Tyson, Kroger, Pinnacle Foods elect new members of the board
National Pork Board, Des Moines, Iowa
Chuck Cozad was promoted to chief information officer, effective immediately. Cozad was previously assistant vice president, information technology, having joined the Pork Checkoff in 1998. Among Cozad’s first responsibilities will be the introduction of a digital communications team to research, assess, organize and implement new communication tools across all digital platforms.
Keystone Foods, West Chester, Pa.
Devin Cole joined as president of Keystone U.S., overseeing all North American poultry, beef and fish businesses. Cole is a food industry veteran with 20 years' experience leading sales, marketing and innovation teams. Cole was most recently the chief commercial officer of Tyson Foods, Inc., where he was responsible for developing combined go-to market strategies for the company's foodservice and consumer products businesses. During his 16-year tenure with Tyson, Cole held several senior management positions. He also led account business development efforts within Hudson Foods, Inc.
Pinnacle Foods Inc., Parsippany, N.J.
Mark Jung, current consultant to ABRY Partners and the former chief executive officer of OnLive, was hired as an independent director of the company and a member of the board's Audit Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Jung co-founded IGN Entertainment Inc. in 1999 and served as its chief executive officer from January 1999 to January 2006. He also served as the chief operating officer of FOX Interactive Media, a Newscorp subsidiary. Jung maintains extensive experience steering companies and providing strategic counsel with companies such as Yodlee Inc., 3PAR Inc., Keynote Systems Inc., Vitacost.com Inc. and Vudu, Inc. Jung replaces Prakash Melwani, senior managing director and chief investment officer of Blackstone's private equity group, who stepped down from the board. Melwani has served on the Pinnacle Foods board for eight years and played an instrumental role in shaping the company's long-term vision and supporting Pinnacle's transition to a public company.
Brakebush, Westfield, Wis.
President Carl Brakebush announced his retirement, effective Jan. 8, 2016. Brakebush has served as president since 2010, and will continue to serve as chairman of the board. Scott Sanders, a 36-year employee and current vice president of sales and marketing will assume the post of president on Jan. 1, 2016.
Mondelēz International, Deerfield, Ill.
Christiana Shi was appointed to board of directors, effective Jan. 4, 2016. Shi is president, direct-to-consumer for NIKE, Inc., with oversight for Nike Stores, Nike Factory Stores and Global Digital Commerce, which includes leading all of Nike's e-commerce business worldwide. Shi joined Nike in October 2010, and has served as vice president and COO, global direct-to-consumer from 2010-2012 and as vice president and general manager, global digital commerce from 2012-2013. Prior to joining Nike, Shi spent 24 years at McKinsey & Co., and served in various trading, institutional sales and investment banking roles at Merrill Lynch & Co. from 1981-1984.
Tyson Foods, Inc., Springdale, Ark.
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe was named to the board of directors. He was governor of Arkansas from 2007-2015, served as the state's attorney general from 2003-2007 and was a state senator from 1983-2003. Since leaving office, Beebe joined the Governors' Council for the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C., currently serves as an advisor to Arkansas State University and is of counsel to the Roberts Law Firm.
The Kroger Co., Cincinnati
Anne Gates was elected to the company's board of directors. Gates is president of MGA Entertainment, Inc., and worked for Walt Disney Co. from 1992-2012 as executive vice president, managing director and CFO for Disney consumer products and senior vice president of operations, planning and analysis. Prior to joining Disney, she worked for PepsiCo and Bear Stearns.
Yum! Brands, Inc., Louisville, Ky.
Patrick Grismer announced his intent to resign as chief financial officer, effective Feb. 19, 2016. Grismer has served as CFO of YUM since 2012. Prior to that, he has served in a number of senior finance and planning positions since 2002.
Johnson Controls, Milwaukee, Wis.
