The International Society of Automation (ISA), Research Triangle Park, N.C.
Automation industry veteran Mary Ramsey was named new executive director. Ramsey has been serving as ISA’s interim executive director since January. She maintains more than 25 years of industrial automation experience, specializing in leadership, change management and strategy development/execution. Previously, she served as senior vice president of process automation, Americas region for Schneider Electric, where she was responsible for a $550 million profit/loss statement and 1,200 employees. She has also served as senior vice president of industry business USA and senior vice president of industry business Europe within Schneider. Prior to joining Schneider Electric, Ramsey held several business development roles within Matrikon International, Instrinsyc, Intellution, Inc. and GE Fanuc, among others.
Butterball, Garner, N.C.
Jeff Mundt was hired for the newly created role of vice president of research and development and innovation. Mundt maintains more than 25 years of experience in food innovation, brand and product launches and pipeline development. He spent the last 7 years with The Hershey Co., holding various innovation roles developing new brands, technologies and products for the health and wellness, 3D chocolate printing and permissible indulgence platforms. Prior to that, Mundt worked in various segments of Mars, Inc., specializing in BFY chocolate innovation, new brands and venture modeling. This announcement comes on the heels of Butterball’s new package redesign.
C&S Wholesale Grocers, Keene, N.H.
Joe Cavaliere was appointed chief commercial officer, effective Sept. 4. Cavaliere maintains more than 30 years of industry experience, having led national sales organizations at Kraft Foods, Unilever and Newell Brands, where he most recently served as president and global chief customer officer. Cavaliere currently serves on the board of directors for SproutFoods. He has also served on the boards of Habitat for Humanity, Breakthrough Atlanta, The National Association of Chain Drug Foundation, Retail Industry Leaders Association and Enactus.
SpartanNash Co., Grand Rapids, Mich.
Ted Adornato, executive vice president and general manager, corporate retail, announced plans to retire, effective Oct. 6. Tom Swanson, currently vice president, merchandising and marketing for SpartanNash’s corporate retail, will succeed Adornato as senior vice president and general manager of corporate retail. Swanson maintains over 30 years of executive and managerial experience in grocery retailing, including over 6 years as vice president of SpartanNash’s corporate Retail-West operations. Swanson currently oversees marketing and merchandising for SpartanNash’s 140 corporate-owned stores.
Performance Food Group Co. (PFG), Richmond, Va.
Dave Flitman, executive vice president of PFG and president and CEO of Performance Foodservice, announced plans to leave the company to pursue a chief executive role outside the foodservice industry. As a result, Craig Hoskins, president and CEO, PFG customized and Performance Foodservice sales and marketing leader, will assume responsibility on an interim basis. Hoskins joined PFG in 2008 following the acquisition by Vistar Corp., where he progressed through successive roles of increasing responsibility in sales and marketing, merchandising/purchasing and operations.
Hormel Foods Corp., Austin, Minn.
Annemarie Vaupel was promoted to director of marketing for foodservice. Vaupel began her career at Hormel Foods in October 2002 as personnel administrator in the company’s human resources department. In March 2007, she advanced to compensation analyst. One year later, Vaupel joined the foodservice division as associate product manager, then advanced to product manager in May 2011. In March 2013, Vaupel was promoted to national sales manager of healthcare, and advanced to her current position as product development team leader in 2016. Vaupel also serves as the Industry Advisory Board Chair for the Association of Healthcare Foodservice, and completed her role as board chair for the United Way of Mower County.
Newport International, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Jay Gallagher was appointed to the newly created position of director of sales, Southwest region, where he will oversee the sale of Newport-branded products to the company’s existing and future distribution clients as well as product placement within restaurant chains and regional retail. A 40-year veteran of meat and seafood sales and distribution, Gallagher previously served as regional vice president of sales for Santa Monica Seafood. Prior to that role, he was West Coast regional sales manager at Pacific Cove Crabmeat, senior buyer at Sysco Newport Meat and seafood buyer for R.W. Zant Co.
Culver Franchising System, LLC, Prairie Du Sac, Wis.
Mark Nachreiner was promoted to vice president of supply chain management, responsible for the strategic leadership of Culver’s supply chain in food distribution, equipment consolidation, quality assurance, facilities management and developing strong business relationships with suppliers and franchisees. Nachreiner maintains nearly 30 years in the foodservice industry, including his past 15 years of supply chain management experience with Culver’s. He most recently served as the organization’s director of supply chain for furniture, fixtures and equipment. Prior to joining Culver’s in 2003, Nachreiner spent 14 years with Sysco Food Services, providing supplier support to Culver’s and other restaurant chains. Nachreiner replaces Greg Schneider, who left the organization earlier this year.
