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SpartanNash Announces Leadership Transition
SpartanNash Company (Nasdaq: SPTN) (“SpartanNash” or the “Company”) today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed the Company’s Chairman, Dennis Eidson, to the additional roles of Interim President and CEO, effective immediately. Mr. Eidson will serve in these additional roles until the next CEO is identified. Mr. Eidson served as CEO from 2008-2017, and previously served as SpartanNash’s President, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Marketing and Merchandising during his 16-year tenure with the Company. The Board also announced that it has accepted the resignation of President and CEO, Dave Staples, who is leaving the Company and the SpartanNash Board.
“The Board remains confident in the Company’s strategic direction and its ability to generate top line growth; however, execution has fallen short of our expectations and we believe that now is the time for...
Papa John’s Appoints Industry Veteran Jim Norberg as SVP and Chief of Restaurant Operations
Papa John's International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) today announced the appointment of Jim Norberg as its Chief Restaurant Operations Officer. Mr. Norberg will oversee the operations of Papa John’s corporate and franchise restaurants in North America.
Norberg, a Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) industry veteran, spent more than 30 years of his career at McDonald’s. His most recent role was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, where he managed operations for 14,000 U.S. restaurants.
During his time at McDonald’s, Norberg’s leadership was instrumental in unifying company...
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...
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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:
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
The full leadership team includes ...
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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