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Kareem Daniel Elected to McDonald's Board of Directors

McDonald's Corporation today announced that its Board of Directors has elected Kareem Daniel as an independent Director of the Board, effective October 1, 2022.

Mr. Daniel currently serves as Chairman, Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution at The Walt Disney Company, where he leads the organization that delivers Disney's storytelling to fans and families around the world. In this role, he is responsible for driving the overall growth and profitability of Disney's global media businesses, including its streaming services – Disney+, ESPN+, Hulu, and Star+ – which combined have more than 220...

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Oct 3 9:19 AM, General News

Tyson Foods Announces Changes to the Enterprise Leadership Team

Tyson Foods today announced three key changes to the company’s enterprise leadership team as part of its continuing effort to focus on the future while delivering operational excellence for its customers and consumers across the world.

Stewart Glendinning will transition from his current role as Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer at Tyson to take on the position of Group President, Prepared Foods. Glendinning joined Tyson Foods in 2017 from Molson Coors Brewing Company where he served as President & CEO, International.

John R. Tyson has been named Chief Financial Officer...

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Sep 30 8:00 AM, General News

SpartanNash Welcomes Nicole Zube as SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer

Food solutions company SpartanNash today announced Nicole Zube as its new Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, effective immediately. Zube joins SpartanNash from Kellogg Company, where she most recently served as Head of HR – U.S. Commercial.

“Nicole is an accomplished people leader with invaluable experience managing a large-scale, global workforce within the food industry,” said SpartanNash CEO Tony Sarsam. “Throughout her career, Nicole has demonstrated passion and commitment to creating an outstanding associate experience, and we are thrilled to have her join SpartanNash as we continue our work..."

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Sep 27 9:57 AM, General News

Dollar Tree, Inc. Names Michael Creedon as Chief Operating Officer

Dollar Tree, Inc. today announced a key executive leadership addition, as Michael Creedon, Jr. will be joining the organization as Chief Operating Officer.

“I am extremely pleased to announce that Mike Creedon will be joining the Dollar Tree team as our new Chief Operating Officer. Mike’s impressive career in retail is rooted in a deep knowledge and understanding of his customers,” stated Mike Witynski, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Mike will be instrumental in driving the execution of our strategy, and a key leader supporting our culture transformation in Dollar..."

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Sep 26 1:26 PM, General News

Marco's Pizza® Hires 20-Year QSR Franchise Veteran Gerardo Flores as Chief Development Officer

Marco's Pizza, the nation's fastest-growing pizza brand*, appoints Gerardo Flores as Chief Development Officer. This news comes on the heels of the brand's recent development and sales milestones, opening of its 1100th store and surpassing $1B in annual systemwide sales. As Marco's looks to its next era of growth, Flores will be responsible for developing U.S. and international growth strategies, streamlining the development process and driving expansion.

As a highly experienced real estate professional, Flores has held top-level leadership roles in the...

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Sep 20 2:22 PM, General News

NPPC Hires Mikayla Dolch as New Manager of Marketing and Digital Communications

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) is pleased to announce that Mikayla Dolch has joined the organization as its new manager of marketing and digital communications. Dolch will support the expansion and enhancement of NPPC’s digital programming activities.

“As the pork industry evolves, it is important for NPPC to share the stories of how America’s farmers and processors are working to deliver safe and nutritious pork products to consumers across the globe,” said Annemarie Pender, assistant vice president of marketing and communications, NPPC...

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Sep 20 9:14 AM, General News

Two Publix Vice Presidents to Retire; New Vice President Announced

Today, Publix Super Markets CEO Todd Jones announced the retirement of two officers and promotion of a new officer.

After 30 years of dedicated service, Vice President of Finance Gino DiGrazia has announced his decision to retire at the end of this year.

DiGrazia, 60, began his Publix career in 1992 as manager of business analysis and reporting in Lakeland, Florida. In 1997, he was promoted to director and to vice president & controller in 2002. In 2012, he was named vice president of finance.

“Gino’s dedication to helping our retail..."

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Sep 20 8:29 AM, General News

Wingstop Names Craig Sherwood as SVP of US Development

Wingstop today announced the appointment of Craig Sherwood as its SVP of U.S. Development. Craig will lead domestic development and focus on executing Wingstop's domestic development playbook through new and existing franchisees as the brand scales its U.S. footprint.

"I'm excited for Craig to join the brand at such a pivotal time as we look to scale our 1,600+ restaurants base to 4,000 plus across the country," said Michael Skipworth, Wingstop President and CEO. "With an average unit volume of $1.6 million and our industry leading unit economics, our..." 

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Sep 16 8:32 AM, General News

Vangala Joins IRI and NPD as Chief Strategy Officer

Information Resources, Inc. (IRI) and The NPD Group (NPD), which recently merged to create a leading global technology, analytics and data provider, today announced that Malli Vangala has joined the company as chief strategy officer. Vangala joins the newly combined company from Microsoft, where he led strategic initiatives for the Microsoft 365 business, and succeeds Wei Lin Wong, who transitions to focus on his role as the president of Retail.

“We are very pleased to welcome Malli as we work to bring the full power of our combined organization to bear..."

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Sep 15 2:24 PM, General News

Virginia (Ginni) M. Rometty Elected to Cargill’s Board of Directors

Virginia (Ginni) M. Rometty, former Chairman, President and CEO of IBM, has been elected to the Cargill Board of Directors.

“Ginni led the reinvention of IBM for the era of cloud and data, by realigning their portfolio through organic and acquired growth. She also is a steadfast advocate for advancing diversity in the workplace, pioneering efforts that brought IBM into a more inclusive future. Through these efforts, Ginni has become a leading voice on technology ethics, business transformation and the workplace of the future. We are thrilled to bring her..."

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Sep 15 9:19 AM, General News

NRF Foundation Board Names Two New Members

The NRF Foundation Board of Directors today named two new members during its latest meeting. The NRF Foundation Board is comprised of professionals who support the organization’s mission to connect people to life-changing opportunities in retail in communities nationwide through career resources, training and scholarships.

