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Pork Checkoff Names 2019-2020 Officers

David Newman, a pork producer from Arkansas, was elected president of the National Pork Board at the organization’s June board meeting in Des Moines, Iowa. The National Pork Board’s 15 producer-directors represent America’s pig farmers.

“The U.S. pork industry is facing a time of unprecedented change and I look forward to serving America’s 60,000 pig farmers in the year ahead,” Newman said. “From preparing the global food industry for the threats facing us from foreign animal disease, implementing our Secure Pork Supply plan and driving home our messages of what sustainable pig production looks like in the U.S. and abroad, I cannot wait to lead the Pork Checkoff in delivering value to our producers.”

Newman is in his second term as a board member and owns and operates a farrow-to-finish Berkshire farm in Myrtle, Missouri, that markets pork directly to consumers throughout the U.S. Serving with Newman on Pork Checkoff’s executive officer team are...

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Jun 5 9:16 AM, General News

Tyson Foods Names Noelle O’Mara Chief Marketing Officer

O’Mara, who has more than 17 years of food marketing experience, joined Tyson Foods in April 2016 as vice president, new business models. She most recently served as general manager and senior vice president of two of the company’s billion dollar brands, Jimmy Dean® and Tyson®.

In her new position, O’Mara reports to President and CEO Noel White and is responsible for innovation and brand building across the enterprise to support the company’s overall growth strategy. This includes overseeing consumer insights and analytics, research and development, innovation and marketing effectiveness...

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May 30 11:03 AM, General News

Publix Board Member Elected, Retirees Recognized

During its annual meeting of stockholders today, Publix stockholders elected Jennifer Jenkins to the Publix board of directors, and Barney Barnett, Jane Finley and Charlie Jenkins Jr. retired from the board. The board also named Barnett as Vice Chairman Emeritus.

“I’m excited to have Jennifer join the Publix family. She will be a valuable addition to our board,” said Publix Chairman of the Board Ed Crenshaw.

Jennifer Jenkins is Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Center for the Study of the Public Domain at Duke University Law School, where she has worked since 2002. Prior to joining Duke, she was a legal associate at ...

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Apr 17 9:45 AM, General News

Kroger Announces Executive Promotions to Support Restock Kroger

The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced several executive promotions to support Restock Kroger and the company's long-term growth.

"We are making progress on redefining the customer experience, and our high-performing leaders are determined to maintain that momentum in year two of Restock Kroger and beyond," said Mike Donnelly, Kroger's executive vice president and chief operating officer. "Each of these promotions is consistent with Kroger's track record of strong succession planning and will help ensure we continue driving toward our growth objectives."

"We have a leadership team that combines deep experience with creative new talent," said Tim Massa, Kroger's senior vice president of human resources and chief people officer. "In our dynamic retail environment, we continue to ...

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Apr 9 2:36 PM, General News

Cargill Taps Stone, Webster for Agricultural Supply Chain and Animal Nutrition Leadership Roles 

Cargill has selected Joe Stone, currently enterprise leader for Cargill Animal Nutrition, to lead the company’s global Agricultural Supply Chain. David Webster will assume the Cargill Animal Nutrition leadership role vacated by Stone. Both announcements follow GJ van den Akker’s decision to retire as enterprise lead for Cargill’s Agricultural Supply Chain in 2020 after 30 years with the company.

"GJ and his leadership team have improved results in our ag supply chain while also driving important progress on critical safety, digitalization and sustainability goals," said Dave MacLennan, Cargill chairman and CEO. "Joe’s extensive risk management, trading, and grains and oilseeds experience will allow him to ...

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Apr 4 8:56 AM, General News

Little Caesars Hires Jeff Klein as New Senior Vice President of Global Marketing

Little Caesars is excited to announce that Jeff Klein will take on the role of Senior Vice President of Global Marketing at the nearly 60-year-old pizza company.

