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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...

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Sep 15 8:23 AM, General News



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...

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Sep 15 8:23 AM, General News


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...

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Sep 9 8:17 AM, General News


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...

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Sep 9 8:17 AM, General News


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...

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Sep 8 9:38 AM, General News


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...

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Sep 4 8:31 AM, General News


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...

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Sep 1 10:17 AM, General News


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...

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Aug 28 8:23 AM, General News


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...

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Aug 27 8:20 AM, General News


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...

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Aug 20 8:21 AM, General News


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...

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Aug 14 1:25 PM, General News


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...

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Aug 7 8:24 AM, General News


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...

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Aug 3 8:20 AM, General News


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...

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Aug 3 8:19 AM, General News


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...

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Jul 27 8:22 AM, General News


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...

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Jul 16 8:21 AM, General News


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...

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Jul 14 8:21 AM, General News


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...

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Jul 14 8:21 AM, General News


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...

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Jul 9 8:18 AM, General News


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...

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Jul 6 8:20 AM, General News


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...

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Jun 25 8:23 AM, General News


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...

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Jun 25 8:22 AM, General News


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...

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Jun 19 8:58 AM, General News


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...

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Jun 16 9:40 AM, General News


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...

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Jun 5 2:19 PM, General News


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...

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May 27 8:15 AM, General News


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...

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May 27 8:14 AM, General News


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...

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May 21 8:19 AM, General News


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...

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May 20 2:11 PM, General News


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...

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May 14 9:30 AM, General News


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...

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May 11 8:12 AM, General News


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...

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May 8 8:08 AM, General News


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...

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May 4 8:13 AM, General News


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...

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Mar 23 8:18 AM, General News


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...

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Mar 19 8:23 AM, General News


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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Mar 11 10:26 AM, General News


Chipotle Announces Changes to Its Board Composition

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Mar 9 9:58 AM, General News


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...

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Mar 9 9:41 AM, General News


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...

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Mar 6 8:23 AM, General News


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...

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Feb 25 11:17 AM, General News


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...

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Feb 24 9:28 AM, General News


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...

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Feb 18 11:12 AM, General News


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...

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Feb 14 10:27 AM, General News


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...

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Feb 14 10:22 AM, General News


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...

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Feb 13 9:34 AM, General News


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...

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Feb 11 8:14 AM, General News


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...

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Feb 10 9:46 AM, General News


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...

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Feb 10 8:14 AM, General News


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...

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Feb 10 8:14 AM, Urner Barry


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...

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Feb 4 9:48 AM, General News


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...

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Feb 4 9:44 AM, General News


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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Jan 30 9:58 AM, General News


Kroger Promotes New Leaders to the Central and Dillons Divisions

The Kroger Co. announced the retirement of Pam Matthews, president of the Central division, and promotions of Colleen Juergensen—currently president of the Dillions division—to president of the Central division and Steve Dreher—currently vice president of the Dillions division—to president of the Dillions division.

Pam Matthews to Retire After 40 Years of Service

Matthews will retire from the company, effective February 2, after 40 years of service. Most recently, she's led the Central division, which has 134 stores and more than 15,000 associates, primarily throughout Indiana, southern Illinois, and...

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Jan 22 10:19 AM, General News


Bojangles’ Names Gary Vaynerchuk to Board of Directors

Bojangles’, Inc. announced today it has added Gary Vaynerchuk, a serial entrepreneur and the CEO and co-founder of VaynerMedia, to its Board of Directors. As a board member, Mr. Vaynerchuk will work alongside senior leadership at the Company to help guide the famous chicken and biscuit chain’s future.

Vaynerchuk is known for establishing one of the first e-commerce wine sites, WineLibrary.com, and helping his father grow the family wine business from $3 million to $60 million in sales in just five years. He now runs VaynerMedia, a full-service digital agency servicing Fortune 500 clients across the company’s four locations.

“With Gary’s extensive experience in building brands and passion for disruptive innovation, he’ll bring a fresh perspective to...

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Jan 22 8:20 AM, General News


National Pork Board Makes Changes to Senior Leadership Team

The National Pork Board has announced senior leadership changes to better implement a new Pork Checkoff vision, structure and operating plan supported by its board of directors – the first major restructuring in nearly 20 years.

The new plan was developed with grassroots input from across the industry, including more than 1,000 pork producers, and focuses on two overarching goals, to build trust and to add value. To deliver on these goals and the expectations of pork industry leaders for nimbleness and forward-thinking, the National Pork Board has restructured staff teams and elevated high performers to lead them.

