Women's Foodservice Forum president retires, Women In Trucking Association elects new chairwoman, and other industry executive changes
Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), Basalt, Colo.
Britta Gross joined as managing director of the mobility transformation program, effective June 3. Previously, Gross served as director of advanced vehicle commercialization policy at General Motors, responsible for identifying energy strategies, partnerships and policies required to enable the commercialization of GM’s alternative fuel technology programs, including plug-in battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles. Gross has also held positions on the board of directors of the Electric Drive Transportation Association and the Alliance for Transportation Electrification, and served as a governor appointee on both the Massachusetts Zero Emission Vehicle Commission and the Maryland Electric Vehicle and Infrastructure Commission. In addition, she is a commissioner for the Orlando Utility Commission’s Orland, Fla., electric and water utility.
U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY), Tucker, Ga.
Dr. Denise Heard was appointed director of research, effective Oct. 1, succeeding Dr. John Glisson, who will be retiring soon. Heard will administer the association’s and the foundation’s comprehensive research program and board research initiative program, work with the foundation’s Research Advisory Committee, receive and evaluate research proposals and make recommendations to the board of directors for both organizations for funding approval. Heard joins from the United States Department of Agriculture National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP), where she has served as senior coordinator for the past 8 years, responsible for leading and overseeing the administration in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, authorizing more than 100 NPIP laboratories across the country, coordinating rulemaking to incorporate into the federal regulations for the poultry industry and managing the state administration of the NPIP through periodic reviews of the administrative procedures of the NPIP Official State Agencies.
The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), Arlington, Va.
Dan Murray was promoted to senior vice president. Murray, who has been with ATRI since 1994, most recently served as ATRI’s vice president, where he led ATRI’s portfolio of sponsored research and provided strategic direction and management of ATRI’s top research priorities.
Women's Foodservice Forum (WFF), Dallas, Texas
Hattie Hill is retiring as president and CEO, a position she’s held for the past 6 years. Hill is an international leadership development expert, professional speaker, best-selling author and thought leader who spent more than 30 years as chief executive officer of Hattie Hill Enterprises Inc. Current board chair Denny Marie Post will serve as interim president and CEO, where during the transition, she will continue to advance WFF's mission to equip the food industry with data-driven strategies that accelerate the advancement of women leaders. Effective immediately, Post will relinquish her position as chair of the WFF board to assume the president and CEO role until the formal search is completed later this year. WFF board chair-elect Salli Setta, president and chief concept officer of Red Lobster, will become chair of the board.
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), Washington, D.C.
Heidi Brock, president and CEO of the Aluminum Association, will join as new president and CEO, succeeding Donna Harman, who announced her intention to retire earlier this year after 12 years serving as AF&PA’s president and CEO. Brock has served as chief executive officer of the Aluminum Association for almost 8 years, where she strengthened the association’s advocacy mission and role as the key policy voice for the aluminum value chain in the United States. She also helped launch the Aluminum PAC, collaborated with Congress on the creation of the Aluminum Caucus and increased the engagement of member companies with government stakeholders. Before joining the Aluminum Association in 2011, Brock served as vice president of federal and international affairs for Weyerhaeuser, and during her 18 years with the company, also worked as vice president for e-business, director of strategic planning and manager for government affairs. Brock sits on the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and ASAE Foundation Boards of Directors, the U.S. Chamber’s Committee of 100, as well as the board for DC Central Kitchen.
Women In Trucking Association (WIT), Plover, Wis.
Laura Roan Hays, regional sales manager, Great Dane, was elected new chairwoman of the board, replacing Mary Aufdemberg, director, acquisitions and operations, Daimler Trucks North America and Daimler Trucks Remarketing, who reached the end of her term. Roan Hays maintains 30 years’ experience in the transportation industry. She began her career in 1989 as an administrative assistant, and worked her way up to branch manager, leading the Great Dane Tampa and Miami branches. She has been a member of WIT since early 2012. New directors voted to the board include Delores Lail, senior vice president, sales, East region, Ryder Systems, Inc.; Michele Rodgers, director of program management, Peterbilt Motors; Tracci Schultz, senior vice president, strategic planning, engineering, operations solutions, FedEx; Kary Shaefer, general manager of product marketing and strategy, Daimler Trucks North America; Lori Taylor, carrier services manager, C. H. Robinson; and Heather Wilson, chief commercial officer, BMO Transportation Finance.
The Dairy Processors Association of Canada (DPAC), Canada
Michael Barrett was elected chair of the board of directors. Barrett is president and CEO of Gay Lea Foods Co-operative Ltd., and maintains 20 years of experience in the dairy industry. Barrett succeeds Carl Colizza, who has served as chair since March 2017.
PepsiCo, Inc., Purchase, N.Y.
