Litehouse president steps down, former Pinnacle exec joins Hain Celestial, Cargill appoints new leaders, and more
Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), Washington, D.C.
Betsy Booren will join as senior vice president of science and technology. Booren currently serves as a senior policy advisor on regulatory compliance, food safety, nutrition and related topics at Olsson Frank Weeda. Previously, she was vice president of scientific affairs at the North American Meat Institute and president of the Foundation of Meat and Poultry Research and Education. Brandon Partridge will join as senior vice president of member engagement. Partridge currently serves as senior vice president, industry development at the American Frozen Food Institute. Previously, Partridge held roles at Nestlé USA, The Tipton Group, the Cheese Importers Association of America and founded Skyland Foods. Katie McBreen joined as vice president of communications and research. Previously, McBreen worked at the National Retail Federation, where she led strategic campaigns around industry and advocacy priorities, including the defeat of the border adjustment tax. She also managed the organization’s strategic and executive positioning, crisis communications, advertising and media relations efforts. McBreen has also held roles at the U.S Chamber of Commerce, Gallatin Public Affairs and the White House. And, Katie Denis was named senior director of industry narrative. Denis joined from the U.S. Travel Association, where she led “Project: Time Off.” She’s also held roles at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Vehr Communications and in the U.S. House and Senate.
The OPC Foundation, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Stefan Hoppe was named president and executive director, taking over for Thomas Burke, who resigned. Hoppe will assume responsibility for worldwide adaption of the OPC standards and the further development of the organization. Hoppe joined BECKHOFF in 1995, where he developed OPC classic server, and in 2006, developed what is said to be the world’s first OPC UA server integrated into an embedded controller. In 2008, he initiated and chaired the PLCopen OPC UA Companion working group, where results were adopted in process industries and discrete manufacturing by multiple international vendors. In 2010, Hoppe was elected for president of OPC Foundation Europe. Since 2014, he has served as vice president of the OPC Foundation.
National Chicken Council (NCC), Washington, D.C.
Mark Kaminsky, chief operating officer of Koch Foods, was installed as 2018-2019 chairman. Kaminsky started his career at Arthur Andersen, and joined the financial side of Koch Foods in 1990. He has assisted in Koch’s growth through acquisitions, Greenfield site developments and internal expansion. Serving as vice chairman for 2018-2019 is Clint Rivers, president and CEO of Wayne Farms. Rivers joined Wayne Farms in October 2012 as vice president and general manager of the fresh business unit. In 2014, he was promoted to chief operating officer, and in 2017, was promoted to president and CEO. Prior to joining Wayne Farms, Rivers served as president of foodservice and supply chain with Perdue Farms. In addition to the six years he spent with Perdue Farms, he worked 21 years with Pilgrim’s Pride, where he held positions of increasing responsibility, including chief operating officer and president and CEO. Rivers first began his career with Golden West Foods as quality assurance foreman. New to the officer corps is Trent Goins, president and CEO of O.K. Foods, who will take over as secretary-treasurer. Over the past 15 years, Goins has held various positions within O.K. Foods, including vice president of sales and marketing and regional sales manager. He is currently the chair of the Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce, serves as a lifetime member of The Poultry Federation, serves as vice president of 64.6 Downtown and is co-founder of the Peacemaker Music Festival and The Outlier Music Series. Preceding his tenure at O.K. Foods, Goins worked as a legislative assistant on agriculture and trade policy for Congressman Marion Berry of Arkansas’ first Congressional district. In addition, Mike Brown, of Vienna, Va., was elected to a sixth term as president of NCC.
The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., Lake Success, N.Y.
Mark Schiller was named new president and CEO, effective Nov. 5, succeeding Irwin Simon, Hain Celestial's founder, president and CEO, tasked with leading all key commercial functions, including sales, marketing strategy, innovation, product development, package design, commercialization, productivity, consumer insights and shopper marketing. Schiller maintains more than 25 years of executive experience in key consumer packaged foods leadership roles at Pinnacle Foods, Inc., PepsiCo, Inc. and more. Most recently, Schiller served as executive vice president and chief commercial officer of Pinnacle Foods, where he was responsible for overseeing its grocery and frozen segments. While at Pinnacle Foods, he also helped orchestrate a multi-year turnaround and delivered record market share gains, sales growth, gross margin and profit growth.
