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Pizza Hut Announces Kalen Thornton as Global Chief Brand Officer

Today, Pizza Hut announced two new executive marketing appointments.

Kalen Thornton will join the company as Global Chief Brand Officer reporting to Pizza Hut Division Chief Executive Officer, Aaron Powell, effective June 10. In this role, Thornton will lead Pizza Hut's global brand strategy and oversee all aspects of marketing across 110 markets and territories. Thornton will also be responsible for guiding the brand to a new chapter of relevance – harnessing the power of strategic, engaging customer connections across physical and digital touchpoints and ensuring that...

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May 20 10:13 AM, Urner Barry

Thrive Market Hires April Lane as Chief Merchandising Officer

Thrive Market, the healthy and sustainable online grocery store, has named April Lane its Chief Merchandiser. Lane brings decades of e-commerce experience to her role and has a significant track record of advancing e-commerce merchandising at scale.

As the Chief Merchandising officer, Lane will be responsible for the site’s merchandising, which spans Food, Home, Health, and Beauty. She will also manage the Food Safety and Quality (FSQA) team, which oversees food quality, safety, and regulatory compliance across all product categories, including both branded and owned brands...

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May 13 9:51 AM, Urner Barry

Pizza Hut Announces Carl Loredo President of Pizza Hut U.S.

New Appointment Supports Pizza Hut’s Ambitious Growth Agenda

Today, Pizza Hut announced that Juan Carlos “Carl” Loredo will join the company as the President of Pizza Hut U.S., reporting to Pizza Hut Division Chief Executive Officer Aaron Powell, effective June 3. In this role, Loredo will assume responsibility for driving overall performance of the brand’s U.S. business.

“Carl comes to Pizza Hut with a strong track record of positioning brands for success and delivering results in highly competitive markets. He is adept at helping brands show up in novel and...

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May 6 10:15 AM, Urner Barry

Standard Meat Company Announces Appointment of Keith Blanks as Chief Commercial Officer

Standard Meat Company (SMC) Co-President Ashli Rosenthal Blumenfeld announced the appointment of Keith Blanks to the position of Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) at the family-owned firm.
Founded in 1935 and headquartered at the iconic Stockyards in Fort Worth, Standard Meat Company (SMC) is a meat processing and packaging firm with plants in Dallas, Fort Worth, Saginaw, and Ponder, Texas. An industry leader in quality and innovation, the company is a global supplier of custom meat portioning and packaging solutions for...

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May 2 11:44 AM, Urner Barry

Papa Johns Announces Kurt Milburn as Chief Supply Chain Officer

Papa John's International, Inc. today announced the promotion of Kurt Milburn to Chief Supply Chain Officer, succeeding Shane Hutchins, who will retire after 26 years at Papa Johns, where he served as Chief Supply Chain Officer since October 2018. Mr. Hutchins will continue to work with Papa Johns as a consultant on special projects and to ensure a smooth transition.

Mr. Milburn joined Papa Johns in 2022 as Vice President of Supply Chain Operations and since that time has taken on additional responsibility to include engineering and...

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May 2 11:32 AM, Urner Barry

Golden State Foods Promotes Mariana Manole to Senior Vice President, Global FSQR 

Golden State Foods (GSF), one of the largest diversified suppliers to the foodservice and retail industries, is pleased to announce the promotion of Mariana Manole to senior vice president, global Food Safety, Quality, and Regulatory Affairs (FSQR), as well as the appointment of Steve Ross as senior vice president, operations, Liquid Products North America (LPNA).

Based in Conyers, Georgia, Manole will serve as GSF’s chief quality leader, responsible for ensuring all worldwide manufacturing facilities and distribution centers meet food safety laws, federal, state, and local regulatory...

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May 1 12:35 PM, Urner Barry

Noelle O'Mara Named Executive Vice President of Conagra Brands

Conagra Brands, Inc. today announced the appointment of Noelle O'Mara as executive vice president & president, New Platforms and Acquisitions effective May 6.

In this role, O'Mara will have responsibility for identifying and scaling new organic growth platforms and acquisitions. This work will span strategy, product innovation, commercialization, synergy capture, and in-market execution.

"Noelle's leadership and track record of delivering results will be instrumental in advancing Conagra's ambition to further scale emerging brands while delivering an ambitious innovation and growth strategy," said Sean Connolly, president and chief executive officer, Conagra Brands...

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Apr 30 10:27 AM, Urner Barry

Hormel Foods Announces Retirement of Jeff Grev, Vice President of Legislative Affairs

Hormel Foods Corporation, a Fortune 500 global branded food company, today announced that Jeff Grev, vice president of legislative affairs, will be retiring after a 40-year career with the company. Chad Randick, director of strategy and current lead of the company's transformation and modernization initiative, will succeed Grev as vice president of legislative affairs.

As vice president of legislative affairs, Randick will assume responsibility for overseeing all state and federal legislative affairs, and regulatory affairs.

"Chad's deep knowledge of our business and leadership experience in finance, sales...

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Apr 24 10:18 AM, Urner Barry

NRF Announces Promotion of Chief Lobbyist

The National Retail Federation today announced the promotion of David French from senior vice president to executive vice president of government relations and executive director of the National Council of Chain Restaurants. Since joining NRF in 2011, French has led the organization’s advocacy strategy to advance the retail industry’s legislative priorities.

“As NRF’s chief lobbyist, David is a great partner of many years who has done an incredible job with public policy efforts that support retailers and the millions of people they employ and the communities they serve,” NRF President and...

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Apr 11 9:43 AM, Urner Barry

KFC Global to Welcome New CFO

KFC Global today announced that Alex Barsk (she/her) will be joining KFC Global as our new Chief Financial Officer (CFO), reporting directly to Sabir Sami, KFC Global Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective June 1, 2024.

In this role, Alex will be responsible for leading KFC’s global Finance function, ensuring continued growth and profitability for the KFC business. She will also oversee KFC’s Financial Planning Analysis and Strategy functions.

Alex joins us from our sister brand, Pizza Hut, where she most recently served as Global Chief Financial Officer...

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Apr 11 8:01 AM, Urner Barry

Kim Lewis Appointed CMO of Capriotti's Sandwich Shop

Capriotti's Sandwich Shop (Capriotti's) announced this morning the latest addition to its executive leadership team: Kim Lewis, the first-ever Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) for the brand. This appointment comes as Capriotti's continues to plant roots in new markets, introduce menu and tech innovations to its operations, and further establish itself as a category leader in the restaurant space across the country.