Ram Krishnan, currently chief executive officer, Greater China, was appointed global chief commercial officer, replacing Laxman Narasimhan, who is departing to become chief executive officer of the Reckitt Benckiser Group. Krishnan has brought a strategic mindset and outstanding judgment to each of his roles since joining the company in 2006. He held successive roles at Frito-Lay, ultimately becoming chief marketing officer in 2014. In 2016, Krishnan was promoted to North American commercial general manager and senior vice president, Walmart customer team, where he helped cement a strong relationship with one of the company's most important customers. He was appointed to lead PepsiCo's China business in 2017, where he displayed an ability to quickly adapt to new cultures, developing locally-tailored supply chains and go-to-market capabilities.
SpartanNash, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Walt Lentz joined as executive vice president and president, food distribution, effective May 31, responsible for the company’s food distribution segment and total company supply chain, and developing and executing strategic plans to grow the wholesale distribution and food manufacturing businesses. Lentz maintains 32 years of logistics and supply chain experience in roles of increasing leadership responsibility, including serving as acting chief executive officer and chief supply chain officer of Peapod LLC from 2017-2019. Lentz began his career in 2009, serving as senior vice president, supply chain for Giant Foods, advancing to senior vice president, supply chain logistics, planning and replenishment for Ahold USA Retail. From 1997-2009, he held several executive roles of increasing responsibility, ranging from manufacturing operations to logistics operations and business unit sales support, with the Kellogg Co.
Curion, Redwood City, Calif.
Andrew Livermore was named senior vice president of product and client services strategy, responsible for leading the account management team with a focus on strategies for growth. He has been instrumental in launching new platforms such as eFIve, and helped to design Curion’s Packaging Optimization Approach. Livermore, a leader of consumer, sensory, market and product research, maintains global responsibility in the fast-moving consumer goods/consumer packaged goods industry, focusing on product innovation, and holds expertise with a wide variety of research and trend analytics tools, working with R&D and marketing leaders to create new opportunities that align with business strategies. Prior to joining Curion, Livermore served as global director of product and consumer science for Kellogg Co., where he led a team of scientists and contractors to direct consumer, sensory science and shelf- life research. He also worked with R&D and marketing to provide consumer and sensory insights to commercialize on-trend food products and packaging. Prior to that, Livermore served in global leadership roles at Edgewell Personal Care and Avon.
Ine Potting was named business development director. Potting maintains over 30 years of fresh fruits and vegetables experience across a variety of functions, including sales and marketing, sourcing and procurement, logistics, supply chain and administration. Previously, Potting served as global sourcing director for Scherpenhuizen B.V, where she established an import/export department for overseas products from procurement through selling, and developed an extensive avocado program. Potting also previously served as managing director/export manager, Europe for Mission Produce Europe B.V., where she was responsible for all business operations, including buying, selling, logistics planning, supply chain, operations and administration in Europe.
The Collaborative for Fresh Produce, Richardson, Texas
Simon Powell, president and CEO, and Jim Farley, chief financial officer, announced plans to step down from the day-to-day leadership and operations, following the collaborative’s partnership with Feeding America and Feeding Texas. Meanwhile, Dale Long, currently the collaborative’s executive vice president of sourcing, will become interim executive director. Rhonda Sanders, chief executive officer of the Arkansas Foodbank and board member of the collaborative, will lead the transition efforts.
Winsight LLC, Chicago
Mary Pat Heftman was named vice chairman of Winsight Exhibitions. Heftman has been president of the National Restaurant Association for the past 18 years, up until it was acquired by Winsight in November 2018. Heftman will continue maintaining Winsight's relationship with the National Restaurant Association, key exhibitors and other industry partners, and will be responsible for on-site events, expansion opportunities for the show and corporate development projects. Tom Cindric was appointed president of Winsight Exhibitions, effective June 17, where he will assume day-to-day management and P&L responsibility for the show. Cindric previously served as senior vice president of Informa Global Exhibitions, U.S. commercial events and international commercial events. Additionally, Cindric is current chairperson of The International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE).
Novolex, Hartsville, S.C.
Phil Rozenski was promoted to vice president of public affairs, where he will oversee public policy matters, stakeholder relations and sustainability engagement. Rozenski, a retired Air Force officer and supply chain executive, has been with the company for 12 years, most recently as senior director of sustainability. Erik Gonring joined as director of sustainability, where he will focus on key trends in the sustainability space. Gonring previously held sustainability and communications positions with McDonald's Corp. and J.R. Simplot Co.
Hinds-Bock Corp., Bothell, Wash.
Rod Gregg was promoted to executive vice president, tasked with managing the sales and marketing departments, and developing relationships with the bakery and protein groups within The Middleby Corp., which acquired Hinds-Bock in 2018. Gregg has been with Hinds-Bock for the past 32 years, when he was hired as a parts and sales person. He was promoted to general sales manager in 1992, and in 2012, to vice president of sales. Gregg is a 25-year member of American Society of Baking, and has been with BEMA for many years.
