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Hormel Foods Announces Retirement and Advancement

Kurt Mueller, Senior Vice President of Consumer Products Sales, to Retire; Natosha Walsh to Advance to Senior Vice President of Consumer Products Sales

Hormel Foods Corporation, a global branded food company, announced the upcoming retirement of Kurt Mueller, senior vice president of Consumer Products Sales (CPS) and vice president of Hormel Foods. Mueller will retire after 39 years of distinguished service with the company. As a result, Natosha Walsh, director of Albertsons and Safeway business for CPS, has been named senior vice president of CPS and vice president of Hormel Foods, effective at the start of fiscal year 2019.

“Kurt has been a strong leader in the CPS organization, driving growth and providing mentorship to our sales teams throughout our business. We congratulate him on a great career and wish him all the best in his upcoming retirement,” said Jim Snee, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer at Hormel Foods.

“Natosha is well prepared to assume ...

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Sep 18 8:22 AM, General News



Clarissa Moreaux Joins Meat Institute as New Director of Regulatory Affairs

Washington, D.C. – The North American Meat Institute (Meat Institute) today announced the addition of Clarissa Moreaux to the organization’s regulatory and scientific affairs staff. Moreaux joins the Meat Institute as director of regulatory affairs.

Most recently, Moreaux served as quality systems manager at Dine Brands Global, Inc., in Glendale, California, where, by reviewing third party audit reports, conducting onsite audits and evaluating additional food safety documentation, she was instrumental in determining and communicating food safety risks of all protein, seafood, dairy, produce and beverage suppliers and distribution centers. Moreaux also developed quality and food safety criteria that aligned with brand expectations, as well as ...

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Sep 17 12:10 PM, General News


Inspire Brands Names New President of Buffalo Wild Wings

Inspire Brands today announced that Lyle Tick has been named President of Buffalo Wild Wings, the largest sports bar restaurant chain in the country.

Prior to joining Buffalo Wild Wings, Tick was Managing Director for Walgreens Boots Alliance beauty brands business in the Americas. He also worked for Bacardi, where he served as Senior Global Category Director based in London and Vice President of Marketing for North America based in Miami. Prior to Bacardi, Tick held a variety of positions within marketing and advertising agencies, including J. Walter Thompson, Gotham, McGarryBowen, and DDB.

“We are thrilled to welcome Lyle to Buffalo Wild Wings,” said Paul Brown, Chief Executive Officer of Inspire Brands. “His deep experience with global retailers and spirit ...

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Sep 17 12:02 PM, General News


El Pollo Loco Announces Hiring of Jennifer Jaffe as Company’s First-Ever Chief People Officer

El Pollo Loco, Inc, the nation’s leading fire-grilled chicken chain, announced the appointment of Jennifer Jaffe as Senior Vice President and the company’s first-ever Chief People Officer. Ms. Jaffe brings years of proven leadership and experience leading HR and talent management functions to this newly created role.

Ms. Jaffe comes to El Pollo Loco from Estée Lauder, where she led the human resources function for Too Faced Cosmetics and oversaw the company’s acquisition by Estée Lauder in 2016. Prior to Estée Lauder, Ms. Jaffe was Vice President of Human Resources at AT&T, where she served on an HR leadership team to support more than 13,000 employees. Before that, she was the Vice President of Talent Development at DIRECTV prior to its merger with AT&T, where she led the end-to-end talent management strategy for the entire corporation, including the creation and execution of the talent review process for more than 3,000 leaders ...

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Aug 28 9:14 AM, General News


Julie Anna Potts Named President and CEO of the North American Meat Institute

Washington, DC-- The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) on Wednesday named Julie Anna Potts its next president and CEO effective September 24, 2018. Potts succeeds retiring President and CEO Barry Carpenter.

An agriculture veteran, Potts has served the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) since 2011 as its executive vice president and treasurer. In her role, Potts led the AFBF staff in its implementation of all programs and activities for the organization, as well as the coordination between AFBF and its affiliated companies.

Potts first joined AFBF in 2004, serving as general counsel until 2009. In late 2009, she was named chief counsel of the Senate Agriculture Committee, serving under then-Chairman...

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Aug 23 8:17 AM, General News


Buffalo Wings & Rings Hires Industry Veteran as Chief Operations Officer

Cincinnati-based elevated sports restaurant franchise Buffalo Wings & Rings has hired industry veteran Joe Dominiak as the brand’s new Chief Operations Officer. A U.S. Air Force veteran and most recently Executive Vice President and Managing Partner at Skyline Chili, Dominiak brings a proven track record and expertise for growing the national footprints of restaurant companies to the role as Buffalo Wings & Rings continues its mission to strategically expand across the country.

Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, Dominiak’s love for chicken wings started at a young age when he experienced the famed original buffalo wings from Anchor Bar. When the popularity of buffalo wings skyrocketed and spread, he was skeptical that anyone would be able to replicate the same bold flavor as the originator. It wasn’t until a friend ordered him a batch of buffalo wings from Buffalo Wings & Rings that his mindset shifted ...

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Aug 14 9:42 AM, General News


Maple Leaf Foods Appoints Curtis Frank to Chief Operating Officer

Maple Leaf Foods announced that Gary Maksymetz, who has held the role of Chief Operating Officer since 2014 and has almost four decades of experience in the food industry, mostly with Maple Leaf, has made a personal decision to retire at the end of September.

During his tenure, Gary has led a wide range of functions at Maple Leaf and successfully driven major strategic initiatives that have resulted in significant, structural long-term value creation. He will provide ongoing strategic counsel to support the transition of his responsibilities and more broadly to the Senior Leadership Team, who will continue to benefit from his expertise and deep industry knowledge.

Curtis Frank, who has held the position of Senior Vice President, Retail since 2014, will assume the role of Chief Operating Officer, effective October 1, 2018. In this capacity, he ...

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Jul 31 2:12 PM, General News


Back Yard Burgers Taps New CEO

Back Yard Burgers has announced the hiring of Scott Shotter as its new chief executive officer. Axum Capital Partners, Back Yard Burgers' private equity firm, selected Shotter for his proven track record in operations and success in guest loyalty and team building strategies.

Shotter joins Back Yard Burgers from Moe's Southwest Grill, where he was vice president of operations. While at Moe's, he helped bring about exponential growth for the brand, which expanded from 200 locations to more than 700 locations during his nine-year tenure.

Prior to Moe's, Shotter managed operations for more than 30 national and regional brands, including Starbucks, Sbarro, Popeye's, Johnny Rockets and Burger King.

One attribute that attracted Shotter to...

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Jul 18 1:58 PM, General News




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