National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association elects new officers, and more personnel news
National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association (NFRA), Harrisburg, Pa.
John Farmer, sales director, Dairy Farmers of America, was elected chairman of the board. Farmer has served on the board of directors since 2003. He served as secretary from 2015-2016 and chairman-elect from 2016-2017. Farmer is also a member of the Honorable Order of Golden Penguins. Other officers sworn in were Dave Jones, vice president industry initiatives for Kellogg Co., as chairman-elect; Joe D’Alberto, director frozen/dairy, Harris Teeter team at Acosta Sales & Marketing, as secretary; Ray Tarnowski, president of Philadelphia Warehouse & Cold Storage, as treasurer; Neil Ritchey, senior vice president, sales, shopper marketing and customer care for Ajinomoto Windsor, as vice chairman-frozen; and Bob Knodle, vice president of sales for H.P. Hood, as vice chairman-refrigerated. Newly elected to the board of directors were John Arnold, director of sales services for Sargento Foods; Bob Bollbach, vice president of frozen at RDD Associates; Tony Hatok; senior director of frozen and dairy merchandising for Giant Eagle; Mark Harvey, executive director, category sales at Associated Wholesale Grocers; Kathy Hayden, vice president, customer business solutions, DanoneWave; Jim Motos, vice president, consumer brands division, Rich’s Consumer Brands; and Ron Slominski, senior director of customer marketing for Schwan’s Consumer Brands. Elected for a second term on the board of directors were Scott Anderson, chief executive officer of Alliance Sales & Marketing; Diana Curtis, associate frozen buyer, Grocery Outlet; Dave Howlett, vice president at Wakefern Food Corp.; Mike Ridenour, head of industry relations and sales operations Kraft Heinz Food Group; Chris Scheid, director, West customer teams, Land O’Lakes; and Joe Tuza, senior vice president - retail marketing, sales, R&D and innovation, T. Marzetti Co.
Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCALMR), Australia
Dr. David Agnew was appointed executive secretary, effective February 2018. Agnew has been the science and standards director for the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) since 2011, where he helped establish MSC’s position as a credible and recognized standard for wild-caught seafood. Notably, Agnew led revisions of the Fishery and Chain of Custody Standards, the development of impacts research and the publication of the Global Impacts Reports series and the implementation of the Peer Review College.
Danone, Paris, France
Emmanuel Faber, who has served as chief executive officer since 2014, was appointed chairman and CEO, effective Dec. 1, succeeding Franck Riboud as chairman. Current director Benoît Potier, chairman and CEO of Air Liquide, will succeed Riboud as chairman of the strategic committee. In addition, effective April 2018, current lead independent director Jean Laurent will not stand for re-election. The new streamlined executive committee will consist of Faber; Francisco (Paco) Camacho, who will serve as executive vice president, essential dairy and plant-based to lead the worldwide dairy and plant-based business, including DanoneWave in North America; Henri Bruxelles, who will join as executive vice president, waters and Africa. Bruxelles was most recently vice president waters for Latin America; Bridgette Heller, executive vice president, early life nutrition and advanced medical nutrition, will assume responsibility for access and Danone communities and become co-leader of the protein program together with Cécile Cabanis; Cabanis, executive vice president and CFO, will add cycles, procurement and nature sustainability to her scope of responsibility, and will become executive vice president, CFO, IS/IT, cycles and procurement; Bertrand Austruy will continue the role of executive vice president, human resources and general secretary and will lead the Danone Business Services (One Danone).
JBS S.A., Brazil
Cledorvino Belini, Roberto Penteado de Camargo Ticoulat, Wesley Batista Filho and Jeremiah O’Callaghan were elected to the board of directors, effective Oct. 20. Beline maintained a 44-year career at Fiat, serving as president in Brazil and Latin America for 11 years. Belini was also president of the National Association of Automobile Manufactures from 2010-2013. Penteado de Camargo Ticoulat is an expert in international trade and holds leadership positions in the Brazilian Council of Importers and Exporters (CECIEx), where he is also president, and the São Paulo Trade Association (ACSP), where he also serves as vice president. Serving JBS for more than 7 years, Filho served as president of JBS operations in Uruguay, Paraguay and Canada, and led the U.S. beef operations. Recently, he assumed the role of president of JBS in South America. O’Callaghan was named chairman, and has served as an investor relations officer at JBS for the past 10 years, responsible for the company’s relationship with CVM and SEC as well as representing JBS with local and international investors and stakeholders. O’Callaghan joined the Brazilian meat industry in 1983, developing global trade strategies for the Brazilian beef industry. He initially worked at Mouran from 1983-1989, then at Bordon from 1989-1995, before joining JBS in 1996 to develop the department of international businesses. Directors Tarek Farahat and Norberto Fatio announced their resignations, as well as Mauricio Luis Luchetti and Claudia Silva Araujo de Azeredo Santos, whose resignations were announced Aug. 30 and Sept. 8, respectively. Farahat will serve as global advisor with the mission of supporting governance and the international development of JBS. He will also maintain his position on the board of Pilgrim’s Pride.