Klein has served nearly 20 years in progressive marketing leadership positions, most recently spending the last 2 years at PepsiCo as chief marketing officer for global foodservice. Prior to that Jeff spent 10 years at Frito-Lay North America in ...

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Apr 3 2:00 PM, General News

Jayson Penn to Succeed Bill Lovette as Global CEO of Pilgrim’s Pride

Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation (NASDAQ: PPC), a worldwide leader in poultry and prepared foods, today announced that its Board of Directors has approved the appointment of Jayson Penn, current President of Pilgrim’s USA, to succeed Bill Lovette, who is retiring from the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of Pilgrim’s Pride. Lovette will remain available to provide strategic advisory services to the company through July 2020.

“Jayson Penn has enjoyed a distinguished career in the poultry industry and has played an integral role in the success of Pilgrim’s over the last eight years,” said Gilberto Tomazoni, Chairman of the Board of Directors. “Since joining the company in March 2011, Jayson has exemplified the leadership qualities, passion to succeed and business acumen that make him the ideal candidate to ...

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Mar 22 10:18 AM, General News

NPPC Elects New Officers, Board Members

The National Pork Producers Council today elected new officers and members to its board of directors at its annual business meeting – the National Pork Industry Forum – held here.

Elected as president of the organization was David Herring, a hog farmer from Lillington, N.C. He is vice president of Hog Slat, which supplies equipment to pork operations, and of TDM Farms. Herring and his two brothers started the farm in 1983 as a feeder pig operation. Today, TDM Farms is a sow farrow-to-finish operation, with farms in North Carolina, Illinois and Indiana. Herring is a past president of the North Carolina Pork Council.

Herring takes over from Jim Heimerl, a producer from Johnstown, Ohio, who becomes NPPC immediate past president and ...

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Mar 8 2:56 PM, General News

KFC U.S. Names Staci Rawls First Chief Communications Officer

KFC Corporation today announced it has named Staci Rawls chief communications officer of KFC U.S., effective immediately. As the brand's first CCO, Rawls will oversee the development of KFC's overall business narrative and lead all external and internal communications including public relations, crisis and issues management, public affairs, and social purpose efforts. Rawls, a four-year veteran of KFC U.S., has led the communications efforts for the brand's most iconic moments during its turnaround.

"Staci has been a key leader in KFC's brand turnaround in the U.S.," said Kevin Hochman, president of KFC U.S. "In this new expanded role, I am confident that she will continue to ...

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Mar 7 9:07 AM, General News

Church's Chicken Welcomes New Global Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President

Church's Chicken® has added a new member to its already stellar leadership team. Announced today, Brian Gies, Executive Vice President and Global Chief Marketing Officer, will take the reins of the global chicken brand's marketing efforts as it moves to expand its presence and grow worldwide market share. Gies comes to Church's with nearly 20 years of top-level restaurant marketing experience improving the value of each of the brands he has led. Gies will also be responsible for implementing the Church's recently launched new global brand positioning and its new domestic marketing approach focused on Bringin' That Down Home Flavor™.

"Brian is joining the team at a very exciting time. He has proven successful in building winning teams, delivering results and ...

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Mar 5 8:12 AM, General News

National Turkey Federation Elects 2019 Leadership Team

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) today announced the election of its 2019 officers and Executive Committee following the federation’s Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas.

Kerry Doughty, former chief executive officer of Butterball, LLC, was elected 2019 NTF chairman. Ron Kardel of West Liberty Foods, L.L.C. will serve as vice chairman and Phil Seger of Farbest Foods, Inc. as secretary-treasurer. Jeff Sveen of Dakota Provisions will stay on as immediate past chairman.

“Over the years, the most consistent thing I have seen is change,” said Kerry Doughty, 2019 NTF chairman. “As NTF chairman, my goal is to ensure that the federation and the turkey industry are prepared to change and grow to meet today’s demands. Solving some of the hardest problems facing the industry and taking advantage of market opportunities will require one thing ...

