siggi’s, Ready Pac, TGI Friday’s name new CEO, IDDBA elects new officers, Walmart shuffles execs, and more personnel news
Produce Marketing Association (PMA), Newark, Del.
Vonnie Estes will join as vice president of technology, effective Oct. 1, tasked with engaging with PMA’s members and industry, coalitions and other stakeholders to provide supply chains with science- and technology-specific connections, information and solutions. Specifically, she will help PMA members to gain greater awareness and understanding of emerging science and technologies related to labor, food safety and sustainability. Estes’ capabilities range from agricultural biotechnology, including CRISPR Cas9 plant breeding, artificial intelligence, Big Data, indoor agriculture, precision agriculture, biofuels and bio-based chemicals and products. She also maintains business expertise in business strategy, government and public affairs, marketing, business development and finance. Since 2015, she has been an independent business consultant, guiding global clients in developing and implementing strategies to commercialize and realize value from new technologies and other innovations. Estes previously held technology leadership roles at DuPont, Monsanto and Syngenta, as well as small startups and venture funds. Most recently, she was vice president of business development for Caribou Biosciences. Trevor Suslow will also join as vice president of produce safety, effective Oct. 1.
Association of American Railroads (AAR), Washington, D.C.
Adrian Arnakis was named senior vice president of government affairs, replacing Ian Jefferies, as he transitions into his new role as the organization’s next president and CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2019. Arnakis maintains more than 13 years of Senate experience, where she established herself as a policy leader and trusted advisor on transportation and infrastructure issues. Since 2016, Arnakis has served as deputy staff director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation under Chairman John Thune (R-SD), where she secured the enactment of more than 50 laws, most recently, the 5-year FAA Reauthorization. Prior to this, Arnakis served as the committee’s counsel and policy director of surface transportation and oceans from 2013-2015, where she led the team that wrote, negotiated and secured enactment of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. Additionally, Arnakis served as a key aide on aviation issues for the Senate Commerce Committee as well as legislative counsel in Senator Thune’s personal office.
Equitable Food Initiative (EFI), Washington, D.C.
Ernie Farley, partner at Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce, was elected as new board chair. Farley has held many production, sales and management roles in the produce industry, specifically in tomatoes, kiwis and strawberries in both the United States and Mexico. Farley has been with Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce for 15 years, and has served as chairman of the Grower-Shipper Association of Central California. And, Carol Schrader, technology consultant and former software executive, was elected vice-chair of the EFI board of directors. Schrader joined the board in 2017. She has held a variety of management roles with start-up technology companies, where she has specialized in raising capital, strategic planning, marketing and executive management across the produce supply chain, including farmworker organizations, growers, retailers, consumer advocates and independent business executives.
International Dairy Deli Bakery Association (IDDBA), Madison, Wis.
Rick Findlay, vice president of fresh, Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, was elected chairman of the board. Findlay has served on the board of directors since 2012. Erik Waterkotte, senior director of sales, Columbus Craft Meats, will continue to serve on the board of directors as past chairman. Other officers elected for 2018-19 are Gaetano Auricchio, executive vice president, BelGioioso Cheese Inc., as executive vice chairman; Dotty VanderMolen, Midwest director-fresh, Advantage Fresh, as vice chairman; and Dominique Delugeau, senior vice president, specialty cheese, deli and marketing, Saputo Specialty Cheese, as treasurer. Industry leaders elected to serve 3-year terms are Darryl Bacon, senior vice president, corporate general counsel and secretary, Casey’s General Stores, Inc.; Jody Barrick, vice president, deli and bakery, SuperValu, Inc.; Josh Bickford, executive vice president, strategic initiatives, Clyde’s Donuts; Eric Le Blanc, director of marketing, deli, Tyson Foods, Inc.; Christian Lewis, Hubert Co.; Michelle Lieszkovszky, brand manager, Butterball, LLC; Tammy Kampsula, bakery director, Giant Eagle, Inc.; and Dotty VanderMolen, account executive, Advantage Fresh.
National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), Arlington, Va.
