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Starbucks Announces Leadership Promotions 

Starbucks Corporation announced several leadership appointments to advance the company's strategic business goals and position Starbucks on a clear growth path for the future. The company announced the promotions of John Culver as group president, North America and chief operating officer, Michael Conway to group president, International and Channel Development, and Michelle Burns to executive vice president, Global Coffee, Tea and Cocoa. These changes are effective as of June 28, 2021.

“As we plan for the 2022 fiscal year and beyond, Starbucks is fortunate to have a deep, talented and diverse team of senior executives we are able to tap to help lead us forward,” said Kevin Johnson, president and chief executive officer. “These appointments support our Growth at Scale agenda to bring about...

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Jun 18 8:29 AM, General News



Livekindly Collective Appoints Malik Sadiq as Chief Operating Officer

Livekindly Collective, a collection of heritage and scale-up brands on track to become one of the world’s largest plant-based food companies, today announced the appointment of Malik Sadiq as Chief Operating Officer.

He joins Livekindly Collective from Tyson Foods, the world's second largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef and pork, where he held several leadership roles since 2006. His tenure spanned across international operations, corporate strategy and business development and included the Chief Operating Officer role for China and the Chief Executive Officer role for India. Sadiq most recently served as Senior Vice President, Global Sourcing and Business Optimization, driving the growth strategy for the international business. At Livekindly Collective, he will oversee...

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Jun 18 8:28 AM, General News


Inspire Brands Names Kate Jaspon Chief Financial Officer

Inspire Brands announced changes within the Chief Financial Officer role. Kate Jaspon has been named Chief Financial Officer of Inspire following the announced retirement of David Pipes. Jaspon was previously CFO of recently acquired Dunkin’ Brands where she spent more than 15 years in Finance and Treasury roles.

Jaspon will transition into her new role this month and will oversee all accounting and reporting, tax, financial planning and analysis, internal audit, as well as manage Inspire’s relationships with lending institutions, investors, and the financial community.

“Working with Kate while Dunkin’ and Baskin-Robbins were joining the Inspire family, it became clear that she was...

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Jun 17 10:19 AM, General News


Albertsons Companies Names Jennifer Saenz EVP, Chief Merchandising Officer

Albertsons Companies announced that Jennifer Saenz will join the Company as EVP, Chief Merchandising Officer effective July 12th, 2021. Saenz will be responsible for all areas of merchandising within the Company, including Own Brands. Saenz will also be responsible for further strengthening the Company’s relationships with its brand partners. She will join the Company’s senior leadership team and report to Vivek Sankaran, President and Chief Executive Officer.

“We’re excited to welcome Jennifer to the Albertsons team,” said Sankaran. “A commitment to serving our customers with a broad and differentiated assortment of products is a key aspect of our transformation strategy. Jennifer’s extensive global industry experience and proven track record of driving growth through...

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Jun 17 8:25 AM, General News


Starbucks Announces Leadership Promotions

Starbucks Corporation announced several leadership appointments to advance the company’s strategic business goals and position Starbucks on a clear growth path for the future. The company announced the promotions of John Culver as group president, North America and chief operating officer, Michael Conway to group president, International and Channel Development, and Michelle Burns to executive vice president, Global Coffee, Tea and Cocoa. These changes are effective as of June 28, 2021.

“As we plan for the 2022 fiscal year and beyond, Starbucks is fortunate to have a deep, talented and diverse team of senior executives we are able to tap to help lead us forward,” said Kevin Johnson, president and chief executive officer. “These appointments support...

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Jun 16 8:47 AM, General News


Alpha Foods Announces First Chief Marketing Officer Kierstin De West

Alpha Foods (Alpha), a leader in the growing plant-based protein category, announces the hiring of its first Chief Marketing Officer, Kierstin De West. Bringing unmatched experience from her past role as VP of Global Brand Management at lululemon, De West will lead Alpha through upcoming stages of rapid scale and overall expansion. In the past three years, Alpha has burst onto the scene, recording 100 percent year-over-year growth. By the end of 2021, Alpha will be available in over 10,000 retail locations.

"What drew me to Alpha was the company's mission to build a better world, which is the same north star that has guided my career for the past twenty years," said Kierstin De West, Chief Marketing Officer at Alpha. "I've always been clear in my aspiration to align with...

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Jun 16 8:31 AM, General News


CKE Restaurants Adds Global Development Capability, Accelerates Growth Trajectory

CKE Restaurants Holdings, parent company of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, announced the appointment of Matthew Walls as the company’s first Chief Global Development Officer. In this new role, Walls will be responsible for creating a Global Development Center of Excellence to increase the footprint of both brands domestically and internationally.

“Walls, as he is known in our industry, is experienced in delivering progressive business development strategies, innovative designs and solid partnerships with franchisees,” said Chief Executive Officer Ned Lyerly. “His global experience, strategic mindset and track record for...

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Jun 10 10:28 AM, Urner Barry


Shake Shack Appoints Katherine Fogertey as Chief Financial Officer

Shake Shack announced that Katherine Fogertey has been appointed to serve as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer, effective June 14, 2021. Katie joins Shake Shack’s executive leadership team and will be responsible for leading financial operations across the Company, including accounting and control, financial planning and analysis, operations finance, investor relations and external reporting.

Katie brings to Shake Shack more than 15 years of financial and investment experience, including equity and derivatives research, financial modeling and forecasting, and a deep understanding and focus on the restaurant industry.

Randy Garutti, CEO of Shake Shack, stated, "I am excited to welcome Katie to the Shake Shack leadership team as...

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Jun 10 10:25 AM, General News


USDA Announces Key Staff Appointments

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

Sanah Baig was named Chief of Staff for Research, Education, and Economics. Baig most recently served as Chief of Staff at the Good Food Institute, a global non-profit, and also served as program director at the National Association of Counties. During the Obama-Biden Administration, she served for nearly six years in a variety of capacities at USDA including serving as an advisor in the Office of the Secretary, special advisor in Rural Development, and...

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Jun 9 8:21 AM, General News


QDOBA Mexican Eats Appoints Jim Sullivan to Chief Development Officer

QDOBA announced the appointment of Jim Sullivan, a seasoned restaurant industry executive with more than 25 years of experience in real estate, franchise development, and site acquisition management, to chief development officer. In his new role, Sullivan will lead all restaurant development activities, including market planning, site selection, real estate negotiations, franchise sales and more to support the company's aggressive growth plan.

"Jim brings a unique perspective and strong leadership approach, backed by a proven track record of successfully accelerating franchise growth for some of the nation's leading restaurant concepts," said Keith Guilbault, CEO of QDOBA. "His expertise and years of experience in growing brands similar to...

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Jun 8 8:34 AM, General News


Neil Dierks Announces Plans to Retire from NPPC 

After 31 years of distinguished service with the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), including the last 20 as CEO, Neil Dierks has announced his plan to retire from NPPC by the end of the year. The NPPC Board of Directors has initiated a search for a new CEO. Dierks will remain in his role as CEO until the search process is completed and will serve as a strategic counselor during a transition period.

“Over the last 40 years, Neil has made countless, lasting contributions to the U.S. pork industry and established NPPC as a leading national advocacy organization and the global voice of the U.S. pork industry,” said Jen Sorenson, NPPC president and communications director with...

