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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
Hormel Foods Announces Executive Retirements and Advancements
Hormel Foods Corporation announced the retirements of Donnie Temperley, vice president of Refrigerated Foods operations, and Tim Fritz, vice president of Grocery Products operations. Both retirements will be effective in spring 2021.
The company also announced the advancement of Clint Walters, currently plant manager of the company's Austin, Minn., manufacturing facility, to the position of vice president of Refrigerated Foods operations, and...
Hormel Foods Appoints Pierre Lilly Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer
Global branded food company Hormel Foods Corporation announced the appointment of Pierre Lilly as senior vice president and chief compliance officer for the company's worldwide operations.
As chief compliance officer, Lilly will be responsible for overseeing compliance, risk and ethics within the organization, and ensuring compliance with laws, regulatory requirements, policies and procedures. Lilly will report to Jim Snee, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer.
"Hormel Foods has long been committed to conducting our business with the highest level of integrity and in full compliance with...
US Foods Announces New Chief Supply Chain Officer
US Foods Holding Corp. announced that Bill Hancock will join the company as Executive Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer, effective Nov. 9, 2020. Hancock will oversee all warehousing, transportation, and supply chain strategy and operations on behalf of the company, as well as safety, labor relations and continuous improvement. He will report to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Pietro Satriano.
“Bill joins US Foods with extensive supply chain leadership experience,” said Pietro Satriano, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of US Foods. “His proven track record of driving customer service, improving productivity, and...
Jeannie Cho Joins QDOBA Mexican Eats as Chief Marketing Officer
QDOBA named Jeannie Cho Chief Marketing Officer. In this role, Cho will lead QDOBA's marketing and brand strategy to unlock additional growth for the company.
"I am excited to have Jeannie – a seasoned food-industry marketing executive – as an integral member of the QDOBA team," said Keith Guilbault, CEO of QDOBA. "She brings tremendous ability to elevate our brand position and purpose to achieve top line growth through her strategic and breakthrough thinking. I am confident that Jeannie's analytical and creative approach to marketing will lead to...
Scott Fredericksen Named President of Perdue AgriBusiness
Scott Fredericksen has been appointed president of Perdue AgriBusiness, an independent operating company of Perdue Farms and among the largest U.S. grain companies.
“Scott is an accomplished executive with domestic and international agribusiness experience,” said Randy Day, CEO of Perdue Farms. “Scott joined Perdue Agribusiness May 2019 as a business consultant and currently holds the position of Executive Vice President. Scott has provided strategic leadership in several key areas of the business. I look forward to his continued leadership to ensure we execute on our strategic plans for future growth across our diversified agribusiness organization.”
Prior to joining Perdue AgriBusiness, Fredericksen had a long career with ADM (Archer Daniels Midland Co.) beginning with...
Papa John's Appoints Ann Gugino as Chief Financial Officer
Papa John's International, Inc. announced the appointment of Ann Gugino as Chief Financial Officer, effective today. Steve Coke, who has been serving as interim principal financial and accounting officer, will continue in his role as Vice President, Investor Relations and Strategy.
Ms. Gugino joins the company from Target Corporation and brings over 20 years of financial management, planning and strategic expertise. As a key member of Papa John’s Executive Leadership Team, she will help build and implement the company’s long-term plans for profitable growth and shareholder value creation.
“After a careful search for a candidate whose values, passion and expertise align with Papa John’s core values and business needs, I’m thrilled to welcome Ann Gugino to our team. Ann is a proven leader and change agent, who brings deep experience in the consumer and retail sector, including...
Panera Bread Hires Lauren Cody as Chief of Staff and Chief Customer Officer
Panera Bread announced the appointment of Lauren Cody as Chief of Staff and Chief Customer Officer. A dynamic leader with global experience, Cody comes to the brand with more than two decades of experience in the food service industry. Cody has extensive expertise in consumer and business insights, general management and strategy creation and execution at companies within the US and globally.
“It’s an exciting time at Panera and we are very pleased to have Lauren join us as Chief of Staff and Chief Customer Officer, reporting directly to me,” said Niren Chaudhary, Panera CEO. “Panera is a brand that puts our guests first, and with Lauren driving strategy at the helm of our Customer Care division, we are excited to continue...
Kroger Announces New Senior Vice President of Supply Chain
The Kroger Co. announced the retirement of Robert Clark, senior vice president of supply chain, manufacturing and enterprise sourcing, after more than 35 years of service, effective February 1, 2021. Clark will be succeeded by Gabriel Arreaga, who is joining The Kroger Co. as senior vice president of supply chain, starting October 1, 2020.