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Feb 28 10:27 AM, General News

Papa John’s Announces Strategic Investment from Starboard and Appointment of Three New Directors

Papa John’s International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) today announced that it has entered into a securities purchase agreement with Starboard Value LP pursuant to which Starboard is making a $200 million strategic investment in the Company with the option to make an additional $50 million investment through March 29, 2019, as described below.

In connection with the investment, the Papa John’s Board of Directors is expanding to include two new independent directors, including Jeffrey C. Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Starboard, who has been appointed Chairman of the Papa John’s Board, and Anthony M. Sanfilippo, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. These directors bring substantial experience in the restaurant, retail and hospitality industries, with skill sets spanning operational turnarounds, corporate finance and corporate governance. Their expertise and new perspectives will help support ...

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Feb 4 9:35 AM, General News

Kroger Promotes Stuart W. Aitken to Senior Vice President, Alternative Business

The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced a key promotion in support of Restock Kroger and beyond with the appointment of Stuart W. Aitken to the newly-created role of Senior Vice President, Alternative Business, effective February 3, 2019.

In this role, Mr. Aitken will assume oversight for Kroger's successful existing alternative profit businesses, including 84.51° and Kroger Personal Finance (KPF), and also lead the development of a full portfolio of alternative businesses to support the transformation of Kroger's growth model. Mr. Aitken will continue to serve as chief executive officer of 84.51° and ...

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Jan 30 10:18 AM, General News

Perdue Selects Three Senior Leaders at USDA

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today selected three highly-qualified individuals for senior leadership positions at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Perdue named Dr. Mindy Brashears as Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety, Naomi Earp as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, and Dr. Scott Hutchins as Deputy Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics. These positions do not require Senate confirmation.

The three previously had been nominated by President Donald Trump for Senate-confirmed positions at USDA. While the Senate Agriculture Committee favorably reported all three nominees, their nominations expired without receiving confirmation votes by the end of the 115th Congress in early January. The President has resubmitted their nominations to ...

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Jan 29 8:45 AM, General News

Perdue Foods Appoints David Zucker as its First SVP of E-Commerce and New Ventures

Perdue Foods has announced the appointment of David Zucker as Senior Vice President of E-Commerce and New Ventures, a new position for the company. Zucker will oversee all aspects of Perdue’s e-commerce strategy.

“E-commerce is an increasingly important part of the Perdue Foods growth plan, and we’re pleased that David Zucker is onboard to lead our efforts,” said Mark McKay, President of Perdue Premium Poultry. “We have to meet consumers where ...

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Jan 24 11:28 AM, General News

Restaurant Brands International Announces Exciting Leadership Changes 

Restaurant Brands International Inc. ("RBI" or the "Company") (TSX/NYSE:QSR, TSX:QSP) today announced three leadership promotions that strengthen the Company's focus on accelerating its global growth. In addition, the Company pre-released comparable sales and net restaurant growth results, demonstrating the continued growth and performance in these key operational metrics.

Reflecting its confidence in the long-term outlook for the Company, the RBI Board of Directors has declared a dividend increase to $0.50 per common share and partnership exchangeable unit for the first quarter of 2019 and the Company also announced it is targeting $2.00 in dividends per common share and partnership exchangeable unit in 2019, compared to ...

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Jan 24 8:46 AM, General News

Marvin Boakye Named Chief People Officer for Papa John’s

Papa John’s International, Inc., (NASDAQ: PZZA) announced today the appointment of Marvin Boakye as its first Chief People Officer. He will serve as a member of the Papa John’s Executive Leadership Team and report to President and CEO Steve Ritchie.

Boakye has more than 20 years of human resources experience, as well as expertise in change management and culture transformation. He has held human resources leadership roles for organizations across the United States, Canada and Latin America. Boakye joins Papa John’s after serving as vice president of human resources at petroleum company Andeavor in San Antonio, Texas, which was recently acquired by ...