Kroger Co., Cincinnati
Fred Morganthall, executive vice president of retail operations, will retire after 31 years of service, effective Nov. 30. Mike Donnelly, currently executive vice president of merchandising, will assume responsibility for both operations and merchandising as executive vice president and chief operating officer, effective Nov. 1. Morganthall's professional life began at Procter & Gamble in 1973. His career in grocery retail began in 1978 at Spartan Stores in Grand Rapids, Mich., where he was responsible for grocery, frozen and dairy purchasing as well as general merchandise and beauty care. In 1986, he joined Harris Teeter as director of grocery merchandising, and served in a number of executive management positions, including vice president of merchandising, vice president of distribution and vice president of operations before being named president in 1997. After Kroger and Harris Teeter merged, Morganthall was named Kroger's senior vice president in June 2015. He was promoted to his current role in September 2015. Morganthall has also been an active leader in industry organizations, including serving as chair of the Food Marketing Institute. Donnelly began his career at Fry's Food Stores in California in 1978. He advanced to several leadership positions at Fry's, including district management. He was named vice president of merchandising for Fry's in 1995, and promoted to president of the Fry's division in 2000. He has served as Kroger's senior vice president of drug/GM, president of the company's Ralphs division and senior vice president of merchandising before being promoted to his current position in 2015.
Ahold Delhaize, Quincy, Mass.
Hanneke Faber, chief e-commerce and innovation officer, is leaving the company at the end of December to pursue another career opportunity.
Subway, Milford, Conn.
John Scott joined as vice president of global sustainability and corporate social responsibility, tasked with overseeing the global agenda for an integrated sustainability and CSR program in collaboration with all departments and partners in the Subway family. Scott maintains more than 20 years of experience in sustainability and consumer-focused supply chains. Most recently, he served as chief supply chain officer for The Chefs' Warehouse, and prior to that, created and led PepsiCo's responsible and sustainable sourcing program, among other procurement leadership positions. Scott has also served on the board of Sedex and co-chaired the AIM-PROGRESS CPG initiative on responsible sourcing.
KPS Global, Fort Worth, Texas
Mike Eakins was named chief executive officer, taking over for vice chair Jeff Clark, who has been serving as CEO. Earlier in his career, Eakins ran Kysor Panel System’s Goodyear, Ariz., plant. Previously, he was vice president of international at Hill Phoenix and vice president and general manager of AMS, a division of Hill Phoenix.
Econo-Rack Group Inc., Canada
The manufacturer of the Konstant, Econo-Rack and Technirack brand products promoted Randy Wronzberg to president and CEO, effective Aug. 1. Wronzberg has served as vice president of operations for Econo-Rack Group since August 2015. Gabe Mazzetti, the out-going president and CEO, announced plans to leave the company after more than 7 years to pursue several personal ambitions.
JAXPORT, Jacksonville, Fla.
The following officers will each serve a term ending Sept. 30, 2018. Ed Fleming, a retired president and CEO of Atlantic Marine Holding Co, LLC, was tapped as chairman; John Falconetti, president of Drummond Press, named vice chairman; John Baker, executive chairman of FRP Holdings, Inc., as treasurer; and Jamie Shelton, president of bestbet Jacksonville, as secretary.
Haskell, Jacksonville, Fla.
