Consumer Goods Forum, Silver Spring, Md.
Paul Bulcke, chief executive officer of Nestlé S.A., and Dick Boer, chief executive officer of Royal Ahold, were elected co-chairs, replacing Muhtar Kent, chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Co., and Gareth Ackerman, chairman of Pick ‘n Pay Holdings Ltd. Ackerman and Denise Morrison, CEO of Campbell Soup Co., were named vice-co-chairs.
National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association, Harrisburg, Pa.
Dayna Jackson was promoted to director of membership, responsible for all NFRA’s membership recruitment and retention activities. Jackson has worked at NFRA for the past five years in the meeting and member services area. Meanwhile, Sarah Thompson was hired as administrative assistant, meetings/member services, responsible for coordinating registration for the NFRA Convention and maintaining NFRA’s membership database as well as providing support to the executive team. Thompson comes to NFRA with experience in event registration and database management.
American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association, Washington, D.C.
Jo Strang was appointed vice president for regulatory affairs, effective July 1. She most recently served as association administrator for railroad safety and chief safety officer for the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, where she provided regulatory oversight for rail safety, including the development and enforcement of safety regulations and programs related to the rail industry.
Golden State Foods, Irvine, Calif.
John Broekhuis was named group vice president, international, responsible for heading the company's international division and overseeing the company's international operations, facilities, plan achievement, sales and strategic growth worldwide. He will also be responsible for key customer relationships across McDonald's APMEA (Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa) and globally.
CHS, Inc., St. Paul, Minn.
Tamara Freund Kass, an experienced agricultural communicator and leader, joined as a digital strategy leader, responsible for leading the expansion of a full range of digital media to further strengthen the company's connections with key stakeholders, both in the United States and globally. Kass joined CHS from DTN/The Progressive Farmer, where she was vice president of content strategy and international agriculture.
Quantum Foods, LLC, Bolingbrook, Ill.
John Morrissey was named executive vice president, sales and marketing. For seven years, Morrissey held various executive positions with Cargill Inc., most recently serving as vice president, national accounts sales. Morrissey maintains more than 25 years of sales experience in all segments of the food industry, including previous positions with Unilever, ConAgra Foods and Sara Lee. Also, Herman Brons was appointed chief financial officer. Brons held increasing levels of responsibility in his 17 years with CSM, including CFO of U.S. operating divisions.
H.J. Heinz Co., Pittsburgh
Paulo Basilio was appointed chief financial officer. Basilio is a partner at 3G Capital and previously served as CEO of America Latina Logistica. Kristen Clark was appointed senior vice president and chief people officer, responsible for directing the worldwide human resources function. Most recently, Clark served as president of Heinz Canada, and was group vice president of meals and snacks for Heinz North America. Brendan Foley was appointed zone president of Heinz North America. Most recently, Foley was president of U.S. consumer products, and held various positions, including marketing director of global ketchup and sauces. Matt Hill was appointed zone president of Heinz Europe. For the past year, he was president of Heinz UK and Ireland, and joined Heinz as chief marketing officer after spending 17 years at Unilever in a variety of UK, European and global marketing roles. Andy Keatings joined as chief quality officer, responsible for maintaining the highest standards of food safety and quality in all of Heinz’s products globally. He is also responsible for global risk assessment and management, ensuring consistent product performance globally and driving continuous improvement. Emin Mammadov was appointed zone president of Heinz Russia, Turkey, Middle East and Africa. Mammadov most recently served as president, Heinz Africa and Middle East, where he focused on accelerating Heinz’s growth in the emerging markets. Michael Mullen will continue as senior vice president of corporate and government affairs, responsible for all global internal and external communications, government affairs and corporate reputation management. Mullen will continue to serve as the company’s chief media spokesperson and will have responsibility for the H.J. Heinz Co. Foundation. Eduardo Pelleissone joined as executive vice president of operations following 14 years with America Latina Logistica (ALL), where he most recently served as chief executive officer. Fernando Pocaterra was appointed zone president of Heinz Latin America. Since 2005, Pocaterra has been area director of Heinz Latin America. Hein Schumacher was appointed zone president of Heinz Asia Pacific. Schumacher has been president of Heinz China since 2011. Dan Shaw was appointed general counsel, responsible for all legal affairs globally, including but not limited to mergers and acquisitions, securities law, finance transactions, litigation and general commercial and regulatory matters.
