TreeHouse Foods’ chairman resigns; Litehouse names V-P., manufacturing, and more
National Chicken Council (NCC), Washington, D.C.
Ben Harrison, president and CEO of Amick Farms, LLC, was installed as 2017-2018 chairman. Harrison worked for Ernst and Young as a junior auditor before joining Amick Farms in 1991. Since then, he has worked in various capacities throughout the company until he became president in 2004. Harrison is active in the poultry industry and agricultural associations, currently serving on the board of directors at NCC and the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association. He also served on the local school board from 2000-2012. Serving as vice chairman for 2017-2018 is Mark Kaminsky, chief operating officer at Koch Foods. Kaminsky started his career at Arthur Andersen, and joined Koch Foods’ financial side of the business in 1990 before moving over to the operational side, which included live processing through Koch’s move to become a vertically integrated poultry company in 1996. He also assisted in Koch’s growth from a 1-plant operation to one of the leading poultry companies in the United States, through acquisitions, Greenfield site developments and internal expansion. Clint Rivers, president and CEO of Wayne Farms, LLC, takes over as secretary-treasurer. Rivers joined Wayne Farms in October 2012 as vice president and general manager of the fresh business unit. In 2014, he was promoted to chief operating officer, and in 2017, promoted to president and CEO. Prior to joining Wayne Farms, Rivers served as president of foodservice and supply chain with Perdue Farms. In addition to the 6 years he spent with Perdue Farms, he worked 21 years with Pilgrim’s Pride, where he held positions of increasing responsibility, including chief operating officer and president and CEO. Rivers first began his career in the industry with Golden West Foods as a quality assurance foreman. Mike Brown, of Vienna, Va., was elected to a sixth term as president of NCC.
International Dairy Federation (IDF), Belgium
Cary Frye, senior vice president of regulatory affairs for the International Dairy Foods Association, was elected to the board of directors. Frye is also chair of IDF’s U.S. National Committee, where she leads efforts to protect and enhance the U.S. dairy industry in the global dairy sector, and is active in IDF action teams that work on establishing new international standards for nutrition labeling on non-retail containers and front-of-pack labels.
International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), Washington, D.C.
Taylor Boone was named coordinator of regulatory affairs, responsible for helping to draft comments on regulatory issues and proceedings as well as supporting efforts of IDFA’s regulatory team. In February, Boone was selected as one of 28 students nationwide to participate in the U.S Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Outlook Forum Student Diversity Program, which introduces students to contemporary agribusiness, trends, scientific research and agricultural policy.
Eastern Produce Council, Short Hills, N.J.
Mike Maxwell joined the executive board, replacing Sal Zacchia, who passed away in the spring. Maxwell is president of Procacci Brothers Sales.
Renard’s Cheese, Sturgeon Bay, Wis.
Sam Perlman joined as director of business and financial development, tasked with helping the company grow and expand market share. Previously, Perlman served as economic development manager for the Door County Economic Development Corp., where he worked from October 2003 to last May.
The Osso Good Co., San Rafael, Calif.
Innovator, social entrepreneur and author Tyler Gage joined the board of directors, serving as a strategic advisor, while helping to helping to make the nutrient-dense power of healing foods easily accessible for all. Gage spent 12 years studying the indigenous elders in the Amazon rainforest to co-found Runa. He also serves on the board of directors for DAVIDsTEA and is the co-founding partner of NAKU.
Technomic Inc., a Winsight company, Chicago
Pete Bell was appointed senior principal of the advisory group, responsible for consulting and research engagements with the restaurant operator community. Most recently, Bell served as senior vice president of marketing at Fishbowl, where he was instrumental in developing and marketing innovative guest analytic platforms. During his 30-year restaurant industry career, he also held senior marketing executive roles, including chief marketing officer, for a number of chain restaurant companies, such as Front Burner Restaurant, Specialty Brands Holdings Group, Smokey Bones, Friendly's Ice Cream and Boston Market.
Litehouse Inc., Sandpoint, Idaho
Robert Tyrrell was named vice president, manufacturing, tasked with overseeing the operations of five food manufacturing facilities in multiple states. Tyrrell is a 25-year industry veteran who brings extensive food industry expertise in manufacturing, food safety, supply chain management, co-packing and packaging innovation. Most recently, he spent more than a decade at The Hain Celestial Group, holding key manufacturing and operations positions.
SunSelect Produce, Inc., Canada
Len Krahn was appointed chief executive officer. Krahn has held various positions at SunSelect since 1993, most recently as chief operating officer and vice president of sales.
Walmart International, UK
Roger Burnley will take on the role of president and CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2018. Burnley returned to Asda as chief operating officer and deputy CEO in October 2016, following the appointment of Sean Clarke as president and CEO in July 2016. After more than 21 years with the company, Clarke has worked across five international markets, including serving as president and CEO of Walmart China and in the UK. Clarke remains Asda’s CEO until Dec. 31.
TreeHouse Foods, Inc., Oak Brook, Ill.
Chairman and CEO Sam Reed will assume the role of president, taking over for Robert Aiken, who resigned as president, effective Oct. 29, 2017.
Subway, Milford, Conn.