Chris Galen, NMPF’s long-time head of communications, is assuming the role as senior vice president of member services and strategic initiatives, tasked with strategizing, developing and executing services to members, associate members and allied dairy organizations. Alan Bjerga joins as new senior vice president of communications, charged with leading NMPF’s communications efforts, focusing on media relations, marketing and digital storytelling. Bjerga spent 11 years at Bloomberg as a lead writer on national farm policy issues, covering high-visibility topics like the Farm Bill, agricultural trade policy and rural economics. He also published “Endless Appetites,” a book on global hunger and food security, and has been a frequent contributor to Bloomberg’s other media platforms, along with NPR, the BBC, PBS Newshour, C-SPAN and more. In addition to his media work, Bjerga is an adjunct instructor at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies, and is past president of the National Press Club and the North American Agricultural Journalists. Also, Jaime Castaneda, NMPF’s long-time head of strategic initiatives and trade policy, will become senior vice president of policy strategy and international trade. And, Nicole Ayache joined as director of sustainability initiatives. Previously, she worked as a consultant for Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM), as well as the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. Ayache maintains extensive experience developing sustainability programs and reports, creating procurement policies and conducted sustainability research for dairy cooperatives, environmental NGOs and protein processors.
Bonduelle Fresh Americas, Irwindale, Calif.
The new parent company of Ready Pac Foods appointed Mary Thompson as chief executive officer, effective Oct. 8, tasked with leading the day-to-day management of Bonduelle Fresh Americas and developing a strategic vision and approach for profitable growth. She will also be a member of the Bonduelle Group Management Committee (GMC), which ensures the implementation of policies across all Bonduelle businesses. Thompson maintains more than 25 years of experience leading various business segments at Cargill, and has held leadership roles with responsibility for core business functions, including commercial, manufacturing, supply chain and technology in Europe, Asia and North America. In her most recent role, Thompson was president and managing director of Cargill Meats Europe with 3,000 employees in the United Kingdom, France and Russia serving European retail, foodservice and food manufacturers with fresh and frozen chicken products. There, she led a business strategy involving new business planning tools, plant modernization and organizational restructuring.
Raley’s, West Sacramento, Calif.
Keith Knopf was elevated to president and CEO. Knopf has served in an executive position since joining the organization in 2015, beginning as chief operating officer and expanding his role to president over a year ago. Michael Teel, owner of Raley’s, will continue as chairman of the board. Knopf has been instrumental in evolving the Raley’s brand and strengthening its position in the marketplace. Under his leadership, the company expanded its e-commerce presence and led bold moves in category transformation by offering more better-for-you options.
Church Brothers Farms, Salinas, Calif.
Jonathan Harmon was appointed general manager of all Mexico operations. His previous experience includes work with Pricewaterhouse Cooper in the supply chain consultant group, and prior to that, was director of operations and involved in supply chain operations at Mission Produce in California and Latin America.
Humm Kombucha, Bend, Ore.
John Peirano was named vice president of marketing, charged with leading day-to-day business operations with a focus on driving continued awareness for the brand. Peirano maintains more than 20-plus years of marketing experience building consumer brands, including Sparkling Ice, Muscle Milk, Nike Soccer, Premier Nutrition and Red Bull.
siggi's, New York
Carlos Altschul joined as president and CEO, replacing Bart Adlam, who left the company to pursue a new business opportunity. Altschul maintains extensive experience in the yogurt category, and will oversee all aspects of the business, including bringing forth new go-to-market strategies and innovations, expanding distribution and accelerating awareness and penetration growth. Prior to joining siggi's, Altschul was vice president of sales at Stonyfield, where he led field sales, go-to-market strategies and shopper marketing across the brand's portfolio. He also previously held senior positions at Danone, where he oversaw sales strategy and category management under the master brand portfolio.
Incredible Foods, Inc., Boston, Mass.
Dr. Stefan Catsicas was elected to the board of directors. Catsicas recently retired from as chief technology officer and executive vice president at Nestlé S.A. Catsicas is also investing in Incredible Foods through Skyviews Life Science Ltd., which he co-founded. Catsicas served in a range of international executive and academic roles, including chair of cell biology at the School of Medicine of Lausanne (Switzerland) and vice president of research at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. Melanie Kahn also joined the board of directors. Kahn is founder and CEO of Poppilu, Inc. Previous to that, Kahn worked at Kraft Foods and Beam Global. Prior to founding her own company, Kahn served as vice president of marketing for Fairlife LLC, whose flagship product she developed and launched nationwide under a joint venture with The Coca-Cola Co. And, Dr. Joseph Speroni was named chief technology officer, tasked with identifying and engaging emerging technologies and systems that enable sustainable growth. Previously, Speroni served as vice president of R&D, North America, for DSM Nutritional Products. He also worked in leadership research roles at The Coca-Cola Co. and Ocean Spray Cranberries.
