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Cracker Barrel Appoints Sarah Moore as New Chief Marketing Officer

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® is pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah Moore as its Chief Marketing Officer, effective Monday, July 22.

Moore's nearly 20 years of hospitality experience is a perfect match for the strong hospitality focus of Cracker Barrel. Her strategic experience in marketing, brand building, and guest engagement will be strong assets to Cracker Barrel as it evolves, taking what is beloved and differentiated about the brand and building on it.

A longtime fan of Cracker Barrel, she join...


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Jul 19 1:47 PM, Urner Barry

Sugar Foods Names Andrea Brule Chief Executive Officer

Sugar Foods, a leading producer of crunchy toppings, croutons, beverage ingredients, pizza toppings and more beloved products for prominent foodservice, grocery, retail and restaurant brands, announced today that it has named Andrea Brule to the role of President and Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Brule, who has been with Sugar Foods since 2004 and currently serves as President, succeeds Marty Wilson, who is retiring. Mr. Wilson will remain as an advisor to Ms. Brule and the Sugar Foods leadership team.

“I am deeply honored to serve as only the fourth CEO in...

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Jul 19 8:55 AM, Urner Barry

General Mills Names Asheesh Saksena Chief Strategy & Growth Officer

General Mills today announced Asheesh Saksena has been named Chief Strategy & Growth Officer, effective Aug. 26, 2024. He will report to Jeff Harmening, Chairman and CEO, join the Senior Leadership Team, and have global accountability for the company's comprehensive strategic planning process and for building long-term, sustainable plans and capabilities to accelerate growth. Saksena succeeds Dana McNabb, following her prior appointment to Group President, North America Retail.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Asheesh to General Mills,” said Harmening. “Over the course of his career, Asheesh has consistently demonstrated...

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Jul 19 8:36 AM, Urner Barry

United States' Department of Agriculture Shuffles Leadership

Several key staff appointments and promotions have been made by the United States' Department of Agriculture (USDA) on July 17.


Eric Deeble, who was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the office of Congressional Relations, has been promoted to Deputy Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs.

Cindy Long will uphold her position as Deputy Under Secretary for Food and Nutrition Service after serving as Administrator for the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)

After nearly three years as Senior Advisor for Climate in the Office of the... 

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Jul 18 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Gorica Rajcic-Spasojevic Named Headstart Hatching General Manager

Headstart Hatching, a new custom turkey hatchery startup expected to hatch approximately 45 million turkey poults a year, has appointed Dr. Gorica Rajcic-Spasojevic as its general manager.

She brings 35 years of turkey industry expertise to Headstart, having previously held key technical and operational roles with Foster Farms, Jennie-O Turkey Store and Willmar Poultry Company. She is one of the top turkey embryologists in the world.

In her new position, Gorica will oversee operations for Headstart’s state-of-the-art hatchery, the first to include technology from sister company Next Nest Hatching, which provides poults with immediate access to feed, water and light after hatching. She will focus on optimizing poult quality and the potential rewards of introducing early nutrition.

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Jul 17 10:57 AM, Urner Barry

ADM Appoints Monish Patolawala as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

ADM today announced the appointment of Monish Patolawala as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective August 1, 2024, succeeding Ismael Roig, who has been serving as ADM’s Interim CFO since January 2024. Mr. Patolawala brings to ADM more than 25 years of experience overseeing global finance and technology teams across leading industrial and healthcare companies, most recently including 3M. As EVP and CFO of ADM, Mr. Patolawala will be responsible for overseeing Global Finance and Accounting, Global Business Services, Global Technology and Enterprise Strategy...

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Jul 10 12:08 PM, Urner Barry

Keck Joins USPOULTRY as Director, Communications

U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) announces the appointment of Hannah Keck as director, communications. She will be responsible for the planning and coordination of communication activities for USPOULTRY and its family of organizations, including the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE). She will report to Gwen Venable, executive vice president – expo & communication services.