Lancaster Colony Corp., Westerville, Ohio
Carl Stealey joined as president of T. Marzetti Co.'s retail division, responsible for the overall management of the retail division, including the development and implementation of all strategic initiatives for the company's retail brands such as Marzetti, New York BRAND Bakery, Sister Schubert's and Flatout. Stealey maintains over 18 years’ experience in the consumer products industry. Most recently, he served as general manager and vice president of Conagra Brands, where he was accountable for the sales and profit of a large multi-brand portfolio spanning numerous retail categories. Prior to that, Stealey was vice president, U.S. marketing for Mead Johnson Nutrition. His career background also includes leadership roles in marketing, innovation and strategy with Procter & Gamble.
David Dines will be named chief financial officer, effective Dec. 1, responsible for the creation and growth of Cargill’s risk management business. Dines previously led global trading businesses in financial and industrial sectors, and maintains significant experience in finance, compliance and risk management, as well as ongoing relationships with financial institutions and the investment community. Marcel Smits, currently Cargill’s CFO, will assume leadership of Cargill Asia Pacific, effective Dec. 1. Smits worked in Asia earlier in his career, and is well positioned to lead Cargill’s accelerated growth plan in the Asia Pacific region. Anna Richo will join as general counsel, chief compliance officer and corporate secretary, effective Jan. 14, 2019, succeeding Laura Witte, who retired as general counsel on May 31 after 33 years of service. Richo maintains extensive experience serving as legal counsel on science-based innovation, intellectual property matters, legal services and compliance and business ethics. Richo most recently served as executive vice president and general counsel of UCB.
Borden, Dallas, Texas
Eduardo Martinez was appointed vice president of direct store delivery, effective immediately. Previously, Martinez spent 20 years with PepsiCo in various leadership roles across the company. Most recently, he led the Gatorade, Tropicana, Naked and Hydration brands for the 7-Eleven team. He also oversaw the operations, selling, delivery, warehouse and fleet functions in North Texas.
Zespri, New Zealand
Peter McBride announced plans to step down as chairman in February 2019, a position he’s held since 2013. Deputy chairman Bruce Cameron will become chairman at that time. Cameron is a long-time kiwifruit grower and has been a director of Zespri since 2010. McBride oversaw the expansion of Zespri SunGold, among other tasks.
Litehouse, Inc., Sandpoint, Idaho
President and CEO Jim Frank will be retiring from the company. Kelly Prior, executive vice president and CFO, will be stepping in as interim president. Frank joined Litehouse in 2006 as head of sales and marketing, before taking on his current role in 2011. As president and CEO, Frank has transcended the business onto employee owners, their families and local communities, and experienced growth across the retail, foodservice and value-added channels.
IFCO North America, Tampa, Fla.
Jon Heyler was appointed vice president, operations, effective Sept. 4, responsible for lead the company’s strategic operations effort in the United States and Canada, focusing on wash operations improvement, asset management and transportation. Heyler maintains more than two decades of experience in supply chain management. He served as IFCO vice president, East area from 2009-2013. For the past two years, he served as chief operating officer of Pooling Provider, Hoover Ferguson Group, a former Brambles joint venture. He has also served in numerous leadership roles in operations, logistics, transportation and general management during his career.
MonarchFx, a business unit of Tompkins International, Raleigh, N.C.
Stephen Bullard was appointed vice president of product development and deployment to assist with the development, procurement, integration, implementation, enhancement and maintenance of a suite of integrated, best-of-breed applications. Bullard maintains 25-plus years of supply chain and logistics global experience, and has implemented ongoing success for multiple organizations, including vendors and shippers. Previously, Bullard was vice president of Pilot Freight Services, senior manager for Darden Restaurants and manager at PepsiCo Food Systems.
Sensera Systems, Golden, Colo.
Bob Brossman was named vice president of sales. With more than 25 years of experience spanning direct and channel sales, product management, product marketing, demand generation and sales, Brossman will oversee all sales operations for Sensera, including direct, channel and enterprise programs. Previously, Brossman served as senior vice president at Viewpoint Construction Software, where he was responsible for channel sales and strategy. Prior to that, Brossman led Sage Software's construction ERP business, leading sales, operations, GTM and partner strategy. Brossman has also held executive leadership positions in product, sales and marketing for Xerox.
Advanced Dynamics Ltd., Canada
Tom Smith was promoted to sales director. Smith joined the company in 2015.
