Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), Lombard, Ill.

Theodore Stank, Bruce Chair of logistics and supply chain management at The University of Tennessee, was elected chairman. Stank assumed the Bruce Chair following nearly six years in administration as department head for marketing and logistics, associate dean for academic programs and associate dean of the Center for Executive Education. Heather Sheehan, vice president, indirect sourcing and logistics for Danaher Corp., was named immediate past chair. In her current position at Danaher, she has global responsibility for non-production and logistics procurement, strategy and implementation across the company's 45 operating companies. Her career experience spans more than 25 years in the manufacturing and transportation industries. Kevin Smith, president and CEO of Sustainable Supply Chain Consulting, was elected board chair elect. Previously, he served as senior vice president and corporate sustainability officer for CVS Caremark, where he was responsible for developing and implementing an environmental sustainability program for the entire CVS Caremark enterprise. Mary Long, vice president logistics and network planning for Domino's Pizza, LLC, was elected board vice chair. She leads the international corporate supply chain, global equipment and supply, engineering, supply chain systems and logistics teams responsible for creating innovations that produce top- and bottom-line results. Remko van Hoek was elected secretary and treasurer.

He recently joined the Walt Disney Co. as its senior vice president of sourcing and procurement. Prior to this, he was the global procurement director at PwC, and has held chief procurement officer roles in two other organizations. Mark Baxa, vice president, global procurement strategy for Monsanto, was named roundtable chair; Michael D'Angelo, operations analyst, Volkswagen Group of America, was named young professionals' chair; and Brian Hancock, senior vice president, supply chain, Family Dollar; Timothy Stratman, president, Stratman Partners Executive Coaching, Inc.; and Eric Peltz, associate director, national security research division, RAND Corp., were named members at large chair. Chris Moberg, chair marketing department at Ohio University, was named certification chair; Stanley Griffis, associate professor of logistics, supply chain management department, Michigan State University, joined as academic strategies chair; Morgan Swink, professor, West Chair and executive director, supply and value chain center, Neeley Business School, Texas Christian University, was named research strategies chair; and Kevin O'Meara, senior vice president, Interline Brands, Inc., joined as program chair. Rick Blasgen will serve as president and CEO of CSCMP.

American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI), McLean, Va.
Brynn Horne was selected as director of member services, responsible for overseeing the institute’s member service functions, including member recruitment, retention, sponsorship and affinity programs. Horne most recently served as business development manager for AFFI associate member red24 Inc., and previously served as associate at Blakey & Agnew, LLC and as the executive assistant to the president and CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C.
Alfred Almanza was named deputy undersecretary for food safety for the Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS), taking over for Brian Ronholm, who has been serving as acting undersecretary since Elisabeth Hagen resigned December 2013. Almanza is a 36-year veteran with FSIS.



Associated Food Stores, LLC, Hewlett, N.Y.
Robert Sigel was promoted to president. Sigel has over 35 years of experience in the food industry, including chief executive officer of Millbrook Distribution Services, director of Associated Food Store Holdings, LLC and operating executive at AUA Private Equity. He also played a key role in the sale of Millbrook to McKesson Corp., and ultimately became president and CEO of McKesson's service merchandising division. In 2007, Sigel led the sale of Millbrook to United Natural Food (UNFI), where he was president and CEO of Millbrook and named an executive officer of UNFI as well as president of specialty distribution.

Schwan’s Consumer Brands, Bloomington, Minn.
Kevin McAdams was promoted to president, responsible for the strategic direction and growth of the subsidiary of The Schwan Food Co., which markets and sells Red Baron, Freschetta, Tony’s, Pagoda Express, Edwards and Mrs. Smith’s brands. McAdams has an extensive background in general management, strategic planning, sales and business development, as well as more than 20 years of leadership experience in the food and beverage industry  He joined Schwan’s Consumer Brands in early 2014 as vice president of direct-store-delivery and sales execution. Prior to Schwan’s, he served as president and COO at Pabst Brewing Co., and has held sales and operations roles with Red Bull North America, The Coca-Cola Co., Frito Lay North America and The Earthgrains Co.

AB Acquisition LLC, Boise, Idaho
Albertsons and Safeway Inc. announced a new senior leadership team and division leaders for the combined company. The new team includes Bob Gordon, executive vice president and general counsel; Shane Sampson, executive vice president, marketing and merchandising; Andy Scoggin, executive vice president, human resources, labor relations, public affairs and government affairs; Jerry Tidwell, executive vice president, supply chain and manufacturing; Lee Wilson, executive vice president and chief administrative officer; Bob Dimond, executive vice president and CFO; Justin Ewing, executive vice president, corporate development and real estate; Barry Libenson, interim executive vice president and CIO; Wayne Denningham, executive vice president and COO, South region; Justin Dye, executive vice president and COO, East region; and Kelly Griffith, executive vice president and COO, North region.