Robert Clark, Senior Vice President of Supply Chain, Manufacturing and Enterprise Sourcing, Announces Retirement
Clark began his career in the Fry's division as a bagger in 1985. He advanced to occupy several store, district and division leadership roles for Fry's, including being named vice president of merchandising in 2002. Clark relocated in 2010 to the Columbus division to serve as...
SpartanNash Announces New President and CEO
SpartanNash Company announced that it has hired Tony B. Sarsam as President and Chief Executive Officer. Sarsam will assume that role and join the Board of Directors, effective September 21, 2020. Interim President and CEO Dennis Eidson will continue in his role as Chairman of the Board and will serve as Executive Chairman for a period of thirty days to ensure a smooth transition with Sarsam.
Sarsam is an accomplished CEO who has a unique blend of consumer products and supply chain expertise in the food industry, which positions him especially well to lead SpartanNash Company. Sarsam most recently served as CEO of Borden Dairy Company, Inc. where he led business growth and positive trends in a challenging industry. He successfully led Borden through its recent restructuring and...
PepsiCo Announces Senior Leadership Appointment
PepsiCo, Inc. announced that Athina Kanioura has been appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer. She will report to Chairman and CEO Ramon Laguarta.
In this new role, Kanioura will lead PepsiCo's end-to-end strategy to win both as a total company and in key markets, including the company's digitalization and data strategy. She will also lead company-wide transformation—ensuring that PepsiCo's scale is leveraged as the company focuses on accelerating growth and identifying areas of cost efficiency and optimization.
"Athina is a highly talented leader who will bring a cross-functional, technology-driven approach to...
Industry Veteran Debbie Roberts Joins Panera As Chief Operations Officer
Panera Bread announced the appointment of Debbie Roberts as Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer effective September 8. A well-known restaurant industry leader, Roberts brings nearly 30 years of restaurant experience and will be a collaborative leader for all Panera operations and operations support functions.
“We are thrilled to welcome Debbie to Panera and looking forward to her bringing her strong record of cross-functional partnership, results-driven engagement, and especially, her focus on people as the core of operational excellence,” said Niren Chaudhary, Panera CEO. “As the brand continues to...
Bojangles Names Monica Sauls as the Company’s First Chief People Officer
Bojangles, Inc. announced that leading human resources and change management strategist Monica Sauls will join the company as Chief People Officer, effective Sept. 15. In this newly defined position that goes beyond the traditional human resources role, Sauls will drive the company’s culture, developing current team members and attracting new talent to support the company’s growth.
Reporting directly to Bojangles CEO Jose Armario, Sauls will lead talent acquisition, talent development, employee relations, diversity and inclusion and culture stewardship. She is the first African American to serve on Bojangles’ senior leadership team in the company’s...
Sami Siddiqui Appointed President of Popeyes Americas
Restaurant Brands International Inc. announced that Sami Siddiqui has been appointed President of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen for the Americas.
Sami has most recently served as President of Asia-Pacific for RBI, leading the growth of Popeyes, Burger King and Tim Hortons throughout the region, including introducing the Popeyes brand in China and the Philippines.
Jose Cil, Chief Executive Officer of RBI commented, "I'm very proud to announce that Sami will be leading Popeyes through our exciting next phase of growth across the Americas. Popeyes is a brand with...
Donnie King Named President of Tyson Foods’ Poultry Business
Donnie King has been named president of Tyson Foods’ poultry business, effective September 3, 2020, the company announced.
King has over 35 years of experience working in the poultry business, both domestically and globally. He will once again lead the company’s chicken unit, guiding and mentoring members of its leadership team, including Chad Martin, who will take on the new role of chief operating officer of poultry.
“Donnie is a recognized leader who will work with the team to accelerate our strategic growth plans for the chicken segment,” said Dean Banks, president and incoming CEO of Tyson Foods. “We are confident that his knowledge and experience will...
USDA Names Dr. Spiro Stefanou as New ERS Administrator
Deputy Undersecretary for Research, Education, Economics Dr. Scott Hutchins announced that USDA has named Dr. Spiro Stefanou to lead the Economic Research Service (ERS) as its new Administrator.
“We look forward to adding Dr. Stefanou’s more than 30 years of leadership and expertise in agricultural economics as we usher in a new era for ERS. Under his leadership, ERS will thrive as a world-class economic powerhouse and will continue to build and deliver scientifically-sound economic data and research to help shape...