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Jun 8 8:33 AM, General News


Beyond Meat Announces New Executive Leadership Appointments 

Beyond Meat announced the appointments of Phil Hardin as Chief Financial Officer, Deanna Jurgens as Chief Growth Officer and Margaret “Jackie” Trask as Chief People Officer. These seasoned veterans bring extensive experience to the Beyond Meat executive leadership team to support the company's continued growth and innovation-focused culture.

“We are excited to welcome Phil, Deanna and Jackie to the Beyond Meat executive leadership team,” said Ethan Brown, President and Chief Executive Officer, Beyond Meat. “In each case, we conducted extensive searches to identify best-in-class talent and I could not be more pleased with the outcome. Whether Deanna's highly successful customer-focused leadership at PepsiCo, Jackie's impressive track record of building teams and...

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Jun 7 8:27 AM, General News


Aramark Names Debbie Albert Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications

Debbie Albert has been named Aramark’s Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, reporting to John Zillmer, Aramark CEO. In this role, Albert will lead the Corporate Communications function, delivering integrated communications programs to diverse audiences including clients, employees, and media, while supporting the executive team, business units and functional areas with communications counsel.“Debbie’s strategic thinking, work ethic, and understanding of our business will be a tremendous asset to the company, especially as we emerge from the pandemic and focus on growth,” said Zillmer. “As a former leader at Aramark, Debbie is well-known across the company and now brings...

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Jun 4 8:25 AM, General News


Tyson Foods Announces Donnie King to Succeed Dean Banks as President and CEO

Tyson Foods announced that Chief Operating Officer Donnie King has been named President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Current President and CEO Dean Banks is leaving the company and board for personal reasons.

“The board and I know that Donnie has a deep understanding of our business, values and culture and the solid leadership skills needed to continue to implement our strategy and deliver strong results,” said John H. Tyson, chairman of the board. “We want to express our appreciation to Dean for his contributions as...

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Jun 2 8:43 AM, General News


SpartanNash Appoints Douglas Hacker as Chairman

SpartanNash Company announced the appointment of Douglas Hacker as Chairman on its Board of Directors. The announcement follows SpartanNash’s appointments of three new executive officers, six vice presidents and 11 directors in 2021, as well as the addition of Tony Sarsam as President and CEO in September 2020.

“This is an exciting, transformational phase for SpartanNash as the Company has recently welcomed several new leaders and launched key initiatives for growth and operational excellence,” said Hacker. “I am privileged to continue...

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Jun 2 8:22 AM, General News


Bojangles Expands Executive Team with Two Tenured Development Leaders

Bojangles announced today that Byron Chandler, an experienced QSR industry real estate executive, has been named chief development officer for the restaurant chain best known for its chicken, biscuits and Legendary Iced Tea®. In this new role, he will be responsible for leading Bojangles’ real estate, construction and design teams and implementing the company’s strategic plans to build its real estate portfolio for future growth. Chandler will begin on June 7.

“With recent strategic growth announcements, it’s clear that demand for the Bojangles brand is growing,” said Jose Armario, CEO of Bojangles. “Byron’s proven track record of leadership in restaurant development will...

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May 26 8:25 AM, General News


Church's Chicken Announces Promotion Of Russ Sumrall To SVP, International Strategic Development

Church's Chicken®, the global quick-service restaurant chain and its international sister brands Texas Chicken™ and Church's Texas Chicken™, recently announced the promotion of QSR industry expert Russ Sumrall to SVP, International Strategic Development. The promotion is part of Church's aggressive development plans to double their presence across APAC, EMEA, and the Americas, with strengthened operations and an exciting new image.

In his previous role as VP, International Development & Franchisee Profitability, Russ Sumrall negotiated deals to launch Texas Chicken into seven countries in East Africa, Cambodia, and Qatar. In addition, he executed numerous new development agreements in Canada, growing Church's Texas Chicken restaurants across many...

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May 25 8:32 AM, General News


Jack in the Box Names New Vice President of Investor Relations

Jack in the Box Inc. continues the strategic transformation of its leadership team with the addition of 14-year franchise restaurant industry veteran Chris Brandon, IRC, as vice president of investor relations, effective June 7, 2021.

Brandon joins Jack in the Box from Domino’s Pizza, where he served in a variety of communication roles over the past 14 years, including most recently as director of investor relations. His past roles at Domino’s included responsibility for legislative affairs as well as media and public relations and franchisee events. Previously, Brandon held various sales and marketing positions with NASCAR between 2003 and 2007.

“Chris has proven his ability to build trusting relationships with key members of the investment community and brings deep knowledge of the franchise restaurant industry, with...

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May 24 8:22 AM, General News


Domino's Announces CFO Transition Plan

Domino's Pizza announced that Stuart A. Levy will be leaving the Company to pursue other opportunities. While he is stepping down from his role as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer effective immediately, Mr. Levy will continue with the Company in an advisory capacity until August 31, 2021 to ensure a smooth transition.

The Company has commenced a search for the next CFO with the assistance of Heidrick & Struggles. Effective immediately, Ritch Allison, Domino's Chief Executive Officer, will assume oversight of a newly established Office of the CFO comprised of Ryan Goers, Vice President, Finance, Global Financial Planning and Analysis; Juan Jose Joachin, Vice President, Finance Operations; and Jessica L. Parrish Vice President, Corporate Controller and Treasurer until...

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May 21 8:37 AM, General News


Jack in the Box Names New Chief Operating Officer

Jack in the Box continues the strategic transformation of its leadership team with the addition of new Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Tony Darden, who brings more than 25 years’ experience in multi-unit, quick-service restaurant operations.

Darden joins Jack in the Box from MOOYAH Burgers Fries and Shake, where he served as president for the past two years. He has also held chief operating officer titles at Taco Bueno and Sun Holdings, the fourth largest franchisee in the U.S. with a portfolio of more than 1,000 restaurants for brands including...

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May 19 8:27 AM, General News


Bojangles Hires Seasoned Supply Chain Leader Katie Radtke

Bojangles, known for its iconic Southern food in more than 760 restaurants throughout the Southeast, announced it has named Katie Radtke as vice president of supply chain. An accomplished supply chain leader with global credentials, Radtke will oversee food and packaging, distribution, logistics and quality assurance in her new role.

“Katie is a transformational supply chain leader, and her extensive experience in developing strategies to optimize the supply chain for nationally recognized restaurant franchise brands will be critical as...

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May 19 8:27 AM, General News


Dine Brands Global Announces Executive Appointments

Dine Brands Global, the parent company of Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar® and IHOP® restaurants, announced that Vance Chang has been named Chief Financial Officer, effective June 14, 2021.

Most recently, Vance served as CFO for Exer Urgent Care. Before that, he was CFO at YOGAWORKS. He has also held positions at Pressed Juicery, Moelis & Company, Oracle and Deloitte & Touche. Vance received a degree in accounting from the University of Washington and an MBA from...

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May 14 8:32 AM, General News


Performance Food Group Company Announces Addition of Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion

Performance Food Group Company announced that Claudia Mills, formerly with Richmond-based Altria Group, Inc., will start as its Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion, effective May 17. She will fill a vital role on PFG’s senior Human Resources leadership team.

“We are excited to bring Claudia’s significant experience and expertise to PFG,” said Chairman, President & CEO George Holm. “PFG has grown over the years by bringing together companies and cultures that share many similarities, but what truly makes us successful is our focus on taking advantage of the different strengths of...

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May 13 8:32 AM, General News


SpartanNash Welcomes Rona Caswell as VP, Internal Audit

SpartanNash announced Rona Caswell has joined the Company as Vice President, Internal Audit. Caswell will drive the success of the annual internal audit plan, oversee compliance with Company financial standards and lead enterprise risk-management plans. She will report jointly to Chief Financial Officer Jason Monaco and the SpartanNash Board of Directors Audit Committee.