The new board members are:

- University of Maryland Smith School of Business Director of Undergraduate Career Programming Ashlee Chicoine
- Columbia College Chicago Undergraduate and 2022 NRF Foundation Next Generation Scholar Robert Davison Long...

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Sep 15 8:44 AM, General News

Church’s Texas Chicken® Taps Tim Waddell for Executive VP of International Business Role

Church’s Texas Chicken® has hired QSR industry leader Tim Waddell to take on the role of EVP of International Business effective September 6. Waddell brings extensive experience in the areas of global development, sales, marketing, operations, and P&L management that will support the brand in its continued growth.

“Tim’s expertise globally and within his category will help us propel our growth internationally. Tim is an accomplished, high impact business leader with over 20 years of proven..."

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Sep 6 9:58 AM, General News

Giant Food Welcomes Diane Hicks as Senior Vice President of Operations

Giant Food, the leading greater Washington, D.C. retail grocery chain, today announces that Diane Hicks will join the company as Senior Vice President of Operations effective September 12, 2022. In her role, Hicks will be responsible for providing strategic leadership in the development and execution of Giant's critical growth drivers, delivering exceptional store conditions, driving a true selling culture, and delivering an extraordinary associate and customer experience across the brand's omnichannel operations.

With thirty years of experience working in retail across the Ahold Delhaize family of brands, Hicks brings...

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Sep 1 8:00 AM, General News

Freddy's Announces New COO and VP of Finance

Fast-casual restaurant concept Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers announced today it has named Brian Wise as Chief Operating Officer and Jerry Kunz as Vice President of Finance. Brian Wise brings valuable franchisee perspective to his new role as Freddy's COO, having previously spent 15 years with a Freddy's franchise group before joining the corporate team. Over the past year, Wise has led the restaurant innovation team in delivering technology & operational improvements. As COO, he will oversee the Freddy's training team and both franchise and corporate operations.

"Freddy's success comes from our delicious..."

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Aug 29 1:00 PM, General News

Focus Brands Appoints Industry Veterans to Key Leadership Roles in Restaurant Category

Focus Brands®, parent company of iconic brands including Auntie Anne's®, Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Jamba®, McAlister's Deli®, Moe's Southwest Grill® and Schlotzsky's®, announced today the promotion of Shelley Harris to Restaurant Category President and the hiring of William Armstrong for the position of Schlotzsky's Chief Brand Officer. Both leaders have an impressive background in restaurant operations, which is critical for the success of the company's three restaurant category brands.

"Having the opportunity to promote a strong leader like Shelley Harris..."

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Aug 26 10:03 AM, General News

NPPC Hires Dr. Ashley Johnson as Director of Food Policy

Dr. Ashley Johnson has joined the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) as director of food policy. In her role, she will focus on developing and implementing post-harvest food safety and human nutrition programs and addressing animal care issues in market channels.

“We are excited to have someone like Dr. Johnson join the NPPC team,” said NPPC CEO Bryan Humphreys. “Her wealth of knowledge is a tremendous asset as we help set the direction of the country’s food policies and weigh in on issues that could affect producers’ ability to..."

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Aug 26 8:12 AM, General News

McDonald's Appoints Jon Banner as Executive Vice President and Global Chief Impact Officer

Today, McDonald's CEO, Chris Kempczinski sent the following message to the McDonald's global System, announcing the company's new Chief Impact Officer, Jon Banner.

The Digital CV and headshot for Mr. Banner are embedded within this release.

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I am thrilled to share that Jon Banner will be joining McDonald's as Executive Vice President and Global Chief Impact Officer, reporting directly to me and serving on our Global Senior Leadership Team.

Jon is the perfect leader to oversee our Sustainability & ESG, Government Relations and Public Policy...

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Aug 25 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

McDonald's Announces Key Changes to Board of Directors

McDonald's Corporation today announced the retirement of Sheila A. Penrose from the McDonald's Board of Directors. The Company also announced the election of Tony Capuano, Marriott International; Jennifer Taubert, Johnson & Johnson; and Amy Weaver, Salesforce, to the Board. Sheila's retirement will be effective September 30 and the election of Tony, Jennifer and Amy takes effect October 1.

"For over 15 years, Sheila has been a deeply committed and highly valued member of our Board. We have all benefited from her thoughtful counsel, strong expertise and unwavering dedication to McDonald's. Through her leadership..."

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Aug 22 9:02 AM, General News

Crave Hot Dogs & BBQ Enters Arkansas

Crave Hot Dogs and BBQ recently named best BBQ and Hot Dog Franchise by FranchiseWire in the United States. With 65 units across the United States and food trucks on the road they are poised for massive growth. Crave features Hot Dogs, sausages, and brats' with 20+ toppings to choose from. Pulled chicken, pulled pork, and smoked brisket are also available for sandwiches, sliders, and plates. You'll also find your classic BBQ sides, desserts and appetizers, Crave has it all. The self-pour beer wall is something the brand is also known for...

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Aug 11 8:00 AM, General News

Jack In The Box Inc. Promotes Del Taco’s Chief Operating Officer Chad Gretzema To Brand President

Jack in the Box Inc. announced today the promotion of Del Taco’s Chief Operating Officer Chad Gretzema to Del Taco Brand President. He replaces John Cappasola who has stepped down from his role as Del Taco President & Chief Executive Officer.

"Chad has been an instrumental part of the executive team at Del Taco that has compiled an impressive eight consecutive years of positive franchise same-store sales,” said Jack in the Box CEO Darin Harris. “He has been a champion..."

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Aug 5 1:35 PM, General News

Conagra Brands Announces Appointment of Denise Paulonis to its Board of Directors

Conagra Brands, Inc., one of North America's leading branded food companies, today announced the appointment of Denise A. Paulonis to its board of directors, effective August 1, 2022. With this addition, the Conagra Brands board will increase to 13 members.