KFC Welcomes John Mays as New Director of Equity and Inclusion
Kentucky Fried Chicken announced the appointment of John Mays as director of equity and inclusion for KFC U.S. In this newly formed role, Mays will lead the development and implementation of KFC’s equity and inclusion vision and strategy to help position the brand as an industry leader across the United States.
As director of equity and inclusion, Mays will lead organizational changes, raise awareness of equity and diversity issues and develop policies to address equity from the restaurant level to franchisees and the brand headquarters.
“At KFC, we have a passion for food and serving it with pride; we are also a people-first culture, and John embodies this culture day in and day out, making him...
House of Raeford Farms Announces Leadership Change at Arcadia, LA Complex
House of Raeford Farms announced the retirement of Mark Van Benthuysen, complex manager for the company’s Arcadia, Louisiana division effective August 31, 2020. Mark joined the company in 2006, after serving with ConAgra and Pilgrims for 27 years.
Van Benthuysen is a graduate of Northwestern State University with a degree in business administration and accounting. During his 41-year career in the poultry industry, Mark has been an active member of the Louisiana Poultry Federation. He also has been an important part of...
QDOBA Promotes Eric Williams to Vice President of Franchise and License Operations
QDOBA announced the promotion of Eric Williams to vice president of franchise and license operations. In this role, Williams will directly support QDOBA franchisees in running their business and ensuring each location's overall success.
"I am proud to have Eric on my staff and look forward to many years of prosperity and growth for the QDOBA franchise and licensed businesses under his leadership," said Keith Guilbault, CEO of QDOBA. "He brings...
Kraft Heinz Names New Executives to the Company’s U.S. Leadership Team
Kraft Heinz celebrated another milestone in the company’s turnaround plan with the finalization of its U.S. Leadership Team, naming Cory Onell as President of U.S. Sales; Sanjiv Gajiwala as U.S. Chief Growth Officer; and Stephanie Peterson as Head of U.S. Communications.
The appointment of three new senior executives to key leadership positions underscores the company’s commitment to driving sustained growth through customer-centric innovation, strategic investments, and talent development. Leveraging extensive functional expertise and business acumen, each leader will bring new, complementary capabilities to...
Domino's Pizza Announces Staff Changes
Domino's Pizza announced the appointment of Executive Vice President, Supply Chain Services, Stu Levy, as the Company's Chief Financial Officer, succeeding Jeffrey Lawrence, who earlier announced his intention to retire from the Company this year. Levy will report to Domino's Chief Executive Officer Ritch Allison.
At the same time, Domino's announced the promotion of Cindy Headen to Executive Vice President, Supply Chain Services, succeeding Levy. She will join the Company's executive leadership team and will report to CEO Ritch Allison. These changes will be effective August 20, 2020.
"In a relatively short period of time, both Stu and Cindy have made profound positive impacts on our Company," said Allison. "They are strong, capable leaders who are...
Tyson Foods Names Dean Banks to Succeed Noel White as Chief Executive Officer
Tyson Foods, Inc. today announced that Dean Banks will succeed Noel White as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), while maintaining the role of President, effective October 3, 2020. White, who led Tyson through a period of unprecedented volatility and uncertainty when he assumed the CEO role in 2018, will remain with Tyson in a new role as Executive Vice Chairman of the board of directors.
“The board and I are truly excited about the breadth and depth of capabilities of Dean and the entire executive leadership team, and we look forward to the energy and vision they will bring in leading Tyson Foods into the future,” said John Tyson, Chairman of the Board of Tyson Foods. “It’s clear to the board that Dean’s impressive background in entrepreneurship, technology, and...
Domino's Promotes Art D'Elia to EVP and Chief Marketing Officer
Domino's Pizza announced the promotion of Art D'Elia to executive vice president, chief marketing officer.
In this expanded role, D'Elia will run all global marketing initiatives for the brand, leading all U.S. marketing and advertising, and working with the brand's master franchise companies around the world. D'Elia will report to Russell Weiner, chief operating officer and president, Domino's U.S.
D'Elia joined Domino's in 2018 as senior vice president, chief brand and innovation officer, leading the Company's U.S. product development and innovation, national TV advertising, and field marketing efforts. Earlier this year, he gained responsibilities for...
