Ruiz Foods Appoints Pres, Navistar CEO Steps Down
Ruiz Food Products, Inc., Dinuba, Calif.
Rachel Cullen was appointed president and CEO effective immediately, taking over for Bryce Ruiz, who resigned in February for personal reasons. Cullen joins the company with over 25-plus years experience with leading food and consumer businesses such as Unilever, Kraft, Orange Glo International and, most recently, Dean Foods ice cream.
Grissom’s Foods, Nashville,Tenn.
Keith McIntosh was promoted to vice president and general manager, responsible for overseeing all internal operations at the Nashville facility. McIntosh joined the company in 2010.
Jamba, Inc., Emeryville, Calif.
David Pace was appointed to the board of directors, the Compensation and Executive Development Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board of Directors, effective Aug. 15. Pace's experience spans a wide variety of industries, including consumer products, retail, entertainment, application software, professional sports and e-commerce. He is currently the executive vice president and chief resource officer for Bloomin’ Brands Inc., the parent company for Outback, Carrabba's, Bonefish Grill, Roy’s and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar.
The Chefs' Warehouse, Inc., Ridgefield, Conn.
Ed Kauffeld was named regional vice president of the Eastern region. Kauffeld brings more than 23 years of general management and sales leadership. He joins The Chefs' Warehouse from PepsiCo, where he has held several positions since 1989. Most recently he served as senior director and vice president of retail sales franchise development. Meanwhile, Barry Weinstein will be general manager of the New York market. Weinstein brings 30-plus years of sales and general management experience. He joins The Chefs' Warehouse from Hostess Brands, where he served as market unit general manager for the New Jersey and Pennsylvania regions. Prior to joining Hostess Brands, Weinstein served as a district sales manager for Sysco Corp. in the Metro New York and Jersey City, N.J., markets. In the midst of these appointments, James Wagner, the company’s chief operating officer, announced his departure.
The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., Melville, N.Y.
Ira J. Lamel, executive vice president and CFO, announced his retirement. He will remain with the company until a successor is named. Lamel maintains a distinguished career in accounting, having spent 28 years at Ernst & Young LLP, where he retired as an audit partner in 2001.
Carlisle FoodService Products, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Trent Freiberg was named president, effective July 1. Freiberg will be responsible for directing global operations for the foodservice division. Throughout the past four years, Freiberg has held several leadership roles within the company, including most recently as vice president of sales, Americas and global marketing for the Carlisle brake and friction division.
Sono-Tek Corp., Milton, N.Y.
Dr. Joseph Riemer will become vice president of food business development, responsible for handling food development, intellectual property agreements and quality and assurance and human resources functions. Meanwhile, Stephen Harshbarger will assume the role as president, responsible for sales, marketing, technical services and manufacturing operations.
Dorner Manufacturing Corp., Hartland, Wis.
Salvador Aguilar was appointed the Mexico region sales manager, working with sales channel partners and key accounts to grow the company’s industrial and sanitary conveyor business throughout Mexico. Prior to joining Dorner, he worked with Timken, Regina and Intralox; all three sales positions involved growing their business presence in Mexico.
Nilfisk-Advance U.S., Plymouth, Minn.
Jeff Barna joined as president and general manager. Barna maintains 25 years of experience in the North American commercial and industrial markets, most recently serving two terms with Exide Technologies, where he was responsible for $1.2-plus billion sales. Prior to joining Exide Technologies, Barna worked as senior vice president of sales and marketing for Millard Refrigerated Services, providing refrigeration and logistics services to major retail, foodservice and food distribution companies. He also served as founder and co-president of Refrigerated Logistics Group, LLC, which provides state-of-the-art logistics solutions for the frozen foods industry.
Navistar International Corp., Lisle, Ill.
Lewis Campbell, former chairman, president and CEO of Textron Inc., was named executive chairman of the board of directors and interim CEO, while Troy Clarke, president of truck and engine operations, was appointed president and CEO, both taking over for Daniel Ustian, who retired, effective immediately.