American Association of Port Authorities elects new chairman
Institute for Supply Management (ISM), Tempe, Ariz.
Timothy Fiore will become chairman of the Manufacturing Business Survey Committee Chair, effective June 1, taking over for Bradley Holcomb, who will retire after six years in the position. Fiore was most recently the senior vice president and CPO for ThyssenKrupp NA, and has held management roles for United Technologies Corp., Terex Corp., Celanese International and Ryder Systems. Throughout his career, Fiore has led the development and deployment of national and global sourcing and supply chain solutions for manufacturing companies operating in multiple manufacturing sectors. He has also served on the ISM board of directors. In his new role, Fiore will assume the role of chair for the monthly Manufacturing ISM Report On Business, writing the monthly report and speaking on behalf of the companies that make up the Manufacturing ISM Business Survey Committee. Holcomb is a supply management leader known for global strategy and technology implementation in Fortune 500 companies, including Dean Foods, Waste Management and Kodak.
The Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc. (MHEFI), Charlotte, N.C.
The independent charitable organization operated by MHI elected Sal Fateen, chief executive officer of Seizmic, Inc., as vice president. Fateen was also elected to the MHI Roundtable Advisory Committee. Fateen maintains 44 years of experience in structural engineering.
Chicken Farmers of Canada, Canada
Elected as chair to the 2017 executive committee is Benoît Fontaine, who most recently served as the first vice-chair of the executive committee. He joined the board of directors in 2013 as an alternate, and became the Quebec director in 2014. He farms in the Lac Champlain area and raises chicken and turkeys. He also served on Chicken Farmers of Canada's Policy Committee and the Production Committee. Derek Janzen, owner and operator of Fraser Valley, was named first vice chair. Prior to farming, Janzen worked for a Canada-based poultry processor for nearly nine years, where he worked his way up from driving delivery trucks to sales and marketing and eventually became major accounts manager. Janzen has also held various positions on a variety of boards, including chair of the B.C. Egg Producers Association, Minister of Agriculture and a member of the Farm Industry Review Board. Nick de Graaf, a third-generation poultry farmer, was named second vice chair. He is also part of Innovative Poultry Group (IPG) and owns Maritime Chicks, a new, state-of-the-art hatchery employing the HatchCare system. In addition to poultry, de Graaf grows more than 1,600 acres of wheat, corn and soybeans, and is in his eight year as a director with Chicken Farmers of Nova Scotia. Tim Klompmaker, a third-generation farmer, was named executive member. Klompmaker was elected to the board in 2017, and served as a district committee representative for Chicken Farmers of Ontario before being elected to the Ontario Board in 2000. He also served as an alternate representative for Ontario from 2012-2013, and has represented Ontario on the production committee, the AMU Working Committee and at NFACC.
American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), Alexandria, Va.
Steve Cernak, chief executive and port director for Broward County, Fla.’s Port Everglades, will serve as the chairman of the board for the 2017-18 activity year, taking over for Mark McAndrews, Port of Pascagoula port director. Cernak has led Port Everglades as port director since March 2012. His career in the seaport industry extends more than 30 years, involving both port authority and private-sector experience. Previously, he led the Port of Galveston as its port director and chief executive, was president of the Galveston Port Facilities Corp. and served as manager of the Port Development Department for The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Cernak has also held positions with several private engineering consultancies in New Jersey.
Sealaska, Juneau, Ak.
Morgan Howard was elected to the board slate for the 2017 election, taking over for Rosita Worl, who announced on Feb. 2 that she was seeking re-election at the end of her term on June 24. Howard has spent the last two decades providing public relations consulting, strategy and communications services specializing in Alaska Natives, American Indians and Alaskans. Howard is the treasurer and a delegate for the Seattle Chapter of CCTHITA. He authored a resolution during a past Tribal Assembly to incorporate Tlingit and Haida languages into the everyday business of CCTHITA. He also serves as founding director for Tlingit and Haida Tribal Business Corp., and served on his Village Corp. Board, Yak-Tat Kwaan, for 10 years ending in 2016. He also founded the F/V Cornelia Marie brand, building a large international customer base with 1.5 million fans on Facebook.