Kim's experience in marketing spans well over two decades, including more than 15 years in the retail industry and most recently, 6+ years...

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Apr 9 2:49 PM, Urner Barry

Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. Announces Retirement of Jeff Hardin

Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. today announced that Jeff Hardin, Senior Vice President of Sales, is retiring from his position with the Company, effective July 23, 2024. Scott Hull, Vice President of Sales, will assume the executive officer role previously held by Hardin, effectively immediately. Hardin will continue to work with Hull through the transition period until his official retirement date.

Hardin joined Cal-Maine Foods in 1988 and was named Vice President of Sales in 2002. He has played a pivotal role in driving the Company’s consistent...


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Apr 9 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

CKE Restaurants Names Brand Presidents for Carl's Jr. and Hardee's

CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. (CKE), parent company of Carl's Jr.® and Hardee's®, is announcing the appointment of brand presidents for Carl's Jr., Hardee's and International.

Following the separation of the Carl's Jr. and Hardee's brand, the business approach includes a leadership structure with three teams, each led by a president driving execution of strategic growth plans. Mike Woida will continue to lead as International President, Chris Bode was named Hardee's USA President last fall, and Blake Devillier has joined CKE Restaurants as Carl's Jr. USA President...

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Apr 4 10:01 AM, Urner Barry

Matthew R. Ott Named New President and CEO of FPSA

The Food Production Solutions Association announced that it has hired Matthew R. Ott as its new President and CEO. This announcement was made by Brian Perkins, FPSA Chair and President of Provisur Technologies Inc, during the Association’s Executive Exchange & Conference held in Indian Wells, California.

As part of this announcement, Perkins shared, “The Boards of both FPSA and the FPSA Foundation proudly welcome Matt to lead the Food Production Solutions Association. As we rebrand and refocus our organization, Matt is the right leader at the right time...

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Apr 4 8:51 AM, Urner Barry

Land O’Frost Announces the Addition of Directors of Research, Development and Innovation

Land Frost, Inc., one of the nation’s best-selling brands of pre-sliced deli meats and a producer of specialty meats, is pleased to announce the appointment of two new directors to its leadership team. Julie Lubash has been named Director of Research, Development and Innovation, while Paula Ford joins as Brand Marketing Director.

“The addition of Julie Lubash and Paula Ford to our leadership team reflects Land O’Frost’s commitment to attracting top talent from across the industry. Their expertise and strategic vision will strengthen our position as...

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Mar 29 8:01 AM, Urner Barry

Leslee Oden Named President and CEO of National Turkey Federation

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) announced today that Leslee Oden has been named NTF President & CEO and will assume the leadership position in July when current President & CEO Joel Brandenberger retires after 17 years as head of the organization. The announcement was made by NTF Chairman John Zimmerman.

“On behalf of the NTF Executive Committee, Board of Directors and membership, we are excited for a new chapter at NTF with Leslee at the helm,” said Zimmerman. “We conducted a thorough search, and it was abundantly clear that Leslee...

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Mar 25 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Shake Shack Names Rob Lynch as Chief Executive Officer

Shake Shack Inc. today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Rob Lynch to the role of Chief Executive Officer and board member, effective May 20, 2024. Mr. Lynch currently serves as President and CEO of Papa John’s International, Inc. and under his leadership, the Company has achieved record global system-wide sales. Mr. Lynch will succeed Randy Garutti who will continue as the Company’s CEO through May 20, 2024, which will also be his final day serving on the Board, before transitioning to an advisor...

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Mar 21 12:42 PM, Urner Barry

Smashburger® Appoints Denise Nelsen as Chief Executive Officer

Smashburger®, a leading fast-casual better burger brand, has recently announced the appointment of Denise Nelsen as its new Chief Executive Officer, the company's first female CEO. Under this new leadership, Smashburger is primed to further drive culinary innovation to enhance the guest experience, while expanding its industry footprint.

"We are thrilled to welcome Denise Nelsen as Smashburger's newest CEO. With her extensive experience and proven leadership in the food and beverage industry, she is set to propel the brand into a new era of growth," said Jollibee Group President...

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Mar 21 8:04 AM, Urner Barry

Qdoba Announces Appointment of Jeremy Vitaro as Chief Development Officer 

QDOBA, America's #2 restaurant brand in the Mexican fast-casual category, today announced that Jeremy Vitaro has joined the company as Chief Development Officer and Head of International. Vitaro brings more than 20 years of development experience and is responsible for QDOBA's asset light development strategy, including new restaurant growth, system remodeling, refranchising, acquisition, prototype design, and real estate and construction.

"We are thrilled with Jeremy's decision to join the QDOBA leadership team," said John Cywinski, CEO of QDOBA and Modern Market Eatery. "QDOBA is an...

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Mar 18 1:47 PM, Urner Barry

Randall Foods Announces Completion of Executive Team Buildout

Randall Foods (the "Company"), a value-added provider of ground beef, poultry, beef, and pork protein solutions and a portfolio company of Highview Capital, today announced the completion of its executive team buildout that includes both external appointments and internal promotions.

Randall Foods is the combination of Randall Foods and WilMar Meat from a transformational merger in 2022. Now integrated, Randall Foods serves as a critical partner to grocery retail and foodservice customers. It assists customers by solving their greatest protein needs through...

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Mar 18 1:38 PM, Urner Barry

National DCP Announces 2024 Board of Directors Officers

National DCP (NDCP), the $3 billion supply chain management company serving Dunkin' franchisees, has announced its 2024 Board of Directors Officers. An active working board committed to advancing the needs of fellow Dunkin' franchises, NDCP's Board members are elected by their peers within a designated regional area (Series).

National DCP's 2024 Board Officers include:
Sanjay Jain, Chairman of the Board – Jain, owner of a large network of Dunkin'/Baskin Robbins stores in Queens and Long Island, New York, was re-elected Chairman of the Board for a historic third year...

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Mar 8 9:40 AM, Urner Barry

United Natural Foods Names Giorgio Matteo Tarditi President and Chief Financial Officer

United Natural Foods, Inc. (the “Company” or “UNFI”) today announced that Giorgio “Matteo” Tarditi has been named President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective April 15. He succeeds John W. Howard, UNFI’s current Chief Financial Officer, who will leave the Company following a transition period.

Sandy Douglas, CEO and President of UNFI, said: “Matteo is a proven executive who, over the course of his more than 26 years at GE, served as CFO for seven business units, including Renewable Energy and Energy Connections as externally reported segments...

