Cold food industry undergoes slew of personnel changes
World Poultry Foundation, Stone Mountain, Ga.
Randall Ennis, former chief executive officer of the Aviagen Group, was named president.Ennis is currently director of international business development for the EW Group.
Pat Graef, director of evaporative media core technology, research and development for Munters Corp., was installed as a vice president and serves as vice chair of the Technology Council. Graef started her career in new product development over 40 years ago as an application engineer for Munters. She helped transform the inventions of technologies such as cooling towers, mist elimination, evaporative cooling, humidification and dehumidification.
International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), Des Moines, Iowa
Dr. Alejandro Mazzottaassumed presidency. Mazzotta is vice president, global quality, food safety and regulatory affairs for Chobani, LLC. Prior to his current position, he served as senior director of global food safety with Campbell Soup Co.
Allen Harim, Seaford, Del.
Sylvia Nicholson was promoted to senior director of human resources and corporate communications. She joined the company in October 2014, where she has overseen human resources strategy development, employment services, compensation and benefits, employee relations and professional training and development. Everett Brown was promoted to senior director of operations, responsible for Harbeson, Del., and Cordova, Md. Brown joined the company in March 2014. Previously, Brown spent 30 years working in the poultry industry and served as director of operations for Mountaire Farms. Scott Yackel was promoted to plant manager at Cordova, having previously served as assistant plant manager at Harbeson. He has been with the company since 1993. Jim Quinton will now serve as senior manager of transportation and environmental services, responsible for the company’s transportation, including logistics, planning and coordinating all delivery and hauling activities. He also will oversee meeting all environmental compliance. He previously served as senior manager of Cordova operations and transportation. He boasts more than 25 years of experience in the poultry industry.
Target Corp., Minneapolis
Donald Knauss, former executive chairman and former chairman and CEO of The Clorox Co., and Robert Edwards, former chief executive officer of Safeway Inc., were elected as new directors, effective immediately. Knauss served as chairman and CEO of Clorox from October 2006 to November 2014. He then served as executive chairman until July 1. Before joining Clorox, he was president and COO of Coca-Cola North America. He is also a former U.S. Marine Corps officer. Edwards served as chief executive officer of Safeway from May 2013 to April 2015, and served as president and CFO from April 2012 to May 2013. He joined Safeway in 2004 as executive vice president and CFO. John Mulligan was appointed to the newly created role of executive vice president and COO, effective Sept. 1, responsible for oversight of stores, supply chain and properties. Mulligan has worked at Target since 1996, when he began as a financial analyst. He has served as the company’s chief financial officer since 2012. In 2014, he led the company as the retailer’s interim president and CEO from May to August while continuing to act as CFO. Cathy Smith, a seasoned retail business leader, joined as executive vice president and CFO, responsible for treasury and tax, internal and external financial reporting and operations, financial planning and analysis, internal audit, investor relations and Target’s financial and retail services business. Prior to joining Target, Smith served as executive vice president and CFO at Express Scripts. She has also held CFO positions at Walmart International, GameStop and others.
Dean Foods Co., Dallas, Texas
Jim Turner was named the company's non-executive chairman of the board. Turner joined the board in November 1997. Turner is the principal of JLT Beverages L.P. and the owner and CEO of JLT Automotive Inc. He served as president and CEO of Dr. Pepper/Seven Up Bottling Group, Inc. from its formation in 1999 through June 2005. Prior to that, Turner was the owner and CEO/chairman of the board of the Turner Beverage Group. Turner also serves on the boards of directors of Crown Holdings, Inc., Comstock Resources, Inc., INSURICA and Davaco, Inc., and is a member of the Texas Rangers Baseball Club ownership group.
Sysco Corp., Houston, Texas
Paul Moskowitz was promoted to executive vice president-human resources. Scott Charlton was promoted to executive vice president-supply chain. And, Russell Libby was named executive vice president-administration and corporate secretary. Meanwhile,Nelson Peltz, chief executive officer and a founding partner of Trian Fund Management L.P., and Josh Frank, a Trian partner, were elected to the board of directors, effective Aug. 21.
ConAgra Foods, Inc., Omaha, Neb.
Darren Serrao was appointed to the new position of chief growth officer, responsible for leading the Growth Center of Excellence, which includes insights, innovation, research and development and marketing.
Hain Celestial Group, Inc., Lake Success, N.Y.