“We have our marching orders – to move at the speed of business and to be consumer-focused, producer-led. That is how we will keep pork relevant and competitive,” said Bill Even, National Pork Board CEO. “These changes align highly capable leaders and...

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Jan 20 11:55 AM, General News


Sysco Announces Senior Leadership Changes to Accelerate Next Phase of Development

Sysco Corporation announced today that Tom Bené will be stepping down from his roles as president and chief executive officer effective January 31, 2020. Tom will stay on with Sysco as an executive advisor until March 1, 2020, to be available to assist with a smooth and orderly transition of leadership for the Company. The board of directors has unanimously elected Kevin Hourican as the Company’s new president and chief executive officer, starting on February 1, 2020. Kevin most recently served as executive vice president of CVS Health and president of CVS Pharmacy and is a proven business leader with...

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Jan 13 9:42 AM, General News


Wingstop Appoints Mahesh Sadarangani as Chief Operating Officer 

Wingstop Inc. announced the appointment of Mahesh Sadarangani as Chief Operating Officer, previously Wingstop’s Senior Vice President of Channel Strategy, effective immediately. In his new role, Mahesh will be responsible for domestic operations and will continue reporting to Charlie Morrison, Chairman and CEO. Mahesh is replacing Larry Kruguer, who resigned on December 26, 2019.

With more than 20 years of operational leadership experience, Mahesh joined Wingstop in July 2019 from CEC Entertainment, the parent company for Chuck E. Cheese and Peter Piper Pizza. Most recently, Mahesh served as Chief Administrative Officer of CEC Entertainment and President of the Peter Piper Pizza brand leading strategy, revenue management, supply chain, and operations. Previous executive roles include...

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Jan 13 8:56 AM, General News


Aramark Names Thomas Ondrof as Chief Financial Officer

Aramark, a $16 billion global leader in food, facilities management and uniforms, announced today that Thomas Ondrof will join the Company as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, effective January 7, 2020, succeeding Steve Bramlage who will remain with the Company until April 3, 2020 in the role of Executive Advisor to assist in this transition.

Ondrof previously served as Chief Financial Officer with Performance Food Group, a $23 billion foodservice distributor. Prior to PFG, Ondrof spent 24 years at Compass Group North America, where he served in a variety of financial and...

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Jan 6 9:44 AM, General News


Axel Schwan Joins Global Leadership Team at Restaurant Brands International

Restaurant Brands International CEO Jose Cil announced that Axel Schwan will join the global leadership team of the company. Mr. Schwan was appointed the Regional President of Tim Hortons for Canada and the US in October.

"I am very proud to welcome Axel to the leadership team. I have worked closely with him in Europe, the U.S. and now in Canada and he has proven himself to be a valuable leader of our Tim Hortons business, as well as a strong leader of people and teams," said Mr. Cil.

Axel Schwan will add the Latin America region to his accountabilities. Other international Tim Hortons locations and...

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Dec 30 9:23 AM, General News


Ahold Delhaize Announces the Nomination of a New Member to Its Supervisory Board

Ahold Delhaize today announces the nomination of Frank van Zanten for appointment to Ahold Delhaize’s Supervisory Board, effective April 8, 2020.

Frank van Zanten, a Dutch national, is Chief Executive Officer of Bunzl plc, the FTSE100 specialist international distribution and services group. Additionally, he serves as a non-executive director of Grafton Group plc.

Ahold Delhaize is also announcing that Jacques de Vaucleroy will retire at the end of his current mandate after 4 years at Ahold Delhaize and...

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Dec 24 8:46 AM, General News


Kroger Elects Karen M. Hoguet to Board of Directors

The Kroger Co. today announced that Karen M. Hoguet has been elected to the company's board of directors.

Ms. Hoguet served as the chief financial officer of Macy's, Inc. from October 1997 until July 2018. She then served as a strategic advisor to the CEO until her retirement earlier this year. Ms. Hoguet currently serves on the Nielsen Holdings plc board and previously served on the boards of Chubb and Cincinnati Bell.

"We are pleased to welcome Karen to Kroger," said Rodney McMullen, Kroger's chairman and CEO. "She brings more than 35 years of retail and commercial experience to our board. Karen's long tenure as a senior executive of a publicly-traded retail company provides...

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Dec 16 8:21 AM, General News


Dunkin’ Brands Names Scott Murphy President, Dunkin’ Americas

Dunkin’ Brands, the parent company of Dunkin' and Baskin-Robbins, today announced that Scott Murphy, formerly Dunkin’ U.S. Chief Operating Officer, has been promoted to President, Dunkin’ Americas. He assumes the role from Dave Hoffmann, who continues to serve as Dunkin’ Brands CEO. Additionally, Dana Reid has been promoted to Vice President, Field Marketing, Dunkin’ U.S.

