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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


NCBA Announces Leadership Changes

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) announced two significant leadership changes today.

The NCBA Executive Committee of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association confirmed Colin Woodall to serve as the association’s new Chief Executive Officer. Woodall, who was named this morning after an exhaustive national search, managed NCBA’s efforts in Washington, D.C., for more than a decade. Since joining NCBA in 2004, Woodall has been instrumental in ensuring the interests of NCBA members and the beef community, are well represented in the nation’s capital.

“Colin has served NCBA members for 15 years, and in that time, he has done a great deal for beef producers everywhere. Much of his work and many of...

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Sep 19 8:16 AM, General News


Starbucks Announces Three New Appointments to Board of Directors

Starbucks Corporation announced today the appointment of Richard (Ritch) E. Allison, Jr., Chief Executive Officer of Domino’s; Andrew (Andy) Campion, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of NIKE; and Isabel Ge Mahe, Apple’s Vice President and Managing Director of Greater China, to the Starbucks Board of Directors. These appointments increase Starbucks Board of Directors to 13.

“As we pursue our goal of building an enduring company, I couldn’t be more excited to have Ritch, Andy and Isabel join our world-class board of directors,” said Kevin Johnson, Starbucks president and chief executive officer. “Their expertise across global technology, retail and customer experience at scale will accelerate our drive to innovate in a way that’s relevant to our customers and inspiring to our partners.”

All three joined the Starbucks Board of Directors effective Sept. 11, 2019. Other members of the Starbucks Board of Directors include...

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Sep 16 10:15 AM, General News


Tyson Foods Names John R. Tyson Chief Sustainability Officer

Tyson Foods announced today the appointment of John R. Tyson as Chief Sustainability Officer, effectively immediately. He will report to Noel White, President and CEO of Tyson Foods. Justin Whitmore, who has been serving as Tyson Foods’ Chief Sustainability Officer since 2017, will now turn his full attention to leading Tyson Foods’ growing alternative protein business.

Tyson will lead Tyson Foods’ efforts to support a more sustainable food system. This includes driving improvement by implementing the company’s sustainability strategy and commitments as well as managing the sustainability, animal welfare, environmental and social responsibility teams.

“I am excited to play a role in leading our company’s sustainability efforts,” said John R. Tyson. “Taking care of our people and our planet is a priority for Tyson Foods. We are uniquely positioned to lead within the global food system, and therefore we must continue...

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Sep 10 11:34 AM, General News


Maple Leaf Foods Names Casey Richards Senior Vice-President of Marketing and Innovation

Maple Leaf Foods, Inc. today named Casey Richards Senior Vice-President of Marketing and Innovation.

Richards will assume overall marketing leadership for Maple Leaf's family of brands and will lead the company's innovation efforts, while continuing to oversee the pastry business. He will also join the Maple Leaf Foods Senior Leadership Team.

Richards most recently served as the Company's Vice-President and General Manager – Pastry, a role he assumed in 2017 following two decades of marketing and general management experience with leading U.S. food companies. Richards is a highly accomplished brand marketer with a strong commercial acumen and a demonstrated track record of success in strategy, brand building, innovation and...

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Sep 10 8:22 AM, General News


Yum China Announces Transition of Chief Financial Officer

Yum China Holdings, Inc. today announced that Jacky Lo, who has served as the Company's Chief Financial Officer since June 2017, intends to leave the Company to pursue professional opportunities in Hong Kong to be closer to his family. Jacky will step down as the Company's Chief Financial Officer effective October 16, 2019. Ka Wai Andy Yeung will assume the role of Chief Financial Officer of the Company effective the same day.

"We are grateful for all of the contributions Jacky has made to the Company and recognize the critical role he played in growing and strengthening our business since the spin-off, as well as for his ongoing engagement on succession discussions to ensure a smooth CFO transition." said Joey Wat, Yum China's CEO.

"We are pleased to welcome Andy to our team. Andy brings a wealth of knowledge to this critical role, and his deep experience in all facets of finance will be a tremendous asset to our Company. We look forward to...

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Sep 9 11:26 AM, General News


Moe's Southwest Grill Appoints Erik Hess as Brand President

Erik Hess joins the Moe's Southwest Grill brand with more than 25 years of global experience in the food and beverage industry specializing in business strategy, consumer insights and improving operations. Hess will be leading as President of the Moe's brand, a fast-casual Mexican concept with more than 725 operating units, where he will oversee franchise and company operations, marketing, supply chain and product innovation.

"I am excited to lead the Moe's Southwest Grill brand because it sits in one of the fastest growing segments in the restaurant industry," says Erik Hess, President, Moe's Southwest Grill. "The brand has great food, an incredibly loyal fan base and very involved franchisees. We're well positioned to accelerate growth."

Previously, Hess spent 25 years at McDonald's Corporation in a wide variety of senior leadership positions responsible for...

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Sep 9 11:16 AM, General News


Bojangles’ Names Experienced Restaurant Finance Leader as Chief Financial Officer

Bojangles’, Inc. announced today that accomplished finance executive and restaurant industry veteran Reese Stewart has joined the company as its new Chief Financial Officer. In this role, Reese will help lead the company’s efforts to drive value through strategic focus, team development, and operational and financial excellence.

Reese comes to Bojangles’ after a nearly 15-year career with CKE Restaurants, the parent company of the Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s brands. Most recently, Reese was Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Accounting Officer for CKE. He also previously served as the company’s Interim Chief Financial Officer. While with CKE, Reese developed and led financial teams that supported the domestic and international growth platform of both brands, was instrumental in a variety of strategic and capital transactions, and...

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Sep 5 9:56 AM, General News


Greenleaf Foods, SPC, Names Adam Grogan Chief Operating Officer

Plant-based protein leader Greenleaf Foods, SPC, today named Adam Grogan Chief Operating Officer effective September 9, 2019. Grogan currently serves as Senior Vice President of Marketing, Innovation, Research and Development at Greenleaf's Toronto-based parent company Maple Leaf Foods, Inc. (TSX: MFI) where he has distinguished himself as an expert brand marketer, innovator and scaled operational leader.

The appointment comes at a time when Greenleaf Foods, SPC, is focused on growing its plant-based protein business and building North America's largest plant-based protein facility in Shelbyville, Indiana, to meet demand for its innovative products.

"Adam brings tremendous commercial expertise, strong operational experience and leadership to this new role. And, his technological knowledge and capabilities will be invaluable to Greenleaf at this critical juncture in our rapidly growing business," said Dan Curtin, President of Greenleaf Foods, SPC. "Adam's passion and ability to deliver breakthrough innovation and...