David Kiemele was named managing director, effective April 29. Kiemele joined Cermaq in May 2016, and maintains over 17 years of experience in our industry. He started with Marine Harvest Canada, spending five years in marine production, before joining Tassal in 2005, where he was regional manager, responsible for overseeing the marine production and processing operations in Tofino, general manager and head of farming, her most recent position for the last six years.
Zacky Farms, LLC, Fresno, Calif.
Mark Fisher was promoted to vice president of plant operations, responsible for overseeing two processing plants in Fresno and a further processing plant in Stockton, Calif. Fisher has been with the company since July 2005. Previously, he worked for Foster Farms and Wayne Farms. Meanwhile, Mark Duarte was promoted to plant manager of the Stockton plant. Duarte has been with the company since August 2002. Previously, he worked for Diestel Turkey and Gallo Salami.
Land O’ Frost, Inc., Munster, Ind.
Sasoned supply chain and manufacturing process leader Mike Bartikoski was named senior vice president of operations, tasked with optimizing supply chain and manufacturing processes, identifying new technologies and prioritizing employee training to reduce costs, improve efficiency and maximize profitability. Bartikoski has worked with a range of global brands within the food and beverage industry, including Pepsi-Cola International, Quaker Oats Co. and Nestlé Foods Corp. Previously, Bartikoski ran a consulting practice, Summit 5S Consulting, LLC, where he helped clients develop corporate operations strategies to maximize return on investment. Prior to that, he served as the chief operating officer of Roskam Baking Co., where he implemented an operations plan delivering more than $3 million in productivity savings in 2014 and 2015. He also oversaw operations representing more than $2 billion in revenue as a vice president of global manufacturing alliances at The Hershey Co.
NORPAC Foods, Inc., Salem, Ore.
Food industry veteran Shawn Campbell was named new president and CEO, succeeding George Smith, who announced his retirement after more than 10 years as CEO and nearly four decades with the company. Campbell joined NORPAC in 2016 as chief operating officer, and brings an extensive track record of food industry leadership and executive management. Previously, he spent more than 10 years at Darigold, most recently as senior vice president of consumer products, where he oversaw a doubling of annual sales. Campbell’s career background also includes significant food brokerage and business development experience in the United States and Canada.
FoodCorps, Washington, D.C.
Kumar Chandran joined the non-profit’s innovation and strategic partnerships team to lead its newly opened Washington D.C., office, and lead efforts to help re-shape the state and local level policies that impact school food environments. Chandran comes with more than 10 years of experience working in food and nutrition policy. Most recently, he worked as chief of staff for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, under the leadership of Undersecretary Kevin Concannon. Prior to his tenure at USDA, Chandran served at Share Our Strength, working with federal, state and local government agencies and organizations on strategies to end childhood hunger through leveraging federal nutrition programs, and with California Food Policy Advocates on state-level nutrition policy.
Save-A-Lot, Earth City, Mo.
Kenneth McGrath was named chief executive officer, effective April 21. McGrath, an experienced leader in the discount grocery industry, spent 13 years with Lidl in executive roles, including chief executive officer of Lidl Ireland from 2009-2013 and chief executive officer of Lidl USA from 2013-2015. During his tenure as CEO of Lidl Ireland, McGrath oversaw a period of exceptional customer and revenue growth while maintaining a cost leadership position within Lidl’s global operations. McGrath was then selected by Lidl to spearhead the company’s market entry into the United States before leaving to become CEO of the Caribbean and Central America region at Digicel. McGrath will be taking over from Eric Claus, Save-A-Lot’s current chief executive officer, who has mutually parted ways.
McDonald’s USA, Oak Brook, Ill.
Morgan Flatley was appointed U.S. chief marketing officer, responsible for leading integrated marketing plans to drive growth for McDonald’s U.S. business, while expanding and strengthening partnerships with franchisees and suppliers. In addition, she will further influence the creative and bold approach of McDonald’s new agency, We Are Unlimited. Flatley comes from Pepsico, where she was chief marketing officer of global nutrition and chief marketing officer of Gatorade, where she developed a customer-obsessed business strategy. Farhan Siddiqi was named head of U.S. digital, responsible for delivering and managing digital solutions for the United States. Siddiqi previously served as vice president of global digital experience at McDonald’s, where he oversaw digital functions, including global product strategy, design, innovation and business development. Prior to joining McDonalds in 2016, he held a number of executive positions at Bank of America, Target and GE. And, Linda VanGosen joined as new head of U.S. menu. VanGosen most recently served as vice president of Starbucks, where she was responsible for the overall vision and strategic growth plans for Starbucks Evenings. Previously, she served as vice president of brand strategy, insights and menu innovation at TGI Friday’s, and was vice president of product innovation at Chili’s Grill & Bar.
Teton Waters Ranch, Denver, Colo.
David Rachlin joined as chief marketing officer, effective immediately. Rachlin maintains over 35 years in the industry, specifically at Unilever's Ben & Jerry's and Boursin Cheese. Domestically, he developed the values-led brands and businesses of Pete and Gerry's Organic, Nellie's Free Range and SodaStream's environmentally responsible home carbonation system.
Tampa Maid Foods, Lakeland, Fla.
Chantel Torres was named business development manager for the Southeast region, responsible for developing and managing the company’s foodservice distribution business and broker network in the Southeastern United States. Torres maintains many years of experience in the foodservice industry. For the past seven years, she’s worked with The Core Group as director of corporate business for the Eastern United States.
Butterball, LLC, Garner, N.C.
Dean Lisenby was promoted to vice president of supply chain and continuous improvement, overseeing supply chain management and directing the company’s logistics group, ensuring seamless processing, warehousing and customer distribution. Previously, Lisenby was the director of supply and demand planning at Butterball, where she led several supply chain planning software implementations and company-wide developments and advancements, including a large distribution center and a case-ready plant. Prior to joining Butterball in 2008, Lisenby spent 10 years at Perdue Farms as director of supply planning. And, Neal Walsh was appointed vice president of strategic business initiatives and purchasing, responsible for collaborative efforts to identify the most profitable integrated value of the Butterball meat supply. Walsh will continue to oversee corporate purchasing, in addition to co-pack procurement and management. He will also guide Butterball’s processing facilities’ protein utilization. Previously, Walsh spent 19 years at Perdue Farms, rising through the ranks from plant operations to corporate purchasing manager. He joined Butterball in 2007, where he developed and implemented a corporate purchasing policy and drove organizational change by combining the purchasing functions of Carolina Turkeys and Butterball into one business unit.
T&G Global North America (known also as EPI), Torrance, Calif.
Chris Willett joined as commercial manager. Willett started with T&G Global in 2009, and spent five years as quality control and packing manager before being appointed operations manager in 2015. He worked closely with growers, packers and sales agents during this period to manage the supply chain and quality of JAZZ, Pacific Rose and Envy product lines.
Toray Plastics (America), Inc., North Kingstown, R.I.
Christopher Roy was promoted to senior vice president and general manager of the Torayfan division. Roy most recently served as the Torayfan division’s vice president and general manager. He joined Toray in 1998, and has held several positions, including director of national sales, director of sales and marketing, senior director of sales and marketing and general manager. Prior to joining Toray, Roy launched his career in the plastics industry working in the injection molding segment for seven years as a vice president. Also, John Eustis was named vice president of engineering and procurement. Eustis was appointed senior director of procurement and logistics in 2010. In 2014, he also assumed responsibility for leading the company’s engineering team. He joined Toray in 2008 after working at Pearson Composites, where he was a vice president.
RPC Sæplast, Canada
Mark Crandall was named territory manager – Atlantic Canada/New England states. A seasoned sales professional, Crandall spent seven years with Master Packaging Inc., selling both corrugate and folding cartons and responsible for managing and growing a $12 million territory. As the regional account manager of the Francophone region of New Brunswick, a large majority of his customers were seafood processing plants. Prior to Master Packaging, he was the director of brokerage at Estate Financial for three years after a 10-year career as the individual sales manager for Medavie Blue Cross handling the New Brunswick and Newfoundland Provinces.
Weber Scientific, Hamilton, N.J.
Sharon Wilson, formerly senior national account manager, was promoted to vice president of marketing and product development. Wilson has been with Weber Scientific since 1999. Asif Rahman joined as sales manager. Rahman was previously with Airborne Labs International, working his way from analytical chemist to director of sales and customer service. Finally, MaryBeth Karczynski is now director of key accounts and market development. She was previously key account manager, and has been with the company for over four years.