Murphy, a 15-year veteran with the company, will have responsibility in his new role for all aspects of operations, restaurant development, franchising, field marketing, supply chain, and consumer packaged goods (CPG) for the approximately 10,000 Dunkin’ restaurants in North and South America.

“Scott is a rare leader who is both strategic and impactful. He inspires all who work with him through his vision, attention to detail, and ability to...

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Dec 13 9:11 AM, General News


Nathan’s Famous Hires Industry Veterans to Lead Franchise Development and Operations

Nathan’s Famous, Inc announced yesterday the hiring of two industry veterans, Erik Mallon and Jim Hicks, to bolster its franchise sales and development teams. Both bring over 25 years of restaurant and franchise experience to the Nathan’s Famous brand.

Erik Mallon will serve as Senior Director of Franchise Development, and Jim Hicks assumes the role of Director of Operational Services and Training.

“The past year has been a busy one as we’ve readied Nathan’s Famous for new franchise growth and development," states James Walker, Senior Vice President, Restaurants. "Hiring these two industry veterans helps...

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Dec 12 8:18 AM, General News


McDonald’s Names Ian Borden as President, International

McDonald's Corporation today announced that Ian Borden, most recently President, International Developmental Licensed (IDL) Markets, has been appointed to President, International, effective immediately. Borden will continue reporting to Chris Kempczinski, McDonald’s President and Chief Executive Officer. This announcement follows the appointment of Joe Erlinger to President, McDonald's USA.

In his new role, Borden will assume oversight for all international markets, including International Operated Markets (IOM) which include all wholly-owned markets outside of the U.S., in addition to the more than 80 markets in the IDL segment that he oversees in his current role.

“Ian has a proven record of focusing on the customer to deliver profitable business growth while strengthening collaboration with our global franchisee community,” said Chris Kempczinski, McDonald’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “His deep experiences leading...

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Dec 10 11:40 AM, General News


Performance Food Group Company Appoints Three New Independent Directors

Performance Food Group Company, today announced that the Board of Directors of PFG has appointed Barbara J. Beck, Matthew C. Flanigan, and David V. Singer to the Board of Directors, effective immediately. With these appointments, PFG’s Board of Directors expands to 10 directors.

Barbara J. Beck, 59, recently retired from her position as the Chief Executive Officer of Learning Care Group, Inc. (LCG), a global for-profit early childhood education provider. She served as Chief Executive Officer of LCG, from March 2011 until June 2019, and currently acts as an advisor to American Securities, the private equity owner of LCG. Ms. Beck also serves on the Executive Council of American Securities. Prior to joining LCG, Ms. Beck spent nine years as an executive of Manpower Inc., a world leader in the employment services industry, including...

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Nov 27 9:20 AM, General News


Leonard Lombardi Named AVA Companies CEO

AVA Companies of Hicksville, NY, case-ready manufacturer and distributor to the supermarket and food processing industry of private label pork, beef and other protein products, has announced the appointment of Leonard E. Lombardi, Jr. as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective immediately. Lombardi, a Villanova University alum, succeeds AVA’s founder, Albert L. Girgenti, who recently passed away.

Lombardi has been affiliated with AVA for over 22 years, moving from sales trainee in its Pennsylvania butchering plants in the 1990’s, to plant and regional sales, marketing and operations positions, then to various corporate positions, including...

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Nov 22 8:38 AM, General News


Aramark Names Marc Bruno Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Food & Facilities

Aramark, a global leader in food, facilities management and uniforms, announced today that Marc Bruno has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Food & Facilities, reporting to CEO John Zillmer. In this new role, Bruno will focus on driving the Company’s hospitality culture and growth across Aramark’s eight U.S. food and facilities businesses.

Bruno joined Aramark in 1993 after graduating from the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. Throughout the course of his career, he has risen through the ranks leading virtually every one of Aramark’s U.S. food and facilities businesses, as well as the Company’s Olympic involvement around the globe. In addition, Bruno has overseen some of the world’s largest events for the Company, including...

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Nov 21 9:23 AM, General News


Michael Foster Joins Sysco Corporation as Chief Information and Technology Officer

Sysco Corporation announced today that Michael Foster will join the company as chief information and technology officer, effective December 2. He will serve as Sysco’s senior technology leader with responsibility for all aspects of our global technology agenda, and will partner with other Sysco leaders in helping to shape the company’s broader strategic direction and future growth agenda.