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Mar 7 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Texas Roadhouse, Inc. Appoints Jane Grote Abell to Board of Directors

Texas Roadhouse, Inc. announced today that Jane Grote Abell has been appointed to the Company’s Board of Directors. This increases the size of the board to nine members.

Ms. Abell is currently the Executive Chairwoman of the Board of Directors and Chief Purpose Officer for Donatos Pizza, a Columbus, Ohio based premium pizza concept with over 460 locations in 29 states.

Jerry Morgan, Texas Roadhouse Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We are excited to have Jane join our Board of Directors. With over 30 years in the restaurant...

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Mar 1 10:29 AM, Urner Barry

Standard Meat Company Names Promotions 

Standard Meat Company Co-President and CEO Ben Rosenthal announced the appointment of Trever Schatschneider to the position of Director of Information Technology at the historic, family-owned firm, and the elevation of long-time SMC management team members Taylor Stephenson and Heather Irby to Senior Director, Business Development and Senior Director, Human Resources and Safety, respectively.

Founded in 1935 and headquartered at the iconic Stockyards in Fort Worth, Standard Meat Company (SMC) is a meat processing and packaging firm with plants in Dallas, Fort Worth, Saginaw, and Ponder, Texas...

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Feb 29 9:30 AM, Urner Barry

Perdue Farms Welcomes Todd Tillemans as New Chief Commercial Officer to Drive Growth and Innovation

Perdue Farms, a fourth-generation, family-owned U.S. food and agricultural products company, today announced Todd Tillemans as its new Chief Commercial Officer (CCO). With a steadfast commitment to delivering excellence in customer service and a focus on providing high quality great tasting innovative products, Tillemans’ appointment signifies Perdue’s dedication to meeting evolving customer and consumer expectations.

In this role, Tillemans will spearhead the company’s long term growth strategies, overseeing the marketing and sales of Perdue’s esteemed...


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Feb 28 9:33 AM, Urner Barry

Hormel Foods Announces Katie Clark as Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer

Hormel Foods Corporation, a Fortune 500 global branded food company, announced Katie Clark has been appointed to the role of senior vice president and chief communications officer.

In this role, Clark will oversee the company's global communications, including external media relations, internal communications, global impact communications and corporate reputation. Clark will report directly to Jim Snee, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer at Hormel Foods.

"I am delighted Katie is joining us at Hormel Foods. She is an impressive leader with...

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Feb 28 8:20 AM, Urner Barry

The Wendy's Company Names Matt Spessard Chief Information Officer

The Wendy's Company (Nasdaq: WEN) announced the appointment of Matt Spessard as Chief Information Officer. He will report to President and Chief Executive Officer Kirk Tanner and serve on the Wendy's Senior Leadership Team. Spessard will succeed Kevin Vasconi who has served as Chief Information Officer since October 2020.

Spessard has served as Senior Vice President, Global Chief Technology Officer for The Wendy's Company since August 2022. In this role, he was accountable for establishing the Wendy's System global technology vision and leading technological innovation...

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Feb 27 1:47 PM, Urner Barry

Campbell Names Anthony Kyles Chief Customer Officer of Meals & Beverages

Campbell Soup Company today announced the appointment of Anthony Kyles as Chief Customer Officer, Meals & Beverages, effective March 4, 2024.
Kyles will lead the U.S. retail sales team for Campbell’s soups, meals, sauces and beverages, driving growth across the Meals & Beverages division with the company’s retail customers. He will be responsible for profitably growing an iconic portfolio of brands, including Campbell’s, Chunky, Pacific Foods, V8, Prego, Pace, Swanson and SpaghettiOs. He will join the Campbell Leadership Team and will report to Mick Beekhuizen, Campbell’s Executive Vice President and President, Meals &...

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Feb 22 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Kraig Westerbeek Named President, Smithfield Hog Production

Smithfield Foods has named Kraig Westerbeek as president of its hog production operations effective Feb. 29, reporting to President and Chief Executive Officer Shane Smith.

“Kraig has been an extremely valuable asset to Smithfield Foods throughout his career,” said Shane Smith, chief executive officer for Smithfield. “His extensive experience in our hog production division has helped keep Smithfield on the forefront of our industry, and I look forward to his continued leadership.”

Westerbeek brings more than 30 years of industry experience to his new role...

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Feb 21 8:57 AM, Urner Barry

Ahold Delhaize USA Names Marc Stolzman Chief Sustainability Officer

Ahold Delhaize USA today announced that Marc Stolzman has been named the Chief Sustainability Officer for Ahold Delhaize USA, reporting to JJ Fleeman, CEO of Ahold Delhaize USA. In this role, Marc will oversee all aspects of health and sustainability for the U.S. businesses, including strategy and goal setting, in alignment with Ahold Delhaize global sustainability ambitions and commitments, as well as all U.S. regulatory, compliance and financial reporting.

“As one of the largest food retailers on the East Coast, we are committed to being a sustainable retailer...

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Feb 20 10:39 AM, Urner Barry

General Mills Announces Long-time Senior Executive Shawn O’Grady to Retire

General Mills today announced the retirement of Shawn O’Grady, Group President, North America Foodservice (NAF). To facilitate a smooth transition, O’Grady will move into a Senior Advisor role until his retirement early this summer. Effective Feb. 16, 2024, Jon Nudi, currently Group President, Pet and International, will add NAF to his oversight. Pankaj Sharma, currently President, U.S. Meals & Baking Solutions operating unit, will be promoted to Segment President, NAF. Sharma will report to Nudi and join the General Mills Senior Leadership Team.

“Shawn has been a tremendous asset...

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Feb 7 3:30 PM, Urner Barry

U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Key Staff Appointments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced the names of individuals who will hold senior staff positions in Washington, D.C.

Malcom A. Shorter has been named Assistant Secretary for Administration

Malcolm Shorter is an accomplished administrative and financial professional who has offered his expertise in government relations and operational management at USDA for over a decade. In February 2023, Shorter was selected as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Administration. He previously served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration from March 2021 and from June 2013 through December 2016...

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Feb 7 2:39 PM, Urner Barry

Kroger Announces CFO Transition

The Kroger Co. today announced that Gary Millerchip is stepping down as senior vice president and chief financial officer to assume an executive role at another public company. Todd Foley, group vice president, corporate controller and chief accounting officer, has been appointed interim chief financial officer, effective today. The Company will name a CFO successor at a later date.

"Todd is a proven leader who has served in key finance roles and has contributed meaningfully to Kroger's growth and transformation over more than 20 years," said Rodney McMullen, Kroger's chairman...