Raymond Kelly was appointed to the board of directors, effective Aug. 13. Kelly, who served as the Police Commissioner of the City of New York for 14 years, has been president of risk management services for Cushman and Wakefield, Inc. since March 2014, responsible for offering clients tailored solutions to manage and mitigate risks around the world. Prior to Cushman and Wakefield, Kelly had a 50-year tenure in public service, establishing what is said to be the first counterterrorism bureau of any municipal police department in the country as well as a global intelligence program and a real-time crime center. Kelly also served as commissioner of the U.S. Customers Service and as undersecretary for enforcement at the U.S. Treasury Department, where he supervised the department's enforcement bureaus, including the U.S. Customs Service, the U.S. Secret Service, The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.
Ready Pac Foods, Inc., Irwindale, Calif.
Dan Redfern joined as chief financial officer, responsible for overseeing and directing the company’s financial goals and objectives and driving the financial planning, including managing risk, record-keeping and company reporting. Redfern joins Ready Pac with a wealth of experience from a number of industries, including consumer packaged goods, finance and consulting. In his previous role as chief financial officer at Pop Chips Inc., Redfern developed operating plans, implemented KPIs and improved company gross margins by 10 points. Prior to Pop Chips, Redfern was chief financial officer at Circle Foods/Tyson Foods, where he led the private label grocery business, managed large capital projects and drove a $9 million EBITDA turnaround within one year of his time at the company. Redfern also spent more than 14 years at PepsiCo, where he led the sales and strategy development for the Pepsi Bottling Group.
Smithfield Foods, Inc., Smithfield, Va.
William Brunt was named senior vice president and chief innovation officer, tasked with overseeing the company’s Innovation Center and new product development within existing categories. Brunt will also continue as senior vice president of marketing for several of the company's core brands, including Smithfield. Additionally, Jeff Warner was hired as vice president of innovation for the packaged meats division, responsible for overseeing the Innovation Center team. Warner brings more than 20 years of experience, including 18 years with Heinz North America in roles spanning innovation, research and development, marketing and engineering. Kenneth Sullivanwas promoted to president and COO, assuming the day-to-day operating responsibility for the company's U.S. fresh pork, packaged meats and hog production divisions, as well as international sales/exports, among other responsibilities. Previously, Sullivan was executive vice president. In addition, Glenn Nunziata was appointed chief financial officer, succeeding Sullivan in that role. Nunziata will assume leadership of Smithfield's finance, treasury, risk management, accounting and IT functions. Nunziata most recently served as a partner in assurance services at Ernst & Young for 19 years. He has extensive accounting experience serving multi-national and high-growth companies, as well as in matters pertaining to internal controls and corporate governance.
Bolthouse Farms, Bakersfield, Calif.
Scott LaPorta was promoted president and general manager, responsible for overseeing the primary leadership of Bolthouse Farms’ sales, research and development, production and distribution. He will also oversee operations, agriculture, quality control and customer service. Previously, LaPorta was chief operating and chief financial officer of Bolthouse Farms.Before joining Bolthouse Farms, he was a private investor and consultant. He also worked for Levi Strauss, Park Place Entertainment, Hilton Hotels Corp., Marriott Corp. and Price Waterhouse.
Maschhoff Family Foods, the holding company of The Maschhoffs, LLC and GNP Co., St. Louis
Jason Logsdon, chief executive officer, announced plans to leave the company to pursue his passion for investing. Logsdon, who started as chief financial officer at The Maschhoffs in 2003 and became CEO of Maschhoff Family Foods in 2012, will join the board of directors and continue to counsel the organization in strategic business areas. Effective Sept. 8, Tim Schellpeper, former president and COO of Smithfield-Farmland, will become chief executive officer. The company also named Dr. Bradley Wolter as president of The Maschhoffs, a role he has held on an interim basis since April.
Tyson Foods, Inc., Springdale, Ark.
Mikel Durham was selected as a new independent director on the board, effective July 30. She currently serves as the chief commercial officer of CSM Bakery Solutions. Durham began her career in 1985 with Bain & Co., where she served in several roles working in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Russia. In 1994, she joined PepsiCo, where she was promoted to vice president and general manager of the company’s south European and North African restaurant operations. Subsequently, she served as a managing director of Guinness, president of Burger King North America and president of global supply for Cadbury Schweppes.
US Foods, Rosemont, Ill.