Keck had previous industry experience with Anpario Inc. and Phytobiotics North America LLC. Her experience also includes serving as departmental journalist for the North Carolina State University (NCSU) Prestage Department of Poultry Science, contributing editor of...

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Jul 9 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Eric Martino Joins Hard Rock International as President of Hard Rock Cafe & Retail Division

Hard Rock International announced the appointment of long-time restaurant and hospitality leader Eric Martino as President of the Hard Rock Cafe Division, overseeing operations of the company's nearly 200 popular eateries around the world. Additionally, Martino will oversee Hard Rock's Retail Division on a global scale. He reports to Jim Allen, Chairman of Hard Rock International and CEO of Seminole Gaming.

"We're excited to welcome Eric, whose extensive background in culinary arts, marketing and operations will further elevate the already outstanding Hard Rock dining...

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Jul 3 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

FAT Brands Announces Jordan Chirico as Executive Vice President and Head of Debt Capital Markets

FAT (Fresh. Authentic. Tasty.) Brands Inc. announces the hiring of Jordan Chirico as Executive Vice President and Head of Debt Capital Markets. Mr. Chirico joins FAT Brands with nearly 20 years of Wall Street experience and will be focused on the Company’s balance sheet including its $1.2 billion Whole Business Securitization portfolio, additional acquisition financings, preferred stock, and other debt related strategies.

Mr. Chirico spent the first half of his career in structured finance...

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Jul 2 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Introducing New Leadership & Faces at NTF

Hello from your new President & CEO

Leslee Oden here! Today, I formally assume my role as NTF’s next President and CEO. Many of you know me already, but for those of you that don’t, I look forward to the opportunity of meeting you so that I can better understand how our team can be of service to you. While we face many challenges now and in the future, I feel confident in NTF’s ability to answer the call to action and pursue opportunities to further build our dynamic industry. I am appreciative of all the...

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Jul 1 4:09 PM, Urner Barry

NPB’s Patrick Fleming to Lead Domestic Demand Work

NPB welcomes Patrick Fleming as vice president of demand development. In his new role, Fleming will lead the marketing and domestic demand team on a revolutionary, data-driven approach to make pork more relevant to more Americans. His return to NPB coincides with the culmination of an 18-month effort funded by the Pork Checkoff to develop and deploy new consumer market research and insights across the pork industry.

“The pork industry needs to unapologetically claim the position of taste and flavor for both fresh and further processed product,”...

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Jun 28 9:58 AM, Urner Barry

Target Announces Updates to Leadership Team

Target Corporation today announced it has named Christina Hennington, currently chief growth officer, as chief strategy and growth officer, and Rick Gomez, currently chief food, essentials and beauty officer, as chief commercial officer, overseeing Target's merchandising business, both effective July 7. Lisa Roath, Target's chief marketing officer, will take on the role of chief merchandising officer of food, essentials and beauty in early 2025. The company is initiating an external search for its next chief marketing officer and, until a successor is named, Roath will remain in full capacity as chief marketing...

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Jun 28 9:00 AM, Urner Barry

Domino's® Names Maureen Pittenger as Executive Vice President- Chief Human Resources Officer

Domino's Pizza Inc., the largest pizza company in the world, is pleased to announce the appointment of Maureen Pittenger as executive vice president – chief human resources officer, effective July 8, 2024. Pittenger will report to Domino's CEO Russell Weiner. In her new role, Pittenger will lead all aspects of Domino's human resources strategies and functions.

"We are excited to have Maureen join Domino's as she brings a proven track record of building high-performing teams," said Weiner. "At Domino's, our people are our competitive advantage...

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Jun 24 1:17 PM, Urner Barry

BJ’s Wholesale Club Names Dave Burwick to Board of Directors

BJ’s Wholesale Club Holdings, Inc., a leading operator of membership warehouse clubs, today announced that Dave Burwick has been named to the company’s board of directors, effective immediately. Mr. Burwick will serve as a member of the company’s Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.

