Dairy Crest CEO steps down following Saputo acquisition, US Foods hires chief supply chain officer, Walmart appoints global food safety compliance exec and more personnel news
US Foods Holding Corp., Rosemont, Ill.
Timothy Connolly will join as executive vice president and chief supply chain officer, effective May 13, overseeing the company’s supply chain organization, including safety, warehousing, transportation, supply chain strategy, operations, continuous improvement and labor relations. Most recently, Connolly served as senior vice president of operations at Uline, and prior to that, was chief operating officer at Essendant, where he oversaw a network of more than 70 distribution centers. He also spent 10 years managing supply chain operations at Cardinal Health.
Saputo Inc., Canada
Mark Allen is stepping down as chief executive of Dairy Crest, following the acquisition. As such, Tom Atherton, deputy chief executive and group finance director of Dairy Crest, was appointed president and COO of Saputo’s dairy division (UK), effective immediately. Atherton has worked for Dairy Crest since 2005. He was appointed executive director and group finance director in 2013, and has served as deputy chief executive since January 2018, where he’s been instrumental in determining the strategic direction of Dairy Crest. Previously, Atherton held senior management positions within publicly-listed companies in the United Kingdom.
Walmart, Bentonville, Ark.
Sara Mortimore was appointed new vice president of global food safety compliance, effective May 13, taking over for Frank Yiannas, who left the company to work for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Mortimore previously served as vice president of product safety, quality and regulatory affairs for Land O’Lakes, where she was responsible for food safety and quality for all Land O’ Lakes businesses, farm to fork.
Duncan Family Farms, Goodyear, Ariz.
Will Feliz returned as president. Feliz is a veteran of the produce industry, with over 30 years working for small, mid and Fortune 500-size produce companies. He originally joined Duncan Family Farms in 2009, and was promoted to president in January 2016. In November 2017, Feliz became chief executive officer of Wawona Packing, responsible for the company’s strategic growth initiatives. Now back at Duncan Family Farms, his focus is on guiding the strategic plan, developing new business channels and exemplifying the company’s values to employees, customers and stakeholders. Also, Ryan Borer joined as chief financial officer. Borer maintains more than a dozen years of experience in public accounting, corporate accounting and financial planning and analysis. Most recently, Borer was senior manager, corporate accounting for Shamrock Foods.
IMG Citrus, Vero Beach, Fla.
Todd Haffield was named director of packinghouse operations, a role he previously held with the company from 2010-2017. Haffield has been with IMG Citrus since 1999 in various logistics and sales roles, and contributed to many operational improvements, including the installation of the company’s 13,000-square-foot cooler, as well as the Smart line and D-Pack line systems. Before IMG Citrus, Haffield worked in his family’s citrus business, and later for Dole Food Co., after IMG Citrus purchased Dole’s packinghouse in December 1999, where he handled outbound shipping and warehouse functions before moving into sales.
Tyson Foods, Inc., Springdale, Ark.
Jonathan Mariner joined the board of directors. Mariner is a private investor and entrepreneur who retired after 23 years in professional sports. He previously served as chief financial officer for the Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball (MLB), where he led the league’s accounting, treasury and budgeting functions, completed more than a dozen franchise purchase and sale transactions and helped create the league’s strategic investment fund. Prior to MLB, Mariner was chief financial officer for the Florida Marlins Baseball Club, Florida Panthers Hockey Club and Dolphins Stadium. He was also a director for Ultimate Software. Currently, he’s the founder and president of TaxDay, LLC, and serves on an interim basis as the head of Regional Sports Networks for The Walt Disney Co.
Ben & Jerry's, Burlington, Vt.
The new Dairy Advisory Council consists of Dorn Cox, organic farmer and research director of Wolfe's Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment; Heather Darby, professor at UVM Extension and agronomy specialist; Scott Faber, environmental advocate; Sarah Flack, grass-based livestock production consultant; Leah Garces, president of Mercy for Animals; and Gary Kjelleren, chair of the Lake Champlain Committee.