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Aug 28 9:04 AM, General News


Inspire Brands Announces New Arby’s President

Inspire Brands today announced that Jim Taylor has been named President of Arby’s. Taylor, who most recently served as Chief Marketing Officer of Arby’s, will report to Paul Brown, Chief Executive Officer of Inspire.

“One of the many strengths of Inspire is our development of future leaders, and we are thrilled to have Jim lead Arby’s,” Brown said. “During Jim’s time at Arby’s, he has helped introduce one of the most dynamic and innovative product pipelines in our industry and has a proven track record of driving strong sales for the brand. The Arby’s business, our team members, and franchisees, are in great hands with Jim at the helm.”

“It’s an honor to lead Arby’s and continue to build on our strong foundation,” Taylor said. “Over the past several years, we’ve achieved record-level sales and...

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Aug 27 9:39 AM, General News


Papa John's Appoints Proven, Transformational Leader Rob Lynch as President and CEO 

Papa John's International, Inc. today announced the appointment of Rob Lynch as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Previously, Mr. Lynch was President of Arby’s, the second-largest sandwich restaurant brand in the world with more than 3,400 restaurants across eight countries, where he led the brand’s dramatic turn-around to strong growth and profitability.

Jeff Smith, Chairman of the Papa John’s Board of Directors, said, “I am thrilled to welcome Rob to Papa John’s at this pivotal moment in the company’s history. His proven record transforming organizations and realizing the growth potential of differentiated brands is ideally suited for Papa John’s as the company sets forth on its next chapter. I would also like to thank Steve Ritchie for his steady leadership as CEO over the past year and a half. Papa John’s is stronger today because of...

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Aug 27 9:03 AM, General News


Secretary Perdue Swears in USDA’s Principal Deputy Chief Financial Officer Scott Soles

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today administered the oath of office to swear in Scott Soles to serve as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Principal Deputy Chief Financial Officer.

“Scott Soles brings decades of experience with him to Washington and we are excited to welcome him to our USDA team,” Secretary Perdue said. “With over 30 years of experience in internal and external financial auditing, consulting, and finance operations, Scott will bring valuable...

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Aug 15 8:18 AM, General News


Tyson Foods Appoints New Prepared Foods Leader

Tyson Foods has named Chief Marketing Officer Noelle O’Mara to lead its growing prepared foods business.

O’Mara’s new role involves managing all aspects of Tyson Foods’ $9 billion prepared foods business, which includes billion-dollar brands Tyson, Jimmy Dean, and Hillshire Farm. The job also includes oversight of one-third of Tyson Foods’ manufacturing facilities and more than 25,000 team members.

O’Mara has more than 17 years of general management experience that includes profit and loss responsibility, food marketing and innovation. She joined Tyson Foods in April 2016 as vice president, new business models. She served as general manager and senior vice president of the Tyson and Jimmy Dean business units before being named...

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Aug 14 8:15 AM, General News


UNFI Announces Management Changes

United Natural Foods, Inc. today announced changes to its senior management team. Mike Zechmeister will resign his position as Chief Financial Officer, effective August 23, 2019, to pursue an opportunity outside the Company. John W. Howard has been appointed Interim Chief Financial Officer while the Company begins an internal and external search for Mr. Zechmeister's permanent replacement. Mr. Howard joined UNFI in July as Senior Vice President, Finance and Accounting.

Steven L. Spinner, UNFI's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer said, "I thank Mike for his contributions to UNFI over the past four years of significant growth and change. In the near term, we're fortunate to have John's experience and financial acumen available to...

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Aug 13 9:07 AM, General News


Yum! Brands Announces CEO Succession Plan to Drive Next Chapter of Global Growth 

Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM) today announced that its Board of Directors has unanimously elected David Gibbs as Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2020, and appointed him to the Company’s Board, effective November 1, 2019. Gibbs, 55, who currently serves as Yum! Brands President and Chief Operating Officer and oversees the global KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell divisions, will succeed Greg Creed, 62, who has announced his decision to retire at the end of 2019 after a successful 25-year career with the Company.

“I’ve had the privilege of partnering with our franchisees to grow the three iconic brands within the Yum! Brands portfolio for over 30 years and am honored to follow in Greg’s footsteps,” Gibbs said. “It's thanks to Greg’s terrific leadership and innovative brand building during some of the most pivotal moments in our history that Yum! Brands has emerged as...

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Aug 13 8:15 AM, General News


SpartanNash Announces Leadership Transition

SpartanNash Company (Nasdaq: SPTN) (“SpartanNash” or the “Company”) today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed the Company’s Chairman, Dennis Eidson, to the additional roles of Interim President and CEO, effective immediately. Mr. Eidson will serve in these additional roles until the next CEO is identified. Mr. Eidson served as CEO from 2008-2017, and previously served as SpartanNash’s President, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Marketing and Merchandising during his 16-year tenure with the Company. The Board also announced that it has accepted the resignation of President and CEO, Dave Staples, who is leaving the Company and the SpartanNash Board.

“The Board remains confident in the Company’s strategic direction and its ability to generate top line growth; however, execution has fallen short of our expectations and we believe that now is the time for...

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Aug 12 9:36 AM, General News


Domino's Appoints Lisa Price Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer

Domino's Pizza, (NYSE: DPZ), the largest pizza company in the world based on global retail sales, today announced that Lisa V. Price will be joining the company as executive vice president, chief human resources officer, effective Aug. 26. Price will be a part of Domino's executive leadership team and will report directly to Chief Executive Officer Ritch Allison.

Price joins Domino's from Nordstrom, where she most recently served as senior vice president of human resources. From 2000-2015, Price had progressively more responsible roles in human resources at Starbucks Coffee Co., most recently as vice president of partner resources. With the exception of a year at Nordstrom in 2000, Price spent most of her career at Starbucks, joining the brand in 1994.

"Lisa brings extensive experience in both retail and restaurants to Domino's," said Allison. "She began her career in the stores at Starbucks and eventually worked her way up...

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Aug 2 8:17 AM, General News


Albertsons Companies Announces Executive Appointments

Albertsons Companies announced today that Jonathan Gardner has been named its new Group Vice President of Strategic Sourcing. In this new position, Gardner will report to Evan Rainwater, Senior Vice President, Strategic Sourcing and Manufacturing. Additionally, the company has promoted David Nelsen to Group Vice President of Manufacturing.

Gardner joins Albertsons Cos. following a successful nine yearsat Starbucks, where he began his tenure as Director of Sourcing for IT and Digital. Most recently, he served as Vice President, Global Sourcing and Supplier Relations. In this leadership role, Gardner was responsible for Beverage, Dairy, Packaging, Print Production, and Supply Development teams in Seattle. Additionally, he set strategic and cultural priorities for...