“We are pleased to welcome Dave to our board,” said Bob Eddy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Dave brings over 30 years of strategic leadership experience in the beverage industry. He has a strong track record of building brands and leading growth companies...

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Jun 21 9:53 AM, Urner Barry

Mike Brown Retires from NCC; Gary Kushner Named Interim President

After serving for more than 13 years, Mike Brown has retired from his role as President of the National Chicken Council (NCC), NCC Chairman Randy Day announced today.

“We thank Mike for his work in building a strong foundation at NCC and for his years of work to promote the chicken industry in Washington, D.C.,” said Day, who is the retired former CEO of Perdue Farms. “We are now turning our attention to conducting a nationwide search to choose the right person to lead this organization and this...

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Jun 18 8:40 AM, Urner Barry

Shake Shack Names Stephanie Sentell as Chief Operations Officer

Shake Shack Inc. today announced that it has appointed Stephanie Sentell to the role of Chief Operations Officer, effective July 1, 2024. Stephanie is a seasoned restaurant executive and most recently served as Senior Vice President of Company Operations at Inspire Brands, where she oversaw the operations of more than 1,100 company-owned Arby’s restaurants and led 22,000 restaurant team members across the United States.

“I have known Stephanie for more than 10 years and she is one of the most dynamic and compassionate leaders that I have ever worked...

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Jun 17 9:56 AM, Urner Barry

Former Cisco Systems Technology Executive Appointed to Tyson Foods Board of Directors

Tyson Foods, Inc. today announced the appointment of Maria N. Martinez as a new independent director, effective June 10.

Martinez most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Cisco Systems from 2021 until 2024 and previously held the role of Chief Customer Experience Officer. Prior to Cisco Systems, Martinez held executive positions at leading technology companies including Salesforce, Microsoft, Motorola and AT&T’s Bell Labs.

With extensive experience in operations and digital transformation, Martinez currently serves on the board of directors of McKesson, Computer...

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Jun 14 10:26 AM, Urner Barry

CKE Restaurants Appoints First Chief Technology & Growth Officer for Carl's Jr. and Hardee's

CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. (CKE), parent company of Carl's Jr.® and Hardee's®, is announcing the appointment of Justin Falciola as chief technology & growth officer for both brands.

Improving the guest and team experience through technology and digital solutions has been a priority for Carl's Jr. and Hardee's, with a focus on digital platforms and capabilities. In this new role, Justin Falciola will align business goals with information technology, digital strategy and operations, as well as guide the implementation of new technologies and support the digital...

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Jun 13 1:51 PM, Urner Barry

Perdue Farms Announces Perry Aulie as President of Perdue AgriBusiness

Perdue Farms, a fourth-generation, family-owned U.S. food and agricultural company, is pleased to announce the appointment of Perry Aulie as President of Perdue AgriBusiness, effective July 1, 2024. Aulie succeeds Scott Fredericksen, who is retiring from the Maryland-based company.

Aulie, currently the Senior Vice President of Value-Added Products, has been with Perdue AgriBusiness since 2019. Under his leadership, the Value-Added Business has seen sales triple over the past four years, driven by his innovative approach and commitment to addressing the dual challenges of climate...

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Jun 12 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Armanino Foods of Distinction Announces the Addition of Two New Directors to Its Board

Armanino Foods of Distinction, Inc., a leading innovator in the gourmet food industry, is pleased to announce the appointment of Tony Muscato and James Ford, CFA, to its Board of Directors, to fill the vacancies created by the passing of directors Edmond Pera and Patricia Fehling. These appointments reflect the Company's commitment to strengthening its leadership team and enhancing its strategic vision.

Tony Muscato brings over 30 years of experience in the food industry, having held key leadership roles, including President & CEO of...

