Smithfield Foods, Smithfield, Va.
Don Butler, director of government relations, was appointed by North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory to the newly created N.C. Food Manufacturing Task Force. Butler began his career in the pork industry in 1991 with Carroll's Foods, which was acquired by Smithfield in 1999. There, he developed an environmental management system (EMS) designed to meet ISO 14001 standards. Butler also owns and operates a contract pig nursery operation. He is past president and board member of the N.C. Pork Council and served as president for the National Pork Producers Council.
Portillo's Hot Dogs, LLC, Oak Brook, Ill.
Keith Kinsey was named new chief executive officer, succeeding Dick Portillo, who founded the company in 1963. For the past decade, Kinsey worked at Noodles & Co., as chief financial officer in 2005 and president and COO in 2007, where he was responsible for opening new restaurants in proven, developing and new markets. Prior to his time at Noodles & Co., Kinsey served in an operations leadership role at Chipotle, where he was instrumental in growing the company to more than 400 units and building the west coast region from three to 70 units.
SUBWAY Restaurants, Milford, Conn.
Suzanne Greco, who began her tenure with the restaurant chain as a Sandwich Artist in 1973, was named president. For 24 years, she has led the research and development team, spearheading many initiatives designed to continuously improve the menu and customer experience. In 2012, Greco began overseeing the operations and marketing departments. In 1996, she facilitated the creation of the independent purchasing cooperative (IPC) to handle the SUBWAY brand's product purchasing.
ESI Group, Hartland, Wis.
Jeff Fallos was named licensed designer of electrical systems. Fallos has worked as an electrical designer in the design and construction of commercial and industrial facilities for the past 15 years. Last month, Fallos achieved licensing as a designer of electrical systems in the state of Wisconsin, allowing himto take direct responsibility for the electrical design of his projects.
ESE, Inc., Marshfield, Wis.
Frank McGuire was named solution sales manager. McGuire boasts a 30-year sales career in the electrical controls industry and manufacturing automation field. While serving as executive global account manager with Rockwell Automation, McGuire worked extensively with Kraft and Nabisco, developing, selling and overseeing leading-edge automation and line management programs. He has also worked for Belden Industrial Solutions, Siemens, Axis Industrial Automation and Honeywell Process Solution. Meanwhile, Michael Richart was appointed director of business operations; Cory Nelson named solution sales manager; and Bob Iossi added on as senior account executive/sales manager.
Trace Register, Seattle, Wash.
Economist and seafood expert Alex Miller was added to the newly created position of vice president of business development, responsible for working collaboratively with the food industry and governmental agencies to help address key economic, environmental and food safety issues. Miller previously worked for the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission, where he served as staff economist and program coordinator.
tna, Dallas, Texas
Henk Boon was named new group solutions manager – processing for Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA). Based in the Dutch office of Florigo Industry B.V., which was acquired by tna earlier this year, Henk will head up the company’s processing division for the whole EMEIA region and support the global sales team with his vast expertise in the potato processing and snack industry. Henk will also be responsible FOODesign’s cookers and frying systems, such as the batch-pro 12 and the immerso-cook 16, in the EMEIA region. Henk brings over 26 years of experience in the engineering and sales of refrigerated food solutions, specialty freezing systems and innovative frying technology.
Toyota Industrial Equipment, Columbus, Ind.
Cesar Jimenez was promoted to director, product planning, technical services and warranty. Jimenez began his career at Toyota as a college intern in the summer of 1996. Since then, he has held a number of positions, including national product planning manager, and most recently, national product planning and training manager. He has been instrumental in the launch of more than 25 material handling products during his career at Toyota.
IN MEMORIUM: HARRY GREENSPAN, CONFEDERATION FREEZERS
Harry Greenspan, chief executive officer of Confederation Freezers, Canada, passed away May 20 at Toronto General Hospital.
Beloved husband of Ruth Wengle Greenspan and the late Helen Greenspan, he is the loving father and father-in-law of Johnnie and Luba, Jerrold and Doreen, Beryl and Joe Brewda, Karla, and Sheldon, and step- father and step-father-in-law of Sharon and Leonard Maclin, Richard and Wendy Wengle, and Ellen and Michael Freedman. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Lottie and the late Philip Greenspan, and the late Lil and Joe Goldberg, Sylvia and George Friedman, and Johnnie Greenspan. Devoted grandfather of 17 and great-grandfather of nine.
Memorial donations may be made to the Harry Greenspan Memorial Fund c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 416-780-0324, www.benjamins.ca.