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Jul 31 8:16 AM, General News


Yum! Brands Appoints Taco Bell Division and Pizza Hut Division Chief Executive Officers 

Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM) today announced that it has appointed Taco Bell Division and Pizza Hut Division Chief Executive Officers who each will assume global responsibility for driving their respective brand’s growth strategies, franchise operations and performance. With today’s announcement, each of the Company’s three global brand divisions will be led by a Chief Executive Officer.

Mark King, 60, former President of adidas Group North America, will join the Company as Taco Bell Division Chief Executive Officer, reporting to David Gibbs, President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Yum! Brands. King brings to Taco Bell and Yum! Brands extensive retail experience and an excellent track record driving growth, innovation, brand relevance and culture. In addition, Artie Starrs, 42, President of Pizza Hut U.S., is being promoted to...

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Jul 26 9:00 AM, General News


JBS USA Appoints Dean Hollis to Independent Advisory Board

JBS USA, a leading U.S.-based, global food company, today announced the addition of Dean Hollis, former president and chief operating officer of the Consumer Foods segment at ConAgra Foods, to its independent advisory board.

Hollis will join the Honorable John Boehner, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Dimitri Panayotopoulos, former Vice Chairman at Procter & Gamble, and Harvey Pitt, former Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in supporting the company’s executive leadership on matters related to corporate governance, government and regulatory affairs, commodity risk management and marketing.

“We are pleased to welcome Dean Hollis to the JBS USA Independent Advisory Board,” said Andre Nogueira, President and CEO of JBS USA. “Dean brings significant experience in...

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Jul 25 10:05 AM, General News


National Pork Board Names Dr. Jerry Flint to Leadership Team

The National Pork Board today named Jerry Flint as vice president of engagement and outreach effective August 1, 2019. Flint, who has a doctorate in crop science from the University of Kentucky, joins the Pork Checkoff from Corteva Agriscience in Johnston, Iowa.

Flint was born and raised on his family’s farm in western Ohio and has spent his career in agriculture with progressive leadership roles in production agriculture, science, research, biotechnology and sustainability. He joined Corteva in 2010 and held positions specifically linked to global business management, sustainability, external relations, regulatory approvals and product research and development.

“Jerry is a widely-respected agricultural leader, scientist and driver of change through continuous improvement in all aspects of ag production and...

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Jul 23 8:15 AM, General News


Sanderson Farms Names Sonia Pérez to Board of Directors

Sanderson Farms, Inc. (NASDAQ: SAFM) today announced that Sonia Pérez was elected to the Company’s Board of Directors, effective July 18, 2019. She will serve as a Class C director until the annual meeting of shareholders in 2020 and will, if re-elected at that meeting, serve for a term expiring in 2022.

Pérez currently serves as President of AT&T Southeast States, where she is responsible for developing the overall strategic direction of AT&T’s corporate activities throughout her region. She leads AT&T’s workforce, oversees operations including its technology deployment and infrastructure investment, and directs teams responsible for implementing public policy, legislative, regulatory and philanthropic initiatives. Prior to this position, she was named the first...

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Jul 22 11:46 AM, General News


Yum! Brands Names Chris Turner as Chief Financial Officer

Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM) today announced that Chris Turner, 44, will join the Company as Chief Financial Officer, reporting to Chief Executive Officer Greg Creed, effective August 8, 2019. In this role, Turner will assume global responsibility for finance, corporate strategy, supply chain and information technology.

Turner joins Yum! Brands from PepsiCo, where he most recently served as Senior Vice President and General Manager leading PepsiCo’s retail and ecommerce businesses with Walmart in the U.S. and more than 25 countries and across PepsiCo’s brands in the beverage, snack and nutrition categories. Today’s announcement...

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Jun 27 8:20 AM, General News


Ahold Delhaize USA Announces Leadership Changes at Stop & Shop and Giant Food

Ahold Delhaize USA today announced leadership changes at two of its U.S. brands. The changes include:

  • Mark McGowan, President, Stop & Shop has made the decision to leave the organization. McGowan will remain with Stop & Shop through year-end, at the company’s request, to ensure a seamless transition.
  • Gordon Reid, President of Giant Food, will become President, Stop & Shop. Reid will begin transitioning to this new role in the coming weeks, and officially assume the role in late July.
  • Ira Kress, SVP, Operations for Giant Food, has been appointed as...
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Jun 18 11:03 AM, General News


American Angus Association Names Mark McCully CEO

The American Angus Association Board of Directors is pleased to announce Mark McCully as the new chief executive officer of the American Angus Association, effective June 10, 2019.

McCully will serve as the chief executive officer for the American Angus Association and for each of the Association’s subsidiaries: Angus Media, Certified Angus Beef LLC, Angus Genetics Inc., and the Angus Foundation.

“This truly is a proud day for the Association and the breed,” said John Pfeiffer, Association president. “Mark has grown up in the cattle business and possesses unique insight into all segments of beef production, his knowledge and leadership have served CAB well, and he will help to continue to drive the demand for...

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Jun 6 12:00 PM, General News


Pork Checkoff Names 2019-2020 Officers

David Newman, a pork producer from Arkansas, was elected president of the National Pork Board at the organization’s June board meeting in Des Moines, Iowa. The National Pork Board’s 15 producer-directors represent America’s pig farmers.

“The U.S. pork industry is facing a time of unprecedented change and I look forward to serving America’s 60,000 pig farmers in the year ahead,” Newman said. “From preparing the global food industry for the threats facing us from foreign animal disease, implementing our Secure Pork Supply plan and driving home our messages of what sustainable pig production looks like in the U.S. and abroad, I cannot wait to lead the Pork Checkoff in delivering value to our producers.”

Newman is in his second term as a board member and owns and operates a farrow-to-finish Berkshire farm in Myrtle, Missouri, that markets pork directly to consumers throughout the U.S. Serving with Newman on Pork Checkoff’s executive officer team are...

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Jun 5 9:16 AM, General News


SpartanNash Appoints New President of Food Distribution

SpartanNash (Nasdaq: SPTN) announced today that Mr. Walt Lentz has joined the company as Executive Vice President and President, Food Distribution, effective May 31, 2019. Mr. Lentz has 32 years of logistics and supply chain experience in roles of increasing leadership responsibility, including serving from 2017 to 2019 as Acting Chief Executive Officer and Chief Supply Chain Officer of Peapod LLC, the grocery eCommerce business division of Ahold Delhaize.

