Sabra Appoints New CEO
Sabra Dipping Co., Chesterfield, Va.
Shali Shalit-Shoval was appointed chief executive officer, replacing Ronen Zohar, who retired in August after seven years in the position. Shalit-Shoval, a global food business veteran, will oversee all operations, as Sabra expands the business to meet growing consumer interest in hummus and in other fresh dips and spreads. Shalit-Shoval joins Sabra with more than 25 years of experience in consumer packaged goods, having held key leadership roles at several global food brands. Prior to working at Sabra, she served as chief executive officer of joint venture between PepsiCo and Strauss in Israel. Most recently, she served as chief marketing officer for the Sabra brand.
Daily’s Premium Meats, Missoula, Mont.
Kelly Hattan was appointed president of the processed meats division of Seaboard Foods, Shawnee Mission, Kan., which Triumph Foods recently purchased 50% ownership.
Mars, Inc., McLean, Va.
Fiona Dawson, currently regional president of chocolate UK and global retail, will step into the role of global president, Mars food with accountability for Mars drinks and European multi-sales, taking over for Poul Weihrach, who was appointed president Mars global petcare following former president Todd Lachman’s resignation. Dawsn began her Mars career in sales in 1988 as a graduate trainee. After many years in multi-sales in Ireland, the Netherlands and Belgium, she became the head of the UK chocolate business in 2005. Andrew Clarke will become new chief customer officer, effective Feb. 15, 2015, responsible for driving strategic initiatives related to customers. Coming from Marks & Spencer, Clarke began with Mars in 2000 in UK sales, and over the next seven years, moved between the pet specialty, impulse and grocery teams. Bruce McColl was appointed chief marketing officer. McColl joined Mars in 1992 in Australia as a brand manager, and over his 22 years in marketing, has worked across Mars’ business brands, categories and geographies.
King & Prince Seafood, Brunswick, Ga.
Renowned chef Johnny Carino joined the innovation team as corporate chef, bringing a diverse portfolio of foodservice experience to the table. With over 30 years of industry practice under his belt, Carino’s background includes culinary, operations, product development, teaching and consulting.
General Mills, Minneapolis
Mark Addicks, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, announced plans to retire in 2015 after a 26-year career with the company. Ann Simonds, the current president of General Mills’ baking products division, will succeed Addicks as chief marketing officer. Addicks joined General Mills in 1988, and has been instrumental in driving the company’s global brand building strategies. As CMO, he led the company’s advertising, promotions, brand public relations, design, packaging, online, licensing and multi-cultural initiatives. Simonds has led the baking products division since 2012. Her career spans leadership roles on brands such as Pillsbury, Betty Crocker, Cheerios, Wheaties and Yoplait, as well general management roles in the company’s convenience and foodservice businesses.
Universal Pasteurization Co., Lincoln, Neb.
Dr. Marcia Walker was named director of national HPP business development and R&D. Walker brings with her over 15 years of experience with high-pressure processing (HPP) technology, and will support the company’s HPP sales development efforts, as well as lead its partnership with customers on food science, HPP testing and product formulation. Previously, Walker worked as a senior manager at Starbucks/Evolution Fresh, where she was the corporate expert on HPP technology and process authority for new formulations and led the implementation of HPP for the Evolution Fresh juice line. She also previously served as the vice president of technology and microbiology at Avomex/Fresherized Foods (Wholly Guacamole).
Cloverleaf Cold Storage, Sioux City, Iowa
Dave Junck, a 31-year veteran, will assume the role of regional director of Iowa and Minnesota, effective Oct 1. His added responsibilities include the operations in Eagan, Fairmont and Lakeville, Minn., and the Cherokee, Sioux City and Le Mars, Iowa, warehouses. He is replacing Ron Graham, who became national accounts director, responsible for managing ongoing relationships with national accounts. Graham has spent 40 years in food processing, including working for both packers and several major cold storage companies.
IN MEMORIUM: WILLIAM MCFALL PEARCE, PERFORMANCE FOODSERVICE
William "Mac" McFall Pearce, president and CEO of Performance Food Service, Richmond, Va., passed away on Sept. 29. His career in the foodservice industry began over 40 years ago with PYA/Monarch, Inc., where he eventually led the company as president and CEO. He went on to become the president and CEO of Spartan Foods before joining Performance Food Service in 2008. Pearce also served on the board of directors for The Urban League of the Upstate, The Bon Secours Greenville Health System and the Greenville Hope Harvest Food Bank.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Sidney Query Pearce, as well as his son, James McFall Pearce (Sarah Pearce) and daughter, Sara Ellis Pearce. Additionally, he is survived by his father, James Tribble Pearce; his sister, Margaret Ellis Pearce; his brother, James Tribble Pearce Jr.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Pearce was predeceased by his mother, Ellis "Kit" Anderson Pearce.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Harvest Hope Food Bank Greenville Branch, 2818 White Horse Rd., Greenville, S.C. 29611; University of South Carolina School of Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management, 701 Assembly St., Columbia, S.C. 29208; The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, 717 South Marshall St., Ste. 105B, Winston Salem, N.C. 27101 or the charity of one's choice. Condolences may be made online at www.mackeymortuary.com.