“Rona is an experienced finance and audit executive who excels in cross-functional collaboration and building high-performing teams,” President and CEO Tony Sarsam said. “We are excited to welcome her to the family and tap into her experience with...

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May 4 8:25 AM, General News


Subway Appoints Donagh Herlihy to Global Chief Digital and Information Officer

Subway restaurants announced that Donagh Herlihy has joined the company as its new Global Chief Digital and Information Officer. In this role, Herlihy is responsible for overseeing the company's global technology teams and initiatives to deliver modern, timely and effective platforms for Subway franchisees and guests.

Herlihy has more than 20 years of experience leading global digital and e-commerce teams in the food, retail and restaurant industries, previously holding executive positions at major brands, including Bloomin' Brands, Avon Products and the Wrigley Company. His expertise includes...

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May 4 8:24 AM, General News


Ron Phillips Joins Sysco as Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer

Sysco Corporation announced that Ron Phillips will join the company as executive vice president and chief human resources officer, effective May 3, 2021.

“I am very pleased to welcome Ron to Sysco. He is a proven HR executive with more than 25 years of experience and a track record of leading high-performing teams and consistently delivering results and transformative change through people-first strategies,” said Kevin Hourican, Sysco’s president and chief executive officer. “His demonstrated expertise across a broad range of strategic functions, including people strategy development, diversity and...

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May 3 8:21 AM, General News


Albertsons Companies Names Danielle Crop as Chief Data Officer

Albertsons Companies announced that Danielle Crop has joined the company as Senior Vice President and Chief Data Officer. Crop was most recently Chief Data Officer at American Express.

This new role brings an exciting step change and acceleration in the journey to leverage data strategically for the enterprise. Crop will be responsible for building and executing a world-class central data strategy that delivers benefits for the customer regardless of whether they shop in store or on...

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Apr 26 8:29 AM, General News


BJ’s Wholesale Club Announces Executive Appointments 

BJ’s Wholesale Club Holdings, Inc. announced that the Company’s Board of Directors has appointed Bob Eddy as President and Chief Executive Officer. He will assume day-to-day leadership of the Company and will also join BJ’s Board of Directors. Laura Felice, currently Senior Vice President, Controller, has been appointed Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and replaces Eddy in this role.

The Company also announced additional appointments to further strengthen its management team and accelerate its growth. Paul Cichocki, currently Executive Vice President, Membership, Analytics and Business Transformation, has been named Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer, and will...

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Apr 21 8:35 AM, General News


SpartanNash Announces Chief Strategy Officer

SpartanNash announced that Masiar Tayebi will join the company as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, effective April 19, 2021. Mr. Tayebi has more than 20 years of experience connecting strategy, technology and innovation to drive growth and transformational change. Prior to joining SpartanNash, Mr. Tayebi was Global Head of Corporate Strategy and Business Development at Whirlpool Corporation, as well as Chief Operating Officer of its most recent acquisition, Yummly, a leading digital food platform offering online grocery delivery to millions of users. Before joining Whirlpool Corporation, Mr. Tayebi spent 15 years in financial services and management consulting.

As EVP and Chief Strategy Officer, Mr. Tayebi will be responsible for the development and execution of corporate strategy initiatives to drive growth and improve business performance. He will work closely with senior leaders to identify, analyze and resolve...

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Apr 21 8:34 AM, General News


JBS USA Names Kevin Arquit Chief Legal Officer

JBS USA, leading global food company, announced that one of the country’s top attorneys Kevin Arquit will be joining the company as chief legal officer. In his new role as part of the executive leadership team, Arquit will be responsible for leading all legal, ethics and compliance efforts for the company in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Europe and the UK.

He will report to JBS USA CEO Andre Nogueira. This is a newly created position for the company, focused on the global business. Kim Pryor remains general counsel for JBS in the United States.

“We are pleased that Kevin is joining JBS and bringing his expertise to this important role for our company,” said Nogueira. “During Kevin’s impressive career, he has made a significant impact on...

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Apr 21 8:33 AM, General News


American Egg Board Names Mike Hostetler Director of Consumer Insights

The American Egg Board (AEB) today named Mike Hostetler to the newly created role of director of consumer insights. Reporting to VP Insights & Innovation Nate Hedtke, Hostetler will lead development of the AEB’s planned insights hub — a new integrated consumer, customer and egg industry research and intelligence center to support marketing, innovation and strategic initiatives at the industry level and increase demand for eggs and egg products.

An accomplished research, analytics and insights expert, Hostetler brings more than 15 years of food industry expertise and experience leading insight generation to identify innovation opportunities and...

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Apr 20 9:27 AM, General News


SpartanNash Announces New Supply Chain Officer

SpartanNash announced that David Petko has joined the company as Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer, effective April 12, 2021. Mr. Petko has 25 years of supply chain and distribution logistics experience in roles of increasing leadership responsibility, including serving as Senior Vice President of Supply Chain for C&S Wholesale Grocers from 2019 to 2021.

As SVP and Chief Supply Chain Officer, Mr. Petko will have full responsibility of all aspects of SpartanNash’s supply chain management, including warehousing, forecasting, planning, sourcing, procurement, inventory control, transportation, logistics, engineering, budgets and business plans. He will work with the SpartanNash executive leadership team in...

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Apr 14 8:23 AM, General News


Impossible Foods Hires Steve Turner In the All-new Role of Chief Experience Officer

Impossible Foods announced today the hiring of former Apple creative leader Steve Turner as Chief Experience Officer.

In this newly created role, Turner will be in charge of building brand awareness and accelerating the global consumer movement to a sustainable food system. He’s a key member of the company’s senior executive team and reports directly to CEO and Founder Dr. Pat Brown.

In 2017, Steve founded Sublime, a strategic creative consulting firm that advises CEOs, CMOs and other executives. Before that, he spent 11 years at Apple, where he rose to global Executive Creative Director for Apple’s Media Arts Lab. He worked with...

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Apr 12 9:39 AM, General News


USDA Announces Oscar Gonzales as Assistant Secretary for Administration

Oscar Gonzales was appointed by President Biden to serve as Assistant Secretary for Administration at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Previously, Gonzales served in the Obama Administration in several senior positions with USDA, including as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration as well as Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Senior Advisor on Immigration Reform to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. He also served as the California State Executive Director for USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), where he oversaw FSA programs across 58 counties in the nation's largest agricultural producing state. His government background includes working for top California leaders, including...

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Mar 31 9:50 AM, General News


Hormel Foods Appoints Jacinth Smiley Group Vice President of Corporate Strategy

Hormel Foods Corporation, a global branded food company, announced the appointment of Jacinth Smiley as group vice president of corporate strategy. Smiley will report to Jim Snee, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of Hormel Foods.

In this role, Smiley will be responsible for leading the development and execution of the company's growth and investment strategies, enabling its acceleration as a global branded food company. Smiley replaces Jim Splinter, former group vice president of corporate strategy, who retired last year.

"Jacinth is an accomplished business executive with senior global leadership experience at top Fortune 500 companies," Snee said. "She has an exceptional finance background with...

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Mar 23 10:04 AM, General News


Lynn Clark named SVP and Chief HR Officer for Perdue Farms

Perdue Farms, a fourth-generation, family owned U.S. food and agricultural products company, announced that Lynn Clark has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, reporting to Randy Day, CEO of Perdue Farms.