Trevor Haynes was promoted to chief business development officer, responsible for supporting the brand's global directors, as they build their teams and the business around the globe. Haynes has spent the last 3 years as Subway's vice president of operations, where he was responsible for franchisee and field engagement, improving franchisee profitability, creating an exceptional guest experience, improving operational efficiencies in each restaurant and enhancing restaurant décor and design. Haynes joined Subway in 2006 as territory manager in Australia. He moved to the UK in 2009 to take on the role of senior area development manager for UK and Ireland, where he spearheaded several innovative programs, including the £3 Lunch offer, which resulted in an increase in traffic, AUVs and units as well as sustained, long-term business growth for the region. In 2014, he joined the team at the Milford headquarters as the global director of operations.
Farmer Boys Food, Inc., Riverside, Calif.
The parent company of Farmer Boys hired Huntley Castner as chief financial officer, responsible for providing strategic insight and analysis in store remodels, menu innovation, new franchisees and market expansion. Castner's extensive experience in the restaurant industry has been instrumental in growing system-wide sales and overseeing the expansion of several concepts, including Panda Restaurant Group, Yogurtland, and most recently, Lemonade Restaurant Group, where he was chief financial officer.
Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., Minneapolis
Barry Barnett was named senior vice president of global supply chain, responsible for the execution of supply chain strategy and management. Barnett maintains more than 35 years of supply chain experience. Most recently, he served as senior vice president of global supply chain and purchasing at Church’s Chicken, was founder and principal of Cooperative Purchasing Services, vice president of global supply chain for Burger King Corp. and vice president of purchasing at Burger King’s purchasing cooperative, Restaurant Services Inc.
Cold Carriers, Orlando, Fla.
Randy Savoy joined as chief operating officer, assuming responsibility for all operations of Cold Carriers’ operating companies, including Gantt Trucking, Interide Transport and Sunco Trucking. Savoy has been with Swift Transportation since 2003, where he ran the company’s temperature-controlled division, managed a fleet of 2,300 tractors. He also maintains a combined 25 years of experience in the trucking industry.
Navistar International Corp., Lisle, Ill.
Josef Kory was promoted to senior vice president, parts. Previously, Kory served as vice president, supply chain, responsible for a number of areas, including logistics, aftermarket parts distribution operations and remanufacturing operations. He joined Navistar as vice president, parts global distribution operations in 2008 after 18 years of aftermarket parts experience with PACCAR Parts and Ford Customer Service Division. He has served on the board of NewStream Enterprises, a joint venture between Springfield Remanufacturing Co. and Navistar since 2010.
Kuebix, Maynard, Mass.
Rich Forcier was named chief financial officer. Forcier maintains extensive expertise in finance, administration, corporate strategy and business operations. He has also helped grow businesses that have both recurring SaaS and transaction business models, and has led numerous high-growth private and public technology companies from the early stages to successful exit events. Prior to joining Kuebix, Forcier served as chief financial officer of DataXu, and held several leadership positions that led to the growth and sale of several enterprise technology companies. Hetal Joshi joined as vice president of worldwide services, where he will lead the implementation and managed services teams. He maintains over 18 years of management consulting experience, leading all aspects of transformation from strategy definition to implementation of transformational initiatives with the ability to leverage best practices to achieve operational efficiency, cost savings and revenue growth. Prior to Kuebix, Hetal managed the customer experience and process transformation practice at Cognizant, where he developed the go-to-market strategy and growth plans. He also worked at Deloitte & Touche and built two startups from the ground up. Emanuel Kadziela was appointed vice president of engineering, responsible for managing the entire engineering organization. Previously, he served as senior director of engineering for OANDA Corp., where he managed a geographically dispersed engineering team, started new business lines and was involved in company-wide initiatives, including the implementation of Agile processes. Before OANDA, Kadziela was director of engineering for Currensee, Inc., responsible for development, quality assurance and large parts of product development and research. Earlier in his career, he served as a senior software developer for Yodle Inc. Lastly, John McCammond was hired as vice president of business development, tasked with developing new distribution partnerships and integration alliances. McCammond maintains a background in business development at SaaS-based and enterprise software companies. He has built partner ecosystems for Fleetmatics (acquired by Verizon), Imprivata, Globoforce, Bullhorn and Salary.com. Prior to that, he ran business development/channel sales for Avaki (acquired by Sybase) and Engage.
SyncFab Co., San Francisco
Xiaochun Li joined the advisory board. Li is the Raytheon chair in manufacturing engineering at UCLA Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering & Department of Materials Science and Engineering. He is also chief technology officer for California Smart Manufacturing Center, US Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute, for which SyncFab is an industry partner.
Maersk Container Industry, Denmark
Sean Fitzgerald was appointed chief executive officer, effective Jan. 1, 2018, assuming overall responsibility for the strategic direction and the entire operations of the company, including its more than 5,000 employees in three container manufacturing plants in Chile and China and its R&D center in Denmark. Fitzgerald maintains over 20 years of broad expertise across management, manufacturing, product management and marketing. Since 2014, he has acted as president of Joy Global China, part of Komatsu Mining Corp., were he led a footprint of eight plants in China. Prior to this, he was regional vice president of Joy Mining Machinery, responsible for 13 plants in the Americas. He has also held executive positions over the course of almost 10 years at General Electric.
Danfoss, Baltimore, Md.
Richard Hatcher was named new head of sales for the company’s heating business, responsible for advancing the company’s activities and portfolio for the heating market, including energy-saving hydronic controls and electric heating solutions, for the United States, Canada, Mexico and Latin America territories. Previously, Hatcher was vice president of sales for Danfoss’ HVAC drives business. Prior to joining Danfoss in 2008, he spent nine years with General Electric, where he held various leadership positions in HVAC and drives sales.