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Jan 23 12:15 PM, General News

Smithfield Foods Announces Enhanced Structure and New Leadership Appointments

Smithfield Foods, Inc. is pleased to announce an enhanced organizational structure, which includes new leadership appointments and the addition of a chief operating officer.

The new structure and leadership appointments signify the ultimate realization of “One Smithfield,” an initiative to unify all of Smithfield’s operations, brands, and more than 54,000 employees globally under one corporate umbrella. In addition, it will optimize and simplify Smithfield’s organizational alignment, infuse innovative ideas in ...

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Jan 18 11:50 AM, General News

Jon Nash to Lead Cargill’s North American Protein Business 

Cargill has selected Jon Nash to lead its North American protein business. He will report to Brian Sikes, who was recently appointed to the executive team as leader of the company’s global protein and salt businesses.

Nash began his career at Cargill in 1998. Most recently, he was the president of Cargill’s Protein foodservice business, where he strengthened and built strategic customer relationships. He brings a diverse mix of commercial, operations and finance experience. Nash has served as vice president of operations and was the general manager and controller of the ...

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Jan 16 8:36 AM, General News

Luis Ruvalcaba Jr. Named Chief Operating Officer at On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina

On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina® has announced the addition of Luis J. Ruvalcaba, Jr. to its executive team as Chief Operating Officer. Ruvalcaba brings more than 25 years of service and hospitality operations experience, with specializations in talent development, operational excellence, and industry leading results to the On The Border team.

“We’re thrilled to have Luis join the On the Border Team!” said Matt Hood, Chief Executive Officer for On The Border. “He shares our company-wide goal of pushing performance forward in strategic ways to deliver sustainable results. Luis will be a tremendous asset in helping us reclaim our position as the leader in Mexican Casual Dining ...

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Jan 15 3:10 PM, General News

Tyson Foods Announces Executive Changes following Keystone Acquisition

As part of the integration of recently acquired Keystone Foods and the company’s global growth efforts, Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) today announced changes to the enterprise leadership team that reports directly to President and CEO Noel White, effective January 28, 2019. They include:

  • Chad Martin, who has served as senior vice president and general manager, Beef Enterprise for Tyson Fresh Meats, is being promoted to group president, Poultry. Martin joined IBP, inc., which later became Tyson Fresh Meats, in 1996. He has since has held a number of management positions in the U.S. and Canada, previously serving as the vice president of strategy and margin enhancement of the company’s beef business.
  • Donnie King, who previously worked as Tyson Foods’ president of North American operations, is returning to lead the company’s international business as ...
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Jan 15 10:00 AM, General News

Lynn Schweinfurth Named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Red Robin

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc., (NASDAQ: RRGB), today announced the appointment of Lynn Schweinfurth as executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective January 28, 2019. As the Company previously announced, Guy Constant, Red Robin's current executive vice president and chief financial officer, will move to lead Company and Franchise operations, development and facilities as executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Ms. Schweinfurth will be responsible for leading all financial disciplines at Red Robin including accounting, strategic and financial planning, operations analysis, treasury and ...


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Jan 3 12:04 PM, General News

Dunkin' Brands Announces New Executive Promotions and Appointments

Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN), the parent company of Dunkin' and Baskin-Robbins, today announced two executive promotions, naming Tom Manchester as Senior Vice President, Integrated Marketing, Dunkin' U.S. and Jonathan Biggs as Vice President, Operations, Baskin-Robbins U.S. & Canada. The company also announced the appointment of Rick Gestring as Vice President, Operating Systems and Restaurant Experience, Dunkin'.

In his new role, Mr. Manchester will have responsibility for Culinary Innovation, Consumer Insights, Brand Marketing and Field Marketing. He will continue to report directly to Tony Weisman, Chief Marketing Officer, Dunkin' U.S. Over his 17-year career at Dunkin', Mr. Manchester has led the brand's sports marketing initiatives and developed its sports strategy built on engaging ...