Clark will be responsible for all aspects of Perdue Farms human resources strategy that will engage and develop talent, shape culture and focus on associate well-being through active talent management, organization development, inclusion and diversity and total rewards, including Perdue HealthWorks®.

Clark has more than 30 years of experience in a variety of industries and geographies with human resources leadership across pharmaceutical, medical device and diversified industrials. Mostly recently, Lynn was...

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Mar 22 2:16 PM, General News


Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Nomination of Janie Simms Hipp to Serve as USDA General Counsel

“I am grateful to President Biden for nominating Janie Simms Hipp, a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, to serve as General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. I have the utmost confidence and respect for Janie. I know that she will faithfully carry out her duties to enforce the laws and regulations of the USDA, safeguard producers, protect socially disadvantaged communities, make good on USDA’s responsibility to provide nutrition assistance to children and families, and ensure the interests of the American public are served by USDA’s programs and services. She has a decades-long career dedicated to...

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Mar 17 8:22 AM, General News


Kraft Heinz Announces Nominations of Lori Dickerson Fouché and Miguel Patricio as New Board Members

The Kraft Heinz Company announced that the Board of Directors has nominated Lori Dickerson Fouché and Kraft Heinz CEO Miguel Patricio to be elected as directors at the upcoming Kraft Heinz 2021 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. The Company also announced that George Zoghbi will not seek re-election at the 2021 Annual Meeting. Ms. Fouché has been nominated to fill Mr. Zoghbi’s vacancy and Mr. Patricio has been nominated to fill Jorge Paulo Lemann’s vacancy.

“The Board is delighted to nominate Lori Dickerson Fouché, the former Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Financial Solutions at Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America,” said Alex Behring, Chairman of the Board of Directors. “Her well-regarded leadership at this...

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Mar 16 8:24 AM, General News


Ruby Tuesday Announces the Appointment of Two New Managers to Board

Ruby Tuesday announced the appointment of Mitch Lowe and Adam Brotman to its board of managers. Lowe and Brotman will join fellow Ruby Tuesday board members Ryan Carroll, Richard Miller and Shawn Lederman, the chief executive officer of Ruby Tuesday.

“We are pleased to welcome both Mitch and Adam to the Ruby Tuesday board,” said Shawn Lederman, the chief executive officer of Ruby Tuesday. “Both Mitch and Adam have deep experience at the intersection between restaurant operations, digital marketing and data analytics. We believe they will both be invaluable as we look to...

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Mar 15 9:38 AM, General News


Domino's Names Frank Garrido EVP - U.S. Operations

Domino's Pizza announced the promotion of Frank Garrido to executive vice president – U.S. operations and support, effective March 15, 2021.

Garrido replaces Tom Curtis, who is leaving to pursue another opportunity. Garrido will report to Russell Weiner, Domino's chief operating officer and president – Domino's U.S.

"We wish Tom the best of luck in his new role, as he served Domino's well for many years," said Weiner. "Moving forward, we are thrilled to have Frank join...

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Mar 15 9:33 AM, General News


SpartanNash Announces Finance Team Transitions

SpartanNash announced that the Company has appointed Jason Monaco as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective March 22, 2021. Mr. Monaco will assume the CFO position from Mark Shamber who will remain with the Company through the end of April to assist with a transition. As CFO, Mr. Monaco will direct finance, mergers and acquisitions, treasury, internal audit, real estate, and risk management. He will report to SpartanNash’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Tony Sarsam.

“We look forward to having Jason join our team,” notes Mr. Sarsam. “Jason has a proven track record of partnering with cross functional teams and digging deeply into the business to build systems, processes, and teams to develop and drive...

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Mar 15 8:17 AM, General News


Burger King Appoints New Chief Operating Officer

Burger King announced industry veteran Tom Curtis will be appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Burger King Americas, joining the leadership team to oversee field operations, restaurant development and restaurant operations.

Mr. Curtis joins Burger King from industry giant Domino's where he built an impressive 35-year career and most recently served as Executive Vice President, U.S. Operations and Support, overseeing both franchise and company-owned operations. Prior to that role he led U.S. company operations as Executive Vice President of Corporate Operations. Curtis will report to Christopher Finazzo, President of Burger King, Americas.

"We are excited to add another seasoned expert to our leadership team and for our entire system to benefit from his impressive experience and operational expertise," said Chris Finazzo. "Tom will be an important leader and asset in...

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Mar 15 8:16 AM, General News


Cargill Announces Leadership Roles to Accelerate Strategic Growth

Two new members are joining Cargill’s executive team as the company makes leadership changes to implement strategic growth initiatives.

“These leaders are committed to our customer-driven growth strategy and have deep experience in, and a passion for, innovation, disruption and building safe, responsible and sustainable solutions in food and agriculture,” said Dave MacLennan, Cargill chairman and CEO. “As we accelerate our growth strategy into specialties and value-add spaces, I’m confident this is the team to lead Cargill forward.”

Jon Nash is joining the company’s executive team as the leader of the global protein and salt enterprise. He succeeds Brian Sikes, who was recently named...

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Mar 15 8:15 AM, General News


Wendy's Names Dr. Beverly Stallings-Johnson Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

The Wendy's Company announced the appointment of Dr. Beverly Stallings-Johnson to the newly created position of Vice President, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer effective March 15, 2021. Beverly will lead the Company's efforts to advance and promote diversity, equity and inclusion across the Wendy's global system, including with employees, franchisees and suppliers.

Prior to joining Wendy's, Beverly served as Chief Diversity Officer for the City of Columbus, leading the City's Office of Diversity and Inclusion. In partnership with Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther, she helped to advance the Equity Agenda to impact disparities across the nearly million residents of the City. She has been a resident of central Ohio for 15 years and brings to Wendy's a deep connection to...

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Mar 9 8:18 AM, General News


SpartanNash Announces Greg Molloy to Fill VP, Environmental Health and Safety Role

SpartanNash announced that Greg Molloy has been named Vice President, Environmental Health and Safety, effective March 1. He will be responsible for developing and leading strategic initiatives in the areas of Health, Safety and Environmental sustainability to ensure companywide compliance with all safety and environmental laws and regulations.

Mr. Molloy will report to Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Yvonne Trupiano.

“One of SpartanNash’s key initiatives in 2021 is improving our associate experience through initiatives related to safety and retention. Mr. Molloy’s leadership will be paramount to achieving these goals,” President and Chief Executive Officer Tony Sarsam said. “As we continue to...

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Mar 5 8:22 AM, General News


SpartanNash Announces VP, Fresh Merchandising

SpartanNash announced that the Company has promoted Amy McClellan to Vice President, Fresh Merchandising, effective March 8. Ms. McClellan has served as SVP, Retail Operations and Merchandising for Martin’s Super Markets and as Division Vice President, Retail for SpartanNash since the company acquired Martin’s in January of 2019. She recently celebrated her 20-year service anniversary with Martin’s, beginning as a part-time cashier while in high school and advancing to increasing roles of responsibility including Communications Specialist, Market Research Supervisor, Loyalty and Marketing Programs Manager, Director of Marketing and Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

As Vice President, Fresh Merchandising, Ms. McClellan will play a key role in developing the long-term vision of Fresh product categories to ensure success for SpartanNash’s more than...

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Mar 3 8:27 AM, General News


Kroger Announces Retirement of EVP and COO Mike Donnelly

The Kroger Co. announced the retirement of Mike Donnelly, executive vice president and COO, after more than 42 years of distinguished service, effective later this spring. A succession plan will be announced at a later date.