Pietro Satriano was named president and CEO, taking over for John Lederer, who will continue as an advisor. Prior to joining US Foods in 2011, Satriano was president of LoyaltyOne Canada, the company behind AirMiles, and was executive vice president of Loblaw Brands at Loblaw Cos., where he was responsible for its complete range of private brands. Meanwhile, Steve Guberman will take on the role of chief merchandising officer, which was previously held by Satriano. Guberman brings over 30 years of industry experience, holding the role of senior vice president, merchandising and marketing operations since January 2012. Guberman was responsible for the deployment and adoption of a range of merchandising and marketing strategies designed to accelerate profitable sales growth and help customers win. Guberman joined US Foods as part of the Kraft/Alliant Foodservice organization in 1991.
McDonald's Corp., Oak Brook, Ill.
Lloyd Dean and John Mulligan were elected directors of the company, effective Aug. 3. Dean is president and CEO of Dignity Health, responsible for the overall management of hospitals, home healthcare and medical group foundations. Prior to his current role, Dean was chief operating officer at Advocate Health Care. Dean is also on the board at Wells Fargo & Co. and Navigant Consulting, Inc. Mulligan is executive vice president and CFO at Target, where he leads financial and retail services, including the company's credit card operations. Mulligan joined Target in 1996 as a financial analyst, and during his tenure, held key leadership positions in finance, human resources and with Target.com. Mulligan also serves on the Minnesota Children's Hospitals and Clinics board.
On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina, Dallas, Texas
Ashley Zickefoose was appointed chief marketing officer, responsible for overall brand management, planning and strategy, advertising and public relations initiatives, R&D and innovation. Most recently, Zickefoose was BES Consulting Group, and has extensive marketing experience in executive roles with foodservice and restaurant companies, including Kraft Foods and Pizza Hut/YUM Brands. She was also the senior vice president of marketing for Sleep Experts.
Long John Silver's, Louisville, Ky.
Peter Czizek joined as vice president of culinary innovation. Czizek began his career as a chef preparing seafood in fine dining and scratch kitchens, and has developed new menu creations at chains for Applebee's, Dave & Buster's, Brinker International and Macaroni Grill. Leading the marketing team as senior vice president, Margo Mize boasts more than 20 years of restaurant and retail experience. She is a restaurant and food industry specialist, and most recently served as chief marketing officer for Sweet CeCe's Frozen Yogurt & Treats. Marilyn Nicholson joined as vice president of media and promotions. She brings more than 20 years of expertise, including 15 years at Scoppechio, where she led media strategy and consumer activation for a variety of national, regional and local retail clients. As vice president of operations, Toni Bianco comes from Papa John's, and has dedicated more than 20 years of his career to foodservice. He spent time managing a South African olive and wine estate before joining Aramark, then finally Papa John's where he was promoted to vice president, Asia.
Famous Dave's of America, Inc., Minneapolis
Abelardo Ruiz was appointed chief operating officer. Ruiz was previously employed as chief operating officer of Colon Gerena Restaurant Group, Famous Dave's franchise partner in Puerto Rico.
Papa John's International, Inc., Louisville, Ky.
Steve Ritchie was promoted to president and COO, working with the executive management team to develop and support the global growth and development of the brand. Ritchie started with Papa John's as a customer service representative in 1996. He has been a Papa John's franchise owner and operator in the Midwest division since 2006.
Darden Restaurants, Inc., Orlando, Fla.
Brett Patterson took on the role of president of Ruby Tuesday Concept, taking over for Todd Burrowes, who was named president of LongHorn Steakhouse. Patterson is an accomplished restaurant executive with over 25 years of industry experience. He joined Ruby Tuesday as vice president of operations in 2013, and was promoted to senior vice president of operations in September 2014. Previously, he served in a variety of roles with Darden Restaurants, including director of operations for Bahama Breeze, vice president of operations for Longhorn Steakhouse and senior vice president of operations for Olive Garden. Prior to Darden, he was managing partner of Carrabba’s Italian Grill and an area director with Steak and Ale. Meanwhile, Burrowes is a seasoned restaurant operator with more than 25 years of experience. During his prior stint at LongHorn, he spent approximately 10 years in key leadership positions. He also served as regional director of operations for Corner Bakery Cafe and vice president of operations for Saltgrass Steak House. As president, Burrowes will lead all aspects of the business, which is comprised of more than 470 restaurants across 40 states. He succeeds Valerie Insignares, who departed the company to pursue other interests.