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Dec 18 11:40 AM, General News

Kroger Announces Succession Plan for Chief Financial Officer, J. Michael Schlotman

Mr. Schlotman to retire as CFO in April 2019 and will remain on through December 2019 to ensure smooth transition; Gary Millerchip, CEO of Kroger Personal Finance, appointed as successor

The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced its succession plan for Chief Financial Officer.

J. Michael Schlotman, Kroger's Chief Financial Officer since 2000, has decided to retire in December of 2019. Mr. Schlotman will continue as CFO through the end of Kroger's fiscal 2018 and up to April 3, 2019. He will then remain an executive vice president of the company and continue to sit on the senior leadership team to support the company during this transition period until December 28, 2019.

Gary Millerchip, CEO of Kroger Personal Finance, will succeed Mr. Schlotman as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Kroger, effective April 4, 2019 ...

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Dec 17 4:39 PM, General News

Chipotle Completes Executive Leadership Team 

Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) yesterday announced that its executive leadership team is now complete with the hiring of Roger Theodoredis as the company's chief legal officer and Tabassum Zalotrawala as chief development officer. Both Theodoredis and Zalotrawala will report to Brian Niccol, the company's chief executive officer.

Chipotle has welcomed new executive leaders in 2018, beginning with Brian Niccol's appointment to CEO and member of the Board in March of this year. Each member of the team brings a unique set of experience that will allow Chipotle to deliver on its strategy of winning today and cultivating a better future.

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Dec 14 11:49 AM, General News

Performance Food Group Company Announces Executive Leadership Transition

Performance Food Group Company announced an executive leadership transition with Dave Flitman, Executive Vice President, PFG and President and CEO of Performance Foodservice, leaving the company to pursue a chief executive role outside the foodservice industry. As a result of Mr. Flitman’s departure, Craig Hoskins, President and CEO, PFG Customized and Performance Foodservice Sales and Marketing leader, will assume responsibility of Performance Foodservice on an interim basis while the Company conducts an executive search. Mr. Hoskins joined PFG in 2008 following the acquisition of the Company by Vistar Corporation where he progressed through successive roles of increasing responsibility in sales and marketing, merchandising/purchasing, and operations.

"Dave has made significant contributions to the continued success of the Company over the last three and a half years, and on behalf of our board and management team, I want ...

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Aug 29 2:09 AM, General News

National Turkey Federation Announces Key Staff Appointments

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) announced the hiring of a new leader for its communications team and the promotion of other staff members.

Beth Breeding joined NTF on Aug. 1 as Vice President of Communications and Marketing, while Lisa Wallenda Picard has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Policy, Trade and Regulatory Affairs and Leslee Oden to the position of Vice President of Legislative Affairs.

“The addition of Beth and the promotions of Lisa and Leslee further strengthen our outstanding team of professionals at the National Turkey Federation,” said NTF President Joel Brandenberger. “Beth brings to NTF nearly a decade’s experience on Capitol Hill and, with it, a depth of knowledge in developing an effective, forward-looking communications ...

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Aug 15 4:00 AM, General News

Sysco Announces Promotion of Greg Bertrand to Executive Vice President, U.S. Foodservice Operations

Sysco Corporation, the leading global foodservice distribution company, announced that Greg Bertrand has been promoted to executive vice president, U.S. Foodservice Operations, effective July 30, 2018.

“We are proud to announce Greg’s promotion to executive vice president,” said Tom Bené, Sysco’s president and chief executive officer. “With more than 27 years of service to the Company, Greg has been an effective and strategic leader within Sysco. His skills, expertise and strong business acumen have contributed to the solid execution of our operational strategies and substantial growth in our U.S. Foodservice segment. Supported by talented and dedicated associates, Greg will continue to play a key role in the success of our Company.”

Bertrand joined Sysco in 1991, and after a succession of senior foodservice operations positions, was named senior vice president, U.S. Foodservice Operations, in 2016. In his ...

