Women's Foodservice Forum (WFF), Dallas
Hattie Hill was elected president and CEO, effective June 1. Hill is an international leadership development expert, business owner, best-selling author and globally renowned thought leader. Over her more than 30 years as the chief executive officer of Hattie Hill Enterprises, Inc, her organization provided leadership development for thousands of senior leaders at numerous Fortune 500 companies and major organizations throughout North America and 51 countries, including McDonald's, Frito-Lay, Aramark and Compass. She served as an executive consultant to the WFF board, and has been an interim CEO and member of the board of directors for the past six years.
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C.
Seven appointees were named to serve 3-year terms on the Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP) board. New members include Lynne Bohan, Lynnfield, Mass. (Region 2); Jeffrey Stephens, Lakeland, Fla. (Region 5); Shawn Campbell, Seattle, Wash. (Region 13); and Jerry Tidwell, Pleasanton, Calif. (Region 14). Reappointed members are Kevin Herbert, Dallas, Texas (Region 8); Ed Mullins, Carlinville, Ill. (Region 11); and Scott Shehadey, Fresno, Calif. (at-large).
Ready Pac Foods Inc., Irwindale, Calif.
Derek Bogard was named vice president of environmental health and safety (EH&S), responsible for integrating superior EH&S practices and processes into the entire operational area. Bringing over 15 years of stellar EH&S leadership, Bogard has spent two-thirds of his experience within the food and beverage industry, including Land O’Lakes/Moark, LLC, Aurora Foods, Inc. and Tennessee Aluminum Casting, LLC. Meanwhile, Kamran Lodi was appointed vice president of engineering and maintenance (E&M), responsible for developing and implementing engineering and maintenance solutions in coordination with operations, internal industrial and facilities engineering. Lodi joins Ready Pac with over 22 years of experience leading engineering and maintenance functions within the consumer packaged goods industry. Previously, he was senior director of engineering with ConAgra Foods, Inc. and worked for Mars Inc. for over nine years in various roles within their supply chain division.
SUPERVALU INC., Minneapolis
Frank (Terry) Savage and Mathew Pendo were elected to the company’s board of directors, effective April 24. Savage is a senior advisor to Lazard Ltd. and the former vice chairman of U.S. Investment Banking at Lazard. He was the co-head of Lazard’s restructuring group and also served on Lazard’s Deputy Chairman Committee. Before joining Lazard, he had served as the co-head of the restructuring practice at BT Alex Brown Inc., was the head of the restructuring group at UBS AG. Pendo is currently a managing director at Sandler O’Neill Partners, and served as the chief investment officer for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Previously, he worked as managing director investment banking at Barclay Capital, where he served as co-head of the Global Industrials Group and the U.S. Investment Banking Group. Pendo currently sits on the board of directors of Ally Financial Inc.
Kellogg Co., Battle Creek, Mich.
John Bryant, the company's president and CEO, was appointed chairman of the board, effective July 1, replacing James Jenness, who will remain on the board as a non-executive director. Bryant has been a member of the company's board of directors since July 2010. He has been president and CEO since January 2011. Bryant joined Kellogg in 1998. Jenness has worked with and for Kellogg for 40 years, and has been a Kellogg board member since 2000. Jenness also served as the company's chief executive officer from February 2005 until Dec. 31, 2006. Prior to joining Kellogg, Jenness was co-founder and CEO of Integrated Merchandising Systems LLC, and served as vice chairman and COO of Leo Burnett Co.
Clearwater Seafoods, Nova Scotia
Greg Morency, executive vice president and chief commercial officer, will assume the newly created role of president and chief commercial officer. In the three years since joining Clearwater, Morency has been instrumental in executing the company’s growth agenda and delivering extraordinary results in the marketplace. This new role will expand his overall leadership of Clearwater's go-to-market strategy and execution.
The Greenbrier Co., Inc., Lake Oswego, Ore.
Jim Cowan joined as senior vice president, operations, responsible for utilizing his broad experience in manufacturing and the rail industry to support Greenbrier's operations across its integrated business model. Cowan will drive execution of the company's previously announced strategic initiatives to improve its gross margins and liberate capital while increasing return on invested capital. He will also lead focused activities directed to margin enhancement, with initial emphasis on the repair and parts businesses. Most recently, he worked for Amsted Rail supporting their activities in Brazil. Prior to that, Cowan served as president and CEO of American Railcar Industries, Inc. He was also a member of the board of directors for three ARI joint ventures, including Axis. He’s also served on the board of Ohio Castings, LLC, a joint venture between ARI, Greenbrier and Amsted Rail.
Intertape Polymer Group Inc., Canada
Jeffrey Crystal, CPA, CA, was named chief financial officer, effective May 9. Crystal has more than 17 years of experience in an extensive range of financial responsibilities as well as other disciplines such as human resources, information technology, purchasing and legal services. Crystal was recently the CFO of a company involved primarily in the manufacturing sector.
Harpak-ULMA Packaging, LLC, Taunton, Mass.
Conrad Carpenter was hired as regional sales manager, responsible for the Midwest region, which covers Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. Conrad brings more than 10 years of capital equipment sales experience. Most recently, he was a product line manager with UltraSource, where he was responsible for actively selling capital equipment to established clients as well as generating new business.