Smithfield Fills Newly Created Chief People Officer Position
Nomad Holdings Ltd., London
After acquiring Iglo Foods Holdings Ltd., co-founder Noam Gottesman, who is also the founder and CEO of investment firm Toms Capital and co-founder of GLG Partners, and co-founder Martin Franklin, also founder and executive chairman of Jarden Corp. and founder and non-executive chairman of Platform Specialty Products Corp., will be appointed as non-executive chairmen of Nomad Foods Ltd., working closely with Iglo Group’s executive management team to ensure the successful execution of the company’s organic and acquisitive growth strategies. Iglo Group’s current chief executive officer, Elio Leoni Sceti, resigned from his current role to pursue another opportunity.
Devault Packing Co., dba Devault Foods, Malvern, Pa.
Brett Black was named chief operating officer, effective immediately. Most recently, Black served as vice president of the frozen food operations for Giorgio Foods, where he led the company to new standards of operational effectiveness.
Smithfield Foods, Inc., Smithfield, Va.
Mark Garrett was appointed to the newly created position of chief people officer, responsible for employee development at all Smithfield locations. Garrett joined Smithfield in 2005. This comes after the company announced a realignment of its organization and key senior management appointments to be under one corporate umbrella.
Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats, Wittenberg, Wis.
Tanya Nueske, granddaughter of the company’s founder, R.C. Nueske, and the daughter of past president, Bob Nueske, will assume the role of chief executive officer, carrying the Wisconsin smokehouse into the third generation of being owned and operated by the Nueske family. Meanwhile, Glenn Gazzolo was named president, while still retaining his COO position, which he has held for the past six years. Lastly, Don Bergman was named director of sales and marketing, responsible for overseeing national foodservice and retail sales and marketing. Previously, Bergman was vice president of sales at Buckhead Beef.
Clear Springs Foods, Inc., Buhl, Idaho
Kurt Myers joined the company as vice president of marketing, effective April 20. Myers brings 20 years of experience working in the food industry, both in marketing and operational roles. Previously, he was with J.R. Simplot Co.
Swisslog North America, Newport News, Va.
After acquiring FORTE Industries, founder and owner Gene Forte transitioned management of the company to AK Schultz, previously vice president customer service of Swisslog North America. Schultz has more than 15 years of experience in engineering and the automated material handling industry, and has held management positions within Swisslog for more than a decade.
Norfolk Southern Corp. (NS), Norfolk, Va.
F. Blair Wimbush, vice president real estate and corporate sustainability officer, announced his retirement after 35 years with NS. He is credited with leading the company’s efforts to adopt an enterprise-wide, results-driven approach to moderating its impact on the environment. As a result, Bruno Maestri was promoted to vice president government relations, corporate communications and corporate sustainability officer, responsible for federal legislative and regulatory affairs, state relations, community affairs and corporate communications, in addition his new responsibilities of improving locomotive fuel efficiency and emissions, energy use, land conservation, waste management and water conservation. Maestri joined NS in 1995, and served in several positions relating to environmental management and protection, and then public affairs, before being named to his most recent position in 2005. Robert Mart?nez was also promoted to vice president business development and real estate, responsible for business development, market research, ports and international and industrial development, in addition to his new responsibilities relating to NS’ real estate services, including purchase, sale and development of property; natural resource management; and projects associated with wire, pipeline and fiber optics. Mart?nez re-joined NS in 1998, and served in several marketing positions before being named to his most recent position in 2003.
tna, Dallas, Texas
Tim Reardon was appointed new group solutions manager – processing for the Americas, heading up the groups’ processing solutions across the region and supporting sales teams. Reardon brings over 25 years’ experience in engineering and food industries, as well as sales, marketing and product development.
Akro-Mils, Akron, Ohio
Chad Gunder was named plant manager for the Sandusky, Ohio, manufacturing facility, in charge of the facility’s injection molding production group and all supporting departments, such as maintenance, tooling and new product development. Previously, Gunder was operations manager for Buckhorn’s Springfield, Mo., plant. Prior to that, he was program manager for Schoeller Arca Systems, a Journeyman machine repairman for Masco Tech and an aviation mechanic for the U.S. Navy.
The Scoular Co., Omaha, Neb.
Richard Cogdill was appointed chief financial officer, responsible for providing strategic finance leadership for the company's worldwide operations. Previously, Cogdill spent 18 years with Pilgrim's Pride, where he served in a number of senior leadership positions, including executive vice president, chief financial officer, secretary and treasurer. Cogdill began his career as a CPA with Ernst & Young, LLC, and most recently worked as an independent and contract business consultant, helping business and financial investors evaluate strategic and business improvement opportunities.