Albertsons, High Liner Foods, McCain Foods, Sanderson Farms and more, all announce personnel changes
The U.S. Poultry & Egg Harold E. Ford Foundation (USPOULTRY Foundation), Tucker, Ga.
Barbara Jenkins was named executive director, in addition to her current role of vice president of education and student programs for the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY). Jenkins is assuming responsibility of the foundation’s day-to-day operations, including managing the annual collegiate recruiting grants program, interacting with the National FFA Organization to bring National Officer Candidates and the Top 10 Poultry Evaluation and Food Science and Technology Career Development Event teams to IPPE and bringing students from more than a dozen Latin American universities to IPPE. Jenkins began her career with USPOULTRY in 2000, working in various positions in the education program. She was promoted to vice president of education programs in 2011, and student programs was added to her list of job responsibilities in 2014.
North American Meat Institute, Washington, D.C.
Casey Gallimore joined as director of regulatory and scientific affairs. Most recently, Gallimore served as regulatory food safety manager at Triumph Foods, where she orchestrated government and customer audits and oversaw the implementation of an electronic quality management system. Gallimore was also the company’s liaison to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Drug Administration and other government organizations. Prior to joining Triumph Foods, Gallimore was quality assurance administrator, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) coordinator and quality assurance manager at Kansas City Steak Co., where her responsibilities included providing guidance to plant management regarding food safety and quality and ensuring HACCP programs properly addressed regulations and production practices. Before joining Kansas City Steak Co., Gallimore worked as a quality assurance technician at Kerry Ingredients, where she developed and conducted quality control checks on products and machinery.
The National Retail Federation, New York
Christopher Baldwin, president and CEO of BJ’s Wholesale Club, was elected chairman. Baldwin, who will serve a 2-year term, succeeds Terry Lundgren, executive chairman of Macy’s Inc., who assumed the chairmanship last July. Newly elected members of the board are Miki Racine Berardelli, chief executive officer of KIDBOX; John Furner, president and CEO, Sam’s Club; Jeff Gennette, chief executive officer, Macy’s Inc.; Mike George, president and CEO, QVC Group; Steve Joyce, chief executive officer, DineEquity; Rachel Mushahwar, general manager, U.S., enterprise, government, SLED and cloud industries, Intel; Eva Press, U.S. group lead, consumer packaged goods, government, healthcare and retail for Facebook; and Brad Weston, chief executive officer, Petco.
European Machine Vision Association (EMVA), Barcelona, Spain
Arnaud Darmont was appointed new standards manager, responsible for promoting European machine vision standardization activities worldwide and coordinating the development process of machine vision standards.
Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP), Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.
Suzanne Fenton, vice president of brand marketing for TricorBraun, was elected to the board of directors. In 2013, Fenton was inducted in the organization's College of Fellows, and received the IoPP lifetime designation as a Certified Packaging Professional. Since joining TricorBraun more than 35 years ago, Fenton has been responsible for corporate branding, WinePak marketing, social media marketing, industry tradeshows, technical training and more.
Albertsons Cos., Boise, Idaho
President and COO Wayne Denningham announced plans to retire near the end of the company’s fiscal year. Denningham garnered over 40 years with the company, having started as a clerk as a teenager. As a result, Susan Morris was named executive vice president and COO, overseeing the company’s supply chain, manufacturing and operations functions. Morris started with Albertsons in 2010 as a grocery sales manager in the company’s Southwest division. Previous to that, she was senior vice president of sales and marketing for a competitor. Her career has spanned roles from store director to corporate grocery sales director, vice president of bakery and operations, and upon the sale of Albertson’s Inc.’s assets to SUPERVALU, became vice president of customer satisfaction. In 2013, Morris was named intermountain division president after a 3-year stint in the company’s Southwest division, and subsequently was asked to lead the Denver division in 2015. Morris was named executive vice president, East operations in April 2016, and moved to lead West region operations in March 2017. Morris will continue to lead the Seattle, Portland, Northern California and Southern California divisions. Jim Perkins, executive vice president operations and special projects, will continue as president of the Acme and Eastern divisions. Mike Withers, executive vice president East region operations will lead the remaining six divisions, which include Denver, Intermountain, Jewel-Osco, Shaw's, Southern, Southwest and United.
