Cold food & beverage industry experiences slew of exec changes
National Milk Records plc, London
Nicci Chamberlin was hired to lead the company’s newly developed marketing team, designed to promote its full range of services. Previously, Chamberlin was regional field business manager.
The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), Arlington, Va.
Brian Cornell, chairman and CEO of Target Corp., was elected chairman to serve a 2-year term, succeeding former chairman Bill Rhodes, president and CEO of AutoZone. New board members include Gina Boswell, president, customer development, Unilever; Mark Breitbard, president and CEO, Banana Republic, Gap Inc.; Michele Buck, president and CEO, The Hershey Co.; and Richard Keyes, president and CEO, Meijer, Inc.
Marine Harvest Canada, Canada
Jeremy Dunn was named director of public affair, effective May 1, replacing Ian Roberts, who announced his transfer to Marine Harvest Scotland's operations. Dunn has been executive director of BC Salmon Farmers Association for the past four years.
High Road Ice Cream, Atlanta
Stephen Corradini was named chief people and strategy officer. Previously, Corradini was vice president of Whole Foods Market, South region. Arthur Reynolds was appointed director of sales and category management. Reynolds was previously associate coordinator of grocery for Whole Foods Market. Corradini and Reynolds served at Whole Foods for more than 30 years combined, playing critical roles in growing Whole Foods’ business in the southeast and national markets. Joel Johnson was named director of finance and controller. Johnson previously served as senior finance leader for Owens Corning and Danaher. Mark Feinberg, a former High Road board member and advisor, was named chief operating officer.
Mission Produce, Oxnard, Calif.
Hector Soltero was hired as director of sales planning. This marks Soltero’s second stint with Mission, after initially working for the company in a sales capacity and as the wholesale manager from 2008-2015. Subsequent to that, Soltero worked in avocado sales, most recently for Westfalia Fruit. Soltero maintains more than 10 years of sales and sales management experience.
J.M. Smucker Co., Orrville, Ohio
Steven Oakland, vice chair and president, U.S. food and beverage, announced plans to retire, effective June 29. A 35-year veteran of the company, Oakland most recently led the U.S. food and beverage businesses, including retail coffee, retail consumer foods, natural foods, retail sales and marketing services. Previously, he served as president, coffee and away from home; president, international, foodservice and natural foods; president, U.S. retail - Smucker's, Jif and Hungry Jack; vice president and general manager, consumer oils and baking; vice president and general manager, foodservice; and general manager of J.M. Smucker Canada. Joseph Stanziano will assume the role of senior vice president and general manager, coffee, effective Feb. 1. Stanziano is currently senior vice president and general manager, consumer foods. He has been with the company for 21 years. Tina Floyd was elected senior vice president and general manager, consumer foods, effective Feb. 1, responsible for the consumer and natural foods strategic business areas. Floyd is currently vice president and general manager, away from home, and has been with the company for 23 years. Amy Held was elected senior vice president, strategy and M&A, effective May 1. She is currently vice president, corporate strategy and business development, and has been with the company for 5 years. Prior to joining Smucker, Held was a managing principal at Towers Watson (now Willis Towers Watson) and a certified public accountant with Coopers Lybrand (now Pricewaterhouse Coopers) and Grant Thornton.
Big Y Foods, Inc., Springfield, Mass.
Nicole D’Amour Schneider was named senior director operations, effective Jan. 1, responsible for overseeing Big Y’s five supermarket districts, including World Class Markets, Fresh Acres, Specialty Market and Table & Vine wine and liquor division. D’Amour Schneider began working at Big Y in 1989 as a service clerk in the East Longmeadow, Mass., supermarket. She worked in several departments, including customer services and employee services. In 1999, D’Amour Schneider was promoted to assistant customer service manager and customer service manager the following year. After completing the store manager training program, she was appointed assistant store manager at the Westfield, Mass., World Class Market. In 2002, she was promoted to store manager in the Enfield, Conn., World Class Market. In 2004, she took on the role of customer relationship manager, responsible for training, reinforcing and executing Big Y’s customer service culture and engagement programs, including creative and suggestive selling teams, group problem solving and keep thinking initiatives. In April 2012, D’Amour Schneider was appointed senior manager of pharmacy services. In June 2013, she was promoted to director of pharmacy, responsible for the oversight and operation of all Big Y’s in-store pharmacies.
