Land O’Lakes names new president, Home Run Inn Pizza CEO passes away, and more
Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), Portland, Ore.
Scott Coe was appointed to the board of directors. Coe is general manager of Emerald People’s Utility District (Emerald PUD). He joined Emerald PUD in 2012, after a 24-year career at the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), where he was a key player in carrying out new initiatives and implementing processes that support BPA’s strategic direction. He held several management roles there, including overseeing the Western Area Power account executives, generation supply and power scheduling.
Produce Marketing Association (PMA), Newark, Del.
Trevor Suslow will join as vice president of food safety, effective Oct. 1, responsible for engaging with members and other industry, coalitions, regulators and the food safety community to educate and advocate for a risk- and science-based approach to produce safety. Suslow will also work with researchers to facilitate produce safety research that can be translated into industry best practices. Previously, he served as extension research specialist for the University of California-Davis, where he has been researching, advising and educating industry and other stakeholders on post-harvest safety and quality. He also worked as a staff scientist and director of product research at DNA Plant Technology Inc., and has led the University of California-Davis’ Postharvest Technology Center since 2016.
Seafood Nutrition Partnership (SNP), Arlington, Va.
Sonja Connor was elected a new member of the board of directors. Connor is a former president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and a health researcher with decades of research on omega-3 fatty acids.
International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), Des Moines, Iowa
Dr. Tim Jackson was elected president. Jackson is vice president of food safety, regulatory compliance and social compliance for Driscoll’s of the Americas, where he has been since 2017. In this role, Jackson leads the team in North and South America, with responsibility for food safety, regulatory (including organic) compliance and compliance in worker welfare.
The Center for Produce Safety, Woodland, Calif.
Dave Corsi, vice president of produce and floral for Wegmans Food Markets, was elected new board chair. Corsi has been with Wegmans Food Markets for over 32 years, taking on his current position in 1999, where he’s responsible for procurement, merchandising, design, fixturing, pricing and the Wegmans Organic Farm operation. Corsi takes over for Tim York, president of Markon Cooperative, whose 2-year term expired. Officers elected to the board of directors include Mike Stuart, president of Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association, as secretary, and Bob Whitaker, chief scientific officer for Produce Marketing Association, as treasurer.
Publix, Lakeland, Fla.
Marcy Benton was named vice president of human resources, responsible for all human resources functions. She began her Publix career in 1992 as an accounting clerk. In 1995, she joined human resources, and after holding various positions, was promoted to director of retail associate relations in 2013. In 2017, she was promoted to her current position, vice president of talent management. And, John Provenzano was named vice president of public affairs, responsible for government relations, customer care and social media and media and community relations. Provenzano began his Publix career in 2017 as vice president of government relations. Prior to joining Publix, he was executive director of the National Association of State Treasurers (NAST). Before joining NAST, he was government affairs director for Delta Air Lines.
Blount Fine Foods, Fall River, Mass.
Robin Leatherwood was promoted to director of technical services, responsible for providing regulatory, food safety and labeling support to the company’s culinary and R&D functions. Previously, she served as manager of technical services.
Borden Dairy Co., Dallas, Texas
Barry Card was appointed to the newly created position of vice president of go-to-market, responsible for developing and implementing a go-to-market strategy, including route design, and managing distribution route design and analytics functions, both at company headquarters and in the field. With over 20 years of experience in designing and implementing go-to-market strategies, Card most recently served as global director of go-to-market systems capability at PepsiCo. Card also spent 27 years in a variety of roles at Frito-Lay, where he specialized in route management and go-to-market strategies, eventually serving as GTM director of the West division. And, Patrick George was appointed to the newly created position of vice president of engineering, responsible for developing and driving functional excellence within Borden’s capital investment strategy and fixed asset management, and partnering with the operations and distribution teams to drive reliability and create efficiencies. George comes to Borden from Dr Pepper Snapple Group, where he served as director of engineering for 12 years, responsible for the design and commercialization of new initiatives, designing and implementing cost savings and equipment and package redesign. Previously, he spent a decade at Western Container.