High Liner Foods Inc., Canada
Jeff O'Neill, president and COO of Canadian operations, is leaving the organization. The company does not intend to fill this position, but will instead restructure the leadership of its Canadian operations.
Stavis Seafoods, Boston, Mass.
Richard Stavis moves from chief executive officer to chief sustainability officer and director of purchasing, as part of the company’s partnership with IMV, where he will continue expanding the company’s role in the industry and helping define seafood sustainability. Former president Chuck Marble was promoted to chief executive officer, and will take over the day-to-day management and operations of the company.
McCain Foods Ltd., Canada
José Boisjoli was elected to the board of directors. Boisjoli has been president and CEO of BRP Inc. since 2003, and brings more than a decade of experience as the leader of a successful multi-billion dollar Canadian business with international operations. Prior to BRP, Boisjoli spent 8 years in the pharmaceutical and road safety equipment industries.
Duncan Family Farms, Buckeye, Ariz.
Jimmy Tadano, grower relations manager, announced his retirement after more than a decade with the company. His first job out of college was a 12-year stint with a grower, where he was exposed to all aspects of produce farming and production. From there, he spent a decade helping a local grower get established in the industry, followed by a position with another operation in the area, helping to establish its broccoli growing program. Tadano accepted a position at Duncan Family Farms in 2005 overseeing cooling and logistics. As the company grew, Tadano took the lead in ensuring that all new acreage was managed using the same agronomic program and long-term perspective needed for organic farming. In his final role at Duncan Family Farms, Tadano helped drive the company’s expansion, scouting new growing locations, establishing relationships with growers and laying the foundation for successful operations.
Tampa Maid Foods, LLC, Lakeland, Fla.
Rod Van Wyngarden joined as executive vice president and COO. Van Wyngarden brings over 30 years of experience in the food business, holding various positions in sales and marketing, as well as President. Previously, he was with PepsiCo and Cargill.
Aurora Organic Dairy, Boulder, Colo.
Founder Marc Peperzak assumed the new role as executive chairman. Peperzak founded Aurora Dairy Corp. in 1976 in Jerome, Idaho, and moved the headquarters to Boulder, Colo., in 1984. In the early 1990s, Peperzak co-founded Horizon Organic Dairy, for which Aurora began producing organic milk. Peperzak has served as CEO since the company was founded. And, Scott McGinty was named chief executive officer. McGinty brings 20 years of direct category experience and many varied perspectives to the role. After joining Aurora Organic Dairy at its inception to establish product distribution, he was he led manufacturing and logistics in 2007. In 2010, McGinty was named president, with responsibility for strategic initiatives and operating results. He has also been involved with all aspects of the business, from capital projects and organic agriculture development to public policies affecting the organic and dairy industries. Prior to joining Aurora, McGinty helped build the Horizon Organic Dairy brand, pioneering the category’s entry to the mainstream grocery market.
Sanderson Farms, Inc., Laurel, Miss.
Nicholas Smith was promoted to breeder-hatchery manager of the Hazlehurst, Miss., production division, tasked with providing leadership and directing strategic operational plans for hatching eggs and chick production. Smith began his career with Sanderson Farms in 2010 as a beginning trainee. Since then, Smith has held positions throughout the live production side of the business, including broiler flock supervisor, breeder flock supervisor, and most recently, advanced trainee. Meanwhile, David Hill was named feed mill manager of the Kinston, N.C., production facility, responsible for milling and the delivery of feed for all of Sanderson Farms’ North Carolina poultry operations. Since joining the company in 2013, Hill has held the positions of feed mill supervisor and feed mill superintendent. Prior to joining the company, Hill worked for Greene County, North Carolina Public Works.
Ocean Choice International (OCI), Canada
Loyola Sullivan announced plans to retire this fall, after 7 years with the company. Sullivan was instrumental in advancing the priorities of the company on many fronts, including the sustainability of resources through Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certifications and fisheries improvement projects, interaction and leadership with various industry associations on key issues and building strong relationships with other industry players, government and stakeholders. As a result, Carey Bonnell was named vice president of sustainability and engagement, responsible for all sustainability and resource management matters, advancing the strategic priorities of the company, ensuring that the company’s main seafood resources are sustainable and fisheries are third-party accredited, among other tasks. Bonnell has held a broad range of senior management positons in the fishing industry. Most recently, Bonnell was head of the School of Fisheries at the Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland. He was also managing director of the Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation, and held senior fisheries leadership positions with the Government of Nunavut.