Handy Seafood, Salisbury, Md.
Nick Bouth was promoted to foodservice national sales manager, responsible for leading the foodservice sales team and contributing to Handy Seafood’s strategic planning process. Bouth has been with Handy Seafood since 2006.
Tops Friendly Markets, Williamsville, N.Y.
Doug Stoll was promoted to manager, retail pricing and analytics. Stoll has been Tops’ in-house client manager for the past six years. He also served in the U.S. Navy and is a committee member for employee support of the Guard and Reserve. And, Ken Brown was promoted to manager of food safety, responsible for the daily management of all aspects of food safety, inspections and regulatory operations. Brown has been a member of the Tops team since 1995, working in various capacities, including accounting and food safety. Lastly, Justin Rowe joined as category business manager - produce (fruit). Rowe has been with Tops for 19 years, where he has held various positions, including produce clerk, assistant prepared foods manager, customer operations manager, non-perishable operations manager, assistant store manager, and most recently, store manager at the Dansville, N.Y., location.
SpartanNash Co., Grand Rapids, Mich.
Joseph McQuesten was promoted to senior vice president, center store and fresh merchandising, effective Oct. 8, tasked with leading SpartanNash’s merchandising center of excellence for both center store and fresh, and developing innovative retail programs for independent customers, national accounts and more than 135 corporate retail stores. McQuesten joined SpartanNash in 2011, and has served as vice president, center store merchandising since 2014, where he was responsible for category management, pharmacy merchandising, promotional programs, retail pricing and shelf implementation for both the company’s corporate retail stores and wholesale independent customers. Prior to this role, he served as director of grocery, dairy and frozen merchandising. Prior to joining SpartanNash, McQuesten was division vice president at Kmart, where he managed center store, fresh, marketing and operations for the Super K division. He maintains more than 30 years of center store and merchandising experience.
Wilson Produce, Nogales, Ariz.
Scott Kosnik joins the sales team, charged with developing and deepening relationships with buyers, as the farm rolls out tools for new and existing commodities. Kosnik maintains more than 20 years of sales experience. Previously, he was responsible for sales at a number of growers, packers and shippers in Arizona, including Tricar Sales and Harrison Fresh.
SunFed Perfect Produce, Rio Rico, Ariz.
Josh Acuna joined the sales team at the end of September. Previously, he served as procurement manager for Fresh Express, was product coordinator for Chiquita, and most recently, was a sales rep for Ciruli Brothers. Meanwhile, industry veteran T.C. Betancourt joined the team to help build the Texas program, focusing initially on limes and Texas onions. Betancourt maintains 20 years in the industry.
Walmart, Bentonville, Ark.
Al Dominguez, senior vice president and general merchandise manager of snacks, beverage and impulse, will leave the company after more than 12 years. As a result, Andrea Albright was promoted to senior vice president and general merchandise manager. Albright previously served as vice president of Walmart U.S. home office human resources, where she was a strategic partner in developing talent strategy, Merchandising Academy and quarterly talent reviews focused on building a strong talent pipeline. She first joined Walmart in 2005, and has held several roles across merchandising before joining the U.S. people team. Kevin Head was promoted to vice president and divisional merchandise manager of breakfast and baking. Head maintains more than 14 years of retail experience at Walmart across multiple business units, including apparel, health and wellness, consumables, frozen foods, dry grocery and fresh. Most recently, he served as senior director and divisional merchandise manager in the service deli. Ralph Clare will be promoted to vice president, merchandising operations – snacks, beverage and impulse. In his 10 years with Walmart, Clare has held roles across multiple organizations, including customer experience, merchandising and merchandise finance and strategy. Previously, he served as senior director of merchandising operations for bakery and deli. Diana Marshall was named vice president and divisional merchandise manager for sporting goods. Previously, Marshall served as vice president and divisional merchandise manager for baby, where she transformed the department with innovation and merchandise. She joined Walmart in 2005, and has held several roles in replenishment before joining the buying team in 2013. Melody Richard will join to backfill Marshall. Richard most recently served as chief strategy officer for Coca-Cola’s Suja brand, and before that, led several operations and national customer teams, including Home Depot, Target and Sam's Club. Richard also served as global commercial development lead, also responsible for building out commercial capabilities in 22 of Coca-Cola's markets, before she ran the Sam's Club team. Tom Ward was promoted to senior vice president of digital operations. Ward first joined the company as a department manager in Asda’s graduate