As President of Food Distribution, Mr. Lentz will have full responsibility of SpartanNash’s $4 billion food distribution segment and responsibility for the total company supply chain. He will work with the SpartanNash team in developing and executing strategic plans to grow the wholesale distribution and food manufacturing businesses’ profitability. Mr. Lentz will report to SpartanNash’s President and Chief Executive Officer, David M. Staples...

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Jun 3 3:23 PM, General News


Tyson Foods Names Noelle O’Mara Chief Marketing Officer

O’Mara, who has more than 17 years of food marketing experience, joined Tyson Foods in April 2016 as vice president, new business models. She most recently served as general manager and senior vice president of two of the company’s billion dollar brands, Jimmy Dean® and Tyson®.

In her new position, O’Mara reports to President and CEO Noel White and is responsible for innovation and brand building across the enterprise to support the company’s overall growth strategy. This includes overseeing consumer insights and analytics, research and development, innovation and marketing effectiveness...

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May 30 11:03 AM, General News


Harrison Poultry Appoints Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Harrison Poultry today announced James I. Vincent has joined the family owned, fully integrated poultry processing company as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Vincent brings an extensive background in finance, treasury, financial planning and analysis, tax, strategic planning and risk management and a deep appreciation for Harrison Poultry and its strategy for the future.

Before joining Harrison Poultry, Vincent was the Controller for Wayne Farms LLC. In his new role, Vincent will lead Harrison Poultry’s financial operations and will report to CEO David Bleth.

“I’m delighted to welcome Jamie to Harrison Poultry. He’ll make an immediate impact as...

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May 30 8:57 AM, General News


Nathan’s Famous Names James Walker Senior Vice President, Restaurants

Nathan’s Famous announced today that it has hired James Walker, CFE, as the company’s Senior Vice President, Restaurants. Walker comes to Nathan’s Famous from Subway where he was Vice President, North America, overseeing all franchised restaurants in the U.S. and Canada.

“We are excited to have James on board to lead our all-important restaurant division,” said Eric Gatoff, CEO of Nathan’s Famous. “While our success over the last decade has largely come from our product licensing and foodservice businesses, Nathan’s started as a restaurant company in 1916. James’ skill set includes extensive experience in restaurant operations, franchising and product development. Adding someone as accomplished and innovative as James demonstrates our continued commitment to...

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May 21 10:02 AM, General News


Panera Bread Appoints Niren Chaudhary as CEO

Panera Bread ("Panera" or "the Company") today announced that it has appointed Niren Chaudhary as President and Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Blaine Hurst who is retiring from his current role as CEO of Panera effective May 23, 2019. Hurst will remain on the Board of Panera and become Vice Chairman, and will work alongside Chaudhary after he joins the Company in early May to help ensure a smooth transition into his new role.

Chaudhary joins Panera from Krispy Kreme, where he has been the Chief Operating Officer and President of Krispy Kreme International since 2017. Previously Chaudhary spent 23 years with Yum! Brands in a variety of executive positions. He has more than 25 years of international corporate leadership experience in the food retail and hospitality industry, and brings broad experience in...

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Apr 29 11:58 AM, General News


NCBA CEO Kendal Frazier Announces Plans for Retirement

After 34 years with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), the past four as CEO, Kendal Frazier announced his plans for retirement this morning. Frazier's career began as a farm broadcaster in Kansas, where he also served as director of communications for Kansas Livestock Association, before moving to Denver, Colo., to join the staff of the National Cattlemen’s Association (NCA), predecessor organization to NCBA. During his illustrious career, he served the beef industry through some of its most challenging times and events.

“For more than three decades, the beef industry has benefitted from Kendal’s vision and leadership. There is no doubt in my mind that he has played a major role in ensuring the success of our industry today,” said NCBA President Jennifer Houston. “It has been my pleasure to work closely with Kendal for many years and I can say without a doubt that we are far better off because of...

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Apr 24 10:06 AM, General News


UNFI Elects James Muehlbauer to Its Board of Directors

United Natural Foods, Inc. (NYSE: UNFI) ("UNFI") today announced it has appointed James Muehlbauer, an experienced financial and strategic executive, to its Board of Directors effective April 22, 2019. This appointment furthers UNFI's commitment to expand the size of its Board and bring on additional expertise in areas that serve UNFI's new strategic objectives following the recent SUPERVALU acquisition. With the addition of Mr. Muehlbauer, UNFI's Board now has nine members.

Mr. Muehlbauer joins the Board having most recently served from 2013 to 2017 as the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer for The Valspar Corporation, a manufacturer and distributor of paints, coatings and...

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Apr 24 9:51 AM, General News


Kraft Heinz Appoints New CEO 

The Kraft Heinz Company (NASDAQ:KHC) today announced that the Company’s Board of Directors has appointed Miguel Patricio as Chief Executive Officer effective July 1, 2019. Mr. Patricio will succeed Bernardo Hees, who will remain CEO through June 30, 2019, to ensure a seamless transition.

“Miguel is a proven business leader with a distinguished track record of building iconic consumer brands around the globe, driving top-line revenue growth through a focus on consumer-first marketing, innovation, and ...

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Apr 23 8:21 AM, General News


Publix Board Member Elected, Retirees Recognized

During its annual meeting of stockholders today, Publix stockholders elected Jennifer Jenkins to the Publix board of directors, and Barney Barnett, Jane Finley and Charlie Jenkins Jr. retired from the board. The board also named Barnett as Vice Chairman Emeritus.

“I’m excited to have Jennifer join the Publix family. She will be a valuable addition to our board,” said Publix Chairman of the Board Ed Crenshaw.

Jennifer Jenkins is Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Center for the Study of the Public Domain at Duke University Law School, where she has worked since 2002. Prior to joining Duke, she was a legal associate at ...

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Apr 17 9:45 AM, General News


Kroger Announces Executive Promotions to Support Restock Kroger

The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced several executive promotions to support Restock Kroger and the company's long-term growth.

"We are making progress on redefining the customer experience, and our high-performing leaders are determined to maintain that momentum in year two of Restock Kroger and beyond," said Mike Donnelly, Kroger's executive vice president and chief operating officer. "Each of these promotions is consistent with Kroger's track record of strong succession planning and will help ensure we continue driving toward our growth objectives."

"We have a leadership team that combines deep experience with creative new talent," said Tim Massa, Kroger's senior vice president of human resources and chief people officer. "In our dynamic retail environment, we continue to ...

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Apr 9 2:36 PM, General News


Verde Strengthens Market Leadership with Appointment of Two Meat Industry Veterans

Verde Farms, the leading U.S. provider of 100% grass-fed, 100% free-range, organic beef has added Marc Broccoli, Vice President of Operations, and Matthew Landis, Vice President of Sales to its leadership team.