Marco's Pizza, Toledo, Ohio
Chief operations officer Tony Libardi was promoted to president, effective Jan. 1. Libardi's priorities will center on employee development, franchisee support, maximizing technology and maintaining steady and rapid growth. Prior to joining Marco's Pizza in 2014, Libardi spent 10 years as vice president of U.S. company operations for Burger King, running a $1 billion division and leading a restaurant portfolio of 750 locations with combined sales of approximately $900 million annually.
Pest Control Supplies (PCS), Kansas City, Mo.
Will Shively was promoted to vice president, responsible for top-line revenue growth, new market development and ensuring customer satisfaction. Shively has worked in the pest management industry since 1988, and joined PCS in 2002, where he has focused on new business development and building strong customer relationships. And, Ben Marselus was named operations manager, responsible for overseeing the customer fulfillment process and shipping team as well as managing the daily operations for PCS, including purchasing, inventory, inside sales and accounting. Marselus started his career with PCS in 2007 in warehouse operations, and has also served in sales, fulfillment and shipping roles.
AIT Worldwide Logistics, Itasca, Ill.
Angela Mancuso was hired as vice president of human resources. Mancuso maintains nearly two decades of leadership experience in a variety of areas, including onboarding, recruitment, talent development, training and strategic planning. She gained logistics industry credentials while working on UPS’ human resources team, and has served in director-level roles for other mid-sized firms. Previously, she served as director of human resources for Paylocity, where Mancuso scaled the organization’s human resources department to hire, serve and develop an employee population that expanded tenfold during her time there. Most recently, Mancuso served as the chief people officer for Pampered Chef.
JLS Automation, York, Pa.
Gary Pickett was named director of integrated systems group, tasked with overseeing the company’s systems integration activity, including non-JLS-built equipment. Pickett maintains a strong background in carton loading solutions. Previously, he was vice president of engineering and president of Bradman-Lake Group. And, Justin Fredricks was appointed regional applications engineer. Fredricks comes to JLS with strong experience in technology management and electrical and mechanical engineering. Most recently, he was senior applications engineer at Arrowhead Systems, and has also held positions such as mechanical design engineer and sales engineer at several companies, including Pearson Packaging, Bosch Packaging, Sani-Matic and Rapidpak.
JAXPORT, Jacksonville, Fla.
David Kalata was hired as director, national container accounts, responsible for developing new and existing container cargo business with accounts throughout the United States. Kalata most recently served as international sales manager for Florida East Coast Railway, directly interacting with many of JAXPORT’s largest customers and tenants. He previously held sales and operational positions with international shippers, third-party logistics providers and brokers. Kalata also served as a strategic advisor to the industry, designing tactical market plans and improving supply chain programs.
Twinlode Corp., South Bend, Ind.
Angelica Mitranca was appointed director of engineering, tasked with directing all aspects of engineering activities and projects for Twinlode and its clients. Mitranca maintains more than 20 years’ experience in engineering for the material handling industry. In 2001, she began as a senior design engineer at Kingway. From there, she became engineering manager at UNARCO Material Handling, Inc., where she worked for 10 years on the manufacturing side of the rack industry.
Allen Lund Co. (ALC), La Cañada Flintridge Calif.
Jessica Annis was promoted from transportation broker to operations manager for ALC Savannah. Annis has been with ALC for six years, when the Savannah, Ga., office opened.
Michael White, former president of Maersk Line North America, was named chief executive officer of the new joint venture formed with IBM.
TECSYS Inc., Canada
Marketing veteran Laurie McGrath joined as new chief marketing officer. McGrath brings over 20 years of executive marketing, branding and communication experience as well as deep knowledge of the supply chain, technology and healthcare sectors. She will lead global corporate and product marketing initiatives across all aspects of brand execution, including market positioning, product definition and strategy, public relations, social media, corporate communications and demand generation. Prior to joining TECSYS, McGrath was chief marketing officer for Intalere (formerly Amerinet), where she led rebranding efforts and integrated marketing initiatives with a focus on healthcare. Other key leadership roles include interim CMO and vice president of marketing for Savvis, a CenturyLink company; vice president of product marketing for SourceMark International; and vice president of marketing for the Marshall Group. She also served as director of marketing for HighJump Software.