The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, Long Beach, Calif.
Suzanne Plezia was named director of the construction management division, responsible for overseeing construction of port projects, including the Middle Harbor Redevelopment Program.
Plezia has been acting director of construction management since January. Meanwhile, Nyariana Maiko was named director of information management, providing the harbor department with information technology leadership that enables the Port of Long Beach to be a world-class seaport. Maiko has been the associate vice president of the program management office for Molina Healthcare of Long Beach since 2010. Both women are filling slots vacated by directors who retired this year.
GS1 US, Lawrenceville, N.J.
Mark Alexander, president, Campbell North America, and Chris Resweber, senior vice president, corporate communications and public affairs, The J.M. Smucker Co., were appointed to the board of governors, responsible for helping drive adoption and usage of GS1 standards across multiple industries to support improved supply chain efficiencies, regulatory requirements and the needs of today’s consumer, including more accurate and complete product information. Alexander will serve as chairman of the board, replacing W. Rodney McMullen, chief executive officer, The Kroger Co. Resweber will replace Mark Smucker, president, U.S. retail coffee, The J.M. Smucker Co.
ProYo High Protein Frozen Yogurt, Santa Barbara, Calif.
Veteran food operations professional Shari Mock joined as vice president of operations, responsible for customer service/logistics, production planning, inventory control, transportation, warehousing, R&D and quality. Most recently, she was chief operating officer for Promax Nutrition. Mock has also held many leadership and consulting roles in the food and beverage industry, including positions at Think Thin, Zhena’s Gypsy Tea, The FRS Co., Annie’s Homegrown, Balance Bar and Kraft Foods.
The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., Lake Success, N.Y.
Adrianne Shapira was elected to the board of directors, effective Nov. 20. Shapira is the chief financial officer of David Yurman, responsible for overseeing accounting, financial planning and analysis, treasury, tax and loss prevention. Shapira also co-chairs the Real Estate Steering Committee. Prior to joining David Yurman, she maintained a 13-year tenure at Goldman Sachs, where she was managing director in global investment research covering the Broadlines Retail sector and leading equity analyst covering department stores, discounters, luxury and online.
McDonald's Corp., Oak Brook, Ill.
David Fairhurst was promoted to senior vice president, international human resources and strategy, effective May 1, 2015. In his new role, Fairhurst will be responsible for international human resources, which includes Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa and Latin America, as well as the global human resources functions of systems, strategy and design.
Hench Control B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Jim Carr was named managing director of this new joint venture formed by Hench Control, Inc. Carr has over 20 years of executive level management experience in multi-national corporations, entrepreneurial startups and consulting, financial and investment organizations. He also maintains years of international experience throughout the Americas and Europe, both as a senior executive for a multi-national asset management company and working as the lead consultant to C-level executives of Ukrainian and multi-national companies, including banks and logistics, distribution, auditing and software companies.
Ruan Transportation Management Systems, Des Moines, Iowa
Ben McLean, president and COO, was promoted to chief executive officer, replacing Steve Chapman, who after more than five years in that position announced plans to retire, effective Dec. 31. Chapman stepped in as CEO while John Ruan III was beginning his term as chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors.
AC Horn Manufacturing, Dallas
Robert Hays was appointed to the newly created position of chief operating officer, responsible for improving company operations and leading new product development. Prior to joining AC Horn, Hays served as executive vice president operations, unit president and division president in the commercial furnishings segment of Leggett and Platt. During his career, he developed a broad global perspective completing an acquisition and leading a joint venture in China, as well as business development efforts across Europe and Asia, growing sales from $7 million to $47 million in one of his assignments.
Westfalia Technologies, Inc., York, Pa.
Aaron Corcoran was appointed account executive, responsible for further developing the company’s growing portfolio of accounts within the food and beverage industries. Corcoran brings over 20 years of experience in the material handling and logistics sector, working with a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace/government, food, beverage and retail. Previously, Corcoran held positions with Grenzebach and KUKA Systems North America, where he was responsible for the development and implementation of robot-based logistics solutions for general industry.
Eric Foss, president and CEO, was elected chairman of the board, succeeding Joseph Neubauer, who chose to step down and not stand for re-election in 2015 following 30 years in this role. Foss joined the company in 2012, when he was also named to the board of directors. During the past three years, he has led the company to deliver consecutive years of accelerated revenue and profit growth. Foss took Aramark public in 2013 and returned the company to the New York Stock Exchange. Prior to Aramark, Foss spent more than 30 years with PepsiCo and Pepsi Bottling Group (PBG), where he ultimately served as CEO of PepsiCo's Pepsi Beverages Co. and chairman and CEO of PBG. Neubauer joined Aramark in 1979 as executive vice president of finance and development, CFO and a member of the board. He was elected president in 1981, CEO in 1983 and chairman in 1984. Additionally, James Ksansnak will not stand for re-election and will leave Aramark's board in February. Ksansnak joined Aramark in 1986 and retired as vice chairman in 2000. He has served on the board since 1997. As a result, Irene Esteves, former executive vice president and CFO at Time Warner Cable Inc., was elected to the board, along with Sanjeev Mehra, who was appointed as lead director. These changes will become effective Feb. 3, 2015.
NACCO Materials Handling Group (NMHG), Greenville, N.C.
The parent company of Hyster Co. and Yale Materials Handling Corp. promoted Pat DeSutter to vice president of fleet, service and aftermarket, effective Jan. 1, 2015. In his new role, DeSutter will oversee all sales, operations and management for the fleet, service and aftermarket divisions of Hyster and Yale Materials Handling. DeSutter joined NMHG in 1992 as a parts pricing manager, working his way up to director of parts distribution operations. In his most recent role as director of fleet management, DeSutter implemented management programs for materials handling customers.