The Short Line Safety Institute (SLSI), Washington, D.C.
Ron Hynes was selected as new executive director, tasked with enhancing the safety culture and conformance of short line and regional railroads. Hynes brings more than 40 years of railroad experience, beginning his career with the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad. He has also served in a variety of rail industry positions with the National Transportation Safety Board, where he oversaw railroad, pipeline and hazardous materials investigations; the Federal Transit Administration, where he led a variety of safety research projects; and the Federal Railroad Administration, where he provided policy vision and direction for the development of the National Rail Plan. SLSI also seated new board members, including Linda Darr, American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association; Janet Gilbert, Fletcher & Sippel LLC.; Rose Lang-Poston, AON Risk Services; Judy Petry, Farmrail; Daniel Sabin, Iowa Northern Railroad; and Gary Vaughn, Watco Cos.

The National Pork Board, Des Moines, Iowa
Chief executive officer Chris Hodges announced plans to leave his position, effective Dec. 31. To ensure a seamless transition, John Johnson, chief operating officer, and the senior management team will continue to oversee Hodges’ initiatives currently and implement all 2016 program activities.
World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO), Alexandria, Va.
Dr. Faris Karim Hussain, manager of the food chemistry lab for Kansas State University, was elected to the board of directors, bringing with his expertise on ammonia contamination and food toxicology. Karim has developed and contributed to numerous projects involving food safety, food analysis and food toxicology.

International Association for Cold Storage Construction (IACSC), Alexandria, Va.
Brian King, partner at A M King, was elected as the 2015-2016 chairman of IACSC. Meanwhile, Tim Nguyen, regional vice president of ESI Group, was elected as vice chairman, and Vince Free, project manager at SubZero Constructors, Inc., was elected treasurer. Board members elected to 3-year terms include Chase Deaton of Rytec High Performance Doors, Curt Edmisten of MTC Logistics, Scott Guimond of Fisher Construction Group, and Jim Romine of Lineage Logistics. Board members re-elected to 3-year terms include Peter Clayton, Peter Clayton Services; Dwight Clark, Jamison Door; Wade Hudson, Cold Storage Construction; Daren Sealover, Graycor Construction Co.; and Jeff Wiersum, 5th Wall Solutions.




Zacky Farms, Fresno, Calif.
Scott Rhodes was named chief operating officer.

General Mills, Minneapolis
Roger Ferguson Jr., chief executive officer of financial services firm TIAA-CREF, was elected to the board of directors. Prior to joining TIAA-CREF, Ferguson served as chairman of Swiss Re America Holding Corp., vice chairman of the board of governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System, and partner at McKinsey & Co. Ferguson currently serves on the board of International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. and on the advisory board of Brevan Howard Asset Management LLP. Eric Sprunk, chief operating officer of NIKE, Inc., was also elected to the board of directors. Sprunk joined NIKE in 1993, and has held a variety of management positions, including regional general manager of Nike Europe Footwear, vice president and general manager of the Americas, vice president of global footwear and vice president of merchandising and product. Prior to joining NIKE, Sprunk held several positions at Price Waterhouse.

The J. M. Smucker Co., Orrville, Ohio
Vice chairman Vincent Byrd announced plans to retire, effective June 10, 2016, following 39 years with the company. Byrd has served in a number of leadership roles, most recently as president and COO. And, effective March 1, 2016, Barry Dunaway will assume the role of president, Big Heart pet food and snacks, responsible for the company's merger and acquisition strategy, among other tasks. Dunaway has 28 years of experience in a variety of management roles and currently serves as president, international and CAO. Dunaway will be succeeding David West, who will become strategic advisor to the executive committee. Effective Jan. 1, 2016, Mark Belgya, senior vice president and CFO, will be promoted with expanded responsibilities involving the company's government and industry affairs, information services and corporate strategy departments. Belgya maintains 30 years of experience with the company, serving in a number of leadership roles within the finance organization.

Target Corp., Minneapolis
Keith Colbourn will join as senior vice president of loyalty and lifecycle marketing, effective Jan. 1, 2016, responsible for leading the development of data-driven marketing strategies that drive traffic and sales, deepening brand engagement and building guest loyalty. Colbourn comes from Quotient Technology (formerly, where he served as senior vice president of retailer digital solutions, where he led the Retailer iQ platform business and worked with leading U.S. mass, grocery, drug and dollar store retailers. Prior to his work at Quotient Technology, Colbourn served as the senior vice president of loyalty and analytics at Safeway. He also served as vice president and global loyalty practice leader at dunnhumby, where he worked with U.S. and international clients on their loyalty and customer strategies.

The Wendy's Co., Dublin, Ohio
Dennis Kass
was elected to serve as a director of the company, effective Dec. 14. Kass is currently a member of the board of directors at Legg Mason, Inc., where he serves on the finance, audit and compensation committees. He previously served as non-executive chairman of Legg Mason from July 2013 until October 2014. Prior to his chairmanship, Kass served for nine years as chairman and CEO of Jennison Associates, LLC, until his retirement in 2012. Matthew Peltz was also elected to the board, taking over for Ed Garden, who resigned to devote more time to other commitments, including service on current and future boards. Peltz is a partner and has been a member of the investment team of Trian Fund Management, L.P. since January 2008, where he sources new investment ideas, leads due diligence on potential investments and focuses on portfolio construction, risk management and corporate governance matters. Prior to joining Trian, Peltz was with Goldman Sachs & Co. from May 2006 to January 2008, where he worked as an investment banking analyst, and subsequently joined Liberty Harbor. Also, current executive vice president, CFO and international Todd Penegor will assume the position of president of the company, effective Jan. 4, 2016, succeeding Emil Brolick, who announced plans to retire in May 2016. As president, Penegor will maintain his current responsibilities for finance, restaurant development, information technology and international, and will assume responsibility for operations. And, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary R. Scott Toop announced plans to retire in mid-January 2016. Toop has been with the company since 2012.



KHS USA, Inc., Waukesha, Wis.

Martin Resch became the new head of finance, purchasing and IT, effective Jan. 1, 2016, taking over for Burkhard Becker, who has acted in this post since the end of March.Previously, Resch was managing director of Salzgitter Mannesmann Precision GmbH, responsible for controlling, finance, accounting, IT and purchasing for the technology sector.

Heat and Control, Inc., Hayward, Calif.
Bill Klein, marketing communications manager, announced plans to retire at the end of the year.