"We are pleased to welcome Denise to the Conagra Brands board," said Richard H. Lenny, chair, Conagra Brands. "Conagra and our shareholders will benefit from Denise's extensive leadership experience driving growth, supply chain innovation, e-commerce capabilities, and product innovation within the consumer products market..."

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Jul 26 9:14 AM, General News

Kiolbassa Smoked Meats Announces New Senior Leadership

National brand Kiolbassa Smoked Meats, a San Antonio, Texas-based smoked meats company, kicked off their new fiscal year by announcing Bill Wagner as new president of the company - the first-ever non-family member president in the company's 73-year history.
"This is a big step for our company because we have been a family-led organization from day one," said Michael Kiolbassa, CEO and Chairman of the Board. "Bill has played a pivotal role in major milestones during his time here, and his extensive expertise is vital to the future growth..."


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Jul 25 10:04 AM, General News

Paulo Peereboom Joins Sysco as Executive Vice President & President, Foodservice Operations

Sysco Corporation announced today that Paulo Peereboom will join the company as the executive vice president & president, foodservice operations – international, effective August 8, 2022.

Peereboom will lead Sysco’s international operations in Canada, Europe, The Bahamas and Latin America, as well as the company’s export business, International Food Group. He will oversee the development and execution of key strategies for growth in these important geographies and will be based in London. Peereboom will report to Kevin Hourican, president and chief executive officer...

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Jul 20 9:14 AM, General News

McDonald's Appoints Jill McDonald as Executive VP and President, International Operated Markets

Today, McDonald's CEO, Chris Kempczinski sent the following message to the McDonald's global System, sharing its international markets leadership structure.

Digital CV's and headshots for these leaders are embedded within this release.

As our global business and our two international segments continue to grow, each can further benefit from strong leadership teams focused closely on their needs —supporting the strong bench of talent in their segments and representing the perspectives of their markets on the Global Senior Leadership Team. 

Following our leadership announcements last month...

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Jul 13 8:53 AM, General News

McDonald’s Promotes Kevin Ozan to Senior Executive Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, and More

Today, McDonald’s CEO, Chris Kempczinski sent the following message to the McDonald’s Global System, which also outlines additional leadership team updates.

Digital CV’s for these leaders can be found in the links below:

- Kevin Ozan, Digital CV

- Ian Borden, Digital CV

- Marion Gross, Digital CV

As I said at Worldwide Convention in April, there’s never been a better time to be part of Brand McDonald’s.

McDonald’s is now seen as leading in our industry on almost every dimension. Together, we’ve transformed the McDonald’s System and...

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Jun 27 8:42 AM, General News

World Food Program USA Appoints Cargill and Kastner Executives to its Board of Directors

World Food Program USA (WFP USA) today named Pilar Cruz, Corporate Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer at Cargill, and Brandon Rochon, Chief Executive Officer of Kastner and Chief Creative Officer of Fluent Group, to its distinguished Board of Directors. World Food Program USA has grown dynamically in recent years to meet the urgent needs of the United Nations World Food Programme. As part of that growth, it has strategically sought to expand its Board of Directors. As industry leaders in their respective fields of...

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Jun 24 9:22 AM, General News

Hormel Foods Announces Retirement of Gary Jamison, Vice President and Treasurer, After 34 Years 

Hormel Foods Corporation, a Fortune 500 global branded food company, today announced that Gary Jamison, vice president and treasurer, will be retiring after a 34-year career with the company. The company also announced it has appointed Florence Makope to succeed Jamison as vice president and treasurer. Makope, who joins Hormel Foods with more than 20 years of finance and treasury experience, will report to Jacinth Smiley, Hormel Foods executive vice president and chief financial officer.

"Gary has provided exceptional leadership to our financial organization, including..."

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Jun 22 9:02 AM, General News

NPPC Promotes Maria C. Zieba to Vice President of International Affairs

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) is pleased to announce the promotion of Maria C. Zieba to vice president of international affairs. She will oversee international trade advocacy efforts on behalf of America’s 60,000 pork producers.

“NPPC recently announced the culmination of a strategic planning and repositioning effort that will drive momentum in shaping the future for the next generation of pork producers and their businesses,” said Bryan Humphreys, NPPC’s chief executive officer. “It’s never been more important to plan for our future, and we are pleased to have..."

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Jun 17 8:12 AM, General News

Zaxby's Names New Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer

Zaxby's, the premium quick-service restaurant brand founded in Athens, announced today that Patrick Schwing has been named chief marketing & strategy officer. He joins Zaxby's from Inspire Brands, where he has served as Arby's chief marketing officer and president of the Franchise Association for more than two years. In his new role, Schwing will oversee marketing communications, loyalty, e-commerce, R&D, and media including digital and social to help the organization architect its future growth plans...

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Jun 14 7:20 AM, General News

Cultivated Protein Company Hires Supply Chain and Manufacturing VP

UPSIDE Foods, a company looking to commercialize cultivated meat, poultry and seafood, announced the appointment of Sheetal Shah as Senior Vice President of Supply Chain and Manufacturing on June 8.

The company is moving closer to commercialization and scaling production, after the company wrapped up a $400 million Series C funding round, the largest in the history of the cultivated meat industry in April 2022.

Shah will be tasked with leading the company’s supply chain and strategic sourcing for cell feed and other inputs that will help lower costs and...

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Jun 10 11:24 AM, SeafoodNews

JBS USA Appoints Karla Thieman as Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs

JBS USA today named Karla Thieman to its executive leadership team as senior vice president, public policy and government affairs. In this newly created role, she will have oversight of U.S. public policy and government relations strategies for JBS USA and Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation (NASDAQ: PPC).

Thieman will be based in Washington, D.C., where she will lead the establishment of a new office and government relations team to support the company’s continued growth and evolution as a leading global food company...

