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Amazon Announces Plans to Hire Over 7,500 Employees in Several Cities and Towns Across Arizona
Amazon continues to provide opportunities for full-time and part-time jobs in logistics as it expands its footprint to better serve in communities where they live. Today the company announced that it is providing an additional 7,500 local employment opportunities throughout Arizona on top of the 40,000 corporate and technology jobs recently announced. The roles in fulfillment and transportation offer an average starting wage of more than $18 per hour—and up to $22.50 per hour in some locations...
Former Red Robin CEO Denny Marie Post Joins Nextbite as Advisor
Nextbite, a leader in virtual restaurants, today announced that Denny Marie Post, a 35-year restaurant industry expert and former CEO of Red Robin, has joined the fast-growing company as Advisor. Post will guide Nextbite’s success through disciplined idea pipelines and strategies based on consumer demand to drive sales and increase brand recognition. As the company continues to expand, it will tap Post’s deep expertise in identifying solutions and creating successful brands for enterprise restaurants.
As Nextbite continues its strong growth trajectory, Post will advise on strategies to...
IHOP Bolsters Executive Leadership Team With Two New Hires
IHOP® restaurants announced new additions to its executive team, hiring Jacob Barden as Vice President of Development, and Michael Kaufman as Vice President of Strategy and Business Analytics, effective August 2021. Both Barden and Kaufman will report directly to Jay Johns, President.
“Both Jacob and Michael have proven track records of success and a wealth of category knowledge, and we’re thrilled to welcome them both to the team,” said Johns. “With new innovative endeavors, a strong development strategy and the expansion of our menu beyond breakfast, we are bringing..."
Starbucks Promotes Leo Tsoi to CEO of Starbucks China
Starbucks Coffee Company announced the promotion of Leo Tsoi to chief executive officer of Starbucks China. Serving as Starbucks China’s chief operating officer and president of Starbucks Retail for the last five years, Tsoi has led efforts to grow Starbucks footprint across the Chinese mainland to 5,200 stores across more than 200 cities today. He has engineered the development of a robust and diversified store portfolio by pioneering new store concepts, which have influenced new coffee-inspired lifestyles and further elevated third place experiences for Starbucks customers in China.
As one of the leading architects behind Starbucks China’s phenomenal growth since he rejoined the company in 2012, Tsoi previously served in various leadership positions, including...
Yum! Brands Appoints Pizza Hut Division CEO to Drive Global Brand Strategies and Growth
Yum! Brands, Inc. announced that Aaron Powell, 50, former President of Kimberly-Clark Corporation’s Asia-Pacific Consumer Business, will join the Company as global Pizza Hut Division Chief Executive Officer, reporting to Yum! Chief Executive Officer David Gibbs, effective September 20. In this role, Powell will assume global responsibility for driving Pizza Hut Division’s growth strategies, franchise operations and performance. Today’s announcement concludes Yum! Brands’ search for Pizza Hut Division’s top leadership post.
“We couldn’t be happier to welcome Aaron to the Yum! Brands and Pizza Hut family and believe this global brand division leadership structure will enable the Pizza Hut U.S. and international teams to further implement best practices worldwide and continue...
McDonald's Announces Leadership Changes
Our most valuable asset at McDonald’s is our people. We take great pride in our ability to use our scale and global presence to create life-long career opportunities that serve to strengthen our McFamily. From promoting top talent from within to recruiting experienced new leaders, our focus will remain on building out the best talent pipeline in the business, so that we can continue Accelerating the Arches in an increasingly competitive market environment.
Equally important is pushing our Brand forward while we keep the customer at the center of everything we do. This facilitated the creation of Manu’s new team but has also encouraged us to...
Tom Curtis Appointed President of Burger King U.S. & Canada
José Cil, CEO of Restaurant Brands International, today announced that industry veteran Tom Curtis has been appointed President of Burger King U.S. & Canada.
“Tom joined us a few months ago and has quickly established a strong leadership position in the business and trust with our franchisees, informed by his 35 years of previous restaurant experience as both a franchisee and senior operations executive,” said José Cil. “Tom will lead the acceleration of our business to deliver on our vision that Burger King should always be our guests’ first choice for a..."
SpartanNash Promotes Tyler King to VP, Finance
Grocery retailer and distributor SpartanNash today announced Tyler King has been promoted from Senior Director to Vice President, Finance and Finance Business Partner for the Company’s retail business segment.
In his new role, King will serve as an advisor for the retail business segment, led by Executive Vice President and General Manager, Corporate Retail Tom Swanson. King will provide strategic insights to support SpartanNash’s 148 retail stores in attaining financial goals and company objectives. King will report to EVP and Chief Financial Officer Jason Monaco.
“Tyler’s experience in delivering strong company financials has..."
QDOBA Mexican Eats Promotes Eric Williams to Chief Operating Officer
QDOBA announced the promotion of Eric Williams, a seasoned foodservice industry executive with more than 30 years of experience, to chief operating officer. Previously, Williams served as vice president of franchise & license operations, and in his new role will oversee more than 740 QDOBA locations across the U.S. and Canada and support QDOBA franchise owners, ultimately ensuring the company's continued overall success.
"Since joining QDOBA, Eric has proven to be an exceptional leader capable of taking on additional responsibility," said Keith Guilbault, CEO of QDOBA. "He has provided valuable insight to...
Wingstop Announces New Growth and Technology Structure, Appoints Digital Marketing Lead
Wingstop, the leading digitally-savvy, tech-focused restaurant brand with more than 1,600 locations worldwide, today announced Stacy Peterson will now serve as EVP, Chief Digital and Technology Officer and the promotion of Marisa Carona to SVP, