Jacksonville Port Authority, Jacksonville, Fla.
Long-time JAXPORT executive Eric Green was hired as chief executive officer. Green, appointed interim CEO in March, joined the port in 2005, and previously served as senior director, government and external affairs, leading the effort to gain authorization and funding to start the Jacksonville Harbor Deepening project. Prior to joining JAXPORT, Green served in numerous leadership roles for Jacksonville, including deputy chief administrative officer, where he managed several city departments and was instrumental in the development, passage and implementation of the $2 billion Better Jacksonville Plan.
Chicken Farmers of Canada, Canada
Michael Laliberté was selected as the incoming executive director, effective Oct. 2, replacing Mike Dungate, who has held the role for over 20 years. Laliberté maintains 26 years' experience at Chicken Farmers of Canada, most recently as director of operations, where he managed the finance unit, the human resources and administration unit and the information systems within the market information and systems unit. He has been serving as the second in command to the executive director, and has provided leadership and strategy on the financial affairs to support the executive management team, the finance committee and the board of directors.
Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc., Canton, Mass.
The parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins named Katy Latimer as the company's new vice president, culinary innovation. With more than 25 years of experience in food science and culinary innovation, Latimer will head Dunkin' Brands' culinary team, planning and managing the strategic development of new and enhanced menu choices at its more than 20,000 Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins restaurants across the globe. Latimer maintains nearly two decades in leadership positions at PepsiCo, most recently as vice president of research and development, global beverage category, where she led a 65-plus person product development and culinary team, responsible for innovation and portfolio transformation for PepsiCo's global beverage category, including the foodservice platform, North American Coffee and Pepsi's Lipton Tea partnership. She also helped oversee the creation and launch of several new brand products, including Pepsi's first premium water, LifeWater, as well as IZZE Fusions, Stubborn Craft Soda, PureLeaf Tea House Collections, Starbucks Cold Brew, Mountain Dew KickStart and more. Latimer has also held positions at Joseph E. Seagram & Sons and Kraft Foods, and served on the board of governors of the Flavor Extract Manufacturers Association.
Flowers Foods, Thomasville, Ga.
Harish Ramani was named senior vice president and chief information officer, where he will lead Flowers' information technology operations, with a focus on enhancing key business tools and processes. Ramani maintains more than 25 years of IT experience and leadership, most recently serving as global CIO and senior vice president of ARYZTA plc. Prior to ARYZTA, he served as senior vice president and global CIO for Constellation Brands. He began his career with ExxonMobil, and has held various IT leadership positions at Dr Pepper/Snapple, Cadbury Schweppes plc. and Red Bull North America. Also, Debo Mukherjee was tapped to newly created role of chief marketing officer, effective Oct. 2, responsible for leading the company’s marketing and branding initiatives and playing a key role in product innovation, reflecting the company’s increased brand and consumer focus. Mukherjee is an accomplished consumer marketer and general manager with 25 years of experience in confection, food and health/nutrition consumer businesses. He most recently served as founder and owner of Intacta Consulting Group LLC. Prior to launching Intacta, Mukherjee was chief executive officer of Redco Foods, Inc., a subsidiary of Teekanne GmbH, from 2011-2015. He also served in marketing roles for packaged goods companies such as Mars Inc., Unilever, H.J. Heinz Co. and The Hershey Co.
Cargill, Wichita, Kan., and Faccenda Foods, UK
Andy Dawkins, managing director for Faccenda Foods, will become chief executive officer of the newly formed joint venture company with Cargill. Chris Hall, fresh chicken director for Cargill Meats Europe, will become chief commercial officer.
Gemstone Foods, LLC, Decatur, Ala.
Heath Loyd was named president and chief operating officer. Loyd maintains 20 years’ experience in the poultry industry, most recently at Wayne Farms, where he was responsible for facility operations, and at Pilgrim's as vice president of prepared foods.
Kellogg Co., Battle Creek, Mich.
Steven Cahillane was elected chief executive officer, taking over for John Bryant, who announced his retirement, effective Oct. 2. Cahillane has served as president and CEO of The Nature's Bounty Co. since 2014, where he aligned the company with key health and wellness trends, established a thriving e-commerce division and created significant shareholder value. Prior to this, Cahillane spent 7 years with The Coca-Cola Co., most recently serving as president of Coca-Cola Americas, where he helped the business achieve record revenues and deliver consistent market share gains. Other roles there included president and CEO of the Coca-Cola Refreshments business, president of Coca-Cola Enterprises in North America and president of Coca-Cola Enterprises in Europe. Cahillane also spent 8 years with AB lnBev in various senior leadership roles, including chief commercial officer, where he led commercial strategy, global marketing, sponsorships, innovation and research following the 2004 merger of lnterbrew and AmBev. His tenure with the company also included serving as chief executive officer for the company's lnterbrew U.K. and Labatt USA subsidiaries.
ProAct Safety, The Woodlands, Texas
Chuck Douros was named new senior consultant. Douros has worked in the safety and environmental arena across dozens of platforms in all regions of North America. Previously, he was a regional director and safety consultant, where he implemented behavior-based safety processes for thousands of employees in manufacturing, construction and agriculture.
Northrop Grumman Corp., Falls Church, Va.
Gloria Flach, chief operating officer, and Sid Ashworth, corporate vice president, government relations, announced plans to retire, effective Dec. 31. Flach maintains a 36-year career with Northrop Grumman, providing engineering expertise and executive leadership company-wide. She is also the company’s first female chief operating officer, and previously served as president of Northrop Grumman’s electronic systems sector. Ashworth joined Northrop Grumman’s leadership team as it established its headquarters in Washington, D.C., transforming the company’s government relations approach and providing guidance, coordination and support for all company relationships with the U.S. government. She maintains more than 25 years of experience in the legislative and executive government branches, including 14 years as a professional staff member with the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations. As a result, Kathy Warden was elected president and COO, effective Jan. 1, 2018, where she will oversee the company’s three operating sectors as well as the integration of the Orbital ATK business upon closing of that transaction, including large-scale, mission-critical systems and complex hardware and software products within the United States and internationally in areas such as command, control, computing, communications, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (C4ISR) and cybersecurity. Previously, Warden was corporate vice president and president of the former information systems sector. Prior to joining Northrop Grumman in 2008, Warden held leadership roles at General Dynamics, Veridian and General Electric. Mark Caylor was elected corporate vice president and president of mission systems, where he will lead the company’s enterprise shared services organization and the corporate strategy and mergers and acquisitions functions. He has served as corporate vice president and president, enterprise shared services and as corporate vice president and treasurer. Shawn Purvis was appointed corporate vice president and president, enterprise services, responsible for leading and executing all aspects of Northrop Grumman’s internal IT strategy and related responsibilities. Previously, she served as sector vice president and general manager for Northrop Grumman’s former cyber division. Purvis joined Northrop Grumman in 2012, serving as vice president of the integrated intelligence systems (IIS) business unit. Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, she held positions of increasing scope and responsibility with SAIC. And, Lesley Kalan joined as corporate vice president, government relations, tasked with leading the corporate legislative affairs organization, responsible for implementing and overseeing all Northrop Grumman strategic and tactical interactions with the U.S. Congress and related organizations. Previously, Kalan was vice president with the Cohen Group, and served as professional staff of the U.S. Senate, Committee on Appropriations, Defense Subcommittee and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
TruTag Technologies, Emeryville, Calif.
Jesse Wu was named senior advisor to the company. Wu maintains nearly 30 years of global healthcare experience. He joined Johnson & Johnson in 1989. During his 26-year tenure at J&J, Wu served across multiple roles, including as worldwide chairman of the Johnson & Johnson consumer group, company group chairman for global markets, chairman of Johnson & Johnson China and as a member of the company’s management committee. Over his career, Jesse has managed significant scale and complexity in manufacturing, sales, marketing and distribution in both developed and emerging markets. Since his retirement from J&J in 2016, Wu has served as a board member of listed companies and an advisor of private equity firms.
Norfolk Southern Corp. (NS), Norfolk, Va.
William Galanko was named executive vice president law and administration, effective Oct. 1, responsible for human resources and labor relations. Galanko joined NS in 1990 as a tax attorney. He was named vice president taxation in 1999, vice president financial planning in 2005, vice president law in 2006 and senior vice president law and corporate communications in 2016. John Scheib was appointed senior vice president law and corporate relations, also effective Oct. 1, responsible for law, government relations and corporate communications. Scheib joined NS in 2005 as general attorney, and held positions of increasing responsibility in the NS law department, culminating in vice president law in 2016. Prior to joining NS, Scheib served as chief of staff and counsel to the chairman of the U.S. Surface Transportation Board and as counsel to the railroad subcommittee in the U.S. House of Representatives.
ESE, Inc., Marshfield, Wis.
Alexander Canfield was promoted to MIS team lead, tasked with leading a team of manufacturing information engineers who design and deploy industrial information solutions. Canfield joined ESE in 2014 as MIS engineer. Prior to joining ESE, Canfield served as a supervisor of reporting and analytics for Figi’s and an IT manager at Holt Door Systems. Also, John Luther was named project manager. Luther maintains more than 21 years of engineering, manufacturing and process engineering experience in the food and beverage industry. Previously, he was senior project engineer for W.M. Sprinkman, and served in a variety of roles at Cargill, Inc.