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Feb 6 10:15 AM, Urner Barry

Meati Foods Appoints Former Patagonia, Wild Idea Executive Phil Graves as CFO

Veteran of purpose-driven companies brings deep expertise in environmentally conscious finance to Meati Foods, bolstering its mission to create a healthier and more sustainable food system

Meati Foods, creator of cutlets and steaks made from the company's proprietary MushroomRoot™, today announced that it has appointed Phil Graves as Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately. Graves will oversee the capital expenditures needed for Meati’s continued omnichannel expansion, leveraging his experience in helping enterprises deliver positive environmental and social impact alongside profit...

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Feb 5 1:53 PM, Urner Barry

Hormel Foods Announces Matt Schrupp to Vice President of Supply Chain Operations for Jennie-O Turkey

Hormel Foods Corporation, a Fortune 500 global branded food company, today announced the promotion of Matt Schrupp to vice president of supply chain operations — Jennie-O Turkey Store.

In this role, Schrupp will oversee the vertically integrated supply chain operations, live production team, and the supply chain and commodity sales function for Jennie-O Turkey Store.

"The extensive operations knowledge and leadership that Matt brings to this role will continue to position Jennie-O Turkey Store as an operations leader in the...

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Feb 5 9:24 AM, Urner Barry

Hormel Foods Announces the Retirement of Mark Coffey, Group Vice President of Supply Chain

Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL), a Fortune 500 global branded food company, announced the upcoming retirement of Mark Coffey, group vice president of supply chain. The company announced that Steve Lykken, group vice president of Jennie-O Turkey Store, will advance to group vice president of supply chain. In this role, Lykken will lead the company's One Supply Chain organization, including procurement, manufacturing, engineering, logistics, research and development, quality management and plant operations.

"Mark has been a highly respected and impactful leader over his almost...

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Feb 1 9:28 AM, Urner Barry

Maersk Appoints Charles van der Steene as New Regional President for North America

Maersk is beefing up its executive leadership team with the appointment of Charles van der Steene as the new Regional President for North America. A long time employee of Maersk, van der Steene is set to step into his new role on February 1, 2024.

“Charles has a proven track record and enjoys great respect among our North American customers and within the Maersk organization as a natural collaborator and leader,” commented Maersk CEO Vincent Clerc. “North America is our number one market...

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Jan 31 10:03 AM, SeafoodNews

Papa Johns Announces Executive Transition

Papa John's International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) today announced Amanda Clark, Chief Operating Officer for International, will depart Papa Johns on March 1, 2024 to assume the role of Chief Executive Officer at another company in the franchise industry.

“We have created a culture at Papa Johns where we cultivate top talent and help them achieve their full potential. We wish Amanda much success in her new role,” said President and CEO Rob Lynch. “We have a strong international leadership team in place and talent within that organization who will continue to deliver on our business...

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Jan 29 9:09 AM, Urner Barry

Matt Gent Named New Iowa Pork Producers President

Washington County pig farmer Matt Gent is the new president of the Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA). He took over the role during the organization’s annual meeting in Des Moines on January 23. Gent and his family own a farrow-to-finish swine enterprise called Prairie Pork near Wellman. They also grow corn and soybeans.

“I look forward to representing Iowa pork producers while addressing the challenges and opportunities we face in the upcoming year,” Gent said. “Each year brings new opportunities to share our story, to stren gthen our domestic...

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Jan 29 8:04 AM, Urner Barry

Divert Hires Bob Watkins as Chief Information Office

Divert, Inc., an impact technology company on a mission to Protect the Value of Food™, today announced the expansion of its executive leadership team with the appointment of Bob Watkins as Chief Information Officer (CIO).

Watkins brings over 25 years of global experience to his role at Divert. Throughout his career, he’s worked with startups to Fortune 50 companies and across a range of industries including medical devices, electronics, materials, engineering and manufacturing. His leadership experience heading up teams across multiple functions includes information technology, supply chain, product marketing and engineering...

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Jan 24 10:00 AM, Urner Barry

Sodexo Announces Amy O’Neil as President of Workplace Experience for U.S.

Sodexo, a global leader in sustainable food, integrated facilities management and workplace experience, announces the appointment of Amy O’Neil as President, Workplace Experience for Corporate Services, U.S. O’Neil is responsible for strategic and operational leadership and elevating Sodexo’s integrated workplace experience solutions.

“I am thrilled to join Sodexo and leverage my expertise in developing and accelerating workplace experience initiatives,” said O’Neil. “This is  an exciting opportunity – and the right time to elevate our approach to building services in the traditional sense alongside food service in tech-enabled workplaces.”...

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Jan 23 2:32 PM, Urner Barry

Wakefern Food Corp. Names Chief Sales Officer

Wakefern Food Corp., the nation’s largest retailer-owned cooperative with member companies that own and operate supermarkets under the ShopRite, Price Rite Marketplace, The Fresh Grocer, Dearborn Market, Gourmet Garage and Fairway Market banners, today announced the appointment of a new chief sales officer to the leadership team.

Darren Caudill, who joins the cooperative this week, brings over four decades of experience working in both grocery wholesale and retail. As Wakefern’s new chief sales officer, he will head up center store, own brands, fresh and prepared foods departments along with digital and innovation...

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Jan 19 1:56 PM, Urner Barry

Wendy's Announces CEO Succession

The Wendy's Company  today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Kirk Tanner as Wendy's President and CEO, effective February 5, 2024. Mr. Tanner will succeed Todd Penegor, who will depart from the Company and Board in February after serving in senior leadership positions at Wendy's for more than a decade. Mr. Tanner has also been elected to serve on the Wendy's Board of Directors.

Mr. Tanner most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of North American Beverages at PepsiCo, Inc., and joins Wendy's with more than 30 years of experience...

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Jan 19 10:26 AM, Urner Barry

Hormel Foods Announces Retirement of Pat Schwab, Vice President of Retail Sales - East

Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL), a Fortune 500 global branded food company, announced the upcoming retirement of Pat Schwab, vice president of Retail Sales – East. The company announced that Darren Carter, vice president of sales strategy at Hormel Foods, will advance to vice president of Retail Sales – East, replacing Schwab in this role. Carter will oversee the sales functions for all retail customers throughout the Eastern half of the United States.

"Pat has been a tremendous leader for our company and has...