"With his relentless focus on the customer, Mike has led the organization to prioritize what is most important to their experience – full shelves, fresh foods and friendly associates," said Rodney McMullen, Kroger's chairman and CEO. "He energizes our teams to deliver results and the best experience for every customer, every time. Importantly, Mike has mentored and developed...

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Mar 2 8:48 AM, General News


Brian Sikes Named Cargill’s Chief Operating Officer 

Brian Sikes has been named chief operating officer (COO) of Cargill. In this role, he will also serve as a management director on the Cargill Board of Directors.

Sikes joined Cargill’s executive team in 2019, leading the company’s global protein and salt enterprise. Prior to that, he spent four years leading the protein business in North America, based in Wichita, Kan. Sikes joined Cargill in 1991, and has held leadership positions in the protein business in the U.S., Canada and Europe. He also led the company’s...

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Feb 25 8:29 AM, General News


North American Meat Institute Welcomes Confirmation of U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack

Julie Anna Potts, President and CEO of the North American Meat Institute (Meat Institute), congratulated U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on his confirmation and issued the following statement:

“Due to comprehensive protections instituted since the spring, independent data show that COVID-19 infection rates for meat and poultry workers are now more than four times lower than in the general population and 95% lower than when the pandemic hit the sector hardest in April, 2020. We welcome...

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Feb 25 8:28 AM, General News


IHOP Appoints Kieran Donahue as Chief Marketing Officer

IHOP announced the newest member of its executive team, naming Kieran Donahue to the position of Chief Marketing Officer. In this role, Donahue will be responsible for driving IHOP’s marketing and culinary strategies, including oversight of advertising, digital innovation, communications, menu development and overall brand experience. Beginning February 22, Donahue will report directly to IHOP President Jay Johns.

“Kieran is an innovator and a transformational Fortune 500 executive who has a long track record of demonstrated performance across a diverse set of global brands,” said Johns. “Given her impressive professional history surpassing business goals, building trusted relationships and...

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Feb 24 8:23 AM, General News


USDA Announces Key Staff Appointments

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

Maribel Duran was named Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations in the Office of the Secretary. Duran recently served as Managing Director for Equity and Inclusion for the Aspen Institute, as well as Chief of Staff for its Leadership Division. From 2018-2019, she was co-chair of the Institute’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council. Previously, Duran served eight years in the Obama Administration, first as Special Assistant to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, then as Chief of Staff for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, and ultimately as...

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Feb 23 10:06 AM, General News


Tyson Foods Accelerates Change to Operate at the Speed of the Market

Tyson Foods announced that the company is making organizational changes designed to improve operational agility, customer experience and speed of innovation to market, ensuring that all businesses are well-positioned to adapt to a dynamic environment.

“Consumer preferences are changing and evolving at a rapid pace,” said Dean Banks, president and chief executive officer of Tyson Foods. “We must accelerate our pace of change to not only meet but exceed our customers’ expectations while delivering...

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Feb 23 10:03 AM, General News


Hormel Foods Announces Executive Appointments

Hormel Foods Corporation, a global branded food company, announced the appointments of Jeff Frank to vice president of Grocery Products, leading the strategic integration of the Planters and Corn Nuts brands into Hormel Foods. The Planters and Corn Nuts acquisition was announced on February 11, and is expected to be completed by the summer. Frank currently serves as vice president of marketing for the Foodservice business within Hormel Foods. Additionally, Annemarie Vaupel, currently director of marketing for the Foodservice division, will advance to vice president of marketing for the Foodservice division.

"The Planters acquisition is the largest in the company's history and one that is going to require dedicated leadership and significant focus," said Jim Snee, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer. "Jeff has broad experience within Hormel Foods and...

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Feb 23 8:27 AM, General News


Subway Announces Steve Rafferty as Senior Vice President of Development

Subway restaurants have announced Steve Rafferty as Senior Vice President of Development for North America.

In this role, Rafferty is responsible for leading the strategic direction for business development, supporting the network of Subway developers and leading growth initiatives for new and existing franchisees.

"Steve has the deep experience to successfully lead teams to achieve new franchise recruitment, unit growth, and new market entry goals. His wealth of knowledge, along with...

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Feb 23 8:27 AM, General News


Energy Technology Executive Elected to Tyson Foods Board of Directors

Maria Claudia Borras has been elected to the board of directors of Tyson Foods, the company announced.

Borras is executive vice president of Oilfield Services at BAKER HUGHES, an international energy technology company, where she leads the company’s largest business segment with more than 26,000 employees and operations in 120 countries. She has served in other executive and management roles at Baker Hughes and was also previously...

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Feb 15 8:28 AM, General News


Kansas Cattleman and Veteran Jerry Bohn Becomes New NCBA President

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) concluded its virtual Winter Business Meeting with the election of Jerry Bohn, a cattle producer from Wichita, Kan., as NCBA president.

Bohn, a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, has been a part of the cattle industry his entire life. Bohn has had an expansive career in the cattle industry since his early days of custom grazing cattle with his family in Flint Hills, to his time on Kansas State University’s award-winning...

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Feb 8 7:36 AM, General News


Dakota Provisions Appoints New President & CEO

Dakota Provisions announced the promotion of Jordan Woodbury to President and CEO. Woodbury will be replacing Ken Rutledge who is retiring after 47 years in the industry. Jordan has over 24 years of experience in the meat and poultry industry and has been employed with Dakota Provisions since 2005. He has firsthand experience working in the operational, food safety, quality, research and development, sales, and marketing areas of the company.

Jordan will oversee all aspects of Dakota Provisions LLC which includes two processing facilities, one cold storage, two warehouses, lab and two employee markets in South Dakota...

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Feb 5 8:35 AM, General News


U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Key Staff Appointments

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

Anne Knapke was named Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations. Most recently, Knapke was a Senior Program Officer focusing on nutrition at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to working at the Gates Foundation, Knapke served as Legislative Director for Senator Amy Klobuchar. Knapke holds a bachelor’s degree from the Ohio State University and master’s degrees in public policy and social service administration from the University of Chicago...

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Feb 5 8:33 AM, General News


Tracy Skeans Promoted to Chief Operating Officer at Yum! Brands

Yum! Brands, Inc. announced the promotion of Tracy Skeans to Chief Operating Officer. Skeans, who has been with the Company for 20 years, has served as Chief Transformation and People Officer since 2016. Skeans’ promotion to COO formalizes the expanded role she is already playing to drive cross-brand collaboration on operational execution, people capability and customer experience imperatives that will fuel same-store sales and net-new unit growth. Skeans will retain her current responsibilities as Chief People Officer and continue reporting to Yum! Brands Chief Executive Officer David Gibbs.

“Tracy and I share a people-first vision and passion for elevating the customer and employee experience, which makes her the perfect choice for Chief Operating Officer in our next phase of growth,” said Gibbs. “Tracy has been an invaluable strategic partner to me and our global leadership team as we have...

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Feb 3 8:30 AM, Urner Barry


Hormel Foods Announces the Retirement of Glenn Leitch, Executive Vice President, Supply Chain

Hormel Foods Corporation announced that Glenn Leitch, executive vice president of supply chain, will retire during the second calendar quarter of 2021. Mark Coffey, currently senior vice president of supply chain and manufacturing for Hormel Foods, will advance to group vice president of supply chain and will lead the company's global supply chain. Additionally, Jen Ehresmann was named to vice president of supply chain. The company's supply chain includes more than 30 production facilities and co-packing partners, producing thousands of products sold worldwide.