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Jun 6 9:25 AM, Urner Barry

CME Group Appoints John Ricci as Managing Director and Global Head of Agricultural Products

CME Group, the world's leading derivatives marketplace, today announced the appointment of John Ricci as Managing Director and Global Head of Agricultural Products.

Reporting to Derek Sammann, Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Commodities Markets, Ricci will be responsible for leading the development, execution and management of the exchange's agricultural business globally. He will be based in Chicago.

"We are pleased to welcome John to CME Group," said Derek Sammann, Senior Managing Director and Global Head of...

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Jun 4 10:05 AM, Urner Barry

Post Holdings Announces Executive Leadership Changes at Weetabix and Refrigerated Retail Business

Post Holdings, Inc., a consumer packaged goods holding company, today announced planned executive leadership changes at its Weetabix and Refrigerated Retail businesses. These transitions and internal promotions are part of the company’s ongoing business succession planning.

Sally Abbott, Managing Director, will transition to a strategic advisor role effective Oct. 1, 2024, through her planned retirement on March 31, 2025. Colm O’Dwyer, currently Commercial Director for Weetabix, will succeed Abbott as Managing Director, effective Oct. 1, 2024.

Abbott joined Weetabix in 2008 as Marketing Director...

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Jun 3 8:53 AM, Urner Barry

Smashburger® Welcomes Thomas Prather as Chief Marketing Officer

Smashburger®, a leading fast-casual better burger brand is pleased to announce the appointment of Thomas Prather as Chief Marketing Officer. With over 20 years of experience in the food and beverage industry, Prather is primed to fuel the company's global brand strategies.

"We are delighted to welcome Thomas Prather as Smashburger's CMO and are confident that he will be an invaluable addition to our team," said Denise Nelsen, CEO of Smashburger. "Having previously worked alongside Thomas, I know his consistency, attention to detail, and ability to stay current on...

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Jun 3 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Restaurant Brands International Appoints Patrick Siewert as Senior Advisor in Asia-Pacific Region

Restaurant Brands International Inc. has appointed Patrick Siewert as its Senior Advisor in the Asia-Pacific region. Mr. Siewert has extensive knowledge in food, beverage and consumer products in Asia, having served as Chief Operating Officer and Group President for Coca-Cola in Asia from 2001-2007 and then as Managing Director for the Carlyle Group in Asia from 2007-2023.

In 2017, Mr. Siewert led the Carlyle Group's acquisition of 28% of McDonald's China and Hong Kong business and continued as a senior...

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May 30 9:53 AM, Urner Barry

Hargett Hunter Appoints Scott Taylor CEO of New Full-Service Restaurant Platform

Hargett Hunter announced today that 30-year hospitality industry veteran Scott Taylor has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of its newly created full-service restaurant platform, Cherry Bounce Hospitality. Taylor joins the leading private equity firm after serving in C-level executive positions at Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux, Beef ‘O’Brady’s and the University of Florida.

Taylor will oversee the full-service brands Trudy’s Authentic Tex-Mex, Cajun Steamer Bar & Grill and Live.Eat.Surf Restaurants as he builds out the new platform...

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May 29 12:21 PM, Urner Barry

U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Key Staff Appointments and Promotions

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

Crestina Martinez has been appointed Colorado State Director for Rural Development

Martinez previously served as Director of Strategic Outreach & Advocacy at Xcel Energy where she developed and implemented strategic outreach and advocacy initiatives centered on environmental justice, energy equity, and Tribal relations. Martinez also has experience as Adams County Director of Long-Term Recovery & Major Initiatives where she led the development of strategies for equitable economic and health recoveries from... 

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May 29 12:08 PM, Urner Barry

Cracker Barrel Elects Cheryl Henry to Board of Directors

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® today announced that Cheryl Henry, 50, has been elected to the company's Board of Directors, effective immediately. Ms. Henry is replacing director William Moreton, who will step down from the Board for personal reasons effective May 28, 2024. Despite his departure, Mr. Moreton will continue to serve as an advisor to the Board and to management through the end of calendar 2024.