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Jan 19 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Dine Brands Boosts Development Strategy with Revamped Core Team

Dine Brands Global, Inc. (NYSE: DIN), the parent company of Applebee's Neighborhood Grill + Bar®, IHOP® and Fuzzy’s Taco Shop® restaurants, today announced the promotion of Scott Gladstone as its New Chief Development Officer. In his new role, Gladstone will continue to serve as Dine Brands’ International President, a role he has served in since January 2023, overseeing Dine’s global portfolio of Applebee’s and IHOP restaurants across 18 international markets.

John Peyton, President and CEO of Dine Brands said, “We are...

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Jan 18 2:35 PM, Urner Barry

NPPC Welcomes Steph Carlson as AVP of State and National Relations

Steph Carlson has joined the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) as assistant vice president (AVP) of state and national relations. In her role, she will serve as the primary NPPC point of contact for state pork organizations. Carlson will be based in Des Moines, Iowa.

“Steph’s wealth of experience will be a huge asset to NPPC and state associations,” said Cody McKinley, NPPC vice president of operations and state and national relations “Her agricultural roots run deep, and I’m confident she will represent the industry well and...

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Jan 18 9:38 AM, Urner Barry

GSF Leaders Appointed to Charity and Industry Boards

In recent months, several GSF leaders joined charity and industry boards, offering expertise and support to a variety of organizations. Serving on a board enables GSF associates to broaden their leadership skills, heighten their industry influence, and make a positive impact in the communities where GSF does business and where associates live.

For a three-year term beginning in 2024, the Association for Dressings and Sauces (ADS) appointed Trisha McRoberts, GSF’s Corporate Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer, to its Board of Directors. ADS represents manufacturers of salad dressing, mayonnaise, and condiment...

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Jan 18 7:55 AM, Urner Barry

Flashfood Announces New Executives and Unveils a New Visual Identity

Flashfood today announced the appointment of current President and Chief Operating Officer Nicholas Bertram as Chief Executive Officer, while Founder Josh Domingues moves into the Executive Chairman role. In addition, Chief Brand Officer Jordan Schenck takes on the newly created role of Chief Customer Officer. The new visual identity is rooted in a bold new mission: for every family to eat well, without compromise. In a letter posted to the company’s website, CEO Nick Bertram introduces a new era.

Nicholas Bertram joined Flashfood...

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Jan 17 9:48 AM, Urner Barry

Cargill Announces Retirement of Anna Richo, Corporate Senior Vice President

Cargill announced today that Rishi Varma has been named Corporate Senior Vice President, Chief Legal and Compliance Officer, and Corporate Secretary, effective January 29, 2024. In this role, he will also serve as General Counsel. Varma succeeds Anna Richo, who will transition to Corporate Senior Vice President, Strategic Advisor to the General Counsel and CEO until her retirement in September 2024.

Varma joins Cargill from Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), where he serves as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary. While at HPE, he oversaw corporate governance, mergers...

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Jan 15 9:29 AM, Urner Barry

Joe Park Promoted to Yum! Brands Chief Digital & Technology Officer

Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM) today announced the promotion of Joe Park to Chief Digital & Technology Officer, reporting to Chris Turner, Yum! Brands Chief Financial Officer, effective March 1, 2024. Park, who most recently served as Chief Digital & Technology Officer for Pizza Hut Global, succeeds Clay Johnson, who will continue with Yum! Brands as a Senior Advisor. As CDTO, Park will join the Yum! Brands Global Leadership Team and oversee the Company’s global technology strategy, partnering with the KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and the Habit...

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Jan 11 8:01 AM, Urner Barry

Dollar General Announces Updates to Store Operations Leadership

Dollar General Corporation (NYSE: DG) announced Steve Sunderland’s intent to leave the Company as its executive vice president, store operations effective January 19, 2024. Steve Deckard, the Company’s current executive vice president, growth and emerging markets, will transition to an expanded role leading store operations across Dollar General retail locations, Mi Súper Dollar General in Mexico, pOpshelf stores, and the corporate store operations teams. In addition to the Company’s domestic and international store operations, Deckard will continue to lead real estate, asset protection and DG’s Wellbeing strategies...

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Jan 9 8:01 AM, Urner Barry

Forging Future Leaders: Unveiling the Distinctive Class of the Pork Leadership Institute

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) and the National Pork Board (NPB) proudly unveil the dynamic lineup for the Pork Leadership Institute’s (PLI) class of 2024. Each year, the PLI program selects a distinguished group of pork producers, and 2024 is no exception. Collaborating closely with state pork association executives and field representatives, NPPC and NPB have identified 19 outstanding individuals from across the nation to join this esteemed group.

The PLI Class of 2024:

  • Alabama – Daniel Tubbs
  • Arizona – Kevin Rogers
  • California – Shelby Sopocy...
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Jan 8 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Protein Association Announces Officers for Induction and Board Appointments

The National Protein and Food Distributors Association Board of Directors will convene on Monday, January 29, 2024, in Atlanta, GA, to tap officers and welcome newly elected board members.

Laurie Pate, President at Foodlinx, in Brentwood, CA, will assume the position of chairperson of NPFDA, succeeding Jud Guest, Executive Vice-President at LAD Truck Lines, Inc., in Watkinsville, GA. Chan Windham, Vice President of Sales at House of Raeford in Greenville, SC will transition to the role of Vice Chair after previously serving as Treasurer. Greg Morgan, Senior Poultry Category Manager...

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Jan 4 11:29 AM, Urner Barry

USDA and USTR Seek New Trade Advisory Committee Members

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative are accepting applications for new members to serve on agricultural trade advisory committees.

Members of the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee provide advice to the administration on the implementation and enforcement of existing U.S. trade agreements, negotiation of new agreements, and other trade policy matters.

Members of the six Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees, or ATACs, provide technical advice and recommendations on international trade issues that affect specific agricultural commodity sectors. The ATACs focus on trade in...

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Jan 3 11:24 AM, Urner Barry

Circana Announces Hannah Kim as Chief Legal Officer

Circana™, a world leading advisor on the complexity of consumer behavior, today announced that Hannah Kim has joined the company as chief legal officer. As a member of Circana’s executive leadership team, Kim will oversee the company’s global corporate legal, compliance, and privacy functions, in addition to serving as secretary to the Board of Directors. Kim succeeds Susan Bennett, who will be departing the company to spend more time with her family. Bennett will serve as an advisor over the coming weeks to support a smooth transition...

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Jan 3 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Good Times Restaurants Inc. Welcomes Keri August as Senior Vice President of Finance and Accounting

Good Times Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: GTIM) (the “Company”), operator of Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar and Good Times Burgers & Frozen Custard, today announced that Ms. Keri August has been named Senior Vice President of Finance and Accounting.