At grocery, more than half of shoppers (54%) want to see their stores carry more grass-fed beef, as well as products free from antibiotics and hormones (52%).* This interest is directly reflected in year-over-year sales growth across the grass-fed category.* As Verde continues to lead the industry with its 100% grass-fed, 100% free-range, Never Ever, and organic products, the addition of these two strategic hires will help Verde drive further innovation and accelerate growth in ...

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Apr 9 12:39 PM, General News


Cargill Taps Stone, Webster for Agricultural Supply Chain and Animal Nutrition Leadership Roles 

Cargill has selected Joe Stone, currently enterprise leader for Cargill Animal Nutrition, to lead the company’s global Agricultural Supply Chain. David Webster will assume the Cargill Animal Nutrition leadership role vacated by Stone. Both announcements follow GJ van den Akker’s decision to retire as enterprise lead for Cargill’s Agricultural Supply Chain in 2020 after 30 years with the company.

"GJ and his leadership team have improved results in our ag supply chain while also driving important progress on critical safety, digitalization and sustainability goals," said Dave MacLennan, Cargill chairman and CEO. "Joe’s extensive risk management, trading, and grains and oilseeds experience will allow him to ...

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Apr 4 8:56 AM, General News


Blue Apron Appoints Linda Findley Kozlowski as President and Chief Executive Officer

Blue Apron Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: APRN) today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Linda Findley Kozlowski as President, Chief Executive Officer, and a member of the Board of Directors, effective as of April 8, 2019. Kozlowski brings a proven record of success at innovative, consumer-focused companies, having most recently served as Chief Operating Officer of Etsy, Inc. and prior to that as COO of Evernote Corporation. Brad Dickerson, who joined Blue Apron as Chief Financial Officer in February 2016 and was appointed as President, CEO and a member of the Board of Directors in November 2017, has decided to resign in order to pursue new opportunities. Following Kozlowski’s appointment, he will serve as an advisor to the company for a period of time to assist with the transition.

“This is an exciting time to join Blue Apron,” said Kozlowski. “Over the past year, the company has made significant product, platform and operational advancements, and ...

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Apr 3 2:04 PM, General News


Little Caesars Hires Jeff Klein as New Senior Vice President of Global Marketing

Little Caesars is excited to announce that Jeff Klein will take on the role of Senior Vice President of Global Marketing at the nearly 60-year-old pizza company.

Klein has served nearly 20 years in progressive marketing leadership positions, most recently spending the last 2 years at PepsiCo as chief marketing officer for global foodservice. Prior to that Jeff spent 10 years at Frito-Lay North America in ...

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Apr 3 2:00 PM, General News


Bojangles’ Names Jackie Woodward Chief Marketing Officer

Bojangles’, Inc. today announced that brand strategist and marketing veteran Jackie Woodward has joined the company as its new Chief Marketing Officer, reporting directly to Jose Armario, Chief Executive Officer. Woodward will work alongside the brand’s respected long-time marketing chief Randy Poindexter over the next several months to ensure a seamless transition. The company recently announced Poindexter’s retirement after 28 years as the iconic brand’s top marketing executive.

Woodward comes to Bojangles’ with more than 30 years of marketing experience in domestic and global markets. In addition to recently serving as Global Chief Marketing Officer for North Carolina-based Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation, she also served as ...

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Apr 2 9:44 AM, General News


Perdue Applauds President Trump's Selection for USDA's Chief Financial Officer

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today applauded President Donald J. Trump’s selection of Scott Soles to be the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Chief Financial Officer. Regarding the announcement, Secretary Perdue issued this statement:

“The nomination of Scott Soles to be USDA’s CFO is welcome news. With over 30 years of experience in internal and external financial auditing, consulting, and finance operations, Scott Soles will bring valuable financial management experience and ...

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Apr 1 8:53 AM, General News


Papa John’s Appoints Karlin Linhardt as Global Chief Marketing Officer

Papa John’s International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA), one of the world’s largest pizza delivery companies, today announced the appointment of Karlin Linhardt as its Global Chief Marketing Officer. Mr. Linhardt is a veteran marketing leader with deep Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) category experience and C-suite executive roles at global Fortune-500 restaurant companies, consumer brands and top professional services firms, including Anheuser-Busch, McDonald’s, Accenture and Subway.

In his most recent role, Mr. Linhardt served as Senior Vice President of Marketing for North America for Subway Restaurants, where he led brand management and guest experience for 30,000 restaurants and designed the company’s global brand transformation plan. Prior to Subway, Mr. Linhardt served as ...

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Mar 28 9:39 AM, General News


Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Promotes New Chief Financial Officer

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, the largest barbecue franchise in the world, announces the promotion of Jay Rooney to Chief Financial Officer of Dickey’s Barbecue Pit and its affiliate brands. For the past two years, Jay has served as Vice President of Finance and Accounting until making the move to CFO.

“As a family-owned business, we are always proud to have one of our family members be promoted to the executive level,” says Roland Dickey, Jr., CEO of Dickey’s Capital Group. “In Jay’s time at Dickey’s, he has been passionate about ...

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Mar 28 9:12 AM, General News


El Pollo Loco Names Miguel Lozano as New Chief Operating Officer

El Pollo Loco, Inc. (“El Pollo Loco” or “Company”) (Nasdaq: LOCO), the nation's leading fire-grilled chicken chain, today announced the appointment of Miguel Lozano as Chief Operating Officer, effective April 1. Bringing 30 years of restaurant industry experience, Mr. Lozano is the third addition in 12 months to the newly restructured Senior Leadership Team that includes – Hector A. Muñoz, Chief Marketing Officer and Jennifer Jaffe, El Pollo Loco’s first Chief People Officer – to continue the pursuit of the brand’s transformation agenda.

Mr. Lozano returns to El Pollo Loco after having spent a 23-year career at Starbucks, most recently leading Operations primarily in California. Since 2014, he was responsible for running 780 company-operated Starbucks stores in Southern California, which generated over ...

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Mar 26 12:35 PM, General News


Jose Luis Prado Elected To Hormel Foods Board Of Directors

Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL), a global branded food company, announced today that Jose Luis Prado, chairman and CEO of Evans Food Group, has been elected to the Hormel Foods Board of Directors, effective March 25, 2019.

"Jose Luis is an accomplished leader in the packaged food and snacks industry," said Jim Snee, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer at Hormel Foods. "He has built a distinguished career with extensive domestic and international experience, and we are delighted to welcome him to our outstanding board of directors."

Prado will serve on the ... 