"Glenn's expertise has been invaluable as we have optimized our global supply chain to be more strategic, cost-effective and agile to meet the needs of today's changing marketplace," said Jim Snee, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of Hormel Foods. "During this last year, facing an...

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Feb 2 9:56 AM, General News


Ryan Ostrom to Join Jack in the Box as New Chief Marketing Officer

Jack in the Box Inc. announced that Ryan Ostrom will join the company as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, effective February 1, 2021. Ostrom joins the company with over 15 years of marketing and branding experience, with a passion for driving innovation through creative consumer strategies. Most recently, Ostrom served as Chief Brand Officer for General Nutrition Centers (GNC), where he helped lead the transformation of GNC from a traditional retailer to a global digital brand by modernizing their marketing, eCommerce, innovation, and product development.

Previously, Ostrom served roles at Yum! Brands, Kenmore, Craftsman & DieHard at Sears Holding Corporation, and Reebok. During his time at Yum! Brands, Ostrom helped...

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Feb 2 8:27 AM, Urner Barry


UNFI Names Dorn Wenninger Senior Vice President of Produce

United Natural Foods, Inc. announced that Dorn Wenninger has been named its Senior Vice President of Produce effective today. In this role, Wenninger will oversee the growth as well as enhance and execute the strategy and expansion of UNFI’s capabilities in produce. Wenninger will report to Paul Green, UNFI's President of Fresh.

"For UNFI and our retail customers, the produce department represents one of the most significant growth opportunity areas in the store,” said Green. “Dorn is an experienced, highly respected, and well-connected leader who will not only...

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Feb 2 8:27 AM, General News


Butterball Appoints Two to Operational Leadership Positions

Butterball announced the promotion of two longtime members of its operations team—Neal Walsh has been appointed chief operating officer (COO) and Bill Folk has been appointed to vice president of operations. Both appointments took effect at the end of 2020.

As COO, Walsh works collaboratively to drive results and have direct responsibility for company operations across Butterball’s six turkey processing facilities and all operational support functions. He focuses on executing Butterball’s strategic company priorities and long-range operations plan and is an...

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Feb 1 9:38 AM, General News


U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Key Staff Appointments

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

Rebecca Piazza was named Senior Advisor for Delivery in the Office of the Under Secretary for the Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Program Delivery at Nava Public Benefit Corporation. Previously, Piazza was the Acting Executive Director of 18F, a digital services agency within...

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Jan 28 10:10 AM, UB Newswires


Dr. Jewel Bronaugh Nominated for USDA Deputy Secretary

President Biden has nominated Dr. Jewel Bronaugh, USDA deputy secretary of agriculture. Currently, she serves as the Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Agriculture. If confirmed, Bronaugh would be the highest-ranking African American woman to ever serve in USDA.

She previously was the Executive Director of the Center of Agriculture Research, Engagement and Outreach (CAREO) at Virginia State University (VSU), where she helped expand the impact of...

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Jan 25 8:24 AM, General News


U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Key Staff Appointments

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

Katharine Ferguson was named Chief of Staff in the Office of the Secretary: Most recently, Ferguson served as Associate Director of the Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group. Before joining the Aspen Institute, Ferguson served in the Obama Administration as Chief of Staff for the White House Domestic Policy Council and as Chief of Staff for Rural Development at USDA. Ferguson also worked on the Senate Agriculture Committee and...

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Jan 21 9:55 AM, General News


Michael T. Lockard to Become Weis Markets' Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Weis Markets announced Michael T. Lockard, a long-time financial retail executive, will become the Company's Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Treasurer. He will succeed Scott Frost, who is retiring.

To ensure a smooth transition, Mr. Frost will continue to serve as Chief Financial Officer until March 12, at which time Mr. Lockard will assume the role. As Weis Markets' Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Lockard will oversee the day-to-day management of the company's accounting, auditing and financial functions. He will report to Jonathan Weis, Weis Markets Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Lockard has more than 25 years of senior-level executive experience in retail, supermarket and... 

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Jan 21 8:28 AM, General News


American Egg Board Names Mike Koenigs Chief of Operations and Outreach

As part of its new Strategic Vision & Five-Year Plan, the American Egg Board (AEB) announced it has named Mike Koenigs to the newly created position of chief outreach and operations officer, effective immediately.

Reporting directly to AEB President & CEO Emily Metz, Koenigs will oversee and be responsible for driving new efficiencies in the AEB’s finance and human resources functions, while unifying organizational engagement and outreach to egg producers, the food chain, allied industry, government and...

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Jan 18 8:27 AM, General News


Grubhub Taps Devry Boughner Vorwerk as Chief Corporate Affairs Officer

Grubhub Inc., a leading online and mobile food-ordering and delivery marketplace, announced that Devry Boughner Vorwerk will be joining the company as chief corporate affairs officer, effective Jan. 19. Vorwerk will oversee brand, communications, government relations, public policy and sustainability for the company.

In the newly created role, she is responsible for developing a cohesive brand voice and fostering relationships across the industry to help drive growth and promote Grubhub's continued commitment to supporting restaurants, drivers and diners. Vorwerk will lead the company's communications and...

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Jan 14 10:02 AM, General News


Instacart Announces Finance Industry Veteran Nick Giovanni is Joining the Company as CFO

Instacart, the leading online grocery platform in North America, announced it has appointed Nick Giovanni as Chief Financial Officer, effective January 27, 2021. Giovanni will oversee finance, accounting and corporate development for the Company, and will report directly to Founder and Chief Executive Officer Apoorva Mehta. Giovanni will succeed current CFO Sagar Sanghvi and the two will be partnering together to ensure a seamless transition.

"We want to thank Sagar for all of his contributions to Instacart over the last five years. During his time at the company, Sagar helped us navigate some of our biggest business milestones while...

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Jan 11 9:56 AM, General News


Smithfield Foods' President and CEO Dennis Organ Appoints New Executive Leadership Team

Smithfield Foods announced new executive leadership appointments following Dennis Organ's recent assumption of the president and chief executive officer role.

"These key leaders represent decades of collective company and industry expertise. It is a testament to our depth and strength at Smithfield that such talented individuals are within our ranks," Mr. Organ said. "Building on our guiding principles of Responsibility, Operational Excellence and Innovation, this team will...

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Jan 8 8:28 AM, General News


Starbucks Announces Chief Financial Officer Succession

Starbucks Corporation announced that after a more than 35-year career in finance, Patrick Grismer has decided to retire from his position as executive vice president and chief financial officer (cfo) of the Company effective February 1, 2021. Rachel Ruggeri, senior vice president of Finance, Americas and a 16-year Starbucks partner, will succeed Grismer as executive vice president and cfo, effective February 1, 2021. Ruggeri will report to Kevin Johnson, Starbucks president and chief executive officer. Grismer will remain with the company as an advisor to Johnson through May 2, 2021, to ensure a smooth transition.

“I want to thank Pat for his leadership and his many contributions to Starbucks through this period of unprecedented change and transformative growth. He has played an important role helping...

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Jan 8 8:28 AM, General News


Blue Apron Names Randy J. Greben Chief Financial Officer

Blue Apron Holdings, Inc. announced that Randy J. Greben has been named Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, effective January 6, 2021.