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Jun 9 8:00 AM, General News

NCBA Congratulates Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young on Confirmation as USDA Under Secretary

Today, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Vice President for Government Affairs Ethan Lane released a statement on the confirmation of Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young as Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

“NCBA congratulates Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young on her confirmation as Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics. The Research, Education and Economics arm..."

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Jun 9 8:00 AM, General News

UPSIDE Foods Appoints Sheetal Shah as Senior Vice President of Supply Chain & Manufacturing

Shah will be focused on building out the supply chain infrastructure for cell feed components and scaling manufacturing to commercial scale

Shah brings 25 years of experience, including previous roles as Senior Vice President of Product & Operations at Impossible Foods and Chief Operations Officer at Verifone

UPSIDE Foods, the leading company in the cultivated meat, poultry and seafood industry, has announced the appointment of Sheetal Shah as Senior Vice President of Supply Chain and Manufacturing. This news comes on the heels of UPSIDE announcing its record-breaking...

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Jun 8 1:00 PM, General News

NPB Elects New 2022-2023 Officers

The new NPB officers will lead the 15 producer directors that represent the 60,000 U.S. pig farmers who pay into the Pork Checkoff.

Indiana pork producer Heather Hill was elected to serve as president of the National Pork Board (NPB) for the 2022-2023 term. NPB’s 15 producer directors represent the 60,000 U.S. pig farmers who pay into the Pork Checkoff – a program funding research, promotion and education efforts for the benefit of the whole industry.

“Real Pork is about real farmers, leading efforts to ensure the public understands our product is real nutritious..." 

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Jun 8 8:32 AM, General News

Former VP of Franchise Sales & Development for Marco's Pizza, Joins PizzaForno

PizzaForno, one of North America's only automated pizzerias, appoints Travis Edmonson, former Vice President of Franchise Development at Mr. Gatti's Pizza and former Vice President of Franchise Sales & Development at Marco's Pizza, as Chief Development Officer.

Edmonson joins as the second former Marco's Pizza business leader this year to get behind this 24/7 digital pizzeria designed to combat labor shortages, food costs and rent rising. A strategic executive, Edmonson brings over 19 years of experience with an enthusiastic, resourceful, and creative approach to drive growth.

Passionate for the...

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Jun 1 9:29 AM, General News

Nick Calderon Joins GrubMarket as Director of Software Services, Strategic Accounts

GrubMarket, Inc. announced today that Nick Calderon, former Implementation Manager and Senior Consultant at Famous Software, will join its software team as Director of Software Services, Strategic Accounts for its flagship product, WholesaleWare. Nick will report to GrubMarket's Chief Software Officer, Genevieve Wang, and be responsible for implementations and training of WholesaleWare. WholesaleWare is the produce and protein industry's newest and most innovative ERP software and inventory management system. Nick, leveraging his wealth of experience, will help this leading technology through its next phase of continued exponential growth...


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Jun 1 9:23 AM, General News

Marco's Pizza® Appoints MikeWorldWide Agency of Record for Consumer Public Relations

MikeWorldWide (MWW), one of the world's leading independent public relations agencies, is proud to announce a new client relationship with Marco's Pizza.

The communications assignment includes earned media relations and creative integrated consumer marketing campaign development to increase awareness and relevance across the United States.

"Aside from our team's shared love of pizza and creative storytelling, there was immediate strategic chemistry with the Marco's communications and marketing team," said Tara Naughton, MikeWorldWide Chief Marketing & Business Development Officer. "The pizza category often uses creativity and risk-taking to..."

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May 31 1:14 PM, General News

Zaxby's Announces Executive Appointments

Zaxby's, the premium quick-service restaurant brand founded in Athens, announced today that industry franchising veteran Mike Mettler has been named chief development officer, while former interim Chief Digital & Technology Officer Mike Nettles has been elevated to the position long-term.

"These are seasoned executives who have achieved great success within some of the most recognizable brands in our industry," said Bernard Acoca, CEO. "With development and digital strategies central to our growth, I am confident that both are the right people to move our brand into the next phase."

Mike Mettler brings with him significant...

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May 24 9:21 AM, General News

Former Disney Chairman and CEO Joins Gopuff as Investor and Advisor

Gopuff, the market-leading and fastest-growing platform for immediate delivery of consumers’ everyday needs, today announced that Bob Iger, former Disney CEO and Chairman, will become an advisor and investor. Mr. Iger will advise co-founders and co-CEOs Yakir Gola and Rafael Ilishayev, and the broader executive team, to help deepen Gopuff’s consumer engagement and growth globally.

“Bob Iger is one of the most important and visionary business leaders of this generation. He defined consumer engagement, product innovation, and organizational excellence,” said Gopuff co-founder and...

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May 19 8:00 AM, General News

Brinker International Inc. Announces CEO Retirement and Succession Plan

Brinker International, Inc. announced today that Wyman Roberts will retire as Chief Executive Officer and President of the company, President of Chili's® Grill & Bar and as a member of the Board of Directors effective June 5, 2022. Roberts, 63, will continue to serve the company in an advisory role for 12 months as part of the company's succession plan.

The Board of Directors appointed Kevin Hochman, 48, as President and CEO of Brinker International, President of Chili's, and as a member of the Board of Directors effective June 6, 2022...


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May 18 8:17 AM, General News

West Liberty Foods Names Chief Executive Officer

West Liberty, Iowa-based West Liberty Foods is pleased to announce the promotion of Brandon Achen to President & Chief Executive Officer, effective May 31, 2022.

Achen is a 16-year industry veteran who started with West Liberty Foods as an intern and has since seen a long tenure in operations, supply chain management, and key customer relationship management for the organization. He was promoted to President in 2020. Throughout his time at West Liberty Foods, Achen has gained valuable experience in operations scheduling, engineering, and executive management while also taking on the...