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Mar 26 8:54 AM, General News


Jayson Penn to Succeed Bill Lovette as Global CEO of Pilgrim’s Pride

Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation (NASDAQ: PPC), a worldwide leader in poultry and prepared foods, today announced that its Board of Directors has approved the appointment of Jayson Penn, current President of Pilgrim’s USA, to succeed Bill Lovette, who is retiring from the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of Pilgrim’s Pride. Lovette will remain available to provide strategic advisory services to the company through July 2020.

“Jayson Penn has enjoyed a distinguished career in the poultry industry and has played an integral role in the success of Pilgrim’s over the last eight years,” said Gilberto Tomazoni, Chairman of the Board of Directors. “Since joining the company in March 2011, Jayson has exemplified the leadership qualities, passion to succeed and business acumen that make him the ideal candidate to ...

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Mar 22 10:18 AM, General News


Wingstop Appoints Chief Growth & Experience Officer and Names Leader of Digital

Wingstop Inc. (NASDAQ:WING) the award-winning wing concept with more than 1,200 locations globally, today announced that Maurice Cooper has been appointed to the newly created role of Executive Vice President, Chief Growth & Experience Officer, effective immediately. Maurice will maintain the responsibilities he held previously as Chief Marketing Officer, while also overseeing the end-to-end guest experience. Additionally, he will lead the Company’s revenue-driving initiatives, which include the national scale of delivery, and digital innovation. Maurice will continue to report to Charlie Morrison, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

“Since June 2018, Maurice has served as Wingstop’s Chief Marketing Officer, leading our growth strategy transformation by introducing a national advertising platform to ...

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Mar 13 12:17 PM, General News


National Pork Board Names Norman Bessac as Vice President of International Marketing

The National Pork Board today named Norman Bessac as its new Vice President of International Marketing. Bessac is currently director of international sales for Tyson Fresh Meats, a position he has held since 2016.

Bessac has spent his entire career in international sales and marketing, business development, customer communications and consumer insights roles in the fresh meat industry. Prior to Tyson, Bessac served as the vice president of international pork sales and marketing at Cargill Meat Solutions in Wichita, Kansas.

“The marketing and promotion of U.S. pork has never been more critical for America’s pork producers,” said Bill Luckey, chair of the Pork Checkoff’s International Marketing committee and a pig farmer from Columbus, Nebraska. “Given today’s challenging international marketing environment, Norman’s extensive knowledge of ...

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Mar 11 11:54 AM, General News


Dunkin' Brands Announces Appointment of New Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer

Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN), the parent company of Dunkin' and Baskin-Robbins, today announced the appointment of David Mann as Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer. He will serve on the Company's leadership team and will report directly to Dave Hoffmann, Dunkin' Brands CEO and Dunkin' U.S. President. Mann replaces Rich Emmett, who is retiring as Chief Legal and Human Resources Officer from the Company.

Before joining Dunkin' Brands, Mann was Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Marriott International, a leading global hospitality company that manages and franchises a broad portfolio of hotels and lodging facilities. Mann joined Marriott in 1995 and held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility in the legal department, including serving as ...

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Mar 11 10:26 AM, General News


NPPC Elects New Officers, Board Members

The National Pork Producers Council today elected new officers and members to its board of directors at its annual business meeting – the National Pork Industry Forum – held here.

Elected as president of the organization was David Herring, a hog farmer from Lillington, N.C. He is vice president of Hog Slat, which supplies equipment to pork operations, and of TDM Farms. Herring and his two brothers started the farm in 1983 as a feeder pig operation. Today, TDM Farms is a sow farrow-to-finish operation, with farms in North Carolina, Illinois and Indiana. Herring is a past president of the North Carolina Pork Council.

Herring takes over from Jim Heimerl, a producer from Johnstown, Ohio, who becomes NPPC immediate past president and ...

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Mar 8 2:56 PM, General News


Church's Chicken Welcomes New Global Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President

Church's Chicken® has added a new member to its already stellar leadership team. Announced today, Brian Gies, Executive Vice President and Global Chief Marketing Officer, will take the reins of the global chicken brand's marketing efforts as it moves to expand its presence and grow worldwide market share. Gies comes to Church's with nearly 20 years of top-level restaurant marketing experience improving the value of each of the brands he has led. Gies will also be responsible for implementing the Church's recently launched new global brand positioning and its new domestic marketing approach focused on Bringin' That Down Home Flavor™.

"Brian is joining the team at a very exciting time. He has proven successful in building winning teams, delivering results and ...

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Mar 5 8:12 AM, General News


National Turkey Federation Elects 2019 Leadership Team

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) today announced the election of its 2019 officers and Executive Committee following the federation’s Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas.

Kerry Doughty, former chief executive officer of Butterball, LLC, was elected 2019 NTF chairman. Ron Kardel of West Liberty Foods, L.L.C. will serve as vice chairman and Phil Seger of Farbest Foods, Inc. as secretary-treasurer. Jeff Sveen of Dakota Provisions will stay on as immediate past chairman.

“Over the years, the most consistent thing I have seen is change,” said Kerry Doughty, 2019 NTF chairman. “As NTF chairman, my goal is to ensure that the federation and the turkey industry are prepared to change and grow to meet today’s demands. Solving some of the hardest problems facing the industry and taking advantage of market opportunities will require one thing ...

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Feb 28 10:27 AM, General News


Foster Farms Appoints Dan Huber as Chief Executive Officer

Huber, previous Chief Operations Officer, has 23-year tenure with company

Foster Farms, the West Coast’s leading poultry producer, announced that its board of directors has appointed Dan Huber, 53, to the position of Chief Executive Officer of the privately-owned company, effective today. Huber has held several leadership positions at Foster Farms since joining the company in 1996, most recently serving as Chief Operations Officer. He replaces Laura Flanagan, who resigned to pursue other opportunities.

“Dan is uniquely qualified to lead Foster Farms,” said Terry Martin, Chairman of the Board, “He brings over 23 years of agribusiness, supply chain, food production, food safety, and branded sales management experience to this position. His depth of expertise and familiarity with Foster Farms’ business and community are strengths that will drive the company into the future...

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Feb 14 10:00 AM, General News


Papa John’s Announces Strategic Investment from Starboard and Appointment of Three New Directors

Papa John’s International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) today announced that it has entered into a securities purchase agreement with Starboard Value LP pursuant to which Starboard is making a $200 million strategic investment in the Company with the option to make an additional $50 million investment through March 29, 2019, as described below.

In connection with the investment, the Papa John’s Board of Directors is expanding to include two new independent directors, including Jeffrey C. Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Starboard, who has been appointed Chairman of the Papa John’s Board, and Anthony M. Sanfilippo, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. These directors bring substantial experience in the restaurant, retail and hospitality industries, with skill sets spanning operational turnarounds, corporate finance and corporate governance. Their expertise and new perspectives will help support ...