Greben brings more than 20 years of finance and e-commerce operations experience to his new role, including a record of implementing strategic growth and scaling initiatives. As Chief Financial Officer, he will be responsible for Blue Apron’s financial and treasury functions, reporting to President and...

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Jan 6 8:30 AM, General News


USDA Announces Dr. Carrie Castille as New NIFA Director

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that President Trump has named Dr. Carrie Castille as the new, six year term director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Dr. Castille will start her new role on Monday, January 4, 2021.

“Dr. Castille is a trusted leader in economic development and public policy and has more than 20 years’ experience in the agricultural sector. Her passion for agricultural research, teaching, and...

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Dec 24 8:22 AM, General News


Megan Britt to Lead Investor Relations for Tyson Foods

Tyson Foods, Inc. has named Megan Britt as the company’s new Vice President of Investor Relations.

Britt will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of investor relations, including shareholder communications, financial media relations and internet and intranet investor content. She begins her new role on January 4 and will report to Chief Financial Officer Stewart Glendinning.

Britt has almost 15 years of experience in roles in finance, including...

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Dec 24 8:20 AM, General News


Mercato Hires Jean-Michel Boujon as Chief Marketing Officer

Mercato, the online grocery eCommerce platform for independently owned grocery and specialty food stores, announced that it has hired Jean-Michel Boujon to be its Chief Marketing Officer. Boujon will direct all efforts associated with Mercato's brand, user acquisition, and lifecycle marketing. In addition, he will seek to advance the trend of consumers choosing to source their groceries from independent, locally-owned retailers.

"I am thrilled to announce that Jean-Michel has joined Mercato and to have him apply his talents to our company at such an important moment of our growth phase," said Bobby Brannigan, founder and CEO of Mercato. "He has a proven ability to...

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Dec 23 8:22 AM, General News


New Hire Joins Butterball’s Risk Management Team

Butterball, LLC is pleased to announce the recent hiring of Darrell Bradfield as director, corporate safety, health and security. Bradfield provides strategic planning and oversight of policies, programs, and processes to ensure on-the-job safety, health, and well-being of all Butterball team members. He is responsible for supporting Butterball’s Safety-First culture and promoting continuous improvement of safety performance.

Bradfield brings more than 20 years of experience in environmental health and safety leadership across manufacturing and service industries. He holds a degree in chemical engineering from Purdue University.

“Darrell’s depth of experience in developing and implementing...

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Dec 18 7:31 AM, General News


USDA Chief Economist Dr. Robert Johansson to Depart 

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Chief Economist, Robert Johansson, will be leaving USDA to become Associate Director of Economics and Policy Analysis for the American Sugar Alliance at the end of January. Additionally, the Secretary announced Dr. Seth Meyer will return to USDA to be the new Chief Economist. 

“There is no doubt that I as well as the whole USDA family will miss Rob’s experience, preparedness, and direct economic analyses,” said Secretary Perdue. “During his tenure as Chief Economist, Rob has been an upstanding public servant. Rob helped set up and serve as...

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Dec 15 8:19 AM, General News


Church's Chicken Taps Mitch Langston as New VP of Franchise Development for U.S. Operations

Following substantial success in growing and expanding on an international level, Church's Chicken, has promoted Mitch Langston to Vice President of Franchise Development for the U.S. The move was driven by Langston's leadership during the rebrand and franchise development efforts for the Church's international sister brands, Texas Chicken and Church's Texas Chicken, which took place across 25 countries.

Langston helped successfully launch one of the most comprehensive redesigns in the brands' histories – including new logo designs and iconography, new international restaurant design, menu, uniforms, packaging, new integrated marketing and...

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Dec 15 8:18 AM, General News


Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Announces CFO Retirement

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store announced that the Company's Chief Financial Officer, Jill Golder, will retire from the Company on December 31, 2020. Ms. Golder will continue to assist the Company's executive team on a variety of matters following her retirement, including the orderly transition of her responsibilities, over the next several months.

Cracker Barrel's President and Chief Executive Officer, Sandra Cochran, commented, "Jill has contributed significantly to the success of Cracker Barrel over the last five years, and has been...

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Dec 15 8:17 AM, General News


Mercato Hires Emily Keeton as Chief Financial Officer

Mercato, the eCommerce platform for independently owned grocery and specialty food stores, announced that it has hired Emily Keeton to be its Chief Financial Officer. In this role, Keeton will oversee all financial and administrative functions at Mercato.

Bobby Brannigan, founder and CEO of Mercato, said: "Emily is a terrific addition to our leadership team and we are excited to leverage her expertise and deep skillset as our company continues on its path of...

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Dec 11 3:29 PM, General News


Starbucks Announces the Appointment of Mellody Hobson as Non-Executive Chair of the Board

Starbucks Corporation announced that Mellody Hobson will serve as the company’s next non-executive chair of its board of directors starting in March 2021. Hobson, who first joined the board as an independent director in 2005 and was appointed as the board’s independent vice chair in 2018, will succeed Myron (Mike) E. Ullman, III. Ullman, who has served on the board since 2003 and has served as its chair since 2018, will retire from the board in March 2021, and Hobson will assume the role of chair in connection with the Starbucks Annual Meeting of Shareholders in March 2021.

“It has been remarkable to be a part of the Starbucks board for nearly 18 years as this enduring company has grown with a mindset of prioritizing its people and...

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Dec 10 8:23 AM, General News


QDOBA Appoints Leviathan Winn as Chief Financial Officer

QDOBA announced the appointment of Leviathan Winn to Chief Financial Officer. In this role, he will help drive the QDOBA brand's continued growth.

"Leviathan's impressive track record of proven success in private equity, financial restructuring and corporate transformation will be valuable in his new role at QDOBA," said Keith Guilbault, CEO of QDOBA. "Throughout his career, Leviathan has executed a broad range of transactions including...

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Dec 8 8:19 AM, General News


Tom Peck Joins Sysco as Chief Information and Digital Officer

Sysco Corporation announced that Tom Peck will join the company as executive vice president and chief information and digital officer, effective Jan. 4, 2021. In this role, Peck will lead Sysco’s strategic efforts to accelerate its business transformation through customer-facing technology solutions and will lead the company efforts to modernize its technology infrastructure.

Peck has over 20 years of experience leading enterprise information technology strategy, services, operations, risk and cybersecurity for large global enterprises. He most recently served as...

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Dec 3 10:20 AM, General News


Blue Apron Names Charlean Gmunder Chief Operating Officer

Blue Apron Holdings, Inc. announced the appointment of Charlean Gmunder as Chief Operating Officer, effective as of November 25, 2020. Gmunder brings more than 30 years of food operations experience to her new role, including deep knowledge in food manufacturing and fulfillment. As Chief Operating Officer, Gmunder is responsible for overseeing Blue Apron’s fulfillment, supply chain, Food Safety and Quality Assurance, physical operations, including logistics, procurement and customer experience. Gmunder reports to President and Chief Executive Officer Linda Findley Kozlowski.

“Charlean’s background, experience and accomplishments represent an excellent complement to Blue Apron’s leadership and operations teams,” said Kozlowski. “Her experience in...

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Dec 1 8:16 AM, General News


Smithfield Foods Provides Update on President and Chief Executive Officer Succession

Smithfield Foods, Inc. provided an update on its succession progress following its announcement last month that Kenneth M. Sullivan, president and chief executive officer (CEO), would retire from the company and Dennis Organ, chief operating officer, U.S. operations, would succeed him.

Transition activities are moving forward approximately one month ahead of schedule, facilitated by the close working relationship and shared...