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May 11 8:00 AM, General News

JBS Hires New Sustainability Officer in Brazil

Having worked for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in Washington DC as Senior Director for the Beef and Leather Supply Chain, Maurício S. Bauer is taking up the position of Corporate Sustainability Officer of JBS Brazil with the aim of carrying out the sustainability strategy in Brazil in line with the Company's global targets.

Maurício has headed up projects in partnerships with the third sector, the private sector and universities, with the emphasis on strategies and solutions for the sustainable production of farm commodities, improvements to processes, innovation and technology. He will...


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May 6 9:32 AM, General News

Giant Food Welcomes Brian Wanner as New Vice President of Human Resources

Giant Food, the leading greater Washington D.C. regional grocery chain, today announces that Brian Wanner will join the company as Vice President of Human Resources effective May 9, 2022. In his new role, Wanner will be responsible for leading end-to-end human resources functions, including spearheading the development and evolution of a human resources strategy that continues to foster a culture of inclusion, learning and engagement.

Previously Wanner served as the Director of Talent & Culture for The GIANT Company, another Ahold Delhaize brand. Wanner's two decades...

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May 6 9:26 AM, General News

Marlene Gordon Joins Panera Bread & Panera Brands 

Panera announced the appointment of Marlene M. Gordon as Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Secretary effective May 2.

With over 20 years of industry experience, Gordon joins Panera from Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc., where she most recently served as Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and Secretary. During her tenure at Fresh Del Monte Produce, Inc., the global food company, Marlene was a member of the company’s Global Leadership Team, where she led legal, corporate communications and people strategies to best support the company’s short and long-term business...

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May 2 9:06 AM, General News

Whataburger Hires New Chief People Officer

Whataburger has hired Peggy Rubenzer as its new Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer. Rubenzer is a seasoned executive with more than 30 years in the human resources industry, building people teams at True Food Kitchen, Shake Shack Enterprises, PF Chang's China Bistro Inc., Southwest Airlines and more.

During her time at True Food Kitchen as their Chief People Officer, Rubenzer oversaw all HR-related functions, from leadership development to compensation, benefits, performance management and training. Prior to joining True Food in 2019, Rubenzer held the Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer...

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Apr 21 8:00 AM, General News

Papa Johns Appoints Joe Sieve as Chief Restaurant Officer

Papa John’s International, Inc. today announced the appointment of Joe Sieve as the Company’s new Chief Restaurant Officer. Mr. Sieve, who will begin his new position on May 2nd, will oversee the operations of Papa Johns corporate and franchise restaurants in North America, reporting to Max Wetzel, EVP, Chief Commercial Officer.

Mr. Sieve brings broad-based experienced as a strategic operator and development leader for major industry players, including Domino’s and Inspire Brands. He began his career out of college as a franchisee and later built a portfolio of 58 Domino's...

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Apr 20 8:27 AM, General News

Melissa Napier Named Senior Vice President of Investor Relations of Conagra Brands

Conagra Brands, Inc. (NYSE: CAG) today announced the appointment of Melissa Napier as senior vice president of Investor Relations, effective April 25, 2022.

In this role, Napier will lead the development and execution of Conagra's investor relations program, including setting strategy in financial communications and quantitative benchmarking and analysis.

"Melissa has an exceptional background in Investor Relations and key areas of the Finance function," said Dave Marberger, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Conagra Brands. "We are excited to welcome Melissa to Conagra. Our leadership team...

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Apr 13 11:14 AM, General News

Walmart Names John Rainey New Chief Financial Officer

Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) announced today that John Rainey has been named Walmart’s next Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Rainey will assume the responsibilities of CFO on June 6, 2022.

“John has a proven track record of leading change at scale in customer service organizations innovating in their fields,” said Walmart President and Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon. “I’m confident that John’s mix of financial and digital acumen, coupled with his experience leading finance in complex, highly competitive industries, will help us deliver for our customers and shareholders as...

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Apr 13 8:34 AM, General News

Mark Irby Joins Publix Board of Directors

During Publix’s annual stockholders’ meeting today, Mark Irby, retired Publix vice president of marketing, was elected to the company’s board of directors.

“We congratulate Mark on his election to the board,” said Chairman Ed Crenshaw. “His extensive experience in helping build and promote our Publix brand will bring a valuable perspective.”

Irby began his Publix career in 1973 in the sign shop in Lakeland, Florida. After working in various capacities within that department, in 1983, he transferred into the advertising department as a marketing and research manager. In 1988, he...

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Apr 13 8:00 AM, General News

Cooks Venture Expands Executive Team

Today, Cooks Venture, a pasture-raised chicken and independent poultry breeding company, announces the appointments of Tim Singleton as Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Bob Davenport as Chief Sales Officer (CSO).

“Tim and Bob’s deep experience leading poultry companies will aid Cooks Venture as we scale the business, expand our genetics program, increase our production capabilities and grow our retail presence,” states CEO and Founder Matthew Wadiak. “Their leadership will serve the company well as we enter into the next phase of growth.”

Singleton, an experienced senior executive...

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Apr 13 12:20 AM, General News

Blue Apron Names Josh Friedman Chief Product Officer

Blue Apron announced that Josh Friedman has been named Chief Product Officer, effective April 18, 2022. Friedman brings multi-decade, extensive experience in strategic, digital and product leadership roles to Blue Apron.

As Chief Product Officer, he will be responsible for Blue Apron’s product strategy, overseeing cross-functional efforts between fulfillment, culinary and digital product. Chief Product Officer is a recent addition to Blue Apron’s Executive Leadership Team. Friedman will be reporting to President and Chief Executive Officer Linda Findley.

“Josh’s strengths in weaving digital experiences around unique physical products combined with..."

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Apr 12 8:59 AM, General News

Kroger Names New Director, Corporate Communications & Media Relations

The Kroger Co. announced today Erin Rolfes has been named as Director, Corporate Communications & Media Relations. She will be responsible for enhancing and protecting Kroger's corporate reputation, driving brand narrative across the company's many lines of business, and serving as the company's spokesperson.

