North American Meat Institute (NAMI), Washington, D.C.
Brian Coelho, president of Central Valley Meat Co., Inc., will serve as chairman of the board of directors, while Mike Townsley, president of Bob Evans Farms, Inc., will serve as vice chairman. John Vatri, vice president of operations for Cardinal Meat Specialists Ltd., will serve as treasurer, and Sara Lilygren, executive vice president of corporate affairs for Tyson Foods, Inc., will serve as secretary. Dave McDonald, president and COO of OSI Group, LLC, will serve as immediate past chairman. The institute also elected Suzanne Strassburger, chief executive officer of Strassburger Meats/ Suzy Sirloin, Inc., as its newest board member, serving through December 2017. Mike Satzow, president and CEO of North Country Smokehouse, and Steve Maxey, owner and general manager of Certified Meat Products, Inc., will serve on the executive board.
American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), Alexandria, Va.
Jim Quinn, president and CEO of the Saint John Port Authority, was installed as the 2015-16 chairman of the board, succeeding Kristin Decas, CEO and port director of the Port of Hueneme.
Beyond Meat, El Segundo, Calif.
Don Thompson joined as the company's board of directors while current board member Seth Goldman assumed the role of executive chairman of the board.Thompson was formerly president and CEO of McDonald's Corp., and has also served as president and global chief operating officer, president of McDonald's USA and executive vice president of McDonald's Restaurant Solutions Group, responsible for establishing, integrating and orchestrating McDonald's innovation pipeline and providing system leadership to identify and capitalize on growth opportunities, including overseeing concept development, R&D and menu management functions. Thompson worked at McDonald's for nearly 25 years.Goldman, co-founder and CEO of Honest Tea, will split time between his responsibilities at Coca-Cola, parent of Honest Tea, and this new role at Beyond Meat. Goldman co-founded Honest Tea out of his home in 1998 with Barry Nalebuff, his professor at the Yale School of Management. In 2011, The Coca-Cola Co. purchased Honest Tea.Meanwhile, Mark Mortimer, former president and chief customer officer of Annie's, Inc., joined as chief commercial officer, tasked with leading the company’s sales and marketing activities. Mortimer has over 30 years of sales, marketing and business development experience at Fortune 500 consumer products companies, including ConAgra Foods, Del Monte Foods, Clorox and PepsiCo. Mortimer joined Annie’s as senior vice president of sales in 2006, and has held several roles before being named president in 2014. Mortimer was instrumental in building theAnnie’s brand, which lead to an IPO in 2012 and an acquisition by General Mills in 2014. Jerry Joye joined as chief operating officer, responsible for overseeing all company operations as well as product commercialization and infrastructure. Joye has 20 years of experience in supply chain and operations. He started as vice president of supply chain for FIJI Water in 2005. He also served as senior vice president of operations and COO of Neptune Pacific Line, rising to the role of chief operating officer with responsibility for FIJI Water, JUSTIN, Landmark Wines and Neptune Pacific Line. He previously held P&L positions at General Electric and served as a logistics officer in the US Army. Lastly, Mark Nelson joined as chief financial officer with more than 25 years of finance experience at corporations in the consumer and technology sectors. He most recently served as CFO and treasurer pf Farmer Brothers Co., and was vice president, corporate controller and chief accounting officer for Newport Corp. He’s also held management, compliance and finance positions with C.R. Bard and Thermo Electron.
Dean Foods Co., Dallas, Texas
Helen McCluskey, former president, CEO and a member of the board of The Warnaco Group, Inc., and B. Craig Owens, former chief financial officer of Campbell Soup Co., were appointed to the board of directors. McCluskey joined Warnaco Group in 2004 as a group president, and later served as the chief operating officer until stepping into the CEO role. She has also held various positions with Firestone Tire & Rubber Co., Playtex Apparel, Inc. (which was acquired by Sara Lee Corp. in 1991) and Liz Claiborne Inc. During her 18-year tenure with Sara Lee's intimate apparel units, she held executive positions in marketing, operations and general management, including president of Playtex Apparel. McCluskey also serves on the board of directors of Avon Products, Inc. and Signet Jewelers Ltd. Owens was the chief financial officer, chief administrative officer and senior vice president of Campbell Soup from 2008 until his retirement in April 2014. Previously, he served as the chief financial officer and executive vice president of Delhaize Group, and was employed by The Coca-Cola Co. and its key franchisees, serving in various management roles, including finance director for Coca-Cola Beverages plc.
Land O'Lakes, Inc., Arden Hills, Minn.
Beth Ford was promoted to group executive vice president and COO for the Purina Animal Nutrition and U.S. dairy foods businesses. In addition, she will retain her previous responsibilities of supply chain and operations, information technology and research and development across the entire Land O'Lakes, Inc. enterprise. Ford joined Land O'Lakes in 2011 from International Flavors and Fragrances, where she was responsible for optimizing the company's global manufacturing infrastructure, including consolidation of multiple international facilities as well as the construction of new manufacturing facilities in India, China and Singapore. Prior to IFF, she held leadership positions at PepsiCo/Pepsi Bottling Group, Mobil Oil and Scholastic Corp.
United Producers Inc. (UPI), Columbus, Ohio
Donald “Bill” Tom was appointed executive vice president of livestock marketing, providing operational management and coordination for the livestock business units and direct livestock ancillary services. Most recently, Tom was vice president of risk management for Trupointe Cooperative, Grain Origination and EH & S and Marketing Solutions. He also has leadership experience with Cargill, Inc. and experience in animal nutrient sales and reproduction and nutrition management.
Target Corp., Minneapolis
Melanie Healey, former group president, North America for The Procter & Gamble Co. (P&G), was elected as a new director, effective immediately. Healey spent more than 25 years at P&G. During her tenure, she worked in Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela and the United States, most recently as group president and advisor to the chairman and CEO. Her history at the company includes a variety of leadership roles in marketing and in the health and personal care businesses. She’s also held positions at S.C. Johnson & Sons and Johnson & Johnson.
Bevolution Group, Chicago
David Prill was appointed chief financial officer. Prill has over 20 years of leadership experience in various food companies and brings significant expertise in strategic planning, operations, treasury, risk management, forecasting and mergers and acquisitions. Prill comes from Mistica Foods, LLC, where he served as chief financial officer. Prior to that, he was chief financial officer of Quantum Foods, LLC, Agri-Best Holdings LLC and Specialty Foods Group, Inc. This appointment follows the launch of Bevolution Group in October, formed through the combination of Juice Tyme and Lemon-X to create a beverage platform serving the foodservice industry.
Allen Harim, LLC, Seaford, Del.
Poultry industry veteran Joe Moran was named executive director of operations, responsible for overseeing operational strategies for the company’s Harbeson, Del., and Cordova, Alaska, facilities, as well as quality and food safety, transportation, environmental and strategic sourcing departments. Moran joins Allen Harim with more than 30 years of experience in the poultry industry. He most recently served as chief operations officer at Mountaire Farms.
Alfa Laval Group, Sweden
Tom Erixon will become president and CEO, taking over for Lars Renström, who is retiring in April 2016. Erixon is currently president and CEO of the OVAKO Group.