Ms. Henry is the former President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairwoman of Ruth's Hospitality Group, Inc., a fine-dining restaurant company operating...

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May 28 2:17 PM, Urner Barry

US Foods Announces the Passing of Board Chair Robert Dutkowsky; Appoints David Tehle as Board Chair

US Foods Holding Corp., one of the largest foodservice distributors in the United States, announced today that Board Chair, Robert “Bob” Dutkowsky unexpectedly passed away today in his home in Florida at the age of 69.

“It is with a very heavy heart that I announce Bob’s passing,” said Dave Flitman, Chief Executive Officer. “Bob was a steadfast leader of our Board, trusted mentor to me and thought partner to our esteemed Board members. He provided sound advice and counsel, and contributed...

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May 28 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

The Wendy's Company Names Abigail Pringle President, U.S. and E.J. Wunsch President, International

The Wendy's Company (Nasdaq: WEN) announced the appointment of Abigail Pringle to the newly-created role of President, U.S. and E.J. Wunsch to President, International effective June 17. Ms. Pringle has served as President, International and Chief Development Officer since 2019, and in numerous leadership roles across Development, Operations and Strategic Initiatives since joining the Company in 2002. Mr. Wunsch has served as Chief Legal Officer since joining the Company in 2016. He has been a strategic partner on various international initiatives across Australia...

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May 24 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Meatable Appoints U.S.-Based Meat Industry Veteran Jeff Tripician as New CEO

Meatable, the innovative food tech company on a mission to deliver cultivated meat at scale, today announced the appointment of Jeff (“Trip”) Tripician as CEO, effective June 17. Mr. Tripician succeeds current CEO and co-founder Krijn de Nood, who will continue to serve on the Board of Directors.

Mr. Tripician, an industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience in the organic and natural meat industry in the U.S., will lead Meatable as it prioritizes U.S. market expansion. This expansion will come on the...

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May 22 2:38 PM, Urner Barry

Pizza Hut Announces Kalen Thornton as Global Chief Brand Officer

Today, Pizza Hut announced two new executive marketing appointments.

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

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May 20 10:13 AM, Urner Barry

Thrive Market Hires April Lane as Chief Merchandising Officer

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

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

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May 13 9:51 AM, Urner Barry

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

New Appointment Supports Pizza Hut’s Ambitious Growth Agenda

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

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

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May 6 10:15 AM, Urner Barry

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

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

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May 2 11:44 AM, Urner Barry

Papa Johns Announces Kurt Milburn as Chief Supply Chain Officer

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

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

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May 2 11:32 AM, Urner Barry

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

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

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

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May 1 12:35 PM, Urner Barry

Noelle O'Mara Named Executive Vice President of Conagra Brands

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

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

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

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Apr 30 10:27 AM, Urner Barry

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

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

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

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

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Apr 24 10:18 AM, Urner Barry

NRF Announces Promotion of Chief Lobbyist

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

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

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Apr 11 9:43 AM, Urner Barry

KFC Global to Welcome New CFO

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

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

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

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Apr 11 8:01 AM, Urner Barry

Kim Lewis Appointed CMO of Capriotti's Sandwich Shop

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

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

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Apr 9 2:49 PM, Urner Barry

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

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

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


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Apr 9 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

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

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

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

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Apr 4 10:01 AM, Urner Barry

Matthew R. Ott Named New President and CEO of FPSA

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

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

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Apr 4 8:51 AM, Urner Barry

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

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

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

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Mar 29 8:01 AM, Urner Barry

Leslee Oden Named President and CEO of National Turkey Federation

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

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

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Mar 25 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Shake Shack Names Rob Lynch as Chief Executive Officer

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

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Mar 21 12:42 PM, Urner Barry

Smashburger® Appoints Denise Nelsen as Chief Executive Officer

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

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

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Mar 21 8:04 AM, Urner Barry

Qdoba Announces Appointment of Jeremy Vitaro as Chief Development Officer 

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

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

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Mar 18 1:47 PM, Urner Barry

Randall Foods Announces Completion of Executive Team Buildout

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

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

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Mar 18 1:38 PM, Urner Barry

Jack in the Box Inc. Announces Retirement of SVP, Chief Supply Chain Officer Dean Gordon 

Jack in the Box Inc. announces the retirement of SVP, Chief Supply Chain Officer Dean Gordon after 15 years at the organization.