The new company will be comprised of three regions and 14 retail divisions supported by corporate offices in Boise, Idaho, Pleasanton, Calif., and Phoenix, Ariz. The division presidents are as follows: Dennis Bassler, Portland division, North region; Paul McTavish, Denver division, North region; Susan Morris, intermountain division, North region; Tom Schwilke, Northern California division, North region; Dan Valenzuela, Seattle division, North region; Shane Dorcheus, Southwest division, South region; Scott Hayes, Southern division, South region; Sidney Hopper, Houston division, South region; Lori Raya, Southern California division, South region; Robert Taylor, United division, South region; Steve Burnham, Eastern division, East region; Jim Perkins, Acme division, East region; Jim Rice, Shaw's division, East region; and Mike Withers, Jewel-Osco division, East region.

Hormel Foods Corp., Austin, Minn.

Mark Vaupel was promoted to vice president of information technology services. Vaupel began his career with Hormel Foods in 1996 as a computer analyst. In 2000, he became a senior computer analyst and in 2002, became the manager of information technology planning and strategy. He assumed his current role as director of information technology services in 2004. Vaupel has been instrumental in developing and implementing a number of information technology governance processes to ensure IT resources were focused on initiatives aligned with the overall Hormel Foods strategic objectives. Vaupel identified the increasing risk associated with cyber security and took actions to mitigate them. This included organizing a team focused on cyber security, implementing risk mitigation processes, purchasing appropriate tools and technologies and focusing on training and awareness. He has also played a key leadership role in the due diligence and integration of a number of acquisitions and joint ventures, including MegaMex Foods,

Burke Marketing Corp., Farmer John and Skippy Foods. Swen Neufeldt advanced to president of Asia Pacific for Hormel Foods International. Neufeldt began his career in 1996 as a grocery products sales representative, and became territory manager a year later. In 1999, he was appointed product and category development manager, international, and in 2002, became senior product manager, international, in England, followed by general manager of Europe in 2005. Lastly, Jeffrey Grev was promoted to director of legislative affairs. Grev began his career in 1984 in grocery products sales. In 1987, he became the manager of sales services for grocery products, and in 1988, became an associate product manager, grocery products. In 2006, he took on a special assignment to become the general manager of Valley Fresh Foods, and later became the corporate manager of mergers and acquisitions.

McCain Foods Ltd., Canada
Shai Altman assumed the role as president, Canada, effective Oct. 20. He brings with more than 15 years of leadership experience in both mature and developing markets with expertise in the development and direction of growth strategies. Altman came from Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co., where he has held senior cross functional roles since 1997. He started his career in sales, moved through key account management and customer marketing, and then went on to lead the consumer marketing team. Since 2002, he has worked as general manager of Wrigley in Israel and India, and has been president, Wrigley Canada since 2009.



Aoxin Tianli Group, Inc., China
The manufacturer of electro-hydraulic servo-valves and optical fiber hardware and software solutions for the hog farming industry reduced the size of its board of directors and re-aligned the composition of its board in response to the company's new strategic development plan. As a result, Dr. Huanchun Chen, Wei Gong, Jianguo Hu and Benyan Li resigned from their director positions. Anthony Chan was elected independent member of the board, serving on each of the nominating, audit and compensation committees and as chair of the compensation committee. Chan is a seasoned CPA licensed in New York with over 25 years of professional experience in auditing and SEC reporting, mergers and acquisitions, SOX compliance, internal controls and risk management. He currently serves as executive vice president, director and acting CFO of Sino-Global Shipping America, Ltd.

Boyd Food Machinery, UK
David Henderson was named divisional MD for the company’s new office and warehouse facility in Ireland. Henderson maintains 20 years’ experience in supplying new and used machinery. 

Unitherm Food Systems, Bristow, Okla.
Mark Smith was named chief executive officer, taking over for David Howard, the company’s founder and owner, who will continue his active involvement as chairman. Smith brings extensive experience in business development and leadership, having spent nine years in commercial banking and private equity and 16 years in leadership roles with Daydots, Inc. and Ecolab, Inc. Smith was instrumental in guiding Daydots through its early stages of development, rapid growth and its ultimate sale to Ecolab, where he worked for five years to lead the business in continued growth and integration with its new parent company. Smith will oversee all aspects of daily operations and strategic planning.

GEA Refrigeration Technologies, York, Pa.
Nadine Kipphardt was named marketing and public relations manager, responsible for external communications involving the specialized tasks of refrigeration technology. Kipphardt will also act as the central liaison for publishing companies, and will help plan and organize tradeshows. Previously, Kipphardt was marketing manager for an international company in the packaging industry, where she organized trade fair participation and other events, as well as all corporate communications with corporate design, internet presentation and print products.