Thomas Fresh, Canada
Michèle McMillan joined in the newly created role of director of national accounts. With 37 years of industry experience, McMillan previous held a multitude of roles, including operations management, and category/procurement management across the retail landscape on behalf of two Canadian grocery retailers. Most recently, she served as director of private label procurement for bakery/deli/home meal replacement/produce/grocery non-food at Sobeys. McMillan also served on the Canadian Produce Marketing Association board for 8 years, and is involved in the CPMA Passion for Produce program.
Information Services Group (ISG), Stamford, Conn.
Todd Lavieri was named vice chairman. Lavieri, currently partner and president of ISG Americas and Asia Pacific, retains responsibility for the two regions, and will now work closely with members of the firm's executive leadership team on corporate strategy and governance matters. Lavieri joined ISG in 2014 as partner and president of ISG Americas, and later was named to lead ISG Asia Pacific. Previously, Lavieri served as general manager, IBM Global Consulting, and general manager, global business services, IBM Canada. Prior to joining IBM, he was president and CEO of Archstone Consulting, which he founded in 2003 and sold in 2009. Before that, he was a partner with Deloitte Consulting.
The Allen Lund Co. (ALC), La Cañada Flintridge, Calif.
Jared Shehan was promoted to manager of the Nashville, Tenn., office. Shehan has been with ALC since 2016, when he served as business development specialist. Shehan maintains over 10 years in the transportation Industry. Prior to ALC, Shehan worked as a manager at JB Hunt Transport, where he was involved in dry van, reefer, flatbed, intermodal, brokerage, final mile and other services. Prior to that, he was a transportation analyst and purchaser.
Mann Packing Co., Salinas, Calif.
Lawrence Henrard was named vice president – operations. Henrard maintains over 15 years of expertise. He most recently served as commercial director/president for the Morning Star Co. He’s also worked for Dole, Tanimura & Antle and Amy’s Kitchen. Bob Licker joined as regional sales manager – foodservice. Licker maintains more than 41 years of expertise. Licker began his career at the Hunts Point Produce Market, and grew up in a family foodservice business. Later, he founded his own produce company at the age of 30, and ran the business for 22 years until, in 2009, he joined US Foods as southeast produce sourcing manager/northeast produce regional manager. And, Jeff Hutterer re-joined the company as appointed regional business manager for the central territory. Hutterer, who previously worked for the company from 2008-2011 as a national account manager, brings more than 20 years of expertise to the role. He most recently served as director, retail sales and new business development for IFCO Systems. He’s also worked for Earthbound Farm, Ready Pac Foods and Chiquita.
The Land O'Lakes, Inc., Arden Hills, Minn.
Beth Ford was named president and CEO, effective Aug. 1, following the retirement of Chris Policinski. In December 2017, Ford was named chief operating officer of Land O'Lakes businesses, where she oversaw Land O'Lakes' WinField United, Purina Animal Nutrition and Dairy Foods business units. Prior to that, Ford was head of Land O'Lakes' Dairy Foods and Purina Animal Nutrition businesses, where she led record performance and growth and leveraged innovation through R&D to strengthen both brands. She was also instrumental in the acquisition of Vermont Creamery in early 2017. Prior to joining Land O'Lakes in 2011, Ford had held executive operations management and supply chain roles at International Flavors and Fragrances, Mobil Corp., PepsiCo and Pepsi Bottling Co. and Scholastic. She maintains more than 20 years' experience in technology and R&D. Ford also sits on the board of directors for the National Milk Producers Federation and non-profit boards, including Greater Twin Cities United Way in Minneapolis.
Target Corp., Minneapolis
Gemma Kubat was named senior vice president, supply chain engineering and activation, effective Aug. 6, tasked with leading the design, activation and ongoing management of assets that support Target’s global supply chain and logistics network. Kubat’s previous retail leadership experience includes human resources, finance, innovation, strategy and logistics. Most recently, she served as vice president, global business services for Walmart. Prior to that, she worked for Asda.
