Albertson’s New Parent Company Shuffles around Top Execs
Global Dairy Platform (GDP), Rosemont, Ill.
Rick Smith, chief executive officer of Dairy Farmers of America, was appointed to a 2-year term as chairman of the board of directors. Smith previously served as the vice chair on GDP's board. Smith will succeed Cees 't Hart, chief executive officer of Royal FrieslandCampina, before it merged with DFA in April 2014. Smith's entry in the dairy industry began in 1982, when he joined Dairylea Cooperative Inc. as vice president and general counsel. He served as CEO of Royal FrieslandCampina from 1988-2005. Additionally, Jacqueline Chow, managing director, global brands and nutrition for Fonterra, was selected to serve as GDP's next operational committee chair.
Process Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA), Falls Church, Va.
Rod Henricks, director of sales for Bunting Magnetics Co., was named to the board of directors. Henricks, who also chairs the PEMA membership committee, will serve a 3-year board term.
AB Acquisition LLC, Boise, Idaho
Bob Miller, the company’s current executive chairman, will assume the additional role of chief executive officer, for theparent company of Albertson’s LLC, New Albertson’s, Inc. and Safeway Inc. (collectively Albertsons). Robert Edwards, who was appointed CEO at the transaction close, will continue on with the company as vice chairman, providing counsel to the board and the organization on key strategic and integration matters.
Land O'Lakes, Inc., Arden Hills, Minn.
Tim Scott was named senior vice president and CMO, effective April 22, where he will lead brand strategy and execution in agribusiness and food production across the company’s family of brands, including LAND O LAKES Dairy Foods, Purina Animal Nutrition and WinField Solutions. Scott brings 30-plus years of experience, most recently with McGarryBowen as president, CEO international. Prior to working at McGarryBowen, he held various leadership positions at DDB Worldwide, FCB and JWT. Scott succeeds Barry Wolfish, who transitions to a new role as senior vice president, M&A and ventures.
Target Corp., Minneapolis
Veteran grocery leader Anne Dament was named senior vice president, merchandising, responsible for leading the strategic repositioning of Target’s food business. Dament brings more than 19 years of grocery and consumer packaged goods experience to the role. She started her career as a buyer at SUPERVALU and then at Safeway, where she held various category and sales management positions. Later, she led Safeway’s homecare and general merchandising business operations, where she worked closely with a variety of consumer packaged goods partners and focused on the company’s global buying strategy. In her final role at Safeway, she served as group vice president, perishable strategy, where she introduced newness in assortments and merchandising, including meal solutions and grab-and-go options. Dament’s background also includes positions at ConAgra Foods’ subsidiary Grist Mill Co. and Otis Spunkmeyer. She joins Target from PetSmart, where she most recently served as vice president-services.
Allen Harim, LLC, Seaford, Del.
Judy Kerr was named as talent acquisition manager, responsible for leading and driving the vision, strategy and execution surrounding all aspects of the recruitment and talent acquisition functions. She came to Allen Harim from BYNMellon, where she has served as vice president – senior recruiter for more than 16 years. Also, Janet Phillips was named compensation and benefits manager, focusing on the development and maintenance of compensation and benefits packages for headquarters and facility management. She joined Allen Harim from Labinal Power Systems, where she served as a senior human resources generalist. Previously, she worked for the Wicomico County Board of Education.
Long John Silver's, Louisville, Ky.
Brian Unger was named new chief operating officer. He joins with more than 30 years of foodservice industry experience, including senior vice president of McDonald's USA and vice president of McDonald's Restaurants of Canada. After more than 25 years with McDonald's, Unger joined the Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc. as chief operating officer, where he worked alongside James O'Reilly, who was appointed as Long John Silver's chief executive officer.
U.S. Gain, a division of U.S. Venture, Inc., Appleton, Wis.
Mike McLouth was hired as business development manager, tasked with growing the company’s GAINClean Fuel compressed natural gas (CNG) network by seeking businesses in need of converting their trucking fleets from operating on diesel fuel to compressed natural gas. His sales territory includes Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Montana and Colorado. McLouth has more than seven years of experience in sales with a strong understanding of the energy industry. Previously, he was an account executive at Integrys Energy Services, where he managed gas and electric contracts. Meanwhile, Brandon Henderson was also named business development manager, responsible for the Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri and Southern Illinois territory. Henderson has over five years of sales experience. Previously, he was an account manager for Baker Hughes in their coiled tubing product line.
Cashco, Ellsworth, Kan.
Kelsea Betzenwas named business development and relations manager, instrumental in the logistics, costing and pricing of both inbound and outbound goods as Cashco continues to develop overseas vendors and inter-company trade. Betzen joined Cashco in 2013 as a staff accountant. Prior to that, she worked for Manpower Inc., as well as an accounting firm.