S CAP, New York
The firm named new partners to the food and beverage fund, which includes disruptive snacking, functional beverages, technology-enabled food experiences and nutritious meal enhancements. Jim Cali, who joins after a 34-year career in general management, sales and marketing, innovation and organization development with companies such as Warner-Lambert/Pfizer, Cadbury, Kraft/Mondelez and Kellogg. During this time, he led business turn-arounds, created new brands and launched businesses into new markets. He maintains deep strategic and operational experience in snack categories, having led Cadbury's $5 billion gum and candy category and serving on the chief executive committee. Most recently, he led the global category team for Kellogg's $5.5 billion snacking business. Andrew Towle spent his professional life creating value for Procter & Gamble, Heinz, Georgia-Pacific and Kellogg. As the global marketing officer for Heinz, he rebuilt innovation, led the development of marketing capability and pioneered strategies for global health and wellness and infant nutrition. As managing director for Kellogg's Australia/New Zealand unit, Towle led efforts to rebuild the business with a focus on nutrition, innovation and cost control. Returning to the United States in 2016, Towle became chief executive officer of Urnex Brands, where he relaunched the company's strategy and built core capabilities, including marketing, innovation and supply chain. Clint White maintains over 25 years of experience maximizing audience reach and content impact for start-ups and established organizations across a variety of sectors. Previously, he served as founder and president of WiT Media, where he led campaign strategy and execution teams for multiple brands and non-profits, including HavenLife, Jet.com, Rainforest Alliance and Teladoc. White is also an advisor and angel investor in the culture, debt collection, fintech, marketplace, media, personal services, SaS and travel sectors.
Welbilt, Inc., New Port Richey, Fla.
William (Bill) Johnson was elected president and CEO, effective Nov. 9. Previously, Johnson was chief executive officer of Chart Industries, Inc., where he led the company’s operational and financial turnaround, including a series of strategic acquisitions and divestitures, business segment consolidations, capital structure improvements and efficiency enhancements. From 2006-2016, Johnson held various senior level positions at Dover Corp., most recently as vice president and president and CEO of Dover refrigeration and food equipment, where he was responsible for six operating companies generating $1.7 billion in revenue and over $220 million in earnings. Prior to that, he was president and CEO of Dover’s Hill Phoenix division, and president and CEO of Dover’s Triton Systems division. Earlier in his career, Johnson served as president and CEO of Graham Corp., and prior to that, served as senior vice president of ESAB Welding and Cutting Equipment. From 1990-1999, he held various positions of increasing responsibility at ABB, and began his career as a commissioned officer and nuclear engineer in the United States Navy where he served from 1985-1990.
Gainco, Inc., Gainesville, Ga.
Samuel Collup was named director of sales, tasked with overseeing the company’s worldwide sales activities, including the formulation of selling strategies, business development efforts and key account support. Since 2011, Collup has served as a regional manager for Bettcher Industries, Gainco’s parent company, responsible for sales and service activities for the company’s food processing products in the Mountain and Pacific region. Previous to that, Collup spent 10 years with Foster Farms in several key positions of progressive responsibility, including serving as a hatchery plant manager and feed mill manager at three Foster Farms facilities in California and Oregon. Collup’s responsibilities included managing all day-to-day operations from commodity receiving and production to distribution, along with employee training, QC and safety initiatives. While at Foster Farms, he also created and implemented a HACCP program and hazardous energy control procedures. He’s also worked at Zacky Farms and Pittman Family Farms.
Stay Metrics, South Bend, Ind.
Nicole Fullone was named client services team lead, Teri Gillespie was named survey and research team lead, Karley LaDow was tapped client relationship manager team lead, Mary Malone was appointed vice president of business development and Milinda Riester was named interview team manager.
IN MEMORIUM: DOUGLAS NASIFF, NASIFF FRUIT CO.
Douglas Nasiff, co-owner of Nasiff Fruit Co., Fall River, Mass., passed away unexpectedly.
He is survived by Nellia Nasiff, his wife of 27 years, and his beloved children, Jordan Nasiff and Andrea Nasiff both of Dartmouth, Mass.; his brother, Steven Nasiff and his wife Joan of Berkley, Mass.; sisters, Melanie Harrington and her husband Michael of Sturbridge, Mass., and Melissa Almeida and her husband Mark of Mansfield, Mass.; and many nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late Frederick Nasiff, Jr.
The funeral was held Nov. 2 at 10 a.m. at the Silva-Faria Funeral Home, 730 Bedford St., with a Mass to follow at St. Anthony of the Desert Church at 11 a.m. Interment in Notre Dame Cemetery.