Linde Material Handling GmbH, Germany
Sabine Neuß, chief operating officer, announced plans to resign, effective Aug. 27, after six years with the company to pursue new professional challenges.
JOH, Billerica, Mass.
Andy Dykstra was named account manager for the Grand Rapids, Mich., office. Dykstra maintains over 40 years in the food industry, most recently working with Advantage Sales & Marketing, and before that, with SpartanNash.
Dorner, Hartland, Wis.
Anthony Sherrill was named regional manager of Texas and Louisiana, working with sales channel partners, distributors and selected direct accounts to grow the company’s industrial and sanitary conveyor business. Sherrill maintains more than 13 years of industrial sales and product management experience. He most recently managed direct and indirect sales activities at Thomas Conveyor Co., and prior to that, was product manager at Martin Sprocket & Gear.
Tromp Group Americas, division of Markel Food Group Co., Tucker, Ga.
Brandon Woods joined as Western region territory manager for the United States and Canada, tasked with cultivating new customer relationships and deepening existing relationships throughout the region. Woods maintains over 10 years of sales and sales leadership experience in the baking industry. Previously, he served as director of sales for Lematic, Inc., where he led the sales team throughout the United States and various global markets. Also, Richard van Heukelum resigned as president of Tromp Group, The Netherlands. Ken Newsome, chief executive officer of Markel Food Group, will assume the role as interim president.
The Greenbrier Cos., Inc., Lake Oswego, Ore.
Lorie Tekorius, executive vice president and CFO, was appointed executive vice president and COO, with expanded responsibilities of the company’s wheels, parts and repair operating unit as well as human resources and corporate safety and security. Tekorius continues her management of corporate strategy and oversight of Greenbrier's financial team as well as investor relations and planning. Additionally, she chairs Greenbrier's executive committee comprised of senior management. Tekorius has been with Greenbrier for 23 years in various financial capacities. Tekorius was appointed chief financial officer in February 2016 and executive vice president and chair of the executive committee in April 2017. Meanwhile, Adrian Downes was promoted to acting CFO. Downes joined Greenbrier in 2013 as chief accounting officer, and maintains over 30 years of accounting and finance experience in a variety of industries, both with publicly held and privately held companies. He currently directs Greenbrier's global corporate and operational accounting activities and oversees Greenbrier's information technology and tax planning functions.
Fleet Advantage, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Matt Hendrix was promoted to senior director fleet services. Hendrix joined Fleet Advantage in 2014, and he has been instrumental in assisting clients with maintenance and warranty programs. He has also been an integral part of the company's cross-functional team, with critical client insight and perspective. Hendrix will serve as a liaison between fleet services and business development teams, which will foster innovative client-facing programs for pre-sale and post-sale programs throughout the lease origination process. Hendrix will also serve as Fleet Advantage's representative on the board of governors for the National Private Truck Council.
Standex Refrigerated Solutions Group, Hudson, Wis.
Isaac Madla was named director of strategic sourcing, effective Aug. 20, instrumental in leading and driving material cost reductions. Madla maintains over 20 years of sourcing and procurement experience. He most recently worked with Crown Iron Works, and prior to that, served as director of global strategic sourcing for Whirlpool Corp.
BEX, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Connie Rimes, an industrial product specialist with 27 years’ experience, will manage business development in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee. Rimes previously served as director of American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Globe Food Equipment Co., subsidiary of The Middleby Corp., Dayton, Ohio
Brian Clouse joined as national service manager, responsible for all aspects of after sales’ support, including managing field service companies, and coordinating technical support and parts distribution operations. Clouse maintains over 20 years of business sales and service experience in multiple Industries. He most recently worked as account/service manager with Rieck Services.
Navistar, Inc., Lisle, Ill.
David Giroux was named chief communications officer, effective Sept. 1. Giroux maintains a wide range of communications experience. He spent nearly 7 years with Daimler Trucks North America, where the majority of his tenure was director, corporate communications and corporate marketing, responsible for corporate positioning, communications strategy, executive communications, employee communications, media relations and digital and social media strategy. Before joining Daimler, Giroux was director of marketing and communications for Peterbilt. He also spent nearly 7 years at Meritor in roles of increasing responsibility within the company's communication and marketing groups.
Data Specialists, Inc. (DSI)., Elkhorn, Wis.
Ryan Mertes, president, will become president of the DSI division of Dairy.com and chief solutions officer of Dairy.com after the acquisition.
MicroMain Corp., Austin, Texas
Ron Savarese will lead the business as president after it was acquired by JDM Technology, moving from his former role as chief operating officer.