Daimler Trucks, Portland, Ore.
Dr. Peter Vaughan Schmidt, currently head of strategy, will lead the company’s newly launched autonomous technology group, effective June 1. Schmidt maintains 15 years of experience in the industry, and in his previous position, was responsible for the development of Daimler Trucks’ strategy on automated vehicles.
HNTB, Los Angeles
Wayne Feuerborn was named president of the West division, overseeing infrastructure programs in growth markets, including rail/transit, tolling and aviation, leading operations and strategic planning in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Hawaii and Nevada, and overseeing seven offices, numerous field offices and nearly 500 professionals. Feuerborn succeeds Art Hadnett, senior vice president, who now serves as the regional growth officer. Feuerborn has served HNTB for 18 years in a number of roles, most recently as office leader for Central U.S. offices in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Iowa, where he doubled sales in three years, increased revenue by double digits each year and implemented an office employee engagement and communications plan. Feuerborn maintains extensive experience with urban design projects, corridor and master planning, economic development planning, growth management policies and community participation facilitation. Prior to joining HNTB, he worked for the Kansas City, Missouri, Planning and Development Department and Baltimore County, Maryland, Office of Planning. Lastly, Chris Price was named president of the Central division, where he will oversee operations, project delivery and client service in Texas, Louisiana, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Nebraska, Arkansas and Mississippi. Price leads approximately 600 professionals who provide aviation, highway, bridge, transit, rail, toll and construction management projects to improve mobility. Price maintains a 32-year career with HNTB in numerous roles, most recently as national bridge practice leader, where he was responsible for overseeing the firm’s delivery for bridge projects across the United States. Additionally, Price’s project leadership experience includes oversight for geotechnical services, railway track design, street design and traffic analysis. He actively represents HNTB in civic and industry-related associations, helps recruit top talent and fosters relationships with clients and thought leaders.
Transcontinental Inc., Canada
Thomas Morin was appointed president of TC Transcontinental Packaging, effective July 1, taking over for Brian Reid, who has held the position since 2014 and has been with the company for over 25 years. Moving forward, Reid will dedicate his time exclusively to his role of president of TC Transcontinental Printing, a position he has held for more than 10 years. Morin will have full profit and loss (P&L) responsibility and provide strategic and thought leadership to the sector’s operations and plants around the world. He will also be in charge of establishing long-term goals and strategies as well as executing business plans, aiming for further efficiency and profit maximization. Morin’s responsibilities also include overseeing the expansion of the packaging business in all markets through organic sales growth and acquisitions, as well as managing investments. Morin maintains more than 23 years of global packaging experience, with the past 13 years spent managing $1 billion-plus businesses for which he had full P&L responsibility and oversaw a workforce comprised of thousands of employees located in dozens of factories around the world. For the past 2 years, he has served as vice president of South East Asia for Amcor Flexible Packaging Asia Pacific, and before that, was vice president of strategy, mergers and acquisitions for Amcor Flexible Packaging Europe. From 2010-2015, he served as vice president and general manager of fresh products and capsules for Amcor Flexible Packaging Europe. And, from 2007-2009, he was vice president and general manager, dairy, for Alcan Flexible Packaging Europe.
Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery, Sturtevant, Wis.
Rebecca Fowler joined as director of mechanical engineering, where she will lead the company’s mechanical and application engineering across Spee-Dee’s entire product offering. Fowler most recently served as mechanical engineering manager with Avidity Science, LLC (formerly Edstrom Industries), where she managed all engineering activities, reduced response time and increased efficiencies in the mechanical and electrical divisions. Before that, she was engineering manager for The Comfort Co., and senior design engineer for Henning inc. And, Ian Toro was promoted to customer service manager, where he will manage all service technicians, field service operations and customer support. Toro has been with Spee-Dee since 2015. He most recently served as field service install and repair technician, where he led customer installations, including repair and retrofit operations. Previously, Toro was a mechanical and electrical assembler.
BakeMark, Pico Rivera, Calif.
Christina McDermott was named new national accounts manager, effective May 28. Most recently, McDermott worked at Dairy Management Inc., nurturing partnerships with Domino’s Pizza and McDonald’s while leading cross-functional teams to drive dairy sales through menu and marketing innovation. She also spent time at Solo Cup Co., where she was the Starbucks sales director for 2 years and foodservice marketing director for 5 years. She also spent 7 years at Sara Lee in various foodservice marketing leadership positions.
Danfoss, Baltimore, Md.