"We are very pleased to welcome Michael to Sysco,” said Tom Bené, Sysco's chairman, president and chief executive officer. “His deep background in complex supply chain and logistics businesses, as well as his experience leading digital transformation, infrastructure modernization and...

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Nov 20 9:34 AM, General News


Humphreys, Matsen to Join National Pork Board Leadership Team

The National Pork Board today named two new executives to its leadership team. Bryan Humphreys has been named the vice president of producer, state and industry relations, and Jacque Matsen has been named vice president of strategic communications. Both will assume their new roles Dec. 16.

Humphreys grew up working on the family farm in Iowa raising hogs, corn and soybeans. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University, he organized grassroots efforts and managed multiple political campaigns around the country. In 2009, he joined the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) as the director of grassroots, where he encouraged pork producers to tell... 

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Nov 19 9:41 AM, General News


Subway Restaurants Names John Chidsey CEO 

Subway Restaurants announced that John Chidsey has been named Chief Executive Officer effective November 18, 2019.

John's career as a global franchise executive and senior leader for some of the world's well-known corporations spans brands in and outside of the food and beverage industries.

John was previously the Chairman and CEO of Burger King Holdings, Inc.

Prior to that, he served as Burger King's President and Chief Financial Officer and held other senior management positions...

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Nov 14 9:08 AM, General News


USMEF Elects New Officer Team, Examines Trade Challenges

The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) concluded its Strategic Planning Conference in Tucson, Ariz., with the election of new officers. Cevin Jones, a cattle feeder from Eden, Idaho, was elected USMEF chair. He succeeds Iowa pork producer Conley Nelson.

“My first involvement with USMEF was when I was marketing chair with the Idaho Cattle Association,” recalled Jones, who along with his brother operates Intermountain Beef, a custom feedlot. “As part of my duties I would go to national conventions where USMEF staff and leadership shared information about their work in international markets. This was a tremendous eye-opener. I valued the importance of export markets then, but value them even more today.”

Jones became president of the Idaho Cattle Association in November 2003, shortly before one of the most disruptive events in the history of the U.S. beef industry...

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Nov 11 9:20 AM, General News


Dean Banks Named President of Tyson Foods

Tyson Foods, Inc. today announced that its board of directors has named independent director Dean Banks, 46, president of the company, effective December 20, 2019. Noel White, 61, currently president and chief executive officer, will continue as CEO. In his new role, Banks will report to White and oversee the company’s business segments. Banks will remain a member of the Tyson Foods board and will be considered a non‐independent director.

Banks brings deep leadership experience and a background in entrepreneurship, innovation and technology to Tyson Foods. He joins the Tyson Foods enterprise leadership team from X, an Alphabet Inc. company (formerly known as Google [x]), where he has been a member of the leadership team since 2016 and started and led multiple projects.

John Tyson, chairman of the board of directors, said, “I have gotten to know Dean well over the past several years, particularly during his two years on our board, where he...

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Nov 7 12:04 PM, General News


Papa John’s Strengthens and Streamlines Management Team

Papa John's International, Inc. today announced a new, more streamlined senior management team, with additions to the team as well as promotions and expanded roles for key leaders. The updated management structure aligns with the company’s new strategy and priorities.

“After two months as CEO, I’m more excited than ever by the dedication, drive and resilience of Papa John’s team members and franchisees. Today I’m announcing a new management structure that will be the foundation on which we build our future,” said Rob Lynch, President and Chief Executive Officer. “As we introduce a more focused plan and strategic priorities for the company, we are realigning Papa John’s senior management, promoting leaders within the company and adding proven talent. The strong, streamlined team has more clearly defined responsibilities and...

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Nov 7 8:22 AM, General News


Hormel Foods Announces the Retirement of Tom Day and Executive Advancements 

Hormel Foods Corporation, a global branded food company, announced Tom Day, executive vice president, Refrigerated Foods, will retire effective at the end of the first quarter fiscal 2020. The company also announced the advancement of several executives, including Deanna Brady, who will succeed Day as executive vice president, Refrigerated Foods.

Additionally, P.J. Connor, currently vice president; senior vice president, Consumer Products Sales (CPS), will advance to Brady's current role as group vice president; president, Consumer Products Sales. Tony Hoffman will advance to Connor's current role as vice president; senior vice president, Consumer Products Sales.

Day serves as a member of the executive committee of Hormel Foods, bringing nearly 40 years of strategic leadership to the company. As executive vice president of Refrigerated Foods, Day has led the company's largest segment as well as...