Dunkin' Brands Announces New Strategy Team
As part of its ongoing commitment to digital transformation, Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc., the parent company of Dunkin' and Baskin-Robbins, announced today that Philip Auerbach will join the company in the newly created role of Chief Digital and Strategy Officer. Effective August 10, 2020, Auerbach will oversee a new Dunkin’ U.S. digital engagement team that includes consumer and business insights, digital marketing, media, and customer care. Auerbach will also lead Dunkin’ Brands global strategy and Information Technology (IT). He will report to Dave Hoffmann, Dunkin’ Brands CEO.
As key members of the new digital strategy team, Stephanie Meltzer-Paul and Santhosh Kumar have been promoted to Senior Vice President, Dunkin’ U.S. Digital Marketing, and...
Dine Brands Global Appoints Michael Hyter as Member of Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of Dine Brands Global, Inc. announced the appointment of Michael Hyter as a new independent member of its Board of Directors.
Hyter, 63, served as Managing Partner of the Korn Ferry International, Washington D.C. office since 2012 and played an instrumental role in growing the breadth of their D.C. operation. He was recently appointed Chief Diversity Officer for Korn Ferry International.
Hyter has more than 25 years of entrepreneurial and business experience working closely with Fortune 1000 executives and boards to help their organizations thrive; leading and advising complex, global companies and...
Leadership Transition Announced for National Institute of Food and Agriculture
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today that Dr. Parag Chitnis will serve as Acting Director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) upon the departure of Dr. Scott Angle.
“Dr. Chitnis brings more than 31 years of scientific research and experience to the Director’s office. He has been instrumental in providing steady leadership and support to NIFA during its transition to Kansas City last fall, in addition to playing a lead role on NIFA’s Project CAFÉ (Collaboratively Achieving Functional Excellence) initiative which aims to help NIFA maximize business operations to...
Maggie Ernst, Longtime National Chicken Council Employee, to Retire
After 34 years at the National Chicken Council, most recently as senior director of meetings and member services, Maggie Ernst has announced her retirement from NCC.
Maggie on-boarded with the council in 1986, under the leadership of then-NCC President George Watts. During her decades of service to the industry, she managed NCC’s meetings and special events planning, program development and operations, as well as overseeing member relations and services, and served as the long-time editor of NCC’s weekly newsletter, The Washington Report.
“Maggie loved her colleagues, some of whom she worked alongside for decades and considered family,” said NCC President Mike Brown. “But above all, she was loved by our members who always...
Kroger Announces Leadership Changes
The Kroger Co. announced the retirement of Joe Grieshaber, senior vice president and chief merchant, after more than 37 years of distinguished service, effective August 15. Grieshaber will be succeeded by Stuart W. Aitken, currently senior vice president of alternative business and CEO of 84.51˚, Kroger's data analytics subsidiary. Yael Cosset, senior vice president and chief information officer, will assume responsibility for alternative business and 84.51˚.
"Today's leadership announcements are consistent with our positive track record of strong succession planning and will help us to continue to drive transformation of our business and culture, focusing on speed, action and agility to...
Bloomin’ Brands Announces Board of Directors Changes
Bloomin’ Brands, Inc. and JANA Partners LLC announced the addition of John P. Gainor, Jr. and Lawrence V. Jackson to the Bloomin’ Brands Board of Directors. In April, the two companies announced an agreement that included an increase to the size of the Board to ten members. The new positions filled by Gainor and Jackson became effective July 1, 2020.
Gainor served as the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of International Dairy Queen, a franchisor of quick service restaurants, and a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway from 2008 until he retired in 2017. He joined Dairy Queen in 2003 and served as the Chief Supply Chain Officer prior to his role as CEO. Gainor is also a member of the Board of Directors for Jack in the Box, Inc. and Saia, Inc.
Jackson served as President and CEO of Global Procurement and Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer at Walmart, and in various executive roles at...
Dine Brands Global Announces International President; Chief Information Officer Appointments
Dine Brands, the parent company of Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar and IHOP restaurants, announces the appointment of Tony Moralejo as President, International and Global Development; and Justin Skelton, Chief Information Officer. Moralejo and Skelton are both experienced leaders who will make an immediate impact in the recovery and acceleration of the business post crisis. They will report to Thomas Song, Chief Financial Officer, and join the Dine Brands Executive Team.
Moralejo joins Dine from Church's/Texas Chicken, an international quick service restaurant company. Moralejo’s prior experience spans over two decades, leading global teams in various operations, franchise development and...