Gordon joined the Company in February 2009 and has been pivotal in driving its growth and success. He has been Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer since November 2019. During his tenure, Gordon has spearheaded numerous cost savings initiatives and built invaluable relationships with the Company’s franchise owners, suppliers, and vendor partners that propelled Jack in the Box Inc...

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Mar 11 9:52 AM, Urner Barry

National DCP Announces 2024 Board of Directors Officers

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

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

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Mar 8 9:40 AM, Urner Barry

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

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

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

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Mar 7 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

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

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

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

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

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Mar 1 10:29 AM, Urner Barry

Scott Ferguson Steps Down From US Foods Board of Directors, Noting Confidence in Company Leadership 

US Foods Holding Corp. , one of America’s largest foodservice distributors, today announced that Scott Ferguson, Founder and Managing Partner, Sachem Head Capital Management LP has stepped down from the company’s Board of Directors effective Feb. 28, 2024. Ferguson has been a member of the Company’s Board of Directors since March 2022.

“US Foods has made impressive progress over the past few years, and I am confident that the company is positioned for further success under the strategic leadership of CEO Dave Flitman,” said Ferguson...

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Feb 29 10:27 AM, Urner Barry

Standard Meat Company Names Promotions 

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

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

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Feb 29 9:30 AM, Urner Barry

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

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

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


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Feb 28 9:33 AM, Urner Barry

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

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

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

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

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Feb 28 8:20 AM, Urner Barry

The Wendy's Company Names Matt Spessard Chief Information Officer

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

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

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Feb 27 1:47 PM, Urner Barry

Campbell Names Anthony Kyles Chief Customer Officer of Meals & Beverages

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

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Feb 22 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Kraig Westerbeek Named President, Smithfield Hog Production

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

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

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

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Feb 21 8:57 AM, Urner Barry

Ahold Delhaize USA Names Marc Stolzman Chief Sustainability Officer

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

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

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Feb 20 10:39 AM, Urner Barry

Publix Vice President to Retire; New Vice President Announced

After 45 years of dedicated service, Publix Vice President of Customer Experience Bob Bechtel announced his decision to retire March 31.

“Bob has spent his career focusing on customer service,” said Publix CEO Kevin Murphy. “Through his leadership and efforts, he has helped our associates provide a premier shopping environment that has exceeded our customers’ expectations and helped create raving fans at Publix. We thank Bob for his many years of service to Publix and wish him the best in his retirement.”...


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Feb 8 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

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

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

“Shawn has been a tremendous asset...

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Feb 7 3:30 PM, Urner Barry

U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Key Staff Appointments

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

Malcom A. Shorter has been named Assistant Secretary for Administration

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

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Feb 7 2:39 PM, Urner Barry

Kroger Announces CFO Transition

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

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

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Feb 6 10:15 AM, Urner Barry

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

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

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

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Feb 5 1:53 PM, Urner Barry

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

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

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

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

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Feb 5 9:24 AM, Urner Barry

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

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

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

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Feb 1 9:28 AM, Urner Barry

Papa Johns Announces Executive Transition

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

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

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Jan 29 9:09 AM, Urner Barry

Matt Gent Named New Iowa Pork Producers President

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

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

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Jan 29 8:04 AM, Urner Barry

Divert Hires Bob Watkins as Chief Information Office

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

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

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Jan 24 10:00 AM, Urner Barry

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

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

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

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Jan 23 2:32 PM, Urner Barry

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