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Oct 25 9:30 AM, General News


RAVE Restaurant Group, Inc. Names Brandon Solano CEO

RAVE Restaurant Group, Inc., today announced that its Board of Directors has named Brandon L. Solano as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Mr. Solano succeeds Scott Crane, whose tenure with the Company ended in July 2019.

Mr. Solano most recently served as Chief Marketing & Digital Officer of fast-casual concept Pei Wei Asian Kitchen, where he recorded the best positive traffic the brand had seen in seven years behind the launch of "Wei Better Orange Chicken," cauliflower rice and a clean-label initiative dubbed "The Wei Forward." In the process, he creatively poked fun at Panda Express, garnering substantial positive publicity and...

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Oct 22 8:48 AM, General News


Dunkin' Brands Announces Departure of Tony Weisman, U.S. Chief Marketing Officer

Dunkin’ Brands, the parent company of Dunkin' and Baskin-Robbins, today announced that Tony Weisman, Chief Marketing Officer Dunkin’ U.S., is stepping down from his position effective December 1, 2019. The company will immediately begin a search for his replacement, and Mr. Weisman has agreed to assist in the search. Until the appointment of a new CMO, the marketing department will report to Dave Hoffmann, Dunkin’ Brands CEO and Dunkin’ U.S. President.

“Tony has played a key role in the transformation of our brand, including our widely lauded decision to drop “Donuts” from our logo, our very successful espresso relaunch, and the introduction of innovative products like our plant-based Beyond Sausage Breakfast Sandwich, currently available in Manhattan. Additionally, he has assembled...

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Oct 16 9:14 AM, General News


Walmart Names John Furner President & CEO of Walmart U.S.

Today, Walmart announced that John Furner will become the President and Chief Executive Officer of Walmart U.S., following a successful five years for the business segment under Greg Foran. Furner will report directly to Walmart President and CEO Doug McMillon, and the move will be effective November 1. Foran, who is taking a role as CEO at Air New Zealand Limited, will stay on with Walmart through January 31 to ensure a smooth transition.

“John has done a fantastic job at Sam’s Club, and he will continue the momentum we have in Walmart U.S.,” said McMillon. “John knows our business well, having held many different jobs in the company over more than 25 years, and he is helping transform it for the future. He has the experience and judgment to know what we should continue doing and what we should...

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Oct 11 8:52 AM, General News


Subway Restaurants Names New Chief Marketing Officer

The Subway brand is proud to name Carrie Walsh as Chief Marketing Officer, North America, where she will be responsible for driving the brand's North America marketing and advertising strategy, as well as defining global brand standards and marketing strategies throughout Subway's international markets.

A seasoned marketing professional, Walsh joins Subway with more than 15 years of experience building brands across the restaurant, retail and CPG industries. Most recently, Walsh led marketing for Michaels Stores, the largest arts & crafts retailer in North America. Walsh also previously held the Chief Marketing Officer role for YUM! Brands Pizza Hut, where she led teams across marketing disciplines including calendar planning, menu insights and...

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Oct 9 10:12 AM, General News


Impossible Burger Sales Skyrocket at Retail Debut 

After its highly anticipated retail debut, the Impossible Burger remains the number one item sold at grocery stores on the East and West coasts where the product is offered. The flagship product from Impossible Foods made its worldwide debut in grocery stores on September 20th at all outlets of Gelson's Markets in Southern California. Since its launch, Gelson’s has sold more Impossible Burgers than all types of ground beef, based on both revenue and total number of pounds sold. On September 26th, the Impossible Burger became available in all 100 outlets of Wegmans on the East coast, including seven states and two Fairway locations in New York City. The Impossible Burger became the number one single item sold in the meat department at Fairway's two Manhattan locations.

Also, during the product's first full weekend on stores shelves in Southern California, the Impossible Burger outsold by more than...

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Oct 2 8:21 AM, Urner Barry


Greenleaf Foods, SPC Names Foodservice Veteran Ken Komejan Vice President of Foodservice

Plant-based protein leader Greenleaf Foods, SPC, announced that veteran foodservice executive Ken Komejan has joined the company as Vice President of Foodservice. Komejan will lead the Greenleaf Foods, SPC foodservice business—for the company’s two category-leading brands, Lightlife (“Lightlife”) and Field Roast Grain Meat Co. (“Field Roast”)—across North America, defining a strategic vision to accelerate growth and market leadership in the plant-based protein market.

Under Komejan’s leadership, Greenleaf Foods, SPC, will solidify its commitment to the fast-growing foodservice channel and expand its position in the highly-competitive demand space with Lightlife and Field Roast.

“The addition of Ken to the Greenleaf team solidifies our commitment to serving foodservice customers with...

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Sep 24 8:46 AM, General News




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