program. Since then, he has held numerous operations roles both in the UK and the United States, joining the Walmart team in 2013, where under this leadership, Walmart grew its online grocery business to 2,000 pickup locations and 50 delivery markets, and installed more than 375 pickup towers. Among other accomplishments, he also established academies in the United States and developed the One Best Way model. And, Alvis Washington was promoted to vice president, marketing store experience, tasked with overseeing the Walmart store experience strategy for both in-store and digital approaches. Over the past 14 years, Alvis has held various roles working on fashion, home and seasonal strategies and store experience. Steve Breen will join as senior vice president of central merchandising, responsible for implementing Walmart’s new data and analytics operating model across merchandising. Breen joined Walmart in 2007, and since then, has led the snacks and beverage business, moved to São Paulo to serve as Brazil’s chief merchant and then returned to the United States to become chief merchant for Walmart.com in 2015. In 2017, he was instrumental in creating the new e-commerce retail organization after the Jet.com acquisition. As a result, Kieran Shanahan was promoted to senior vice president of e-commerce retail for Everyday Living. Shanahan started his career with Walmart more than 20 years ago, working part-time at his local Asda store in Yorkshire, UK. While at Asda, he worked in various operations roles before becoming vice president of e-commerce. In 2014, he was part of the launch and scaling of online grocery in the United States. In 2017, he was named vice president and divisional merchandise manager for breakfast and bread. All moves are effective Oct. 15.
Forno de Minas USA, Miami, Fla.
Ricardo Mertens was appointed new marketing analyst, where he will oversee the company’s social media accounts, planned events and assist in communicating Brazil’s culture and pride to the American market. Mertens maintains experience in digital marketing, business development and audience monetization both in America and Brazil.
Boulder Organic Foods, Boulder, Colo.
Jen-ai Stokesbary was named director of sustainability, where she will focus on making the company’s production process more eco-friendly and achieving zero waste status in manufacturing. Stokesbary has served as the company’s director of marketing for the past 6 years. Also, Cathryn Olchowy was named director of marketing and insights. She maintains consumer research experience, marketing expertise and strong strategic skills thanks to leadership positions at Kraft Foods and Sterling-Rice Group.
Duncan Family Farms, Goodyear, Ariz.
Pete Guerrero was promoted to chief operating officer, responsible for implementing the organization’s strategic vision. Guerrero has held a number of positions at the company, including food safety manager, supply chain manager, and most recently, vice president of operations.
TGI Fridays, Dallas, Texas
Restaurant industry veteran Ray Blanchette was named chief executive officer, taking over for former chief executive officer, Aslam Khan, who was appointed vice chairman of the board, effective immediately. Khan joined TGI Fridays as chief executive officer in April 2017, where he more than doubled earnings from the previous year. Blanchette previously served as chief executive officer of Ruby Tuesday, and before that, served as chief executive officer at both Au Bon Pain and Ignite Restaurant Group, the parent company of Joe's Crab Shack and Brick House Tap & Tavern Brands. He maintains over 25 years of leadership experience in the restaurant industry.
Corvium, Boston, Mass.
Jeff Swartz was named chief executive officer. Having launched, managed and advised businesses in North America, Europe and Asia, Swartz maintains diverse experience as an entrepreneur, executive, board member and consultant in technology- and information-intensive businesses. He has served as chief executive officer, interim CEO, chief operating officer and senior executive in businesses spanning IT market research/analyst services, healthcare, dispute resolution, software development outsourcing, biomass energy production, waste recycling, specialty food products, life sciences, marketing analytics software, consumer health food products and education technology. Previously, he served as vice chairman at Business Strategy Group and is a partner at Marlborough Street Partners. Jeff Massa takes on the role of chief operating officer. Massa has started and exited several venture-backed companies, such as YellowBrix, where he served as president and CEO, and Infoseek Corp., where he worked as senior vice president of technology of the Corporate Information Division. Massa also served three presidents (1987-1993) as the manager of information systems and deputy director of systems for the executive office of the President, National Security Council and The White House. He is also a partner at Marlborough Street Partners. And, David Hatch was appointed chief revenue officer. Hatch maintains 30 years of technology marketing, sales and customer success leadership. He is the founder of CMO in Residence, served as chief marketing officer at IANS, and was executive vice president, general manager of Harte Hanks Technology Market Solutions and Aberdeen Group.