"Erin is a strategic communicator who understands the importance of telling compelling and authentic stories that express our company's character," said Keith Dailey, Group Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Kroger. "We're excited Erin has accepted this role and look forward to her help to elevate our brand..."

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Apr 6 9:04 AM, General News

Smithfield Foods Promotes Andrea Tucker to Plant Manager of its Tar Heel, NC Facility

Smithfield Foods, Inc. has promoted Andrea Tucker to plant manager of the company's Tar Heel facility in North Carolina, effective April 4. The company's largest facility, Smithfield's Tar Heel plant is also the largest pork processing operation in the world.

Tucker, who has more than 20 years of experience with the company, will oversee the complex's planning, organization, cost and continual improvements, focusing on employer of choice cultural enhancements and ensuring the location's continued leadership in product quality.

"Andrea is a true servant leader who has..."

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Apr 5 1:03 PM, General News

Pender Leads NPPC Public Policy Communications

Annemarie Pender has been hired by the National Pork Producers Council as assistant vice president for marketing and communications. She began her duties today, working out of NPPC’s Washington, DC, public policy office.

“Annemarie is a strategic thinker with 15-plus years of experience, developing and implementing integrated communications and marketing strategies,” said NPPC CEO Bryan Humphreys. “She’ll be a tremendous asset to NPPC as we look to create a more coordinated marketing and communications plan for the pork industry.”

A native of Florida, Pender received a bachelor’s degree in history from...

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Apr 5 10:06 AM, General News

Adams to be New NPPC Congressional Relations Manager

The National Pork Producers Council has hired Chase Adams as manager of congressional relations in its Washington, DC, public policy office. He joins Jack Frye on the organization’s lobbying team.

“Chase has a lot of experience in the livestock public policy field, so he’ll be a great asset to NPPC,” said NPPC CEO Bryan Humphreys. “He’s spent his career in agriculture, advocating on behalf of producers and telling their stories. We’re glad to have him on our team.”

A South Dakota native who grew up on the family ranch, Adams received...

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Apr 5 9:57 AM, General News

Shane Sampson Named Executive Chairman of The Save Mart Companies

The Save Mart Companies and Kingswood Capital Management, LP announced today that Shane Sampson has been named executive chairman of the California-based, regional grocery retailer.

Sampson is a fourth-generation grocer who brings nearly four decades of experience to The Save Mart Companies in building brands, implementing innovative marketing and merchandising programs, and leading strategic operations. He started his career in a local grocery store as a retail clerk and learned the grocery business from the ground up, which culminated in being named Albertsons Companies' Chief Marketing and Merchandising Officer. He was instrumental in driving Albertsons' merchandising strategy during a period of monumental growth during which he oversaw significant development and innovation of digital and e-commerce strategies, rapidly scaled its private label brands and built customer and associate engagement across 2,300 stores. As a result, he was recognized as Mass Market Retailer's Merchant of the Year in 2017 and received the Retail TouchPoints' 2018 Innovator Award.

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Apr 5 8:50 AM, General News

NRF Names New Deputy General Counsel

The National Retail Federation today announced that it has hired veteran trade association attorney Ceara Flake as vice president and deputy general counsel.

“As a long-time counsel at a major trade association, Ceara Flake has been a trusted legal advisor to both internal clients and corporate stakeholders,” NRF Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel Stephanie Martz said. “Beyond her legal skills, she has a proven record of collaborating cross-functionally to promote innovation. She brings broad experience and expertise that will be highly valuable to both NRF and our member companies...”

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Apr 1 8:24 AM, General News

CKE Restaurants Names Brandon Turner Chief Financial Officer

CKE Restaurants, Inc., owner, operator and franchisor of Carl's Jr.® and Hardee's®, announced today the appointment of Brandon Turner as chief financial officer. Turner's well rounded executive leadership expertise in finance, franchising, operations, supply chain and strategy will benefit CKE as it continues to execute its growth transformation.

"We are excited to welcome Brandon to our talented Leadership Team. His entrepreneurial spirit, strong finance focus and results orientation will be perfect complements to our team," said Chief Executive Officer Ned Lyerly. "Brandon's proven track record in dynamic, multi-unit food..."

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Mar 30 1:00 PM, General News

Kroger Issues Statement Regarding Carl Icahn's Intent to Nominate Two Director Candidates

The Kroger Co. today announced that Carl Icahn has submitted an intent to nominate two director candidates – Alexis C. Fox and Margarita Paláu-Hernández – to stand for election to the Kroger Board of Directors at the Company's 2022 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. The date for the Annual Meeting has not been announced. Kroger shareholders are not required to take any action at this time.

The Company issued the following statement:

The Kroger Board and management team maintain regular communications with shareholders and other stakeholders on a range of...

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Mar 30 8:12 AM, General News

US Foods Files Preliminary Proxy Statement and Appoints Two New Directors to Board

US Foods Holding Corp., one of the largest foodservice distributors in the United States, today announced that it has filed its preliminary proxy materials with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) in connection with its upcoming 2022 Annual Meeting of Shareholders (the “2022 Annual Meeting”). The preliminary proxy statement is available on the investor relations section of the Company’s website at

In connection with the filing of the preliminary proxy materials, the Board disclosed its slate of director candidates for the 2022 Annual Meeting, which...


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Mar 29 9:41 AM, General News

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Announces Nick Booras as Senior Vice President of Franchise Sales

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop announces franchise veteran Nick Booras as Senior Vice President of Franchise Sales. The Texas-based restaurant group is recognized for their Baja-style fare with nearly 150 franchise- and corporate-owned locations in 17 states.

Most recently, Booras served as Senior Director of Franchise Development at FOCUS Brands, LLC., where he was responsible for selling all seven of the FOCUS Brands in the southwest region. Prior to that his role was dedicated to one brand in the FOCUS portfolio, McAlister’s Deli, where he sold...