Ms. August, age 48, joins the Company, having served as a consultant to the Company providing accounting leadership from August 2023 through the date of her appointment. Prior to that, Ms. August was employed by InfoSync Services, a restaurant-focused accounting outsourcing services firm where she was most recently...

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Jan 2 9:54 AM, Urner Barry

U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Key Staff Appointments

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Dec 22 8:04 AM, Urner Barry

Brian Sikes, Cargill President and CEO, Elected Chair of Cargill Board of Directors

Cargill President and CEO Brian Sikes has been elected Chair of Cargill’s Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2024. Sikes succeeds Dave MacLennan, who will retire as Executive Chair of Cargill’s Board at the end of 2023.

Sikes began his career with Cargill in 1991 and was named President and CEO in January 2023. Sikes is the 10th CEO in Cargill’s 158-year history and is known for his relentless focus on people and culture, as well as customer-driven transformation and growth...

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Dec 21 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Newly Appointed Farm Bureau Members to Lead National Program Committees

Farm Bureau farmer and rancher members play an important role in our communities and our organization by serving on governing boards and committees at local, state and national levels. Several newly appointed volunteers will provide leadership beginning in 2024 as members of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmers & Ranchers and Promotion & Education committees.

“Farm Bureau members bring commitment and care to their communities through engagement and advocacy at every level of our organization,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall. “These newly appointed national program committee members will focus on...

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Dec 20 12:01 PM, Urner Barry

Perdue Farms Announces Executive Leadership Changes

Perdue Farms, a fourth-generation, family-owned U.S. food and agricultural products company, today announced senior leadership changes that underscore the company’s commitment to supply chain and operations optimization, talent acquisition and profitable growth.

Gregg Uecker, Chief Supply Chain and Operations Officer

Gregg Uecker has joined Perdue Foods in the newly created position of Chief Supply Chain and Operations Officer. He has responsibility for the entire Perdue Foods supply chain, including live production, plant operations, transportation and warehousing, order fulfillment, customer service, food safety and quality assurance, procurement, and engineering...

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Dec 20 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Albertsons Companies Appoints Sarah Mensah and Lisa Gray to Board of Directors

Albertsons Companies, Inc. (NYSE: ACI) announced today that Sarah Mensah and Lisa Gray have been appointed to the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Board”). The Company’s board has now expanded to 11 members.

“Sarah and Lisa are accomplished leaders in their respective industries, and I am delighted to officially welcome them to the Albertsons Cos. Board of Directors,” said Vivek Sankaran, CEO of Albertsons Cos. “Sarah’s reputation for elevating brand value by thoughtfully challenging the status quo and championing innovation, along with Lisa’s proven track record in corporate...

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Dec 18 9:42 AM, Urner Barry

Large Meat Exporter Appoints New Chief Executive

Protein producer and red meat exporter to the United States for 40 years, New Zealand's Silver Fern Farms, has appointed Dan Boulton as its new Chief Executive.

Boulton has been the company's Chief Supply Chain Officer for six years and brings a strong primary industry set of experiences in operations, procurement, executive management, and commercial leadership. His previous roles have been in seafood, horticulture, and forestry.

Dan Boulton commences the role in February. He replaces Simon Limmer, CE of the company for the past five years and the initiator of its pioneering sustainability...

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Dec 18 8:59 AM, Urner Barry

Wingstop Names Chris Fallon Chief Information Officer

Wingstop (NASDAQ: WING) named Chris Fallon as SVP, Chief Information Officer today, charged with leading the brand's enterprise and restaurant technology solutions, IT infrastructure and information security.

Chris is an experienced technology leader, where his responsibilities spanned retail back-of-house, corporate, licensed stores and CPG technologies at Starbucks over his 14-year tenure. Most recently, Chris served as Chief Information Officer at Fortune Brands Water Innovations, overseeing the Moen and House of Rohl businesses.

"Wingstop's category of one position is further strengthened by our tech-forward strategy and vision to digitize every...

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Dec 14 9:31 AM, Urner Barry

Save A Lot Names Interim CEO Fred Boehler to Permanent Role

Save A Lot, one of the largest discount grocery chains in the U.S., today announced that its Board of Directors has named interim CEO Fred Boehler to a permanent role as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Boehler has been serving as interim CEO since October 31, following the departure of former CEO Leon Bergmann.

Mr. Boehler is a seasoned supply chain executive with more than 30 years of experience across multiple retail and wholesale format businesses, spanning both large- and small-scale companies in a wide range of growth phases...

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Dec 14 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

TGI Fridays Bolsters Leadership Team with Appointment of Ray Risley to U.S. President 

TGI Fridays®, the world's first casual bar and grill, announced today the hiring of Ray Risley as U.S President and Chief Operating Officer and Nik Rupp as President of International Markets and Chief Financial Officer. Both will report directly to CEO Weldon Spangler as the company continues to implement a growth plan to revitalize the iconic brand globally.

In the role as U.S. President and Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Risley will be responsible for the supervision and management of the operational facets and performance standards of...

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Dec 14 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Aramark Announces Tom Ondrof Plans to Retire As Chief Financial Officer

Aramark today announced that Tom Ondrof, Chief Financial Officer, plans to retire from his current position on January 12, 2024, at which time he will serve as a Strategic Advisor through May 2024. Jim Tarangelo, Aramark’s Senior Vice President Finance & Treasurer, has been appointed to succeed Ondrof as Chief Financial Officer, effective January 13.

“Tom leaves a strong legacy that’s both broad and deep,” said John Zillmer, Aramark’s Chief Executive Officer. “When I asked him to join Aramark shortly after my return, he left a hard-earned retirement to...

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Dec 13 10:32 AM, Urner Barry

Baldor Specialty Foods Announces New Hires; Further Expanding Its Senior Leadership Team

Baldor Specialty Foods, the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic's largest premium produce and specialty foods distributor announced today several additional strategic hires and structural changes aimed at enhancing customer service, achieving future goals, and ensuring continued growth and success.

Today, the company reported:

Seth Gottlieb joins as Senior Vice President of Logistics, bringing over a decade of experience from Fresh Direct, where he served as the VP of Logistics and Operations Planning. At Baldor, Gottlieb will oversee inbound and outbound logistics, further elevating efficiency from vendor deliveries to final... 

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Dec 13 10:27 AM, Urner Barry

The NPFDA Scholarship Foundation Announces the 2024 Board of Trustees

The NPFDA Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce its 2024 Board of Trustees.