Marco's Pizza, Toledo, Ohio
Jeffery Rager was tapped chief financial officer, responsible for overseeing the financial strategy and capital planning for all locations. Prior to joining Marco's Pizza, he spent the last 25 years in leading roles in financial management and in helping companies identify and execute profitable growth strategies. Rager spent the last 4 years as chief financial officer of Granite City Food & Brewery, where he partnered with the brand's CEO and COO to redefine operations metrics and coaching routines, resulting in dramatic increases in annual productivity. Rager also analyzed and identified opportunities with the microbrewery chain to reduce discounting, resulting in increased profitability. His deep restaurant and retail brand experience also includes KFC, Mast Industries Inc. and Ignite Restaurant Inc.
The Wendy’s Co., Dublin, Ohio
Kurt Kane was promoted to the newly created position of president, U.S. and chief commercial officer, assuming responsibilities for the entire U.S. business, including operations, marketing and R&D. He will also continue to lead the company’s digital experience organization. Kane joined Wendy's in 2015, serving primarily as chief concept and marketing officer. He was recently promoted to executive vice president in 2018. Also, Abigail Pringle was promoted to the newly created role of president, international and chief development officer, where she will continue to lead the international business, now including Canada. She will also continue to lead the company’s global development organization. Pringle joined Wendy's in 2002, and was promoted to chief global development officer and international in 2018. As a result, Bob Wright, executive vice president, chief operations officer, will depart the organization after transitioning through the end of May.
GTI, Des Plaines, Ill.
Quinton Ford was elected vice president, general counsel and secretary, leading all aspects of legal resources and interests. He joined the company in 2006, and previously served as acting general counsel, assistant general counsel, and in roles involving technology commercialization and oversight of the company’s subsidiaries and equity holdings. He has served as an officer and/or on boards of directors of numerous GTI subsidiaries and affiliates. Dr. Paula Gant, who joined the company in February, was elected senior vice president, corporate strategy and innovation, overseeing the evolution of GTI’s corporate strategy. In previous roles, Gant focused on technology, market and policy solutions at the U.S. Department of Energy, the American Gas Association and Duke Energy Corp. In early April, Michael Rutkowski joined as senior vice president, research and technology development, directing GTI’s research organization— spanning unconventional supply, energy conversion, natural gas delivery, and end use programs. Prior to GTI, he was a managing director in Navigant’s energy practice, and led customer engagements in energy consulting at Bearingpoint, Arthur Andersen Business Consulting and CSC Consulting. Early in his career, he worked at Sargent & Lundy as a senior engineer, and served as a power applications field engineer at GE.
PSSI, Kieler, Wis.
Monty Christenberry was appointed senior vice president, Central region, tasked with overseeing the company’s partnerships and operational initiatives with food processors across the Central region, including Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, parts of Kansas, the Gulf Coast Southwest and Southcentral divisions. Christenberry maintains more than 25 years’ experience in food safety and sanitation. He started with PSSI as an area manager in 2003, and most recently served as vice president of operations, where he led the ‘Family – Team – Customer’ mantra in the South Central division, which drove the highest employee and manager morale across the company. Prior to PSSI, he spent more than 13 years with Tyson Foods in various locations and positions across the United States.
Kinedyne LLC, Branchburg, N.J.
Roger Perlstein was appointed new vice president - sales and marketing, tasked with overseeing all sales and marketing efforts for the United States and Canada. Perlstein maintains more than 20 years of sales and marketing management experience, much of it in the industrial, manufacturing and transportation sectors. Perlstein also previously served as secretary to the Technology Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Association.
CBRE Group, Los Angeles
Nicole Johnson joined as senior vice president of the company’s Philadelphia-area offices, where she will focus on landlord representation and project leasing for shopping centers and mixed-use developments. Previously, she served as vice president of retail leasing at Paramount Realty Services, where she managed the leasing department for 30 portfolio properties, including power centers, lifestyle centers and neighborhood centers across five states in the Northeast. Throughout her career, Johnson has represented Kimco Realty, Urban Edge Properties, National Realty Corp. and Steiner Equities Group, among others.
ZAF Energy Systems Inc., Columbia Falls, Mont.