JTS (Johanson Transportation Service), Fresno, Calif.
Jeff Mosqueda was promoted to vice president of sales – temperature-controlled division, responsible for overseeing all temperature-controlled freight business development. Mosqueda began his career with JTS as a sales and logistics coordinator in the Fresno perishable freight division. In January 2016, he was promoted to manager of perishable freight, where he set an educational benchmark by completing a 1-year training program with the Produce Marketing Association’s Center for Growing Talent.
Pilot Lite Ventures USA, New York
David Behringer was appointed chief executive officer to help companies convert intellectual property into successful businesses. Behringer was one of the innovators behind Kraft’s fat-free salad dressing and the South Beach Diet and Back to Nature product lines, and was most recently the chief technology officer at 915 Labs.
Vulcan, parent company of ITW Food Equipment Group (ITW FEG), Seattle, Wash.
Mihyar Mohamed was named vice president and general manager of North American Cooking, effective June 1, responsible for the Vulcan and Wolf product portfolio. Mohamed’s appointment comes after Tim Murray’s election to retire at the end of May as the vice president and general manager of Vulcan Foodservice. Mohamed joined ITW FEG in 2014 as the vice president of strategic marketing and global accounts, and was most recently vice president and general manager of Vulcan Chain and Baxter/Retail. Prior to ITW, Mohamed was the director of strategic marketing at SPX Corp., and held key management roles at Hussmann.
Allen Lund Co., La Cañada Flintridge, Calif.
Michael Keep was named the manager of the company’s new Houston, Texas, office. Keep comes with 11 years of transportation experience in various areas such as refrigerated, hazmat, flatbed, contract management and LTL.
Columbus McKinnon Corp., Getzville, N.Y.
Mark Morelli was named president and CEO. Previously, he was president of Carrier Commercial Refrigeration. Morelli also served as president and COO of Brooks Automation from 2012-2016, and previous to that, was the chief executive officer of Energy Conversion Devices. He was also with United Technologies from 1993-2007, where he progressed through product management, marketing, strategy and increasing responsibilities of general management. Morelli began his career as a U.S. Army officer and helicopter pilot, serving as a company commander of an attack helicopter unit. Morelli takes overs for Timothy Tevens, who announced in September 2016 that he was retiring. Tevens has served as president and CEO since 1998.
Tero Peltomäki was appointed vice president of business development, with a focus on product development and developing the co-operation on the corporate level. Marjo Rimpelä becomes vice president of finance and administration, while Rick Trigatti continues as North America president of Cimcorp. The sales operation will now be headed up by Kai Tuomisaari, vice president of sales, responsible for developing the international sales network and managing company-wide sales operations. The software department will be led by Pasi Kankaanpää, director of software, and Sakari Mikkola, head of software development, both responsible for ongoing software development in the technology department.
Lenze Americas, Uxbridge, Mass.
Ralph Rosa was appointed president of Lenze Americas, tasked with building the company’s North American sales, production and engineering footprint. Rosa brings more than 25 years of experience at Eaton Corp., where he held leadership positions running business units and large sales, marketing and engineering organizations in the United States and Switzerland. Most recently, Rosa served as president of Schaffner North America, where he achieved significant market share growth and improved operational efficiencies.
IMPAK Corp., Los Angeles
Veteran machinery engineer Tod Cooper was appointed product manager for the company’s machinery division. Cooper began his career at Gramatech, tapping his engineering skills to build vacuum sealing prototypes, and eventually worked his way up to general manager. For the last six years, Cooper worked as product manager for Promarksvac Corp.
Lineage Logistics, Irvine, Calif.
Chris Timmer is now senior vice president, sales and value-added services, tasked with overseeing the company’s high-pressure processing (HPP), manufacturing and redistribution operations. He will also commercialize and lead the company’s strategic partnership with BluJay Solutions. Timmer brings over 25 years of experience and leadership in supply chain management, operations and commercialization, most recently serving as chief commercial officer for BluJay Solutions, formerly known as LeanLogistics. Focused on innovation, he has managed complex solution sets for customers in cold chain and technology.