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Feb 4 9:35 AM, General News


Hormel Foods Announces the Advancement Of James N. Sheehan 

Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL), a global branded food company, announced today that James N. Sheehan has advanced to executive vice president and chief financial officer. The advancement was effective January 29, 2019. Sheehan previously held the role of senior vice president and chief financial officer for the company. As executive vice president and chief financial officer for Hormel Foods, Sheehan oversees the company's financial enterprise including accounting, information technology, internal audit, investor relations, corporate tax and treasury.

"With more than forty years of experience, Jim is highly regarded in the industry for his strategic financial leadership and his deep knowledge of the markets, industries and ...

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Feb 1 11:56 AM, General News


Kroger Promotes Stuart W. Aitken to Senior Vice President, Alternative Business

The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced a key promotion in support of Restock Kroger and beyond with the appointment of Stuart W. Aitken to the newly-created role of Senior Vice President, Alternative Business, effective February 3, 2019.

In this role, Mr. Aitken will assume oversight for Kroger's successful existing alternative profit businesses, including 84.51° and Kroger Personal Finance (KPF), and also lead the development of a full portfolio of alternative businesses to support the transformation of Kroger's growth model. Mr. Aitken will continue to serve as chief executive officer of 84.51° and ...

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Jan 30 10:18 AM, General News


Perdue Selects Three Senior Leaders at USDA

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today selected three highly-qualified individuals for senior leadership positions at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Perdue named Dr. Mindy Brashears as Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety, Naomi Earp as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, and Dr. Scott Hutchins as Deputy Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics. These positions do not require Senate confirmation.

The three previously had been nominated by President Donald Trump for Senate-confirmed positions at USDA. While the Senate Agriculture Committee favorably reported all three nominees, their nominations expired without receiving confirmation votes by the end of the 115th Congress in early January. The President has resubmitted their nominations to ...

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Jan 29 8:45 AM, General News


Bojangles’ Becomes a Private Company with New Executive Appointments 

Bojangles’, Inc. (“Bojangles’” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: BOJA) announced that its all-cash acquisition by Durational Capital Management LP and The Jordan Company, L.P. is complete, effective today. The acquisition was previously announced on November 6, 2018.

Bojangles’ will operate as an independent, privately-held company and will remain based in Charlotte, N.C.

“We are pleased to have successfully completed this transaction in partnership with Bojangles’ and The Jordan Company,” said Eric Sobotka, Managing Partner at Durational Capital Management. “We are excited to begin working with ...

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Jan 29 8:44 AM, General News


Yum! Brands Promotes David Gibbs to President and Chief Operating Officer

Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM) today announced the promotion of David Gibbs, 55, to President and Chief Operating Officer, reporting to Chief Executive Officer Greg Creed. Gibbs, a 29-year veteran of the Company, has served as President and Chief Financial Officer for the last two years. In his expanded role as President and COO, Gibbs will assume operating leadership of global KFC Division as well as the U.S. and international businesses of Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, with the respective brand leaders reporting to him. Gibbs will retain his current Yum! Brands CFO role, title and responsibilities overseeing corporate strategy, finance, supply chain and information technology, while the Company conducts a search to identify a successor CFO.

“I’m happy to announce our promotion of David Gibbs to President and Chief Operating Officer. David is an extraordinarily talented commercial leader with a strong track record of results and deep experience in all three of ...

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Jan 29 8:44 AM, General News


Perdue Foods Appoints David Zucker as its First SVP of E-Commerce and New Ventures

Perdue Foods has announced the appointment of David Zucker as Senior Vice President of E-Commerce and New Ventures, a new position for the company. Zucker will oversee all aspects of Perdue’s e-commerce strategy.

“E-commerce is an increasingly important part of the Perdue Foods growth plan, and we’re pleased that David Zucker is onboard to lead our efforts,” said Mark McKay, President of Perdue Premium Poultry. “We have to meet consumers where ...

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Jan 24 11:28 AM, General News


Restaurant Brands International Announces Exciting Leadership Changes 

Restaurant Brands International Inc. ("RBI" or the "Company") (TSX/NYSE:QSR, TSX:QSP) today announced three leadership promotions that strengthen the Company's focus on accelerating its global growth. In addition, the Company pre-released comparable sales and net restaurant growth results, demonstrating the continued growth and performance in these key operational metrics.

Reflecting its confidence in the long-term outlook for the Company, the RBI Board of Directors has declared a dividend increase to $0.50 per common share and partnership exchangeable unit for the first quarter of 2019 and the Company also announced it is targeting $2.00 in dividends per common share and partnership exchangeable unit in 2019, compared to ...

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Jan 24 8:46 AM, General News


Marvin Boakye Named Chief People Officer for Papa John’s

Papa John’s International, Inc., (NASDAQ: PZZA) announced today the appointment of Marvin Boakye as its first Chief People Officer. He will serve as a member of the Papa John’s Executive Leadership Team and report to President and CEO Steve Ritchie.

Boakye has more than 20 years of human resources experience, as well as expertise in change management and culture transformation. He has held human resources leadership roles for organizations across the United States, Canada and Latin America. Boakye joins Papa John’s after serving as vice president of human resources at petroleum company Andeavor in San Antonio, Texas, which was recently acquired by ...

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Jan 23 12:15 PM, General News


Smithfield Foods Announces Enhanced Structure and New Leadership Appointments

Smithfield Foods, Inc. is pleased to announce an enhanced organizational structure, which includes new leadership appointments and the addition of a chief operating officer.

The new structure and leadership appointments signify the ultimate realization of “One Smithfield,” an initiative to unify all of Smithfield’s operations, brands, and more than 54,000 employees globally under one corporate umbrella. In addition, it will optimize and simplify Smithfield’s organizational alignment, infuse innovative ideas in ...

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Jan 18 11:50 AM, General News


Jon Nash to Lead Cargill’s North American Protein Business 

Cargill has selected Jon Nash to lead its North American protein business. He will report to Brian Sikes, who was recently appointed to the executive team as leader of the company’s global protein and salt businesses.

Nash began his career at Cargill in 1998. Most recently, he was the president of Cargill’s Protein foodservice business, where he strengthened and built strategic customer relationships. He brings a diverse mix of commercial, operations and finance experience. Nash has served as vice president of operations and was the general manager and controller of the ...

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Jan 16 8:36 AM, General News


Luis Ruvalcaba Jr. Named Chief Operating Officer at On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina

On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina® has announced the addition of Luis J. Ruvalcaba, Jr. to its executive team as Chief Operating Officer. Ruvalcaba brings more than 25 years of service and hospitality operations experience, with specializations in talent development, operational excellence, and industry leading results to the On The Border team.