The NPFDA Scholarship Foundation Board of Trustees 2024 has been named. Frederick C. Dawkins, Esq., of Frederick C. Dawkins, P.C., is taking over as Chair, succeeding Chan Windham, Vice President of Sales at the House of Raeford Farms. Russ Whitman, Senior Vice President at Urner Barry Publications will serve as Vice Chair, and Mariss Hans, General Manager at Foodlinx will take on the role of Treasurer. Chan...

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Dec 8 8:24 AM, Urner Barry

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. Names Meghan Spuler Chief People Officer

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (NASDAQ: RRGB), a full-service restaurant chain serving an innovative selection of high-quality gourmet burgers in a family-friendly atmosphere, today announced the completion of its best-in-class leadership team with the appointment of Meghan Spuler as Chief People Officer, effective Dec. 11. Spuler succeeds Mark Simpson, who joined the company as Interim Chief People Officer in May 2023. Simpson will remain in an advisory capacity until the transition is complete.

“Meghan’s expertise and proven reputation for championing cultures of inclusivity, high...

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Dec 8 8:06 AM, General News

Dominique Bertolone Named President of Maggiano’s Little Italy, SVP of Brinker International

Casual dining restaurant brand Brinker International, which owns concepts Chili’s and Maggiano’s Little Italy, announced this week that they’ve appointed Dominique Bertolone to serve as one of their Senior Vice Presidents. In addition, Bertolone has also been named the President of Maggiano’s Little Italy.

“Dominique is the perfect leader to usher in the next wave of Maggiano's growth," said Kevin Hochman, Brinker International President and CEO. "His experience leading all types of foodservice concepts has direct application to accelerating the three Maggiano's channels of dine-in...

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Dec 1 11:29 AM, SeafoodNews

Publix Shuffles Leadership For The New Year

American supermarket chain Publix announced that they have shuffled their leadership ahead of the new year. Effective January 1, 2024, current CEO Todd Jones will transition to an Executive Chairman role. Meanwhile, President Kevin Murphy will be promoted to CEO and Senior Vice President John Goff will be promoted to President.

Jones is a long time employee at Publix, beginning as a front service clerk at the store’s New Smyrna Beach, Florida, location. He ultimately worked his way up to Store Manager in 1988...

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Nov 29 8:07 AM, Urner Barry

Publix Announces Officer Promotions

Today, Publix President Kevin Murphy announced three officer promotions, effective Jan. 1, 2024.

With John Goff’s upcoming promotion to president, Vice President of Product Business Development for Grocery Norman Badger, 44, will be promoted to senior vice president of retail operations, and Business Development Director of Alcoholic Beverages Chris Shaw, 54, will be promoted to vice president of product business development for grocery.

Also, to enhance our ability to support our operations, Publix is adding another officer promotion. Director of Facility Refrigeration and Energy Management Mikhael Ser, 53, will be promoted to vice president of...

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Nov 22 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Checkers & Rally's Strengthens Leadership Team with Appointment of New CFO and CMO

Checkers & Rally's, an iconic drive-thru restaurant chain known for flavorful, craveable food at a great value, today announced the appointment of Michael Blair as Chief Financial Officer and Scott Johnson as Chief Marketing Officer. In their respective roles, Blair and Johnson will help fuel growth in the business, focusing on driving profitability, guest engagement and continued expansion of the brand. Mr. Blair and Mr. Johnson will report to Checkers & Rally's President and CEO, Frances Allen.

"I am pleased to welcome Michael and Scott to the Checkers & Rally's... 

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Nov 16 3:08 PM, Urner Barry

Subway® Names Jeff Shepherd as Chief Financial Officer

Subway, one of the world's largest restaurant brands, today announced the appointment of Jeff Shepherd as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Shepherd will report directly to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) John Chidsey and oversee Subway's global finance organization, responsible for managing and optimizing the brand's global financial performance and information security. Shepherd succeeds Ben Wells who will retire at the end of the year after a 46-year career.

"Jeff has a well-earned reputation for driving strong financial results for global brands, bringing nearly 30 years of financial and accounting...

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Nov 16 8:00 AM, UB Newswires

Kraft Heinz Announces Updates to Executive Leadership Team

Today, The Kraft Heinz Company (Nasdaq: KHC) (the “Company” or “Kraft Heinz”) announced new members of its Executive Leadership Team that will partner with Carlos Abrams-Rivera when he assumes the Chief Executive Officer role beginning in the 2024 fiscal year.

“Over the past four years under Miguel’s leadership, we’ve made great progress and now have a solid foundation to build our future,” said Carlos Abrams-Rivera, President of Kraft Heinz and incoming CEO. “Our strategic plan maps our ‘jobs to be done’ in each of our...


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Nov 16 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Brett Friedman Joins Logile as Chief Revenue Officer

Logile, Inc., the leading retail labor planning, workforce management, inventory management and store execution provider, today announced that Brett Friedman has joined the company as Chief Revenue Officer. Brett will be responsible for leading all of Logile’s revenue generation and marketing operations, utilizing his extensive experience to position Logile as the leading provider for store-level planning, scheduling and task execution. Logile delivers the ideal solution to connect empowered workers, and Brett’s experience will drive Logile’s growth.

"Brett is the right leader to bring in now,’’ said Purna Mishra, President and CEO...

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Nov 15 9:33 AM, Urner Barry

Uncle Julio's Announces Leadership Appointments

Uncle Julio's Restaurant Group ("Uncle Julio's") today announced that it has named Scott Lawton as CEO and RJ Thomas as President and Chief Operating Officer, to lead the company and accelerate its growth.

Lawton is a seasoned restaurant executive with more than 20 years of leadership and operational experience. In 2011, he co-founded bartaco, a coastally-inspired restaurant serving upscale street food with 29 locations in 13 states, and he subsequently served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Barteca until its sale to Del Frisco's Restaurant Group in 2018...

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Nov 13 2:03 PM, Urner Barry

Chef José Andrés Joins Wonder Group’s Board of Directors

Wonder Group, a company founded by serial entrepreneur Marc Lore that is redefining at-home dining and food delivery, today announced that renowned chef José Andrés will join the company’s board of directors to help advise Wonder on future chef partnerships, growth strategies and more.

“As one of the most admired and respected chefs and philanthropists in the world, José brings an incredibly unique perspective to Wonder, one that will help us grow and connect with customers in meaningful ways,” said Marc Lore, founder and chief executive officer of Wonder Group...

