, Optyx and Veo, which identify and remove defects and foreign material. Azzaretti brings 15 years of leadership experience in product management with suppliers of food processing technology and other automation equipment.
Harpak-ULMA Packaging, LLC, Taunton, Mass.
Mark Hyde was appointed southeast regional manager, responsible for managing the Southeast territory and enhancing the team with his experience in packaging equipment and flexible packaging. Hyde has been involved in the sale of semi-automatic and automatic packaging equipment to the food, pharmaceutical and poultry industries for 10 years.