Paxxal Inc., Noblesville, Ind.
David Kalan was named vice president of marketing and business development, effective Oct 1, responsible for marketing and customer development. Kalan maintains more than three decades of marketing and business development leadership, having most recently served as senior vice president of marketing for RM2. He also developed marketing and sales strategies for many brands, including Heinz, Ocean Spray, Johnson & Johnson and Atari. He’s also served as a board member of the Reusable Packaging Association, is a member of the RX-360 Steering Committee and is a founding member of the RX-IoT.org association.
TriumphPay, Dallas, Texas
George Lorenze was appointed to the newly created role of vice president, North American business development, where he will focus on marketing TriumphPay’s financing and vendor payment solutions. Lorenze maintains 30 years of transportation management and supply chain experience with providers such as CH Robinson and BluJay Solutions. He most recently served as an executive with Data2Logistics, responsible for freight audit, payment and related professional services.
Kuebix, Maynard, Mass.
Mike Sofer was named vice president of business development, tasked with developing new distribution partnerships and integration alliances. Sofer maintains 25 years’ experience growing and shaping companies’ market positions for startups and growing companies. Previously, Sofer was executive vice president of business development and sales for Medical Search Technologies, where he helped grow the adoption of the company’s artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies. He has also held senior sales positions at PeopleSoft and Echo Global Logistics.
CERTUS, Salt Lake City, Utah
Kevin Kahn joined as technical account manager, bringing industry experience and hands-on knowledge of food plant quality control initiatives. Kahn began his career as an inside sales representative with Thermo Fisher Scientific, where he gained extensive experience with government and regulatory agencies, third-party contract testing laboratories and large-scale food manufacturers.
Fristam Pumps USA, Middleton, Wis.
Dan Johnson joined as technical inside sales representative, responsible for managing the return and repair process and the powder mixer trial program and providing price quotes. Johnson maintains 9 years’ experience in the machinery manufacturing industry.
Johnson Controls International plc, Ireland
Visal Leng was tapped vice president and president, building solutions, APAC, effective Sept. 28, where he will oversee the company’s building technologies and solutions operations across the Asia Pacific region. Previously, Leng served as president Asia Pacific for Baker Hughes, a GE company, and prior to the merger of Baker Hughes with GE in 2017, Leng held a number of roles with increasing responsibility with GE, including president of its Asia Pacific oil and gas operations.
Genesse & Wyoming, Inc. (G&W), Darien, Conn.
Michael Miller was promoted to president, North America, effective immediately. Miller has served as chief commercial officer role since joining G&W in 2010. David Brown continues in his role as chief operating officer, responsible for the U.S. safety, mechanical, engineering, dispatch, service design and customer service departments as well as operating oversight of G&W’s international operations in the UK/Europe, Australia and Canada. Brown previously served as executive vice president and COO of CSX Transportation prior to joining G&W in 2012. Mike Peters was promoted to chief commercial officer, North America, leading G&W’s corporate commercial, industrial development, real estate, fleet management and commercial support teams. Peters previously served as senior vice president of industrial development and real estate since joining G&W in 2013.
Primus, Woodstock, Ga.
Robert Ulliman was tapped as project executive of the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, office, leading projects in Texas and the Midwest. Ulliman, a seasoned construction professional, maintains extensive experience leading complex food distribution and cold storage construction projects. Before joining Primus, Ulliman served as director of construction at Ben E. Keith Foods for 15 years, where he oversaw design and construction activities for all Ben E. Keith facilities, conducted due diligence on land development, prepared monthly budgets, schedules and job costs and hired, trained and managed teams. His project experience includes cold storage distribution facilities well over 350,000 square feet with cooler, freezer, dock and truck maintenance components.
Wildeck, Inc., Waukesha, Wis.
Thomas Paulsen joined as new chief financial officer, responsible for overseeing the company’s accounting processes and providing strategic financial input to members of the senior leadership team. For the past 15 years, Paulsen has worked as a chief financial officer in various manufacturing settings. Also, Daniel Lorenz was named vice president of operations, responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of Wildeck’s manufacturing department, as well as supporting the organization’s strategic growth goals. Lorenz maintains more than 20 years of manufacturing management experience.