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Nov 10 2:40 PM, Urner Barry

Chipotle Names Ilene Eskenazi Chief Human Resources Officer

Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) today announced that it has hired Ilene Eskenazi as its Chief Human Resources Officer. Serving on the Executive Leadership Team, Eskenazi will begin on November 27, and report to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Brian Niccol.

Eskenazi comes to Chipotle from Petco Health and Wellness Company, where she served as Chief Legal and Human Resources Officer, overseeing compensation and benefits, human resources operations, talent management, as well as all legal matters. Prior to that, Eskenazi was the Global General Counsel and Chief Human Resources Officer at...

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Nov 9 9:17 AM, Urner Barry

Golden State Foods Promotes Kate Starr to Group Vice President, Communications

Golden State Foods (GSF), one of the largest diversified suppliers to the foodservice and retail industries, is pleased to announce the promotion of Kate Starr to group vice president, communications, effective this week. Based in the company’s Irvine, California corporate global headquarters, Starr will collaborate with GSF’s support services groups and operational business units, as she leads the team that strategizes and produces all internal and external communications initiatives for GSF to meet company and customer objectives.

A GSF associate since 2019, Starr previously served as senior director, global...

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Nov 7 9:06 AM, Urner Barry

TGI Fridays Names Weldon Spangler as Chief Executive Officer

Weldon Spangler, a longtime TGI Fridays board member and highly experienced restaurant executive, has been appointed CEO of TGI Fridays, effective immediately. He succeeds Brandon Coleman, who has resigned for personal reasons.

Mr. Spangler will lead implementation of the growth plan to revitalize the iconic brand on a global scale. There are currently 700 TGI Fridays restaurants in 51 countries offering high quality American food and drinks.

Mr. Spangler brings extensive background in the restaurant industry and his impressive career spans over 30 years of experience, during...

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Nov 1 3:24 PM, Urner Barry

Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. Appoints Curtis Valentine as Chief Financial Officer

Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. (Nasdaq: SFM), one of the largest and fastest growing specialty retailers of fresh, natural and organic food in the United States, today announced the appointment of Curtis Valentine as chief financial officer of the company, effective January 1, 2024. Valentine is currently Sprouts’ senior vice president of finance and will succeed Lawrence (“Chip”) Molloy, who previously announced his intention to retire as chief financial officer at the end of 2023.

“We are delighted to elevate Curtis from our deep bench of finance talent to be...

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Oct 31 3:06 PM, Urner Barry

FourKites Appoints Industry Veteran Bill Maw as Chief Financial Officer to Drive Continued Growth

Leading supply chain visibility provider FourKites today announced the addition of Bill Maw as the company’s new chief financial officer (CFO). Maw brings a decades-long track record of successfully leading high-growth companies through financing rounds, mergers and acquisitions, and IPO readiness, and has built finance teams supporting businesses across the globe. He joins FourKites at a time of tremendous opportunity and growth for the company and the supply chain industry as a whole, as the real-time visibility pioneer leads the transition to increasingly... 


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Oct 31 11:58 AM, Urner Barry

Meat Institute’s Dr. KatieRose McCullough Appointed to USDA Food Safety Advisory Committee

The Meat Institute today announced Dr. KatieRose McCullough was appointed to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF) bringing her scientific expertise and industry knowledge to federal food safety agencies.

“Dr. McCullough has her finger on the pulse of industry food safety best practices, scientific research and rulemaking,” said Meat Institute President and CEO Julie Anna Potts. “Her collaborative and passionate work in the scientific community to help meat companies ensure their products are safe is going to be an...

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Oct 30 9:50 AM, Urner Barry

NCC Elects New Officers; Randy Day Installed as Chairman

The National Chicken Council (NCC) has installed the four officers that will guide the organization through 2024. The installation took place at NCC’s 68th Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. Randy Day, retired CEO and special advisor to the Perdue Farms Board of Directors, will serve as 2023-2024 Chairman.

Randy led the company’s senior leadership team, which includes Perdue Foods, Perdue AgriBusiness, and Perdue Farms corporate functions. After 43 years, Randy retired as CEO this past summer and is now serving as special...

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Oct 27 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Wakefern Food Corp. Welcomes New Leaders at Annual Meeting

Wakefern Food Corp. welcomed a new chairman and president during the company’s annual meeting Oct. 19, when shareholders, store leadership teams and staff joined together for the event at the Hanover Marriott Hotel in Whippany, NJ.

Outgoing Chairman Joseph Colalillo paid tribute to the cooperative he led for 18 years as he welcomed Sean McMenamin as the new chairman and Mike Stigers as Wakefern’s new president. McMenamin, who served as vice chairman of the board, is also president of McMenamin Family Markets, which operates two ShopRite stores in Philadelphia...

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Oct 25 9:12 AM, Urner Barry

Golden State Foods Promotes Three Leaders into Group Vice President Roles

Golden State Foods (GSF), one of the largest diversified suppliers to the foodservice and retail industries, is pleased to announce the promotions of three leaders. In GSF’s Irvine, California corporate global headquarters, promotions include Ken Mance to group vice president, human resources and labor, as well as Dave Norman to group vice president, corporate controller. Based in Arkansas City, Kansas, Bryan Bartee will now serve as group vice president, operations for the company’s KanPak Kansas dairy products facility.

With oversight of labor relations and employee relations, as well...

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Oct 24 1:49 PM, Urner Barry

Dena VonWerssowetz Appointed Chief Marketing Officer of Firehouse Subs® U.S. & Canada

Today, Firehouse Subs® announced Dena vonWerssowetz will join the brand as Chief Marketing Officer, beginning Nov. 6. vonWerssowetz will be accountable for leading marketing efforts to help grow the brand nationally and introduce new guests to the brand’s hearty and flavorful food, heartfelt service and public safety mission that’s core to all efforts.

“Dena brings deep brand expertise at a time where we are building the foundation for growth,” said Mike Hancock, President of Firehouse Subs, US & Canada...

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Oct 17 8:42 AM, Urner Barry

Focus Brands Appoints New Supply Chain, Customer Engagement and Digital Leaders

Focus Brands®, parent company of iconic brands including Auntie Anne's®, Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Jamba®, McAlister's Deli®, Moe's Southwest Grill® and Schlotzsky's®, today announced the addition of three new leaders to its supply chain, digital, and customer engagement functions.

The following executives will be leading these key business functions within the company:

  • Christopher McNutt, SVP of Supply Chain
  • Urvi Patel, SVP of Customer Engagement & Experience
  • Manuel Valdes, SVP of Digital, Data & Marketing Technology...
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Oct 17 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

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