John Sheff was appointed new director of public and industry affairs for North America, succeeding Mark Menzer, who will be retiring in July after 5 years with the company and 35 years in the industry. Sheff previously served as business development manager for Danfoss in North America, leading cross-business initiatives within buildings, including strengthening engagement with utilities and Danfoss partners to leverage incentive rebates to improve energy efficiency in existing buildings. Sheff joined Danfoss 5 years ago as part of the company’s post graduate program. He also previously worked as a policy analyst for the office of former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, where he evaluated and developed energy efficiency and renewal energy plans for the State of Maryland. Menzer helped to raise the voice of Danfoss and its industry partners in crucial discussions throughout Washington, D.C., and within key industry associations.
JLS Automation, York, Pa.
Pete DeSuno was named regional sales manager, North Central Region for the United States and Canada. DeSuno maintains extensive sales experience in the food automation industry. Most recently, he was a strategic accounts sales manager with Flexco, working with customers in the meat, cheese, bakery and confectionary industries. Before that, DeSuno was North American sales manager at Tomra Systems and an account manager at Provisur Technologies’ prepared and processed systems group.
GS1 US, Ewing, N.J.
The following executives were appointed to the board of governors—Jim Brennan, executive vice president, national retail sales, U.S. region, Coca-Cola North America; Dick Tracy, president, Dot Foods; and Dr. Susan Moffatt-Bruce, executive director of University Hospitals, The Ohio State University (OSU) Wexner Medical Center. All three executives will help guide the GS1 US strategy to drive adoption, use and adherence to GS1 Standards across multiple industries. Celebrating 30 years with Coca-Cola this year, Brennan has led several internal sales organizations during his career. He currently oversees Coca-Cola’s national retail sales business within the United States, including supermarket, convenience retail, drug, value and club channels. Previously, he served as senior vice president for the Northeast region of Coca-Cola Refreshments, where he managed the Eastern large-store team business and military business and led the entire field sales organization across 11 northern states and key strategic markets. Brennan has contributed to driving GS1 Standards in Coca-Cola’s business processes. He replaces former GS1 US board member Mel Landis, senior vice president – business transformation, Coca-Cola North America. Tracy is responsible for all sales, business development, IT, training and quality control, and has worked in various positions, including chief operating officer, executive vice president of foodservice sales, vice president of customer development and general manager of Dot’s e-commerce subsidiary, since joining the family business 28 years ago. He is a member of Dot’s board of directors, and serves on the company’s strategic planning and financial review committees. A founding member of the Foodservice GS1 US Standards Initiative, Tracy has served on the Executive Leadership Committee for 10 years, and has been a strong advocate for GS1 Standards. Moffatt-Bruce is a tenured professor in surgery, molecular virology immunology and medical genetics and biomedical informatics. Previously, she was the chief quality and patient safety officer for OSU, responsible for the implementation of safety checklists and crew resource management across a 7-hospital medical center. By establishing standardized processes under Moffatt-Bruce’s leadership, the medical center significantly reduced the incidence of patient safety events. She is also the principal investigator of a program focused on the flow of data pertaining to clinical alarms, digital hotspotting and inpatient electronic patient portals for providers and patients. Moffatt-Bruce is also the chair of the GS1 Global Healthcare Clinical Advisory Board.
Bühler Group, Switzerland
Rainer Schulz, former CEO of the global REHAU Group, joined the board of directors, effective June 21. Schulz is a Swiss national who has held various materials management and production supply chain positions in the electronics and mechanical engineering industries. Since 1995, Schulz has acted as head of production and later as general head of purchasing in charge of global procurement at BMW Rolls-Royce AeroEngines. In 2001, Schulz moved on as chief operating officer of the REHAU Group, where he managed the engineering, production and materials management functions. In 2010, Schulz was appointed chief executive officer of the REHAU Group, a position he held since mid-2018.
Commonwealth Supply Chain Advisors, Boston, Mass.
Perry Shore, a 25-year industry veteran, joined as a senior supply chain consultant for distribution center design and operations improvement, tasked with assisting clients with long-term strategy and design of distribution centers, and guiding clients through various options to support growth, achieve higher degrees of efficiency and adapt to the changing market conditions. Shore spent the past 8 years as a design engineer for Dematic North America, and prior to that, spent 18 years designing automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) for Daifuku. Over the course of his career, Shore estimates that he designed over 300 distribution centers for companies such as Frito Lay, Amazon, Skechers, Motorola and HEB. Shore maintains experience in goods-to-picker equipment such as AS/RS, mini-load technology and shuttle-based systems.
VanRiet Material Handling Systems, The Netherlands
Markus Augeneder was appointed chief executive officer, effective June 1, succeeding Rik van den Boog, who stepped down from his role earlier this year. Augeneder also takes on the role of chief executive officer of MHS international, which consists of MHS Europe and OCM.
Pathogen Solutions, Akron, Ohio
Dr. Sunil Pandya was named chief clinical officer, Spencer Liebmann was appointed chief strategy officer and Heather Kramer joined as director of product marketing.