The company also announced the departures of Ted Bobby, executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary; Dave Ciesinski, vice president of transition; Steve Clark, senior vice president, chief people officer; Ed McMenamin, senior vice president, finance; David Moran, executive vice president, president and CEO of Heinz North America & Global Infant Nutrition; Meg Nollen, senior vice president of strategy and investor relations; Bob Ostryniec, senior vice president, chief supply chain officer and global ERM; Chris Warmoth, executive vice president, Heinz Asia Pacific; Dave Woodward, executive vice president, president and CEO of Heinz Europe; Roel van Neerbos, president, Heinz Continental Europe; and Diane Owen, senior vice president, corporate audit.
The Kroger Co., Cincinnati
Rick Going was named president of the company's new Nashville, Tenn., division. Going, who joined the company in 1981, has held a number of leadership positions at the store, district and division level before advancing to his current position in 2007. The Nashville division will include more than 11,800 associates working in 63 stores in Nashville and 28 stores in the Knoxville, Tenn., and Huntsville, Ala., markets. Calvin Kaufman was appointed president of the new Louisville, Ky., division. Kaufman joined Kroger in 1994, and has served in a variety of leadership roles, including as Kroger's senior director of logistics, before he was named to his current role in 2007. The Louisville division will include nearly 15,000 associates working in 98 Kroger stores in Kentucky, southern Illinois and southern Indiana. Jayne Homco was named president of the Michigan division. Homco joined Kroger in 1978. She was promoted to vice president of merchandising for the company's QFC division in 2004 and took on her current role in 2007. The Michigan division includes nearly 16,000 associates working in 129 supermarkets in Michigan. And, Erin Sharp was appointed group vice president of manufacturing, replacing Kaufman. Sharp joined Kroger in 2011, previously serving as vice president of manufacturing for the Sara Lee Corp., where she led manufacturing and logistics operations for the central region of their U.S. fresh bakery division. In her new role, Sharp will oversee approximately 7,000 associates working in 37 food processing plants in the United States.
Artisanal Brands, Inc., New York
Judy Reiley was appointed to the newly-created position of director of e-commerce. Reiley has more than 20 years of direct-to-consumer business and marketing experience, most recently as senior director of e-commerce at Spiegel, LLC. Meanwhile, the company's board of directors appointed David Dowe to the board. Dowe is a shareholder, lender and long-time supporter of Artisanal Brands, who currently has more than $1 million invested in the company. Dowe is a director of the CT coronary care unit of Atlantic Medical Imaging, where he has held various positions for 21 years, including chief executive officer. And, John Nesbett announced his resignation to devote more time to his other business interests.
KCS Management, holding company for Kings Family Restaurant, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Chris Whalen was named president. Whalen has been with Kings Family Restaurant since 2001, serving as vice president of finance, where he launched the Kings Rewards program and made numerous upgrades to its kitchen and store automation systems.
Interroll Group, Switzerland
Material handling expert Ben Xia was named Asia manager, responsible for the company’s expansion of material handling solutions, specifically in the segments of airports and distribution centers, as well as courier, postal services, pharmaceutical and consumer goods companies, in North Asia. Prior to joining Interroll, Xia was managing director for North Asia at Vanderlande, and has held management posts in various companies, including Shanghai Citel Electronics and Pirelli Asia-Pacific.
Seegrid Corp., Pittsburgh
Material handling AGV (automated guided vehicle) expert John Hayes was promoted to vice president of U.S. sales and marketing, responsible for overseeing sales, business development, applications engineering and marketing services.
Canadian Pacific, Canada
Robert Johnson was named vice president of U.S. operations. Johnson's railroad career spans 32 years with BNSF, where he held roles in operations, transportation, engineering and service excellence.
Navistar International Corp., Lisle, Ill.
James Moran will be taking over as executive vice president and CFO on an interim basis, after Andrew Cederoth announced his resignation.
WITTENSTEIN North America, Bartlett, Ill.
Peter Riehle was named president and CEO, responsible for extending the company’s reach into highly specialized industrial markets such as packaging automation, semiconductor manufacturing, robotics, aerospace and simulation. Riehle comes to WITTENSTEIN with an extensive background in the precision technology and machine tool industries.
Choptank Transport, Preston, Md.
Paul Ayers was hired as general manager of the Nashville, Tenn., office, responsible for new business development and acquisition, carrier relations, recruiting for new logistics and sales positions as well as overseeing daily operations.
Alliance Engineering, Inc., Richmond, Va.
Danny Boyce was named director of construction management. Boyce was most recently with one of the country’s Top 5 EPC firms, where he served in numerous roles managing every aspect of construction management services, including safety, design engineering, CPM scheduling, cost forecasting, subcontract preparation and negotiation, manpower forecasting, start-up management, commissioning and procurement management.