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Dec 1 8:14 AM, General News


West Liberty Foods Announces Retirement of Gerald Lessard, President of Operations 

West Liberty, Iowa-based West Liberty Foods announced the retirement of longtime leader, Gerald Lessard, President of Operations. Gerald celebrated 16 years at West Liberty Foods this year.

Gerald will leave the company on November 30th, 2020, with over 40 years of food industry knowledge as well as expertise in livestock production and manufacturing. Throughout his career, he experienced progressive responsibilities starting with live turkey production through...

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Nov 24 10:53 AM, General News


Peter Brown Joins Seaboard Foods as President and Chief Executive Officer 

Seaboard Corporation announces that it has hired Peter Brown as its President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of its Pork Division, Seaboard Foods LLC, to succeed Seaboard Foods' current President, Darwin "Duke" Sand, who has announced that he will be retiring, effective January 1, 2021. Brown brings to Seaboard Foods more than 30 years of executive leadership experience from many different levels of procurement, manufacturing, commercial distribution, and customer support, within varying protein types in both the retail and foodservice marketplaces.

As CEO, Brown will work collaboratively to drive results and have direct responsibility for all of the company's operations. His focus will include aligning Seaboard Foods' strategy and...

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Nov 19 8:50 AM, General News


QDOBA Adds Michael A. Jackson to Its Board of Directors

QDOBA announced that seasoned finance and investment management executive Michael A. Jackson has been added to its Board of Directors.

"We're pleased to welcome Michael to our Board of Directors and are confident that his extensive knowledge and experience in the financial sector will elevate QDOBA to new heights as we head into a new fiscal year," said Keith Guilbault, CEO of QDOBA.

Jackson has over 30 years of experience in the finance industry, specifically in investment management and equity sales. Prior to joining QDOBA's Board of Directors, Jackson served as...

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Nov 19 8:22 AM, General News


Dine Brands Global Appoints John Peyton Chief Executive Officer

Dine Brands Global, Inc., the parent company of Applebee's Neighborhood Grill + Bar and IHOP restaurants, announced today that John Peyton, president and chief executive officer, Realogy Franchise Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Realogy Holdings Corp., will be the company’s new chief executive officer, effective January 4, 2021.

Peyton is an experienced franchise veteran who has led global, consumer franchised businesses for over 21 years, most recently at Realogy Franchise Group where he has served as president since 2016. Realogy franchises many of the most recognized brands in the real estate industry, including...

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Nov 18 8:34 AM, General News


Sysco Names Aaron E. Alt Chief Financial Officer

Sysco Corporation named Aaron E. Alt executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective Dec. 7, 2020. Joel Grade, currently executive vice president and chief financial officer, will assume a newly created role of executive vice president, business development. In this capacity, Joel will be responsible for accelerating both organic and inorganic sales growth through new business development, including strengthening future M&A capabilities. Joel’s extensive experience in operations and finance make him uniquely qualified for this role as Sysco looks to accelerate its business transformation.

Alt most recently served as chief financial officer and senior vice president of Sally Beauty Holdings, an international specialty retailer and wholesale distributor of professional beauty supplies, and...

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Nov 18 8:34 AM, General News


Ruth’s Hospitality Group Announces CFO Transition

Ruth's Hospitality Group, Inc. announced that Kristy Chipman has been appointed Chief Financial Officer, effective November 30, 2020. Ms. Chipman will succeed Arne Haak, who will be stepping down from the role. Mr. Haak will remain with Ruth’s Hospitality Group as a strategic advisor through early 2021 to facilitate a seamless transition.

Cheryl Henry, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc., stated, “Throughout her extensive career, Kristy has demonstrated strong financial leadership through a combination of strategic finance, development, and...

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Nov 17 8:29 AM, General News


National Pork Board Elects Officers

David Newman, a pork producer from Arkansas, was elected to serve a second term as president of the National Pork Board at the organization’s November board meeting earlier this week. The National Pork Board’s 15 producer directors represent America’s 60,000 pig farmers, who pay into the Pork Checkoff – a program that funds research, promotion and education efforts benefiting the industry.

“Like everyone, U.S. pig farmers have faced significant challenges this year,” Newman said. “Supply chain disruptions caused by COVID-19 and the real threat of African swine fever have made this one of the most difficult years to be...

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Nov 17 8:29 AM, General News


Wayne Farms’ Clint Rivers Installed for Second Term as Chairman of the National Chicken Council

Clint Rivers, President and Chief Executive Officer of Wayne Farms LLC (Oakwood, Georgia) was installed for a second term as 2020-2021 Chairman of the National Chicken Council (NCC) during NCC’s Fall Board of Directors meeting.

Clint joined Wayne Farms in October 2012 as Vice President and General Manager of the Fresh Business Unit. In 2014, he was promoted to Chief Operating Officer, and, in 2017, promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining Wayne Farms, Clint served as President of Foodservice and Supply Chain with Perdue Farms. In addition to the six years he spent with Perdue Farms, he worked 21 years with Pilgrim’s Pride where he held positions of increasing responsibility including the positions of Chief Operating Officer, and President and CEO. Clint first began...

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Nov 3 8:23 AM, General News


Giant Food Welcomes Irfan Badibanga as New Senior Vice President of Operations

Giant Food has announced that Irfan Badibanga will step into the role of Senior Vice President of Operations effective November 1, 2020. Badibanga will be responsible for leading all operational aspects of Giant Food including regional operations, store support, strategic store planning and execution and asset protection, as well as people, team, and culture development.

Badibanga brings a strong track record of transforming corporate objectives into bottom-line growth for supermarket, small and big box retailers, including...

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Oct 30 8:27 AM, General News


Hormel Foods Announces the Advancement of Paul Kuehneman and Eldon Quam to Assistant Controllers

Hormel Foods Corporation announced the appointments of Paul Kuehneman and Eldon Quam to assistant controllers.

Kuehneman will lead all financial responsibilities for supply chain, Jennie-O Turkey Store and product costing, including financial analysis, management reporting and forecasting. Quam will oversee all financial operations for the Grocery Products and International segments, along with leading financial shared services, revenue and budgeting. They will both report to Jana Haynes, vice president and controller at Hormel Foods.

"Both Paul and Eldon bring expansive technical capabilities along with...

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Oct 27 8:23 AM, General News


Hormel Foods Announces Plant Manager Advancements, Retirement

Hormel Foods Corporation announced the advancements of several plant managers as a result of the company's recently announced retirement and advancements in its operations leadership.

  • Joe Muzik, plant manager at the Algona (Iowa) Plant, will assume the plant manager role at Progressive Processing (Dubuque, Iowa).
  • Jeremy Rummel, plant manager at the Beloit (Wis.) Plant, will become the plant manager at the Algona (Iowa) Plant.
  • Roger Vos, Skippy Foods (Little Rock, Ark.) plant manager, will succeed Rummel as plant manager at the Beloit Plant...
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Oct 26 8:25 AM, General News


Hormel Foods Appoints Leslie Lee Vice President of Digital Experience

Hormel Foods Corporation announced the appointment of Leslie Lee as vice president of digital experience.

In this role, Lee will lead the company's growing digital and e-commerce business strategy, which has seen significant growth in the last few years as more consumers look online for their favorite brands and products. Lee will oversee digital marketing, e-commerce operations and innovation, digital product management, data analytics, and...

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Oct 23 7:20 AM, General News




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Foodmarket, a specialized media offering from Urner Barry, is the premier source of market news for the food industry.

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