KION GROUP AG, Germany
Michael Macht was appointed to the supervisory board, effective immediately, succeeding Tan Xuguang, chairman of Weichai Power, who stepped down Sept. 30. In June, Macht became a non-executive member of Weichai Power's board of directors. From 2010-2014, he served on the executive board, responsible for production at Volkswagen AG. And, from 1998-2010, he served as chief executive officer of Porsche AG.
Diversey, Charlotte, N.C.
Dr. Ilham Kadri announced plans to resign from her position as chief executive officer, effective Dec. 31, to take another executive role. Effective immediately, Carlos Sagasta, chief financial officer, and Gaetano Redaelli, global president, professional division, will become joint deputy CEOs, responsible for running the company on a day-to-day basis in addition to their current roles.
Food Safety Net Services (FSNS), San Antonio, Texas
Bob Cox joined as senior vice president of human resources, CHRO, where he will oversee and mentor the human resources team to set strategies that seamlessly integrate with FSNS business strategies. Prior to joining FSNS, Cox was senior vice president of human resources at HVHC/Visionworks, where he oversaw key human resources projects, talent acquisition and major business transactions. Prior to HVHC/Visionworks, Cox served as divisional HR manager for Home Depot, where he oversaw recruiting and talent management, compensation, training and organizational development.
MonarchFx, a business unit of Tompkins International, Raleigh, N.C.
Jeffrey Godwin was named senior vice president of product development and deployment, charged with overseeing the development, procurement, integration, implementation, enhancement and maintenance of a suite of integrated, best-of-breed applications. Godwin maintains 20-plus years of supply chain management, distribution and transportation experience. Previously, he was executive vice president for MercuryGate International; director of business management for Kuehne + Nagel Integrated Logistics; and director of distribution at Dayton Superior Corp. Godwin also maintains more than 10 years of experience in management consulting with various firms, including PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Tompkins International.
Dorner, Hartland, Wis.
Carlos Cassaretto was named sales manager for Dorner Latin America, responsible for all commercial activities throughout the region, as well as managing the entire Latin American sales force. Previously, Cassaretto held management positions with Kaeser and Perfiles Bosch.
Navistar International Corp., Lisle, Ill.
Kevin Sheehan was named to the board of directors, effective immediately, replacing Daniel Ninivaggi, who resigned from the board after more than a year of service. Throughout his career, Sheehan has held a number of executive roles in the transportation and gaming industries. Most recently, he served as president and CEO of Scientific Games. From February 2015 to August 2016, Sheehan taught full time as the John J. Phelan, Jr. Distinguished Visiting Professor of Business at Adelphi University. Prior to that, he held several senior positions with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. from November 2007 to January 2015, including serving as president and CEO. Sheehan also previously served as chairman of the board and CEO of Cendant Corp.'s vehicle services division, which included global responsibility for Avis Rent A Car, Budget Rent A Car, Budget Truck, PHH Vehicle Management, First Fleet and Wright Express. Sheehan also serves on the board of directors for Hertz Global Holdings, Inc., Dave & Buster's, Inc. and New Media Investment Group Inc. Additionally, he was a director of Bob Evans Farms, Inc. from 2013-2017. Ninivaggi, chief executive officer of Icahn Automotive Group LLC and a managing director of Icahn Enterprises L.P.'s automotive segment, joined Navistar's board of directors in August 2017.
Liberty Cold, Bolingbrook, Ill.
Willie Ashford was named general manager. Ashford maintains over 10 years of logistics, shipping, receiving and warehouse management experience.
Synerlink, a Paris-based Barry-Wehmiller packaging company
Francois Truffier was named new president. Most recently, he served as vice president, global marketing, product and commercial strategy for the Terex Corp., and has held leadership roles with John Deere and Snecma (now the Safran Group.)
GPS Insight, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Gary Fitzgerald was promoted to chief executive officer, succeeding former founder and CEO Rob Donat, who will remain with the company as chairman of the board. Fitzgerald joined GPS Insight in November 2016. He spent the last 10 years as enterprise architect for GE, and served as vice president of technology for almost two years, responsible for leading GE’s product development efforts, technical teams and security practice. Wayne Holder moves to become chief financial officer, where he will take on a more active role in financial planning and analysis. Holder has served as the company’s controller since 2013, and before that, served as chief financial officer of Arizona Commerce Authority. Meanwhile, Jason Walker, vice president of sales, becomes chief revenue officer. Walker has been with GPS Insight since 2010.