Titan Farms, Ridge Spring, S.C.
Tonya Conaway was promoted to customer account manager with Palmetto Processing Solutions, the company’s peach processing sister company. Conaway has been a part of the Titan Farms sales team since July 2015 as a logistics and sales customer service representative. Prior to her position at Titan Farms, Conaway was a grower consultant and inventory manager at Amick Farms for 13 years. And, Tammy Condrey was named sales office manager and executive assistant. Condrey brings more than 20 years of management experience. She spent 16 years as a special projects coordinator for the National Wild Turkey Federation, where she coordinated shooting sports programs, turkey calling contests and various other special events. Prior to joining Titan Farms, she worked at the University of South Carolina – Aiken as the office manager for the central housing office.
Sargento Foods Inc., Plymouth, Wis.
Erin Price was promoted to vice president – strategic planning, focus on finding future growth areas for Sargento and helping divisions with special projects and process optimization. And, Karen Lepisto was promoted to vice president – human resources and community relations, providing leadership to the teams responsible for employee relations, engagement and communications, as well as corporate giving. Lepisto has been with Sargento forr 22 years. Previously, she served as director – human resources, and worked in a variety of production and HR roles.
Subway Restaurants, Milford, Conn.
Tracy Steinwand was promoted to director of global operations, where she will lead all aspects of Subway's global operations, including restaurant and field operations, and continue leading the learning and development team, responsible for creating a culture of continual, holistic learning for all members of the field. Prior to this, Steinwand was director of franchisee services, leading the teams that directly supported franchisees. She also served as regional director for Australia and New Zealand for 8 years. She began her career with Subway as a field consultant in Canada in 1993.
California Pizza Kitchen, Los Angeles
Jim Hyatt was appointed chief executive officer, effective immediately, following the retirement of G.J. Hart as chief executive officer. Hyatt is a veteran restaurant executive who led multiple national restaurant brands over the course of his 40-year career. Most recently, Hyatt served as chief executive officer of Ruby Tuesday, where he grew profitability while delivering all-time high guest attribute scores, and led the company through a take-private transaction. Prior to Ruby Tuesday, Hyatt served as chief executive officer of Church’s Chicken and Così Inc., as well as global chief operating officer for Burger King, where he led operations for 13,000 restaurants with $20 billion of system-wide sales in 65 countries. Hyatt spent 32 years in the Burger King system, including 10 years as a multi-unit franchisee.
Brinker International, Inc., Dallas, Texas
James Katzman, a retired partner of Goldman Sachs, was elected to the board of directors. Katzman, a seasoned investment banking professional, spent his career advising companies on corporate financial matters and merger transactions. He also serves as a trustee for the Hershey Trust Co. and Milton Hershey School, San Francisco Ballet and Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix. In addition, he is on the advisory board for the Program for Financial Studies at Columbia Business School, where he guest lectures on financial topics.
Darden Restaurants, Inc., Orlando, Fla.
Dave George was appointed to the newly created position of executive vice president and COO, where he will maintain oversight of Olive Garden, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52 and International Franchising while adding Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen to his leadership portfolio. George was named president, Olive Garden in 2013 and executive vice president, Darden Restaurants in 2016. He joined Darden in 2007 as president, LongHorn Steakhouse, where he had served since 2003. Prior to that, George served as senior vice president, operations for LongHorn Steakhouse from 2001-2003 and vice president, operations for The Capital Grille from 2000-2001. Also, Dan Kiernan was named president, Olive Garden, effective immediately. Kiernan joined Olive Garden as a manager-in-training in 1992, and worked his way through the operations system, moving from general manager to director of operations to senior vice president, operations. He was named executive vice president, operations in 2011, and has played an integral role in Olive Garden's transformation.
Graphic Packaging International, LLC, Atlanta
Spencer Maurer was named senior vice president, Americas foodservice, where he will oversee the foodservice business's three U.S. converting plants, commercial and innovation teams and other supporting functions. Maurer has been with Graphic Packaging since 1992, and has held various leadership positions, including, most recently, senior vice president, supply chain.
Nor-Lake, Hudson, Wis.