Air Products, Lehigh Valley, Pa.
Naji Skaf was appointed vice president and managing director of the industrial gases business, responsible for managing and growing Air Products' industrial gases operations and strategic partnerships in the Middle East, Egypt and Turkey region. Previously, Skaf served as a partner for Heidrick & Struggles International’s Middle East and North Africa practice and a member of its global industrial practice. Prior to that, he served as chief executive officer of Gulf Cryo, and led technologies and services for Air Liquide's industry and health business, holding various positions in Houston, Paris and Cairo.
PaperWorks Industries, Inc., Bala Cynwyd, Pa.
C. Anderson Bolton as president and CEO. Bolton maintains more than two decades of senior leadership experience with several multinational packaging companies, as well as a significant track record in finance, sales, strategy, business development and executive management in flexible and rigid packaging. Most recently, Bolton was president of Crown, Cork & Seal's aerosols, closures and specialty packaging North American divisions. During his 6-year tenure, he led both the aerosols North American and metal closures North American divisions, driving significant process improvements and commercial growth. Prior to Crown, Bolton was a vice president/general manager for Amcor, focused on the semi-rigid packaging sector. For 15 years prior to that, Bolton held multiple senior leadership positions with the Bemis Co., Alcan and Pechiney.
Alto-Shaam, Menomonee Falls, Wis.
Paul Demczak was named director of product management, responsible for strategic development of the new Vector Series multi-cook ovens and leading other product development projects. Demczak maintains 20 years of experience in product management, including five years managing a product line for another commercial foodservice equipment manufacturer. He also maintains experience working with computer interface systems, and most recently worked for SSI Technologies Inc., where he led multi-functional new product development teams. John Gruver joined as senior regional culinary manager, Northeast, responsible for supporting the company’s demand creation efforts through education, solution development and specification of Alto-Shaam products, which includes support of A Taste of Alto-Shaam demonstrations. Gruver has worked in the foodservice industry for over 20 years, holding executive chef, management and consulting roles in a variety of markets throughout the United States. He most recently worked as a consultant for a New York grocery store chain, where he created sandwich, pizza, salad and hot food programs with updated pricing and packaging, developed standard operating procedures, enhanced and upgraded menu offerings and trained store managers and team members on new programs. Kari Fulton was named vice president of national accounts-retail, responsible for the development and implementation of strategies that will increase sales and profits from retail customers, including evaluating market opportunities, developing account strategies and communicating and implementing sales plans while working to meet both national account growth objectives and customer expectations. Fulton has held various positions in sales management and business development within the foodservice industry. Most recently, Fulton was a regional sales manager for a walk-in cooler manufacturer, where she was responsible for handling dealer networks and direct sales in various segments such as supermarkets, convenience stores and small volume foodservice across the northeast and Canada. Fulton also developed strong relationships with dealers, chain accounts and consultants to provide customizable foodservice equipment system solutions. Tim Murphy was tapped product specialist, responsible for supporting the commercialization of the new Vector Series multi-cook ovens, including assisting with startups and conducts rep group trainings and in-demand creation initiatives. Previously, Murphy was a field marketing specialist at Appliance Innovation, where he was part of a team of engineers and restaurant professionals who developed Vector Series multi-cook ovens. He maintains diverse and extensive experience in the foodservice industry, holding director and management positions with Aramark, Compass and Marriott International. Bob Dellert was appointed vice president of national accounts-foodservice, responsible for the strategic development for chain account growth, focusing on the new Vector Series multi-cook ovens, and working to meet sales growth objectives, as Alto-Shaam targets chain accounts with this new technology. Previously, Dellert was the senior director of strategic accounts at Appliance Innovation, where he was involved in developing, marketing and selling the Vector oven.
Zest Labs, a subsidiary of Ecoark Holdings, Inc., San Jose, Calif.
The company launched a Produce Advisory Board, consisting of Craig Miller, president of Western Precooling Systems, and Gary Pasquinelli, president of Pasquinelli Produce Co. Miller’s company is at the forefront of pre-cooling processes and systems. Pasquinelli is a second-generation farmer of fresh vegetables and melons.
Emerson Commercial and Residential Solutions, St. Louis, Mo.
John Rhodes was appointed new group president of cold chain for the company’s new cold chain organization. Rhodes previously managed Emerson’s refrigeration business. The four market-focused teams will be led by Ed McKiernan, newly appointed president of the cold chain business. Mark Dunson was named group president, responsible for leading the company’s global electronics and solutions business.
Honeywell Intelligrated, Morris Plains, N.J.
Pieter Krynauw assumed the role of president of the newly launched rebranded company, responsible for leading and growing the business in new locations around the world.