Fonterra USA, Rosemont, Ill.
John Wilson announced plans to step down as chairman after undergoing a significant surgery that requires ongoing treatment. John Monaghan was elected to step in as new chairman. Monaghan has been on the board since 2008, and has taken a lead role in representing Fonterra’s interests on customer visits and global trade issues.
Domino’s Pizza, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Tom Curtis was named new executive vice president of Team USA, replacing Stan Gage, who purchased 12 Domino's stores to become a franchisee. Curtis will lead Domino's network of 396 company-owned stores across the United States, and oversee Domino's operations innovation and global store training teams. Curtis began his career with Domino's as a store manager, and then became a franchisee from 1987-2006. After franchising, Curtis joined Domino's corporate as an area leader in 2006. He went on to a variety of leadership positions in the field, including director of strategic market growth, where he led the Seattle "fortress market" program prior, then vice president of the West region and eventually vice president of operations support for the U.S. Prior to his current role, Curtis served as vice president of franchise relations and operations innovation.
Northrop Grumman Corp., Falls Church, Va.
Nick Chaffey was named chief executive for the United Kingdom and Europe, effective Aug. 28. Chaffey will play a leading role supporting the company's current programs, developing strategies for growth and identifying new business opportunities for the company's activities in the U.K. and Europe, including NATO countries. Chaffey maintained a 25-year career at PA Consulting Group, where he was the founder and lead for PA’s global defense and security business, and previously served as global head of consulting services. Prior to that, he spent six years in the Royal Corps of Naval Constructors at the Ministry of Defense.
Key Technology, a member of the Duravant family of operating companies, Walla Walla, Wash.
Agustin Alcantara Rosales was named regional sales manager for Mexico, responsible for bringing Key’s digital sorters, vibratory conveying solutions and other automation systems to food processors and other manufacturers in Mexico. Alcantara maintains 12 years of experience selling industrial equipment. Most recently, he served as sales manager for Erwin Junker, was a sales manager for Heller Machine Tools, and prior to that, a sales engineer for Makino – SST.
Matt Steele was promoted to director of sales for tooling and workholding, responsible for ensuring sales strategies are executed for maximum growth as well as developing strong working relationships with top management among end users and sales channels in the Midwest. Steele has been employed in industrial sales for 24 years, the last 11 of those as regional sales manager for SCHUNK USA, and most recently, a senior regional sales manager, where he covered Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and the upper peninsula of Michigan and mentored co-workers in Iowa, South Dakota, Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Swisslog Logistics Automation Americas, Newport News, Va.
Michael Felbinger was named new vice president of the company’s customer service group, which supports customers with preventative maintenance, system optimization, technical support, spare parts and training. Felbinger maintains a long track record at Swisslog worldwide, having previously held senior management roles in the Americas region, including vice president project implementation and vice president Americas Technology Center, where he helped to achieve dominant market share for Swisslog’s PowerStore pallet shuttle system.
The Growth Co., Denver, Colo.
Camilla Howard was hired to lead the company’s growth engineering initiatives, helping food processing equipment manufacturers transform to a digital marketing approach. Howard started her career in 2012 as marketing director for Unitherm Food Systems, where she launched a digital marketing initiative to improve brand recognition and increase revenue. Those efforts paid off when Unitherm was acquired by Marlen International in 2017. Following the acquisition, Howard stayed on for a year to assist with the integration.
Primex Design & Fabrication (PD&F), formerly Woodruff Corp., Richmond, Ind.
James Orick was appointed design engineer, responsible for working with sales representatives in translating customer specifications into packaging and shipping solutions. He comes to Primex following 20 years with Georgia Pacific, where he held positions in customer service, planning, design and production.
IN MEMORIUM: JOE PERRINO, HOME RUN INN PIZZA
Joe Perrino, chief executive officer of Home Run Inn Pizza, Woodridge, Ill., passed away unexpectedly July 19.