Columbus Foods, Hayward, Calif.
As the company approaches its 100th anniversary, it appointed Joe Ennen as president, leading sales, marketing and human resources, taking over for Timothy Fallon, who will retire as chief executive officer at the end of the year. He brings more than 20 years of food industry and consumer packaged goods experience. Previously, Ennen was senior vice president of Safeway’s exclusive brand portfolio and group vice president at PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay division, where he led innovation as well as brand marketing. He was also vice president and general manager for ConAgra, managing the Healthy Choice business. He also spent close to a decade with the Kellogg Co. in the United States and the U.K. Additionally, Michael Fox joins as senior vice president of marketing and innovation. Previously, Fox spent close to a decade at PepsiCo, where he led some of the company’s flagship snack brands, including Stacy’s, Doritos and Cheetos, and built a strong track record of developing innovative brand experiences and new products. Fox was also a vice president at Safeway, where he was instrumental in the acceleration of its health-and-wellness brands, including O Organics, Open Nature and Eating Right. This news comes on the heels of Columbus Foods’ announcement to close its South San Francisco, Calif., processing plant and headquarters location and migrate production to its newly renovated Hayward, Calif., salami curing and processing facility.
Kraft Foods, Northfield, Ill.
Mark Magnesen will be the new president of the Oscar Mayer division, replacing Sam Rovit, who announced his resignation in February following a shakeup within Kraft’s top management team. Magnesen has been with Kraft since 1991, primarily in finance positions. Most recently, he was general manager of the Planters nuts business, general manager of the Churny division, which makesAthenos products and specialty cheeses, and has served in several vice president roles, including senior vice president for North America.
Sargento Foods, Inc., Plymouth, Wis.
Jennie Nelson was named senior financial analyst, tasked with performing financial analysis duties for the ingredients and foodservice divisions, reviewing each division’s financial results and tracking and analyzing new business opportunities, customer portfolio management and other projects. Nelson will also play a key role in developing projections for these divisions and will support strategic and operating plan development. Previously, she worked as a consolidation analyst at The Manitowoc Co., and was finance manager at Swick Home Services.
Erik Diks will join as managing director of Europe, responsible for leading the company’s European team and launching the logistics firm’s new Dutch office. Most recently, Diks was managing director with the supply chain team of PwC The Netherlands, where he was responsible for a team of supply chain management professionals delivering strategic services for multinationals across Europe and the globe.
Kenco, Chattanooga, Tenn.
David Caines was appointed chief operating officer, responsible for all of Kenco’s operating contracts, which encompass more than 90 facilities, 3,500 employees and 30 million square feet of warehouse space. Caines joined Kenco in 2002, most recently serving as president of Kenco Logistic Services and Kenco Transportation Services.
Kane Is Able, Scranton, Pa.
Satu Mehta was appointed senior vice president of business integration, responsible for integration of acquired companies and due diligence for planned growth and future acquisitions. Mehta will also focus on building existing customer relationships and developing KANE’s co-packing business. Previously, he was vice president of operations at Coregistics, where he led all operations and information systems initiatives.
Norfolk Southern Corp., Norfolk, Va.
James Squires will succeed Charles “Wick” Moorman as chief executive officer, effective June 1. Squires joined Norfolk Southern in 1992, and served in several law positions before being named vice president of law in 2003, senior vice president of law in 2004, senior vice president financial planning in 2006, executive vice president finance in 2007, executive vice president administration in 2012 and president in 2013.
Polyguard Products, Ennis, Texas
Raj Patel was named technical sales manager, responsible for getting specification for Polyguard products, converting specifications for Polyguard Products, growing the company’s market share on the West coast and troubleshooting installed Polyguard products. Patel boasts 30 years of experience with Dow Chemical in hydrocarbons, plastic and chemical sales. He spent the last 20 years in the building industry, including the fabrication industry for cold and chilled process applications. He also maintains experience with oil and gas explorations and production experience with BP, Exxon Mobil and Chemical and petroleum plant design with Fluor engineers.
Eriez, Erie, Pa.
Xinkai Jiang was promoted to manager-process engineering. Jiang joined the Eriez team 10 years ago as a research engineer in research and development, and was later promoted to project engineer. In 2014, he transferred to the sales department to work in Eriez’ minerals and materials processing group.
Randy Klingner was named program director – CRM, tasked with providing strategic and tactical leadership to deliver enabling processes and technology across the company. He will also be focused on the implementation of a CRM solution for Coveris. Previously, Klingner was an advisory manager – management and technology consultant with PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers), where he designed and delivered customer engagement strategies and helped build out cloud technology platforms. Prior to PwC, Klingner spent many years at Hollister Inc., where he developed and executed a global CRM program rollout and other commercial effectiveness tools used to drive customer strategies and gain market share.