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Jul 31 12:47 PM, General News

Brinker International Names Kelly C. Baltes President of Maggiano's Little Italy

Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT) today announced that Kelly C. Baltes has been named executive vice president and president of Maggiano's Little Italy®. In this role, Baltes will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of Maggiano's restaurants including strategies for future growth of the brand.

Baltes brings more than 30 years of extensive and proven restaurant experience to Brinker, including leadership positions held at Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen, Red Lobster and Olive Garden. As chairman and chief executive officer of Cheddar's, Inc., he exemplified inspirational leadership with a commitment to visit every restaurant and meet all management team members in his first 90 days. During his tenure with the brand, he more than doubled its size, built a leadership team, initiated the name change to Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen and achieved industry recognition as ...

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Jul 25 9:17 AM, General News

CKE Restaurants Rounds Out Executive Team

New Chief Financial Officer and Chief Legal Officer Bring Years of Industry Experience

FRANKLIN, Tenn.----CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc, parent company of Carl’s Jr.® and Hardee’s® restaurants announced two strategic appointments to its leadership team as the company continues to accelerate growth domestically and abroad. Charles Jemley joins as Chief Financial Officer and Kerry Olson joins as Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel.

“I am proud to add two distinguished leaders to our team and am excited to welcome Charles and Kerry to CKE,” said Jason Marker, CKE Chief Executive Officer. “Both bring valuable food industry experience that will help guide the growth and evolution of our company and brands.”

In his role as CFO, Jemley will oversee ...

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Jul 13 11:50 AM, General News

Campbell Appoints Diego Palmieri Chief Marketing Officer, U.S. Meals & Beverages

CAMDEN, N.J.---Campbell Soup Company announced the appointment of Diego Palmieri as Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, U.S. Meals & Beverages, effective July 18, 2018. Diego will report to Roberto Leopardi, President, Meals & Beverages.

As Chief Marketing Officer, Diego will be responsible for all aspects of marketing and consumer connection in the United States across the division’s portfolio of brands, which includes Campbell’s, Chunky, Well Yes!, Slow Kettle, Swanson, V8, Plum, Pace and Prego.

“Diego has spent his career marketing and selling consumer products in the United States and abroad,” Leopardi said. “He is an accomplished marketer and experienced business leader with a track record of growing businesses through a deep understanding of brand value and success in building e-commerce...

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Jul 13 9:07 AM, General News

David Hoffmann Named Dunkin’ Brands CEO; Nigel Travis Appointed Executive Chairman

Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc., the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts (DD) and Baskin-Robbins (BR), today announced that David Hoffmann, 50, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. He will also serve on the Company’s Board of Directors and remain President of Dunkin’ Donuts U.S. The members of the Dunkin’ Brands Leadership Team will now report to Mr. Hoffmann who is succeeding Nigel Travis, 68. Mr. Travis is retiring from the role he has held since January 2009.

Additionally, the Company announced that Mr. Travis has been named Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors and will remain actively involved with the Company, with a particular focus on the continued development of the international businesses.

“When we recruited Dave to Dunkin’ Brands 18 months ago with the intent that he would succeed me as CEO, we...

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Jul 11 11:13 AM, General News

Marel: Changes in the Organizational Structure and Executive Team

Marel announces an organizational change where the Commercial function is split into two new functions, Service and Global Markets.
•New appointments to Marel’s Executive Team, Ulrika Lindberg to the position of Executive Vice President of Service, and Einar Einarsson to the position of Executive Vice President of Global Markets.
•Petur Gudjonsson to step down as Executive Vice President of Commercial and take on a new role within Marel.
•The objective of the changes is to drive continued growth and success by further enhancing customer experience and synchronize the way of working within the company globally.
•This new structure will allow for closer proximity to customers and better scalability to support Marel’s ambitious growth strategy going forward.

As of June 21, 2018, Ulrika Lindberg has been...

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Jun 22 8:36 AM, General News


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