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Mar 24 8:00 AM, General News

Campbell Appoints Kate Barrett to Lead Community Affairs

Campbell Soup Company today announced the appointment of Kate Barrett as Director, Community Affairs, effective May 6, 2022. Barrett will succeed Kim Fortunato who last year informed the company of her intent to retire. Fortunato will remain with Campbell until May 6, 2022 to ensure a smooth transition.

Barrett, who joined Campbell in 2017, will be responsible for setting the strategy and direction of Campbell’s community affairs work including employee volunteerism, philanthropy, sponsorships and the company’s Full Futures program, which focuses on advancing the school nutrition environment. Barrett will also serve as...

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Mar 18 8:56 AM, General News

Whataburger Hires New General Counsel from Walgreens

Whataburger has hired Elena Kraus as its new Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer. Kraus is a seasoned executive with more than 30 years of in-house legal experience at Walgreens Boots Alliance, the parent company of Walgreen Co. and the nation's second largest retail pharmacy chain. For the past six years, Kraus served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Walgreens.

During her tenure at Walgreens, Kraus oversaw the strategy and delivery of legal services to the organization during a time of innovation and record expansion. She built and led...

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Mar 14 9:33 AM, General News

NPPC Elects New Officers, Board Members

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

Terry Wolters of Pipestone, Minnesota, was elevated to president of the organization for 2022-2023. Wolters owns Stoney Creek Farms, which consists of several sow farms, and is a partner in the Pipestone System. He also is a member of Wholestone Farms and is active in the Pipestone County Pork Producers Association, Minnesota Pork Producers Association, South Dakota Pork Producers Council and the Minnesota...

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Mar 14 8:15 AM, General News

Forseth New NPPC Director of Animal Health

The National Pork Producers Council has hired Dr. Anna Forseth for the newly created position of director of animal health. She will focus on foreign animal disease prevention and preparedness, as well as antibiotic use and resistance issues.

“We welcome Dr. Forseth to the NPPC team,” said NPPC CEO Bryan Humphreys. “She has a wealth of knowledge about hogs and swine diseases and a great background in swine research. We know she will be a great asset to and resource for the U.S. pork industry.”

A Montana native who grew...

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Mar 8 8:16 AM, General News

Domino's® Announces Executive Promotions

Domino's Pizza, Inc., the largest pizza company in the world, today announced the promotions of Joe Jordan to the role of President, U.S. & Global Services and Art D'Elia to the role of Executive Vice President – International, effective May 1, 2022. Jordan and D'Elia will both report to Russell Weiner, current Chief Operating Officer and President – Domino's U.S. and incoming Domino's CEO (effective May 1, 2022.)

"Joe and Art are extremely talented executives who have 15 years of Domino's experience between the two of them," said Mr. Weiner. "They are well known..."

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Mar 4 8:47 AM, General News

Parker to Serve as 2022 National Turkey Federation Chair 

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) announced the 2022 officer team and Executive Committee members recently elected by the Board of Directors at the 2022 NTF Annual Convention in Tampa.

Ronnie Parker of Circle S Ranch was elected 2022 NTF chairman. Steve Lykken of Jennie-O Turkey Store will serve as vice chairman and John Zimmerman of P&J Products Co. as secretary-treasurer. Phil Seger, representing Farbest Farms, Inc., will move into the role of immediate past chairman.

“I am humbled to serve as National Turkey Federation chairman and..." 

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Mar 2 8:09 AM, General News

Domino's® Announces Leadership Succession Plan

Domino's Pizza, Inc. today announced that Ritch Allison has informed the Board of Directors of his intention to retire from the Company. Mr. Allison will continue to serve as Chief Executive Officer through April 30, 2022 and will remain on the Domino's Board of Directors until the Company's 2022 Annual Meeting of Shareholders on April 26, 2022. The Board has appointed Russell Weiner, Domino's Chief Operating Officer and President – Domino's U.S., to succeed Mr. Allison as the Company's next CEO, effective May 1, 2022. Mr. Weiner will stand for election to the Board at...

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Mar 1 9:32 AM, General News

Four New Leaders Join Cargill's Executive Team

Four new leaders are joining Cargill's executive team. They were selected for their expertise aligned to evolving customer and employee needs and their potential to drive the company's innovation and sustainability strategies around the world.

"The food system is constantly and quickly changing. To continue delivering innovative ideas and solutions for our customers, we must change as well. These leaders are guided by values and purpose, committed to our customers and passionate about feeding a growing population in a safe, responsible and sustainable way," said Dave MacLennan, Cargill chairman and CEO...

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Feb 28 2:04 PM, General News

Church's Chicken® Values Culture and Expands Its Leadership with QSR Industry Expert and Marketer

Following a year of successful initiatives to revitalize their brand character, Texas heritage and unique bold flavors, Church's Chicken® announced it has promoted Claudia Lezcano to Senior Vice President U.S. Marketing. This move further expands its significant industry expertise to the Church's executive team which has continued to embrace diversity of thought across its entire corporate and restaurant network. In her newly updated role, Lezcano will oversee brand strategy, creative, media, and product R&D divisions across the U.S. and report directly to President...

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Feb 24 7:55 AM, General News

Kraft Heinz to Elevate CEO Miguel Patricio to Become Chair of the Board 

The Kraft Heinz Company announced today, that the Board of Directors intends to appoint Chief Executive Officer Miguel Patricio as Chair, subject to his re-election at the Kraft Heinz 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. After years of distinguished service, Chair of the Board of Directors Alexandre Behring will retire following the end of his term at the 2022 Annual Meeting.

“We are very pleased with the progress experienced by the Company in advancing its strategic plan during the past few years under Miguel’s leadership and see..."

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Feb 21 9:13 AM, General News

BJ’s Wholesale Club Holdings, Inc. Announces Catherine Park as Vice President, Investor Relations

BJ's Wholesale Club, a leading operator of membership warehouse clubs in the Eastern United States, announced today that Catherine Park will join the company as vice president, investor relations, effective February 21, 2022.