Merilly Hessburg was hired as director of customer care, responsible for managing the quotation process, order processing, sales correspondence, technical services and after-sales service support. Hessburg joins Nor-Lake with 20 years of experience in executive management. In the last three years, she was vice president of operations, technical services and customer care, where she helped create and drive the global standard for service and operational excellence. She previously held general manager and technical director roles within global service, engineering and operations, where she was responsible for global customer support, process/applications development, training and technical support.
Ozo Innovations, London
Tania Howarth joined the board as chairman. Previously, Howarth was chief operating officer of Nomad Foods, where she was instrumental in leading the private equity-backed carve-out of Birds Eye, Findus and Iglo from Unilever. She joined Nomad Foods in April 2007, following Unilever’s divestment of the company. During her tenure at Nomad Foods, Howarth maintained executive responsibility for supply chain, quality, human resources and IT, and led several large-scale business transformation programs. Previous to that, Howarth was CIO for the Coca-Cola Co.'s European and African Groups from 2003-2007. Prior to that, she spent 9 years at Walkers Snack Foods, a division of PepsiCo in the UK, with the last five years spent as CIO. Earlier in her career, she served in a variety of business projects and IT systems management positions with ICI and Sun Microsystems, having initially trained as an accountant with Price Waterhouse.
Packline USA, La Verne, Calif.
Shay Zohar was appointed president and CEO, succeeding former president and CEO Amir Tamshe, who established the company in 2002. Tamshe now leads Packline’s global sales and product development efforts. Zohar previously served as chief operational officer for Barrie House Coffee & Tea. Zohar joined Barrie House in 2002, and helped to grow the 73-year-old company from a small family run roastery into a market leader of the single-serve coffee category.
Vortex, Salina, Kan.
Lyndon Flower was named business development manager, working with manufacturers’ representatives, regional and territory sales managers and industry specialists to further expand the sales of Vortex products in the dry bulk material handling industry. Previously, Flower served as vice president and general manager at A&J Mixing International for 18 years, until the company was acquired by Smico in 2015. Since then, he has been focused on sales and marketing efforts for the A&J Mixing line.
Norfolk Southern Corp. (NS), Norfolk, Va.
John Scheib was named executive vice president law and administration and chief legal officer, effective March 1, succeeding William Galanko, who will retire on the same date after 28 years with the company. Scheib is tasked to versee law, government relations, corporate communications, human resources and labor relations. Scheib joined Norfolk Southern in 2005 as an attorney, and has held positions of increasing responsibility in the company’s law department. He was named vice president law in 2016 and senior vice president law and corporate relations in 2017. 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. Galanko, who joined Norfolk Southern in 1990 as a tax attorney, was elected an officer of the company in 1999, when he was named vice president taxation. He subsequently held a series of senior executive positions with wide-ranging responsibilities, including senior vice president law and corporate communications, before being named executive vice president law and administration in 2017.
JAXPORT, Jacksonville, Fla.
Frederick Wong Jr. was appointed chief operating officer, effective Feb. 5, charged with overseeing JAXPORT’s terminal operations, public safety and engineering departments. Wong maintains more than 20 years of experience in all facets of port operations, and since 2014, has been assistant port director at PortMiami, responsible for all cruise, cargo and security operations. Prior to that, Wong held positions of increasing responsibility at PortMiami, ranging from seaport harbormaster to seaport operations manager. He began his career at the port in 1997 as cruise operations superintendent.
Swisslog Logistics Automation Americas, Newport News, Va.
John Dillon was appointed vice president, e-commerce/retail. Dillon joins from DAIFUKU, where he has served as senior vice president, responsible for client care, since 2012. Prior to that, he was regional president for Wynright Corp. and director of engineering for Automotion. T.J. Fanning was promoted to vice president, consumer goods. Fanning maintains more than 12 years with Swisslog, most recently serving as director of customer support sales and account management. He began his career in industrial engineering at Wal-Mart. Terry Krantz was promoted to vice president, production logistics. Krantz maintains more than 20 years of experience in the material handling industry, the last 12 with Swisslog. Most recently, he served as vice president, sales and consulting, for the production logistics business unit, and prior to that, served as director of retail segment sales. Richard Kooistra was appointed vice president for Latin America. Kooistra maintains nearly 30 years of experience in the material handling industry, the last six with Swisslog, where he served as vice president, sales and consulting for Swisslog in the Americas.