Natural Products Association, Washington, D.C.
New directors to the board are Frank Jaksch, president, CEO and co-founder of ChromaDex, Inc.; Michele Lobo, vice president of nutrition body care for Presence Marketing/Dynamic Presence; and John Montague, founder and owner of Web Vitamins, Inc.

The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), Lombard, Ill.
President and CEO Rick Blasgen was appointed to serve on the U.S. Department of Commerce's Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness. Blasgen has more than 20 years' experience in the supply chain management industry, holding senior-level positions at companies such as Nabisco, Kraft and ConAgra Foods. The committee, comprised of 40 senior-level private sector representatives of multiple industries and supply chain experts, will advise the secretary, the U.S. Department of Transportation and other U.S. agencies on supply chain issues that affect the international competitiveness of U.S. businesses.

Global Cold Chain Alliance, Washington, D.C.
Corey Rosenbusch was promoted to president and COO, marking the beginning of the leadership transition, as Bill Hudson transfers his responsibilities before retiring in April 2014. Rosenbusch has served as vice president for the past seven years, overseeing government affairs, international programs and membership services. Before joining the association, Rosenbusch served as the director of a Texas A&M University cold chain development project in Indonesia.


The Kroger Co., Cincinnati
Marnette Perry was named senior vice president of strategic initiatives and operations, responsible for leading the company’s retail operations and strategic initiatives, including efforts to reach value-conscious customers. Meanwhile, Michael Ellis was promoted to senior vice president of retail divisions, responsible for overseeing five supermarket divisions plus the company’s jewelry and convenience store group. Ellis has been president of the company's Fred Meyer division since 2006.

Dippin' Dots LLC, Paducah, Ky.
Mark Liebel was appointed vice president of business development and new ventures, responsible for identifying and developing promising distribution channels that complement the existing Dippin' Dots distribution model, which focuses on franchises and entertainment venues. Liebel brings to the company more than 30 years of franchising experience, both as franchisee and franchisor.

Cox’s Wholesale Seafood Inc., Tampa, Fla.
David Cordy assumed the role of president. Previously, Cordy was the vice president of procurement for Tampa Maid Foods. Nancy Mathews was promoted to vice president of sales and marketing. Larry Harkavy was promoted to vice president of finance and administration. Additionally, Dana Varnado was promoted to vice president of quality assurance and food safety.

Kellogg Co., Battle Creek, Mich.
Mary Laschinger, senior vice president of International Paper and president of IP's xpedx distribution business, was elected to the board of directors, effective Oct. 26. In her current role, Laschinger is responsible for IP's North American distribution business. The board also appointed Laschinger to the Manufacturing and Social Responsibility and Public Policy committees.

Carvel Ice Cream, Atlanta
Scott Colwell was named brand president, responsible for developing and ensuring successful execution of Carvel brand strategies and programs. Colwell brings more than 30 years of marketing, product innovation, strategic planning and general management expertise.

StarKist Co., Pittsburgh
Sam Hwi Lee, board director and former president of Nestlé Korea, was named interim president upon resignation of In-Soo Cho, who is moving on to pursue new opportunities. Lee assumed his position Nov. 1. He previously held executive posts with Nestlé USA, Dole Food Co. and Armour Foods Co.

The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., Melville, N.Y.
Ira Lamel, executive vice president and CFO, announced his retirement, effective when a successor is named.


Americold, Atlanta
Allison Aden was appointed executive vice president and CFO, responsible for domestic and international financial strategy. Aden was the senior vice president and CFO of Recall Corp., and prior to that, the chief financial officer of LNR Property Corp.

Salient Management Co., Horseheads, N.Y.
David Giannetto, co-author and creator of The Performance Power Grid management methodology, was named senior vice president, performance management, responsible for leading the company’s “transformational services,” including on-site client technical services, business consulting and marketing efforts.

Invensys Rail, London
Russell Adams was appointed vice president of global major projects. Adams came from URS, where he was regional director responsible for Saudi Arabia’s Haramain high-speed railway.

NewAge Industries, Southampton, Pa.
Robert Volk was named director of manufacturing, responsible for improving manufacturing process development, new product manufacturing and overseeing the company’s thermoset and thermoplastic teams. Meanwhile, Stephen Kuhns was named national sales manager, responsible for expanding business with the company’s current customers, strengthening its distribution network and researching new business opportunities.

Watco Transportation Services, Pittsburg, Kan.
Chuck Littlefield joined as regional vice president of operations for the Gulf region, responsible for the continued development and improvement of safety, service, growth, people and efficiency. Additionally, Kevin Harris was named general manager for the Austin Western Railroad (AWRR), responsible for the day-to-day operations, including achieving performance goals with optimum safety, economy, efficiency and effectiveness.