Ruby Tuesday, Inc., Maryville, Tenn.
David Skena was appointed chief marketing officer, responsible for developing and implementing effective marketing strategies and initiatives to build brand awareness and customer loyalty through traditional media, digital and social channels and other innovative platforms. Skena is a seasoned senior marketing executive with over 20 years of marketing and consulting experience in the consumer packaged goods and retail sectors with particular expertise in brand-building, campaign management, marketing and business strategy development, product innovation and promotions and advertising and creative development, including digital and social media. Skena came from PepsiCo, Inc., where she served as the vice president of premium and value brands, including Stacy’s Pita Chips and Smartfood popcorn, among others. He also spent over six years at Kraft Foods, Inc. in brand management for multiple product lines.
CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc., Carpinteria, Calif.
Eric Williams was promoted to chief operating officer, responsible for managing operations for both the Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s brands. Williams started his career at Hardee’s as a crew member in 1983 advancing through the ranks with various management positions at both company and franchise operations.
Hanson Logistics, St. Joseph, Mich.
Terry Brown and Mark Eriks were appointed to the company’s board of directors. Brown, currently sales specialty products and shareholder and board member at VSSI, Inc., brings extensive experience in refrigerated and global logistics as previous regional vice president of Americold Logistics and president and CEO of Diversified Port Holdings. He also served as vice chairman and treasurer for the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses and as a board member for World Food Logistics Organization. Meanwhile, Eriks is president of Strategic Alliances for Gordon Food Service, responsible for managing 12 separate business units in the United States and Canada, generating $650 million in sales. Eriks has 30 years of human resources, legal and general management experience.
Norfolk Southern Corp., Norfolk, Va.
Deborah Butler, executive vice president planning and chief information officer, announced her intent to retire Oct. 1. Butler joined Norfolk Southern in 1978 as a customer account auditor, was named assistant vice president transportation customer services in 2000 and vice president customer service in 2002.
Paragon Software Systems, Inc., Dallas, Texas
Jason McCourt joined as a senior support consultant. Previously, he was corporate manager of transportation and logistics planning, responsible for purchasing Paragon software for McLane Co. Daniel Greenberg joined as a senior support consultant. He brings over 20 years of experience designing and implementing transportation management systems, fleet and same-day routing and optimization solutions for supply chain brands. Jeff Kjosa took the role of fleXipod sales executive focused on selling the mobile proof of delivery and fulfillment system. He has over a decade of experience selling SaaS-based applications to retailers, wholesalers and distributors. Lastly, Robert Ramirez joined as a senior sales executive. He came from IBM, where he sold the full range of Paragon solutions. He brings 18 years of experience in enterprise services sales.
Hydrosol GmbH & Co. KG, Germany
Dr. Matthias Moser was named new managing director of Hydrosol. Moser is also managing director of sister company OlbrichtArom.
Bluff Manufacturing, Fort Worth, Texas
Lane Moss was named vice president of operations. Moss maintains more than 25 years in the industry, combining a wide range of technical process knowledge, significant operations experience, continuous improvement techniques and best-practices management skills. Previously, Moss was a plant manager at Peerless Manufacturing Co., where he led a team of 90 employees, including engineers, supervisors, planners, buyers, HR coordinators, fabricators and welders.
Air Products, Allentown, Pa.
Charles Cogut, senior M&A counsel at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, was elected to the board of directors. Cogut joined the New York-based law firm in 1973 and served as partner from 1980-2012, specializing in domestic, international and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, the representation of special committees of boards of directors and buyouts and other transactions involving private equity firms.
Kewill, Chelmsford, Mass.
Paul Ilse, operating partner at Francisco Partners, was elected to the board of directors. Ilse brings nearly 20 years of executive leadership experience in the technology sector, including roles in both public and private companies as well as extensive merger and acquisition experience. Before joining Francisco Partners, Ilse was the chief executive officer of Aptean, served as executive vice president and CFO of RedPrairie Holding, Inc., and as as chief financial officer of BlueCube Software, Inc.
Infinity Transportation Logistics, Atlanta
Marcus Dozier joined the team as an operations specialist in its Kansas City office.
Henningsen Cold Storage, Portland, Ore.
Kayla Henningsen, a fifth-generation family member, joined as a management associate. Henningsen initially joined the company in the summer of 2014 as an intern, evaluating current training programs and available alternatives. After graduating college in January, she worked at the Portland East facility, learning the office administration functions.