Dr. Kurt Salloux joined as new chief technology officer. Salloux maintains over 30 years of experience in science, engineering, research, development and construction of advanced power and energy storage systems. Salloux was a research manager for Hughes Space and Communications, working on the lithium-ion battery program for Hughes and later Boeing’s next-generation satellite systems. He was most recently involved in building advanced power and monitoring control systems for global telecommunication carriers.
The Shippers Group, Hutchins, Texas
Chris Mills joined as general manager of the Jonesboro, Ga., distribution center. Mills began his career picking orders and loading trucks with Food Lion, then later moved into a sales role with Kraft Foodservice and The SYGMA Network, where he served as vice president of field accounts as well as general manager in Newnan, Ga., and Charlotte, N.C. Most recently, he was the general manager for Americold Logistics.
Kinedyne LLC, Branchburg, N.J.
Roger Perlstein was appointed new vice president - sales and marketing. Perlstein maintains more than 20 years of sales and marketing management experience in the industrial, manufacturing and transportation sectors. He previously served as secretary to the Technology Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Association.
JOH, Billerica, Mass.
Patricia Wonderly joined the Metro division as an account manager. Wonderly maintains 20 years of experience, having worked on various client accounts, including Alcon, DeMert Brands, Goody Products, Helene Curtis, High Ridge Brands, Merck Consumer Care, Newell Rubbermaid, Philips Norelco, Vogue International, and most recently, Advantage Solutions. She has also worked with various customers, including Ahold, C&S Wholesale, Cardinal Health, Kinney Drug and Weis Markets. Meanwhile, Tara Larson joined the Great Lakes region as an account manager. Larson maintains many years of experience in the frozen and dairy categories. She previously worked at Supervalu/UNFI and Target.
Michał Makaruk was named chief executive officer of the company’s Polish subsidiary, ELOKON Polska Sp. z o.o, where he will strengthen ELOKON Polska’s position as a supplier of automation safety technology, expand the company’s portfolio of products and services and build on the company’s driver-assistance technology for industrial trucks. Makaruk maintains more than 20 years of experience across diverse international industries, including packaging and automotive. Prior to joining ELOKON, he served in a wide range of leadership roles in sales, project management, production and operations management.
Kansas City Southern (KCS), Kansas City, Mo.
Ginger Adamiak was appointed vice president energy and chemical products, tasked with managing chemical and petroleum in the United States and Mexico. Adamiak previously served as vice president energy, industrial development and innovation. Adamiak maintains over 30 years of experience in sales and marketing, banking, treasury, investor relations, structured financing, leasing and market analysis, including over 20 years of rail industry experience. She joined the company in 2006 as director investor relations. She was promoted to assistant vice president marketing in 2011, assistant vice president finance in 2015 and vice president energy, industrial development and innovation in 2018. Prior to joining KCS, she spent 9 years with GATX Corp. Yesica Gloria Marrufo was promoted to vice president sales and marketing for industrial and consumer products in the United States and Mexico. She previously served as assistant vice president sales for metals, industrial, forest products, chemicals and petroleum. Marrufo maintains over 20 years of experience in railroad sales and marketing. She joined the company in 1997. Since 2008, she has served as assistant vice president for the carload sales team.
Shurtape Technologies, LLC, Hickory, N.C.
The company expanded its industrial packaging North American team with the addition of four new territory sales managers, strategically placed to cover key growth markets, including western New York and Pennsylvania, Ohio, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Indiana. Brad Davis maintains more than 5 years of packaging expertise gained through his latest stint at Sealed Air Corp., where he accrued experience in the e-commerce, 3PL and manufacturing industries. Davis will place primary focus on end-of-line carton sealing in the southern Ohio, southern Indiana and Kentucky areas. Brock Byers spent the first 3 years of his career at Pratt Industries, and maintains a wealth of packaging expertise. His territory encompasses Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi. Randy Krabbenhoft maintains over 30 years of experience in the packaging industry. Previously, he worked at SouthernCarlson. His focus will be on strengthening partnerships in the Texas and Louisiana regions. And, Kelley Wickert maintains over 30 years of packaging industry experience, including the past 9 years with Sealed Air Corp. Wickert will be in charge of the northeast Ohio, western Pennsylvania, western New York and West Virginia regions.