Tyson Foods Names Johanna Söderström Chief Human Resources Officer
Tyson Foods, Inc. named Johanna Söderström as Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, effective July 6, 2020. Söderström will report to Chief Executive Officer Noel White and will lead all aspects of the company’s global people strategy to enable its overall growth, innovation and transformation agenda. Söderström also will focus on continuing to build the company’s culture, talent and capabilities for the future. She succeeds Mary Oleksiuk, who is retiring after a 35-year career.
Söderström, who will join the Enterprise Leadership Team at Tyson Foods, brings more than two decades of experience in global people solutions, employee engagement and talent development to her new role. She most recently served as Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer at The Dow Chemical Company and oversaw the company’s cultural and organizational transformation through the DowDuPont merger and...
Tyson Foods Appoints Dan Turton As Senior Vice President, Global Government Affairs
Tyson Foods, Inc. named Dan Turton as Senior Vice President, Global Government Affairs, effective June 29, 2020. Turton will be based in Washington, D.C. and will lead the worldwide government relations activities for the Company. He will report to Amy Tu, Executive Vice President and General Counsel.
“Dan is well-respected across the political spectrum,” Tu said. “He brings nearly three decades of experience in government affairs and public policy to this role, including time spent working in corporate and government positions on Capitol Hill, in the White House, and with General Motors. I am confident that he will...
Hormel Foods Announces Retirement
Hormel Foods Corporation announced the upcoming retirement of Jim Splinter, group vice president, corporate strategy. Splinter's long tenure with the company includes leading the company's successful Grocery Products division and holding executive positions with the Refrigerated Foods and Jennie-O Turkey Store divisions.
Most recently, Splinter led corporate strategy for Hormel Foods, including corporate innovation, digital experience, communications and corporate development, including leading the M&A pipeline, which resulted in several important acquisitions over the last few years.
Under his leadership, Hormel Foods formed its digital and e-commerce center of excellence and its agile and incubator centers, resulting in the successful introduction of...
National Retail Federation Announces New Board Members
The National Retail Federation elected two new members to the NRF Board of Directors during its virtual summer board meeting.
The NRF board welcomed Hal Lawton, president and CEO of Tractor Supply Company, and Anish Melwani, chairman and CEO of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton Inc. They will both serve a two-year term until June 2022.
“Hal Lawton and Anish Melwani have shown exceptional leadership during the past few months as our country and the retail industry have faced the coronavirus pandemic and...
Former FedEx Executive Appointed to Tyson Foods Board of Directors
David J. Bronczek, 65, has been appointed to the board of directors of Tyson Foods, company officials announced. Bronczek is the recently retired president and chief operating officer of FedEx Corporation, the global logistics and transportation company. He was part of FedEx for more than 40 years, starting as a courier and progressing into the company’s management ranks. His roles included leading FedEx Express in Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and later serving for 17 years as president and CEO of FedEx Express.
A native of Ohio and graduate of Kent State University, Bronczek also has experience as an independent public company director, previously serving on the board of International Paper. He also previously served as...
Hormel Foods Announces Retirement and Advancements
Hormel Foods Corporation, a global branded food company, today announced the upcoming retirement of Larry Vorpahl, group vice president and president of Hormel Foods International Corporation. As a result, Swen Neufeldt, currently vice president of Meat Products marketing for the company’s Refrigerated Foods division, has been named group vice president and president of Hormel Foods International Corporation. Lisa Selk, currently director of Hormel Health Labs and the company’s CFI business, will assume the post of vice president of Meat Products marketing for Refrigerated Foods. Vorpahl’s retirement and the related moves will be effective this summer.
Hormel Foods Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Snee commended Vorpahl on what he called...
Boston Market Names Randy Miller As President
Boston Market announced that Randy Miller has been named as President effective immediately. Eric Wyatt will transition to Chief Operating Officer, responsible for leading the brand's field leaders and restaurant teams.
A Boston Market veteran of more than 25 years, Miller has served in multiple positions throughout the Company. Most recently, he served as Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel for Boston Market, overseeing its legal team and playing an instrumental role in corporate strategy and the success of the brand. In his new role, Miller will work closely with Engage Brands, which recently assumed ownership of Boston Market, to lead the Company into its next chapter of growth...
Ryan Schaffer Named Vice President and Managing Counsel for Dunkin' Brands
Dunkin' Brands, the parent company of Dunkin' and Baskin-Robbins, announced the promotion of Ryan Schaffer to Vice President and Managing Counsel. Schaffer will lead a team responsible for performing and supporting several critical functions, including corporate governance, SEC reporting and compliance, investor relations, franchise disclosure, privacy and data security, IT, supply chain, and certain market operations. He reports directly to David Mann, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at Dunkin' Brands.
