Johnsonville’s co-owner’s wife takes over as chairwoman, Flowers Foods’ president steps down, and more exec changes
Seafood Nutrition Partnership (SNP), Arlington, Va.
Jacqueline Claudia joined as a new member of the board of directors. Claudia is co-founder and CEO of LoveTheWild, and a self-proclaimed “fish nerd” with a passion for the sustainable aquaculture industry. She spent 15 years working in corporate strategy and innovation before founding LoveTheWild.
The Midwest Association of Rail Shippers (MARS), Wayne, Ill.
New officers are Tom Surma, senior manager of logistics rail for Ingredion, as president; Stefan Loeb, executive vice president, chief commercial officer, Watco Cos., as first vice president; and Carrie Evans, vice president of sales and marketing for Iowa Interstate Railroad, as second vice president. D’Andrae Larry, director of marketing for BNSF, was elected to the MARS Executive Committee.
The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), Washington, D.C.
Nearly 100 dairy executives were selected to serve as directors on the association’s newly formed Industry Segment Boards, which will launch in March, to provide strategic vision, policy direction and leadership on segment-specific issues. On the IDFA Fluid Milk Board are Jeffrey Kaneb, executive vice president, HP Hood LLC, as chair; and Ed Mullins, executive vice president and CEO, Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc., as vice chair. On the IDFA Ice Cream Board are Mike Wells, president and CEO, Wells Enterprises, Inc., as chair; and Rich Draper, chief executive officer, The Ice Cream Club, Inc., as vice chair. On the IDFA Cheese Board are Louie Gentine, chief executive officer, Sargento Foods Inc., as chair; and Doug Simon, president, Agropur U.S. operations, as vice chair. On the IDFA Yogurt and Cultured Products Board are Philippe Caradec, vice president, public affairs and sustainable development NORAM, Danone North America, as chair; and Tim Walls, executive vice president, Schreiber US, Schreiber Foods, Inc., as vice chair. On the IDFA Ingredients Board are Andrei Mikhalevsky, president and CEO, California Dairies, Inc., as chair; and Terry Brockman, president and COO, U.S. Division, Saputo Cheese USA Inc., as vice chair.
Flowers Foods, Inc., Thomasville, Ga.
Ryals McMullian, the company's chief operating officer, was elected president and CEO, succeeding Allen Shiver, president and CEO, who announced plans to retire and step down from the board. McMullian joined Flowers Foods in 2003, and was named chief operating officer in July 2018. Since 2016, he has directed the company's transformation under Project Centennial. Prior to his current position, he served in roles of increasing responsibility, including deputy general counsel, vice president of mergers and acquisitions and chief strategy officer. Shiver joined the company in 1978, and has served as president and CEO since 2013. He currently serves as a board member with the American Bakers Association (ABA) and as ABA's chairman of the board. He currently serves as co-chair of the Grain Foods Foundation Board of Trustees and on the Grocery Manufacturers Association's President's Advisory Council and Industry Affairs Council.
Icelandic Provisions, New York
Mark Alexander joined as chief executive officer, effective Feb. 11, taking over for outgoing CEO Steve Platt, who will retain an advisory position. A veteran in the CPG industry, Alexander maintains a track record of developing long-term growth strategies and delivering strong results through brand marketing, innovation, customer development and supply chain transformation. Previously, Alexander held a wide range of executive positions around the globe at The Campbell Soup Co. over a 29-year period. Most recently, he served as senior vice president, president Americas, leading the company's largest division and delivering competitive marketplace performance, significant margin expansion and category expansion via innovation and mergers and acquisitions. Previously, he delivered strong business results leading the international division, serving as chief customer officer and in numerous leadership positions across Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. Since 2014, he's held board appointments at Masco Corp. and GS1 US.
J. R. Simplot Co., Boise, Idaho
Garrett Lofto was promoted to president and CEO, succeeding Bill Whitacre, who announced his retirement in April 2018 after 9 years at the helm. Previously, Lofto spent 9 years leading the company’s agribusiness group, where he guided the $2.5 billion operating division spanning a global marketplace, initiated and oversaw several major capital expansions, built and launched the ammonia plant in Rock Springs, Wyo., and continued growth and expansion of both the Simplot Grower Solutions and Simplot Partners retail arms. He has been with the company for 26 years, and sits on the board of directors of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Idaho, The Fertilizer Institute, Nutrients for Life Foundation and the International Plant Nutrition Institute. Also, Darron Page was named new senior vice president of global solutions, responsible for the vision, strategy and functional model for the Global Solutions organization. Page will take over for Sue Richardson, who was promoted to senior vice president of global business transformation, tasked with enabling a digital transformation strategy. Page has worked as vice president of business development and optimization in the company’s agribusiness group for the past 2 years, where he’s led the group’s strategic business development process in collaboration with commercial and operational partners. Page maintains a 26-year career with Simplot, having served as vice president, controller and procurement from 2014-2017 and vice president, supply chain from 2012-2014. He also has experience in retail and financial analysis with the company.