“We remain committed to stakeholder engagement and enhancing our investor relations initiatives,” said Laura Felice, executive vice president, chief financial officer. “Catherine’s broad financial and investor management experience will help elevate our buy and sell-side relationships, while providing our executive leadership team with trusted counsel on a range of activities, including quarterly earnings...”


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Feb 21 8:54 AM, General News

Future Meat Technologies Appoints Nicole Johnson-Hoffman as New Chief Executive Officer

Future Meat Technologies (Future Meat), an industry-leading company developing innovative technology to produce cultivated meat, announced today it has appointed Nicole Johnson-Hoffman as Chief Executive Officer. Johnson-Hoffman brings more than 25 years of experience across the agriculture, food manufacturing, food service, and meat production industries. She assumes day-to-day leadership of the company and will also join Future Meat's Board of Directors.

"It's an honor to serve as the CEO of Future Meat Technologies," said Johnson-Hoffman. "Not only has the company made meaningful..."

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Feb 17 8:00 AM, General News

Ethnic E-Grocer Weee! Appoints Three Executives To Leadership Team and Board of Directors

Weee! (, the largest and fastest-growing ethnic e-grocer in North America, today announced three key executive appointments as the company expands to meet the growing demands of its customers nationwide. The announcement comes on the heels of the recent appointment of acclaimed filmmaker, Jon M. Chu, as Chief Creative Officer. New appointments to the leadership team include: Board Members James McCann and Vivek Subramanian, and Senior Vice President of Engineering Rudy Darmawan.

"Weee!'s recent appointments bring a depth of experience in..."

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Feb 16 3:53 PM, General News

Protein Association Taps Officers and Newly Appointed Board Members

The National Protein and Food Distributors Association Board of Directors met on Monday, January 24, 2022, in Atlanta, GA.

Jeff Paschall, VP of Sales at Fieldale Farms Corporate in Baldwin, GA succeeded Tammy Vige, Director Marketing of Pacific Agri-Products of South San Francisco, CA, as the chairperson of NPFDA. Judson “Jud” Guest moved into the Vice Chair role after serving as Treasurer. Newly elected to the NPFDA Executive Committee is Laure Pate as treasurer. She is President of Foodlinx in Brentwood, CA.

As chair, Paschall will lead the board of...

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Feb 15 8:07 AM, General News

US Foods Board of Directors Announces Corporate Governance Changes

US Foods Holding Corp., one of the largest foodservice distributors in the United States, today announced that, following a governance review by the Board of Directors (the “Board”)”, it has implemented a series of changes consistent with its commitment to best practices of corporate governance.

Effective immediately, the Board of Directors has determined to separate the roles of Chief Executive Officer and Chair. Robert M. Dutkowsky, currently US Foods’ independent lead director, has been elected non-executive Chair. Pietro Satriano will continue as Chief Executive Officer and a director...

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Feb 14 8:00 AM, General News

Kroger Announces Leadership Changes

The Kroger Co. today announced the retirement of Mark Tuffin, senior vice president of retail divisions, after more than 26 years of distinguished service, effective April 1. Tuffin will be succeeded by Kenny Kimball, currently president of the Smith's division.

Kenny Kimball, President of Smith's Division, Named Senior Vice President
Kimball, currently president of the Smith's division, will succeed Tuffin, upon his retirement.

Kimball joined the organization in 1984 as a courtesy clerk in the Smith's division, followed by serving in several leadership roles in the years that followed, including store manager, district manager and bakery...

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Feb 9 8:16 AM, General News

Hormel Foods Announces Retirement of Fred Halvin, Vice President of Corporate Development

Hormel Foods Corporation, a Fortune 500 global branded food company, today announced that Fred Halvin, vice president of corporate development, will be retiring after a 37-year career with the company. Nathan Annis, director of investor relations, business planning and analysis, will succeed Halvin as vice president of corporate development.

"Fred has been a key leader for all of our transformational acquisitions over the past decade and has been instrumental in the Hormel Foods journey to become the global branded food company that we are..."

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Feb 4 1:06 PM, General News

NPB Announces New Staff Leadership Positions

The National Pork Board (NPB) today announced recent staff leadership changes to help ensure its ability to deliver on pork producer priorities for their Checkoff: to build trust in, and add value to, U.S. pork while also protecting the industry’s freedom to operate.

Dustin (Dusty) Oedekoven, DVM, will join NPB as the organization’s new chief veterinarian on Feb. 25, 2022. Dr. Oedekoven will lead a team of veterinarians and swine production experts in Pork Checkoff-funded work to deliver on the No. 1 concern for pork producers – foreign animal disease (FAD) preparedness and protecting...

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Jan 28 8:10 AM, General News

Vital Farms Appoints Kathryn McKeon as Chief Marketing Officer

Vital Farms, a Certified B Corporation that offers a range of ethically produced foods nationwide, today announced the appointment of Kathryn McKeon to Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) effective January 27, 2022. McKeon has over 15 years of experience in brand marketing, with a specific focus on building global and emerging consumer food brands. As CMO, McKeon will oversee the Brand, Content, Community Management, Shopper Marketing, Consumer Insights, Communications and Creative Design marketing functions.

McKeon joined Vital Farms in 2016 as one of the first marketing leaders. In her more than five...

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Jan 27 8:41 AM, General News

Kraft Heinz Announces Leadership Team Transitions

The Kraft Heinz Company announced today the appointment of Andre Maciel as Executive Vice President and Global Chief Financial Officer, effective March 2, 2022. Maciel will succeed Paulo Basilio, who will step down on March 1, 2022, as part of a planned transition and will remain with the Company as a strategic advisor through August 2022. Basilio remains a partner at 3G Capital. Additionally, Yang Xu will move to Senior Vice President, Global Head of Corporate Development. These transitions happen at a moment of strength for the Company, as Kraft Heinz enters the next...

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Jan 24 8:14 AM, General News

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