Schaffer joined Dunkin' Brands more than eight years ago, most recently serving as...
American Egg Board Names Emily Metz President and Chief Executive Officer
The American Egg Board (AEB) announced that, effective in June, Emily Metz will assume the role of President and Chief Executive Officer, leading a strong staff and collaborating with the American egg industry to build demand for U.S. eggs and egg products both domestically and abroad. An agriculture industry veteran and passionate strategist, Metz fills the role vacated by previous CEO Anne Alonzo last month.
“Our industry has not seen this much change and uncertainty in decades, and our producers need a visionary leader to help the industry adapt to a changing marketplace,” said Steve George, Chairman of the American Egg Board. “We thank Anne for continually advancing our industry during her tenure with us, and we look forward to Emily using...
Marie Robinson Joins Sysco as Chief Supply Chain Officer
Sysco Corporation announced that Marie Robinson has joined the company as executive vice president and chief supply chain officer. She is Sysco’s senior supply chain leader with responsibility for leading the company’s supply chain transformation aimed at accelerating profitable growth through more tailored supply chain solutions.
“I am thrilled to have a leader of Marie’s caliber join our team,” said Kevin Hourican, Sysco’s president and chief executive officer. “She brings substantial experience leading international supply chain organizations, network transformation initiatives, distribution centers, and...
Dr. Cindy Nickerson Appointed as USDA Deputy Chief Economist
U.S. Department of Agriculture Chief Economist Robert Johansson today announced the appointment of Dr. Cindy Nickerson as the Deputy Chief Economist, effective June 7.
In her role as Deputy Chief Economist for Policy Analysis, Dr. Nickerson advises the Chief Economist, the Secretary, and top policy officials regarding the economic implications of programs, regulations, and legislative proposals affecting the U.S. food system and rural areas.
“I am very pleased that Dr. Nickerson is joining the Office of the Chief Economist,” said Johansson. “She brings to the position significant experience both in program and policy analysis...
UNFI Names Jim Gehr Chief Supply Chain Officer
United Natural Foods, Inc. announced that it has named Jim Gehr as its new Chief Supply Chain Officer effective Monday, May 4. In this role, Gehr will lead an organization of over 12,000 associates working across four regions and 59 distribution centers, delivering 1.3 billion cases annually to UNFI's more than 30,000 customers. He will immediately focus on UNFI's warehouse logistics while further advancing UNFI's automation investments, distribution center expansions and network optimization. Gehr will report to Eric Dorne, UNFI's Chief Operating Officer.
"Jim is a highly-regarded supply chain executive who brings operational excellence experience to UNFI along with a proven track record of building and motivating teams," said Dorne. "He has a history of creating and growing business opportunities, establishing sustainable processes, and developing...
Secretary Perdue Announces New USDA Administration Leadership
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the appointment of David Wu to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
“Don Bice has played a critical role in ensuring USDA is the most efficient, effective, customer focused agency in the federal government. He has made great strides in the modernization of the Department and has carried out our vision with dedication and passion. I thank Don for his service on behalf of the American people and wish him well in the future,” said Secretary Perdue. “David Wu’s extensive experience and expertise make him a perfect fit for this role. I am confident that with...
JUST Expands Partnerships Globally, Raises Capital & Adds Former Coca-Cola Executive
JUST announced a host of partnerships to manufacture and distribute its JUST Egg across North America, Latin America, Europe, and East Asia. This global infrastructure, which includes millions of additional points of potential distribution and access to production facilities on multiple continents, will provide the scale needed to meet the increasing worldwide demand for the product.
Included in this partnership announcement are South Korea’s food company, SPC Samlip; one of Southeast Asia’s largest food companies, Betagro Group; bakery company, Grupo Bimbo; one of Latin America’s largest edible oil and fat producers, Alianza Team; and local delivery platform, Delivery Hero. This infrastructure builds on a previously announced manufacturing and distribution partnership with...
SpartanNash Promotes Thomas Swanson
SpartanNash announced the promotion of Thomas E. Swanson to Executive Vice President and General Manager, Corporate Retail.
Mr. Swanson was named Senior Vice President and General Manager, Corporate Retail in October 2018, responsible for leading the corporate retail business unit for all corporate retail banners and Quick Stop fuel and convenience centers. Mr. Swanson’s energy and passion for retail have been instrumental in SpartanNash’s success. His impact has resulted in positive retail comparable sales for the last two quarters. Mr. Swanson also has overseen the transition and integration of more than...