NORPAC Foods, Inc., Salem, Ore.
Shawn Campbell was named president and CEO, succeeding George Smith, who announced his retirement after more than 10 years in this role and nearly four decades with the company. Campbell joined NORPAC in 2016 as chief operating officer, and maintains an extensive track record of food industry leadership and executive management. Previously, he spent more than 10 years as senior vice president of consumer products at Darigold, where he oversaw a doubling of annual sales. Campbell’s career background also includes significant food brokerage and business development experience in the United States and Canada.
Hollandia Produce, Carpinteria, Calif.
Baltazar Garcia was promoted to director of sales, effective immediately, charged with overseeing the sales department and growing all channels of trade to increase distribution and national brand presence. Previously, Garcia served as senior sales manager, responsible for overseeing sales for the West territory. He was also instrumental in driving sales for Pete’s Organic offerings. Garcia has worked for Pete’s since 2014, starting as shipping and customer service manager, and eventually working his way up to director of sales. Garcia maintains over 22 years of sales experience.
Johnsonville, LLC, Sheboygan Falls, Wis.
Shelly Stayer, co-owner of Johnsonville, was appointed chairwoman, tasked with leading the company's board of directors and growth strategy. Stayer succeeds her husband and co-owner Ralph Stayer, who has served in that role since 1995. During her two decades at Johnsonville, Shelly Stayer led several new product introductions, with the most recent including a branded mustard line and the indoor Sizzling Sausage Grill. She also led Johnsonville's multi-year marketing sponsorship efforts with the Tailgate Village at Lambeau Field starting in 2017 and the Milwaukee Brewers sponsorship that began last year. Shelly Stayer is also an active entrepreneur, author and philanthropist. She's served as a board member with the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan and with Edgewood College and Marian University. Her board experience includes service on the boards of Artis-Naples, Shelter for Abused Women & Children and the Golisano Children's Museum in Naples, Fla. She also founded the Reilly's Ranch of Recovery, and co-authored "The Weight of a Father's Shadow" and two Johnsonville cookbooks.
Surlean Foods, San Antonio, Texas
Bill Potter joined as vice president of quality, tasked with leading all quality programs and staff across the entire enterprise. Potter has held leadership roles in food safety, quality and R&D at multiple companies, including George’s Inc., ConAgra and Advance Foods. Also, Katie McClain will lead the Continues Improvement initiative for Surlean Foods.
Iceland Seafood International (ISI), Iceland
Hjörleifur Ásgeirsson announced plans to leave his position as managing director of Icelandic Ibérica, following the news that ISI is merging Icelandic Ibérica and Iceland Seafood Spain into one company. Magnús Jónsson, currently the managing director of Iceland Seafood in Spain, will lead the new combined company. Jónsson has served as managing director for Iceland Seafood SL for 13 years, and worked for Icelandic Iberica for almost 10 years.
Kellogg Co., Battle Creek, Mich.
Erica Mann and Roderick Gillum joined the board of directors, effective immediately. Mann previously served as president and general manager of Pfizer Nutrition and president and head of Bayer's Consumer Health division. Mann also served as senior vice president of nutrition at Wyeth, and maintains experience at other Fortune 500 companies, including Ely Lily & Co. and Johnson & Johnson. She’s held leadership positions in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Switzerland and the United States. Gillum previously served as a senior leader at General Motors Co., where he rose to become secretary to the General Motors board of directors, and later vice president, corporate responsibility and diversity. Prior to that, he was chief personnel, benefits and labor attorney at General Motors, and former chairman of the General Motors Foundation. As a co-leader of the Public Policy Center, Gillum developed and coordinated global policy positions on safety, trade and government relations. He is currently a principal at Jackson Lewis Law Firm’s Detroit, Mich., office. Gillum has been a trustee of W.K. Kellogg Foundation since January 2007. He also previously served as board chair in 2012-2013 and more recently as co-trustee of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Trust.
Foundation Food Group, Inc., Gainesville, Ga.
Charles Hill was appointed senior vice president of sales of the prepared foods division. Hill maintains over 25 years of sales and marketing experience in the food industry, including with companies such as OK Foods, Albertville Quality Foods, Pilgrim's Pride, Keystone Foods and more, where he was responsible for driving substantial increases in new business, volume and profitability. Nicholas Ancrum was named director of human resources. Ancrum maintains years of comprehensive HR experience in attracting and retaining high-potential talent, as well as developing HR strategies that increase productivity through greater employee buy-in and loyalty, reducing turnover and absenteeism and increasing compliance.
Hallcon Corp., Lenexa, Kan.
