International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association, Madison, Wis.
Lucie Arendt, senior vice president of membership, registration, exhibits and MIS, retired, effective immediately.
International Safe Transit Association (ISTA), East Lansing, Mich.
Eric Hiser was named vice president, technical, replacing A.J. Gruber, who was promoted to executive vice president. Hiser will be responsible for ISTA’s technical division, including all technical activities, development and maintenance of procedures, projects and certification programs for labs, packaged products and people.
United Producers Inc. (UPI), Columbus, Ohio
Craig Adamswas re-elected chairman; Lynn Orr was re-elected first vice chairman; and Ralph Freebairn was re-elected second vice chairman. Adams, Orr and Freebairn serve on the executive committee along with Bill Pridgeon and Phil Torrens, who were also re-elected to serve on this committee. The board of directors also re-elected Torrens as chairman and Orr as vice chairman of the Producers Credit Corporation board, a subsidiary of UPI, doing business as UPI Credit Services.
Butterball, LLC, Garner, N.C.
Al Jansen was named vice president of integrated business strategy, effective June 16, responsible for the continued development of Butterball’s strategic analysis and design efforts to fully integrate, align and optimize the processes and resources of the company’s live operation, manufacturing and customer enhancement process. Jansen will also oversee management of the company’s competitive benchmarking program across all functions to include live operations, further processing, sales and marketing. Jansen brings more than 20 years of experience in the food industry. Prior to his new position at Butterball, he was employed by Perdue Farms for 18 years and held a variety of leadership positions, including vice president of sales club and mass merchandisers and general manager of the turkey business unit as well as several sales and operations leadership roles. Prior to that, he was with Agrimetrics as a senior director of broiler programs.
Hormel Foods Corp., Austin, Minn.
As a result of its definitive agreement to acquire CytoSport Holdings, Inc., maker of Muscle Milk products, Greg Longstreet was named chief executive officer of CytoSport. Longstreet began his career in 1992 as a sales representative in grocery products in the District of Columbia. After holding several sales and marketing roles within the organization and a few years away from the company, he re-joined in 2006 and assumed his current role as president of Farmer John in 2007. Tom Miskowski was named chief operating officer of CytoSport and will maintain his responsibilities as president of Century Foods International (CFI). Miskowski began his career with Hormel Foods in 2000 as senior financial officer at CFI, coming to the company with an extensive accounting background. And, Steven Orcutt will assume the chief financial officer role. Orcutt began his career in 1984 as an accountant at the Austin, Minn., plant. He has held several accounting and management positions within the company before he assumed his current role as director and business unit controller of grocery products and consumer products sales in 2013.
Tom Braydich joined as manufacturing operations management consultant, responsible for assisting the company and its customers on improvement of manufacturing operations in a variety of industries. Braydich worked for 37 years at Campbell Soup Co. in a variety of plant and corporate level positions, most recently as the director of electrical and maintenance engineering, where he worked with a variety of business units within the Campbell Soup organization, including operations, engineering, IT, quality and research and development.
Kansas City Southern Railway, Kansas City, Mo.
Gary Jarboe was named vice president mechanical operations, responsible for coordinating with the leadership of Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. Jarboe has more than 40 years of transportation experience. Most recently, he was director of commercial improvement for Bombardier Transportation, and has held a variety of operations leadership positions with Southern California Regional Rail Authority, Amtrak and CSX Transportation.
Toray Plastics (America), Inc., North Kingstown, R.I.
Michael Brandmeier was named president and CEO, succeeding Richard Schloesser, president, CEO and adviser to the board of directors, who announced his retirement. Schloesser joined the company in 1990 and has been president and CEO since 2008. Brandmeier most recently served as executive vice president and COO.
Flexco, Downers Grove, Ill.
Katie Hay and Michelle Young joined in product management roles, with Hay focusing on light-duty mechanical belt fasteners and belt conveyor products, while Young supports the Novitool line of endless splicing tools. Both will be responsible for the overall marketing strategy and activities associated with their product lines, including new product development, market analysis and global strategy. Hay brings to Flexco 28 years of experience in product management with a manufacturer of industrial products. Young has more than 10 years of industrial product management experience, including sophisticated and technical capital equipment.