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NPPC Elects New Officers, Board Members
The National Pork Producers Council elected new officers and members to its board of directors at its National Pork Industry Forum.
Howard AV Roth, a hog farmer from Wauzeka, Wis., was elected NPPC president. A fifth-generation farmer, he owns and operates Roth Feeder Pigs. In addition to serving on the NPPC board for the past eight years, Roth previously sat on the Wisconsin Pork Association board of directors and currently serves as chairman of the association’s Swine Health Committee.
Roth takes over from David Herring, a hog farmer from Lillington, N.C., who becomes NPPC immediate past president and chairman of the council’s trade and...
Sysco Announces Leadership Promotions
Sysco Corporation announced two senior leadership promotions. Eve McFadden has been promoted to senior vice president of legal, general counsel and corporate secretary, after being promoted to vice president and general counsel in 2019. Since joining Sysco in 2008, Eve has provided effective leadership in the areas of employment law, antitrust compliance, and ethics and compliance. In addition, her skills in building strong partnerships within the business has contributed to the company’s success.
In her new role, Eve will continue to act as general counsel, adding responsibility for Sysco’s Enterprise Risk Management function, under which she recently established a new team focused on developing a global framework for Sysco’s environment, health and...
Secretary Perdue Announces New FSIS Leadership
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the appointment of Paul Kiecker to serve as Administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Mr. Kiecker will be assuming the role following the departure of Administrator Carmen Rottenberg, who is departing federal service after a career spanning two decades. “Ensuring the safety of America’s food supply is USDA’s most important responsibility, and one that Carmen carried out with dedication and vision. I know she will continue her passion for food safety in the private sector,” said Secretary Perdue. “Carmen is a true public servant and ushered in an era of modernization at the Food Safety and Inspection Service. This mission and drive will continue...
Les R. Baledge Appointed to Tyson Foods Board of Directors
Les R. Baledge, 62, has been appointed to the board of directors of Tyson Foods, company officials announced.
Baledge was executive vice president and general counsel of Tyson Foods from 1999 to 2004. He also practiced corporate and finance law with Kutak Rock and The Rose Law Firm, both located in Little Rock. In addition, he previously served on the boards of BMP Sunstone Corp. and Fairfield Communities, Inc.
The appointment of Baledge increases the number of directors on the Tyson Foods board to 13. He will serve on the Governance and Nominating Committee.
“The extensive knowledge that Les has about our company combined with...
Amanda Clark Joins Papa John's as Chief Development Officer
Papa John's International, Inc. announced the appointment of Amanda Clark as its Chief Development Officer. Ms. Clark will lead the company’s strategy to continue expanding its restaurant footprint in North America and internationally.
“Amanda is a passionate leader with a proven track record of driving growth at one of the restaurant industry’s biggest success stories over the past 10 years,” said Papa John’s President and CEO Rob Lynch. “I had the pleasure of working with Amanda during my time at both Procter & Gamble and Taco Bell, and...
Aramark Names Carl Mittleman Chief Operating Officer, International
Aramark has named Carl Mittleman Chief Operating Officer, International succeeding Brent Franks, who leaves Aramark after a successful 7-year tenure. Mittleman, who has been with the Company for 25 years, most recently served as President, Sports & Entertainment. Alison Birdwell, a sports and hospitality industry veteran, has been promoted to President, Sports & Entertainment.
Mittleman joined Aramark as a college intern and held positions of increased responsibility in sales and operations in Aramark Germany, Leisure and Sports & Entertainment. He moved through...
Certified Angus Beef Brand Advances Leadership Team
The Certified Angus Beef brand was born of innovation—a spirit that's spurred four decades of bringing families together from gate to plate. To continue supporting this thriving community and network of premium beef partners, the brand recently evolved its leadership team, recognizing several retirements, promotions and new team members.
"We've had a long track record of strong leaders, and that's true as we look to those who have stepped up to guide our next 40 years," says John F. Stika, president. "It takes a dedicated and creative group of people to move this brand forward, and...
Tyson Foods Appoints Kevin M. McNamara as Vice Chairman
Kevin M. McNamara, the lead independent director for Tyson Foods, Inc., has been given the additional role of vice chairman of the board, the company announced today.
The appointment means McNamara, who has been a Tyson Foods board member since 2007, will take on additional duties and responsibilities to assist the chairman with board matters, support the executive team on company matters, and focus on key strategic initiatives.