“We’re thrilled to have Luis join the On the Border Team!” said Matt Hood, Chief Executive Officer for On The Border. “He shares our company-wide goal of pushing performance forward in strategic ways to deliver sustainable results. Luis will be a tremendous asset in helping us reclaim our position as the leader in Mexican Casual Dining ...

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Jan 15 3:10 PM, General News


Domino's Announces New Executive Vice President of Supply Chain

Domino's Pizza (NYSE: DPZ), the largest pizza company in the world based on global retail sales, has hired Stu Levy as its Executive Vice President of Supply Chain. Levy will report to Chief Executive Officer Richard Allison and will join the company effective Jan. 21.

Levy was most recently Executive Vice President, Chief Transformation Officer for Republic Services, Inc., a leading provider of non-hazardous solid waste collection, transfer, disposal, recycling and energy services serving more than 14 million customers nationwide.

Prior to joining Republic, Levy spent 13 years with Bain & Company, and served as a partner from 2008-2014, where he advised clients on strategy, marketing, organization, operations, technology, and mergers and acquisitions...

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Jan 14 9:29 AM, General News


High Bluff Capital Partners Names Tim Casey to Head Fast-Casual Brand Portfolio

Restaurant Industry Veteran to Serve as President and CEO of Rego Restaurant Group, Including Quiznos & Taco Del Mar

Restaurant industry veteran Tim Casey has been named president and CEO of Rego Restaurant Group – the fast-casual restaurant platform backed by High Bluff Capital Partners that includes Quiznos and Taco Del Mar – as it eyes additional brand acquisition opportunities. He succeeds Gerry Lopez, who served as CEO and chairman on behalf of High Bluff to set up its two initial investments.

With an extensive track record enhancing economic models for franchise brands, Casey previously served as president and CEO of PepperJax Grill and as president of QDOBA Mexican Grill. Earlier in his career, he was a vice president at Starbucks Coffee Company ...

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Jan 7 8:51 AM, General News


Lynn Schweinfurth Named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Red Robin

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc., (NASDAQ: RRGB), today announced the appointment of Lynn Schweinfurth as executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective January 28, 2019. As the Company previously announced, Guy Constant, Red Robin's current executive vice president and chief financial officer, will move to lead Company and Franchise operations, development and facilities as executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Ms. Schweinfurth will be responsible for leading all financial disciplines at Red Robin including accounting, strategic and financial planning, operations analysis, treasury and ...

 

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Jan 3 12:04 PM, General News


Kroger Announces Retirement of Delta Division President Scot Hendricks 

The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced the retirement of Delta Division President Scot Hendricks, and the promotion of Victor Smith to succeed him. Mr. Smith currently serves as vice president of merchandising for the Ralphs division.

Scot Hendricks to Retire after 38 Years of Service
Scot Hendricks will retire from the company, effective February 2, 2019, after 38 years of distinguished service – the last three leading Kroger's Delta division with 15,800 associates, serving customers in 101 stores across West Tennessee and parts of Mississippi, Arkansas, Kentucky and Missouri.

"Scot's genuine love and passion for the retail business and for his Delta family is illustrated in his interactions with everyone he meets," said Mike Donnelly, Kroger's executive vice president and COO. "His passion for people has made him a tremendous mentor, and he will leave a legacy of driven, hard-working teams who care about each other and the customers and ...

 

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Dec 21 9:39 AM, General News


Dunkin' Brands Announces New Executive Promotions and Appointments

Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN), the parent company of Dunkin' and Baskin-Robbins, today announced two executive promotions, naming Tom Manchester as Senior Vice President, Integrated Marketing, Dunkin' U.S. and Jonathan Biggs as Vice President, Operations, Baskin-Robbins U.S. & Canada. The company also announced the appointment of Rick Gestring as Vice President, Operating Systems and Restaurant Experience, Dunkin'.

In his new role, Mr. Manchester will have responsibility for Culinary Innovation, Consumer Insights, Brand Marketing and Field Marketing. He will continue to report directly to Tony Weisman, Chief Marketing Officer, Dunkin' U.S. Over his 17-year career at Dunkin', Mr. Manchester has led the brand's sports marketing initiatives and developed its sports strategy built on engaging ...

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Dec 18 11:40 AM, General News


Kroger Announces Succession Plan for Chief Financial Officer, J. Michael Schlotman

Mr. Schlotman to retire as CFO in April 2019 and will remain on through December 2019 to ensure smooth transition; Gary Millerchip, CEO of Kroger Personal Finance, appointed as successor

The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced its succession plan for Chief Financial Officer.

J. Michael Schlotman, Kroger's Chief Financial Officer since 2000, has decided to retire in December of 2019. Mr. Schlotman will continue as CFO through the end of Kroger's fiscal 2018 and up to April 3, 2019. He will then remain an executive vice president of the company and continue to sit on the senior leadership team to support the company during this transition period until December 28, 2019.

Gary Millerchip, CEO of Kroger Personal Finance, will succeed Mr. Schlotman as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Kroger, effective April 4, 2019 ...

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Dec 17 4:39 PM, General News


Chipotle Completes Executive Leadership Team 

Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) yesterday announced that its executive leadership team is now complete with the hiring of Roger Theodoredis as the company's chief legal officer and Tabassum Zalotrawala as chief development officer. Both Theodoredis and Zalotrawala will report to Brian Niccol, the company's chief executive officer.

Chipotle has welcomed new executive leaders in 2018, beginning with Brian Niccol's appointment to CEO and member of the Board in March of this year. Each member of the team brings a unique set of experience that will allow Chipotle to deliver on its strategy of winning today and cultivating a better future.

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Dec 14 11:49 AM, General News


Dunkin' Brands Promotes Company Veteran John Varughese to Head International Businesses

Company has almost 9,000 Dunkin' and Baskin-Robbins stores in almost 70 countries outside the U.S.

Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN), the parent company of Dunkin' (DD) and Baskin-Robbins (BR), announced today that John Varughese has been promoted to Senior Vice President, International with responsibility for all aspects of Baskin-Robbins and Dunkin' business units outside the U.S. Mr. Varughese will report directly to Dave Hoffmann, Dunkin' Brands CEO and Dunkin' U.S. President, and will serve on the Company's leadership team. He replaces Nigel Travis, Dunkin' Brands Chairman, who served as interim head of International for the past nine months. Mr. Travis will continue in his role as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

A veteran Dunkin' Brands executive, Mr. Varughese has been with the Company for 16 years, all of it working with the Baskin-Robbins and Dunkin' international business units ...

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Dec 10 11:28 AM, General News




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