Land O'Lakes president to retire, and more
American Dairy Products Institute (ADPI), Elmhurst, Ill.
Blake Anderson was named new chief executive officer, effective June 30, succeeding David Thomas, who announced plans to retire. Anderson maintains over 30 years of experience in sales, marketing and business development working for leading ingredient and food manufactures. Most recently, he served as senior vice president of new business development at California Dairies, Inc. (CDI), where he oversaw sales, marketing and business development and profit and loss for the global butter, processed fluids, cream cheese and nutritional powders business. Prior to joining CDI, Anderson was the global director for premium ingredients and customer development for Fonterra, where he managed relationships with global food companies and oversaw ingredients operations in North America, Europe and North Asia (Japan and Korea). Prior to Fonterra, Anderson spent 15-plus years in leadership positions in sales, marketing and business development for Symrise, Inc., Dean Specialty Foods Group and Campbell Soup Co.
Land O'Lakes, Inc., Arden Hills, Minn.
Chris Policinski announced plans to retire as president and CEO, effective June 30, a position he’s held since 2005. Policinski's tenure has been marked by significant growth in the size of the company, which is twice the size today than it was when he assumed leadership nearly 13 years ago. In addition, Policinski oversaw global expansion in recent years with joint ventures in both South Africa and Kenya, and its merger with United Suppliers in 2016. With nearly 40 years of experience in the food industry, Policinski held positions with Kraft General Foods, Bristol-Myers Squibb and The Pillsbury Co. before joining Land O'Lakes. Peter Janzen, senior vice president, general counsel and chief administrative officer, was appointed interim CEO. Janzen has been with the company for his entire career, joining Land O'Lakes, Inc. in 1983.
Railinc Corp., Cary, N.C.
Joan Smemoe was promoted to chief information officer and vice president of information technology, effective June 11, responsible for providing the vision and leadership for Railinc’s data, product development and information systems platforms. Smemoe joined Railinc in 2006 as a senior software engineer, and has served as a project development manager, senior manager of application engineering, director of application engineering and director of Railinc’s project management office, where she provided technology leadership for product initiatives such as the AskRail mobile application, the Gateway Operations Services program and the Component Registry. Prior to joining Railinc, Smemoe worked as a senior Java developer at Shelter Mutual Insurance Co.
ROAR Logistics, Buffalo, N.Y.
Fred Beasley, chairman of Integra Logistics Services, LLC, joined ROAR as chief commerce officer, after ROAR acquired Integra.
Trio Vision LLC, Smyrna, Ga.
Paul Tiszai was named new West coast regional manager. Tiszai has been involved in the pipeline inspection equipment industry for over two decades. Previously, he held various management positions at SPX (formerly Pearpoint, Inc.) working his way up from a technician’s assistant position to management responsibilities in various departments such as production, service and sales.
Diamond V, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Dr. Doug Smith is returning as director, Europe poultry food safety, responsible for development and implementation of food safety programs for poultry and egg producers, food companies and retailers in Europe. Smith previously worked at Diamond V as food safety director as well as holding food safety and quality assurance roles at various other food industry companies. He’s also held faculty positions at North Carolina State University and the University of Georgia. He currently works at Clemson University in extension food safety, is an adjunct faculty member of the Food, Nutrition and Packaging Sciences Department and has authored 100 refereed journal articles and three book chapters.
KPS Global (KPSG), Fort Worth, Texas
Dave Walker was named strategic accounts manager. Walker maintains 20 years of experience in account management for KPSG. He began his career as an inside sales estimator, and was promoted to account manager, responsible for accounts for dealers and large supermarket chains. In 2001, Walker was promoted to team lead, and in 2003, became responsible for all West Coast supermarket chains in addition to select chains nationwide. His recent experience comes in the wholesale/club arena.
Flair Flexible Packaging Corp., Appleton, Wis.
Kerri Reichwald and Tracey Thede joined the customer support team, tasked with supporting customers’ needs, ranging from ensuring confirmation and continuity of orders to communicating technical information and facilitating samples. Reichwald maintains over a decade of experience in service and support roles, including customer service, human resources and internal coaching and training. Thede maintains over 20 years of customer service and inside sales positions, tasked with client communication, relationship development, problem solving and strategy development.
MTC Logistics, Baltimore, Md.
Andrew Janson was appointed chief operating officer, succeeding F. Brooks Royster III as president in early 2019. Royster has served as president of MTC for the past five years, and will eventually become head of international operations. Janson most recently served as chief executive officer of Hanson Logistics. He brings nearly 30 years of industry service, and currently serves as vice chairman of the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses, an arm of the Global Cold Chain Alliance.