John Stoiber was appointed president and CEO, effective Dec. 1, 2018, succeeding Tony Plut, who will remain on the board of directors. Stoiber has spent over two decades redefining outsourced services partnerships in transportation and other industries. Since 2015, he’s served as chief operating officer of Hallcon, and became president and COO in February 2018. Prior to joining Hallcon, he spent over 25 years in a variety of Fortune 500, mid-size and entrepreneurial ventures with a focus on social media, technology, professional services and e-commerce. He has held numerous senior executive positions in outsourced services, served in Ernst & Young’s strategy consulting practice and was a software and electronics engineer with Johnson Controls, Inc.
Northrop Grumman Corp., Falls Church, Va.
Om Prakash was named chief executive, Northrop Grumman Japan, replacing Stan Crow, who is returning to the United States from his international assignment. Prakash will be responsible for ensuring effective performance on current programs, as well as developing in-country growth opportunities. Prior to this role, Prakash was director of corporate strategy for Northrop Grumman, where he helped shape the business portfolio and established the company as a thought leader in several technology areas. He conducted analyses of business initiatives and oversaw multiple strategic planning processes, and managed international business development. Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, Prakash, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, held leadership positions at various levels in operations, training and developmental flight test. He worked directly for the secretary and chief of staff of the Air Force, developing strategy and policy. He also served as principal military advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy, covering matters related to mergers and acquisitions and the preservation of essential industries and technologies. He was a fighter test pilot with over 3,000 hours in over 60 different aircraft.
A&R Logistics, Louisville, Ky.
Greg Smith was named vice president – import/export services, effective immediately.
Stefan Oelker took over as marketing director of the Krone Commercial Vehicle Group, effective Feb. 1. Oelker has held various positions in the advertising industry and in the marketing area of technical products, most recently as head of marketing and business development at Derby Cycle.
BW Integrated Systems, a Barry-Wehmiller packaging company, Romeoville, Ill.
Fausto Savazzi was named vice president, focusing on the company’s presence in the wine, spirits and glass industries in select markets around the world. Savazzi began his packaging career in 1980 with FMC. He served as global service leader there until 1990, at which time he joined the sales team of Emmeti, then became vice president, where under his leadership, the company expanded its footprint across the globe. Savazzi developed a number of markets on behalf of Emmeti, including Asia, South America and North America.
The Shippers Group (TSG), Dallas, Texas
Mike Mora was promoted to director of the company’s new Richmond, Va., operation. Since joining TSG in 2011, Mora has held various positions, including as an operations manager and general manager, where he oversaw contract and multi-client operations, orchestrated teams of associates and directed work flows, thus contributing to growth of e-commerce and traditional retail business. Prior to beginning his career at TSG, Mora worked at JP Morgan Chase for 14 years in the cash vault item processing department. Meanwhile, Trey Muggley was promoted to director of Dallas operations, responsible for overseeing operations of two multi-client distribution facilities in Dallas, Texas. Previously, Muggley managed large big-box single customer facilities and multi-client public warehouse operations. For the past five years, he’s led TSG’s Forney Road operation with focus on process improvements and high standards for productivity gains and customer service.
Airmaster, Clarklake, Mich.
Dave Benson was appointed new finance director, responsible for supervising all finance, accounting and IT objectives. Previously, Benson has worked as a CPA in the public sector for more than 36 years.
Burford Corp., Maysville, Okla.
Clay Miller was promoted to vice president of sales. Miller maintains more than 17 years of combined technical, sales and leadership experience within the baking industry. His career with Burford started in 2001 as a mechanical engineer. He worked in the engineering department for 8 years, designing and learning the Burford line of equipment from the inside out. At the end of 2008, he moved into sales. Since then, he has served in numerous industry associations, filling the role of secretary/treasurer of the Allied Trades of the Baking Industry since 2015, program chair and second vice chairman of ASB in 2017-2018 along with joining the BEMA board of directors in 2016 after serving 3 years on the BIF committee.
Clear Labs, Menlo Park, Calif.
Food safety expert Michael Robach joined the board of directors. Robach maintains over 40 years of experience in the food industry, most recently as former vice president, corporate food safety, quality and regulatory for Cargill. He is also the co-founder and former president for Safe Supply of Affordable Food Everywhere (SSAFE). Currently, Robach serves as chairman of the board of directors of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and a member of the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association’s Research Advisory Committee. His memberships include the American Meat Institute, the National Turkey Federation, the International Association of Food Protection, the Institute of Food Technologists and the American Society for Microbiology. Robach has also worked with the World Organization of Animal Health (OIE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on harmonized animal health and food safety standards. He is also a former member of the Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Council Executive Committee for the Grocery Manufacturers Association, and has worked with the USDA and FDA regarding food safety policy, HACCP and regulatory reform based on science.
Kwik Lok Corp., Yakima, Wash.
Don Carrell was appointed chief executive officer, succeeding John Rothenbueler, who announced plans to retire as chief executive officer, effective April 1, but will maintain his role as board chairman. After assuming a leadership role in January 2015, Rothenbueler was appointed to the CEO role in October 2015. Carrell is currently chief operating officer at Kwik Lok, and has worked in the manufacturing sector for more than three decades holding a variety of leadership positions.