“The board’s appointment of Kevin to vice chairman reflects its commitment to sound governance to sustain the future of our company,” said Chairman John H. Tyson. “We look forward to...
Kroger Names Keith G. Dailey Group Vice President of Corporate Affairs
The Kroger Co. today announced Keith G. Dailey, Kroger's vice president of corporate affairs, has been promoted to serve as group vice president of corporate affairs.
"As a key architect of Zero Hunger | Zero Waste, Keith's strategic and inclusive leadership has advanced Kroger's position as a national thought leader and authentic advocate for ending hunger, eliminating waste, and other social impact initiatives," said Rodney McMullen, Kroger's chairman and CEO. "He combines broad public affairs experience with knowledge of Kroger's corporate character and belief that business can be a force for good."
Dailey, 39, has nearly 20 years of public affairs experience, including...
Del Taco Restaurants Appoints Tim Hackbardt as Chief Marketing Officer
Del Taco Restaurants, Inc., today announced that Tim Hackbardt has been appointed Chief Marketing Officer.
Mr. Hackbardt is a restaurant industry veteran with over 27 years of experience and has led or advised numerous restaurant chains as a marketing executive and brand consultant across the quick-service, fast-casual, family dining, casual and polished-casual categories. Among these brands are BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, Rubio’s, Pieology, Steak ‘n Shake, Johnny Rockets, and Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que. He has a proven track record of driving sales and...
Taco Bell Appoints Nikki Lawson As Global Chief Brand Officer
Taco Bell Corp. today announced that it has named Nikki Lawson as Global Chief Brand Officer, responsible for continuing the success of the Taco Bell brand in the US and across the world.
Lawson, former Managing Director, KFC SOPAC (South Pacific), will join the brand effective this April, reporting to Mark King, Chief Executive Officer, Taco Bell Corp. Lawson comes to Taco Bell after nearly 20 years at KFC, having held numerous marketing leadership roles, first in the KFC Africa business, and later in SOPAC, where she served as Chief Marketing & Development Officer and...
American Egg Board CEO Announces Plans to Step Down
Anne Alonzo, CEO of the American Egg Board, announced to members and staff that she has decided to step down from her role as President and CEO in April 2020. In a letter to the board members and alternates, Alonzo stated that she was afforded a unique opportunity to join a newly public agriculture company and lead its Washington D.C. office. Alonzo mentioned that over the past years, she has worked hard to drive needed change necessary to transform the American Egg Board into a modern, efficient, and high performing organization. She added that replacing long-standing public relations and creative agencies, championing exports, and...
Boston Market Names Eric Wyatt as Chief Executive Officer
Boston Market has named Eric Wyatt as Chief Executive Officer as the "rotisserie everything experts" sets forth on a new growth phase. He succeeds Frances Allen, Boston Market's CEO since 2018, who is departing for a new venture.
Having served as the company's Chief Operating Officer, Wyatt will oversee a newly created "Office of CEO" that includes Chief Financial Officer Caryn Doyle and Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel Randy Miller. Under Allen's leadership, this C-suite team has been instrumental in implementing a multi-faceted transformation plan designed to ensure...
Dunkin' Brands Announces New Vice President Of Marketing Strategy
Dunkin' Brands, the parent company of Dunkin' and Baskin-Robbins, today announced the promotion of Jill McVicar Nelson to Vice President, Marketing Strategy.
In her new position as Vice President, Marketing Strategy, Dunkin' U.S., Nelson will lead a newly reorganized team responsible for brand marketing & planning as well as value and pricing strategies. She will report on an interim basis to Dunkin' Brands CEO Dave Hoffmann. Most recently, Nelson served as Director of Corporate Strategy and Chief of Staff to the CEO.
"We are combining our strategic, go-to-market functions into one team in order to accelerate the growth of Dunkin' U.S. through a more integrated marketing approach, and I am delighted to announce the appointment of...
Dunkin' Brands Announces Appointment of Three International Vice Presidents
Dunkin' Brands, the parent company of Dunkin' and Baskin-Robbins, announced the appointment of three vice presidents to its international team. Rini Ernawati has been promoted to Regional Vice President, Asia Pacific, Caner Gursoy has been promoted to Regional Vice President, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Australia, and Ashish Asthana has joined the company as Vice President of International Marketing. All three vice presidents will report to John Varughese, Senior Vice President, International.
According to Dave Hoffmann, Dunkin' Brands CEO, "We are thrilled to add these three executives with their deep industry and global experience to help lead key growth segments for both Baskin-Robbins and Dunkin'. These appointments are...
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