John Paul Sáenz was appointed executive vice president and COO, taking over for former COO Jim O’Leary, who was appointed president. O’Leary succeeded Steve Halverson who continues to serve as CEO and chairman of the board of directors. Sáenz joined Haskell in 1997, assuming several key positions, starting as a project manager, and most recently serving as group president. Sáenz is credited with establishing Haskell’s footprint in the Latin America region, and guided Haskell’s food and beverage division to double-digit growth and profitability. Most recently, as consumer and packaged goods group president, he was strategically involved with acquisitions. O’Leary has served as COO for the past five years. Lastly, Mike Woods was promoted to consumer packaged goods group president. Woods joined Haskell as a civil engineer intern in 1998, and has since held roles, including assistant project manager, assistant superintendent, superintendent, quality manager, project manager, senior project manager and project director before becoming the consumer packaged goods group vice president of construction. His experience includes running very complex projects – both domestic and global – including Haskell’s first Asia-based project dating back to 2008. Concurrent with Woods’ promotion, Luis Jiménez assumes the role of vice president/group director of construction for consumer packaged goods. Jiménez began his career with Haskell in 1998 as a project manager, and moved to director of operations for Latin America before becoming vice president in 2006. Jiménez will continue to oversee Haskell’s Latin America operations.
Akro-Mils, Akron, Ohio
Dana Rafferty was named executive director of sales and marketing, tasked with leading the sales, marketing and customer service teams to drive innovation and problem-solving capabilities for core customers and identify and develop growth strategies for under-leveraged potential core customers. Rafferty maintains over 25 years of sales and marketing experience. Most recently, she was the director of national accounts at Hoshizaki America, where she secured Moe’s Southwest Grill, Zaxby’s and Dunkin’ Donuts as primary vendor brands. She has also held sales leadership roles utilizing the 80/20 business model at several companies, including Illinois Tool Works, where she built a new division that focused on developing and expanding new technologies for the foodservice industry.
Spiroflow Holdings, Inc., Monroe, N.C.
David Rose was named managing director of Spiroflow Automation Solutions, Inc. Rose brings experience in operations management, organizational design and business development in the manufacturing and engineering industries. Previously, he was vice president and general manager of Precision Castparts Corp.’s materials business. He has also served in a variety of business leadership roles as president, CEO and managing director for GE, and various other aerospace, railway and building products industry companies.
Spartan Motors, Inc., Charlotte, Mich.
Dominic Romeo was named to the board of directors and appointed to the board's Audit Committee. Romeo currently serves on the board of Novanta Inc. and BBB Industries. Most recently, he served as senior vice president and CFO of Thor Industries, Inc. Prior to Thor, he served as vice president and CFO of IDEX Corp. Romeo's professional experience includes GE Aircraft Engines, where he held multiple financial roles in audit and financial planning, and Honeywell International, Inc., where he rose to the positions of vice president and CFO of Honeywell Aerospace.
Tekni-Plex, Inc., Wayne, Pa.
Glenn Fish was promoted to chief operating officer. Fish has been executive vice president and CFO for the past 3 years, where Tekni-Plex has achieved consistent year-on-year quarterly earnings growth and completed six strategic acquisitions. Prior to joining Tekni-Plex, Fish served as senior vice president, CFO and corporate secretary with Portola Packaging, Inc., and before that, spent 12 years with Alcan Packaging, where he served in numerous finance, general management and leadership roles, including vice president finance and vice president strategy and business development, food packaging Americas.
Smartcool Systems Inc., Canada
Jon Cullum joined the executive sales team of the UK branch. Cullum maintains an extensive history in selling within the energy efficiency market, including selling energy solution-based technologies into the hospitality industry.
ESE, Inc., Marshfield, Wis.
Sarju Patel was hired as MIS engineer. Patel maintains over 7 years of computer programming experience in creating and applying modular and object-oriented programming to information-driven solutions. Previously, he worked as a programmer analyst for Marshfield Clinic Research Institute and Information Services and Figi Cos., Inc.
Northrop Grumman Corp., Falls Church, Va.
Dong Ha was named chief executive for the South Korea branch, responsible for coordinating the corporation's relationship with South Korea, supporting current programs and growing the company’s in-country presence. Previously, Ha completed a 27-year career in the U.S. Army, retiring as a colonel. In his last military assignment, he served as the chief, Joint U.S. Military Affairs Group-Korea from 2009-2014, where he was responsible for the management of all U.S. government military sales and defense security cooperation activities with the Republic of Korea.