Catherine Mulvey was tapped as vice president and general manager of the company’s original equipment business for the power solutions division in Hannover, Germany. In this position, Mulvey will drive commercial excellence, top line growth and profitability for all original equipment markets. In addition, she will lead execution of commercial activities and build strong partnerships with customers in the region. Mulvey comes from Eaton Vehicle Group, and maintains more than 30 years of insights into the global automotive and truck industries.
Vapor Armour, Clackamas, Ore.
Randy Bogrand was named chief operating officer, responsible for sales and marketing, daily operations and budget implementation. A lawyer by training, Bogrand practiced business law for 10 years before transitioning into business management. Most recently, he served as chief operating officer for Elite Care and has previously managed within large workforce solution and IT providers. Bogrand also consults on mergers and acquisitions and business management projects through his company, WesternCap Associates, LLC.
Liqui-Box, Richmond, Va.
Dave Klopp was named vice president of sales, North America, responsible for managing sales and business development in North America. Klopp brings over 18 years of packaging experience.
NewAge Industries, Southampton, Pa.
The tubing manufacturer expanded its engineering team to include design and test engineers, mechanical engineers, an engineering project manager and an applications engineer. The combined engineering experience of these new employees totals over 100 years. Their backgrounds include work involving industrial engineering, biomedical products, manufacturing, thermoplastics and thermoset materials.
Danny Liang was named general director of the Shanghai-based Chinese operation, providing leadership and strategic direction for the company’s Chinese enterprise. Liang is also responsible for sales and operational strategies to expand the company’s business in the region. He brings nearly 20 years of material handling experience. Previously, he served in a variety of roles for multi-national material handling companies, developing service, operations and sales teams and maintaining high customer satisfaction. Meanwhile, Rod Selby transitioned to senior operations and solutions consultant, international, working with Intelligrated’s operations and solutions development team to provide consulting support to all of the company’s international locations.
Compac, New Zealand
The provider of post-harvest integrated solutions to the fresh produce industry announced a new executive leadership team. Mike Riley was named chief executive officer. Riley joined Compac in 2014 and brings more than 25 years of experience in leadership, product management and sales and marketing from high-tech manufacturers in the UK, United States and New Zealand. Previously, he was chief executive officer of Endace Ltd., where he drove 35% CAGR growth over six years, culminating in its acquisition by Emulex Corp. Kate Parsons was appointed chief financial officer. Parsons was previously the chief financial officer for PowerbyProxi and group CFO for Endace, where she managed the company’s relationships with public equity markets and steered the company through its eventual acquisition by Emulex in 2013. Kim Bui joined as vice president strategy and corporate development, responsible for the development and implementation of long-range strategic plans. Bui has extensive experience with mergers and acquisitions, raising capital and public and private equity markets. He also brings five years of experience as a management consultant for AT Kearney and KPMG. Previously, Bui was the head of corporate development with Emulex and joined Compac in April. Siobhan Cohen was named vice president of global people and capability. Cohen joined Compac in May, and has previously held senior human resources roles in organizations with employees located in multiple international locations. Her most recent roles included Sealord Group and Fonterra. Perry Sansom was appointed vice president of marketing and product. Prior to joining Compac in 2015, Perry was a senior executive at WhereScape, where he ran operations in the Asia Pacific region. Chris Komatas was named vice president of global operations, tasked with managing the company’s global manufacturing, project management and after-sales service capabilities. Komatas maintains a background in supply chain, product marketing and operational management, and has previously held senior positions at Juniper Equipment and Ericsson. Paul Farrow was named vice president engineering. Farrow spent the early part of his career pioneering the transition from electro-mechanical to computer-controlled systems, and worked on early Internet technology, making the transition from circuit-switched to packet-switched technology at Nokia. More recently, he was part of the Skype turnaround team that implemented company-wide Agile and Continuous Delivery at Scale. Lastly, Ken Moynihan joined as chief technology officer, responsible for the company's long-term technology strategy. Moynihan joined Compac in 2004, and was previously responsible for leading the development of the company's optical inspection systems.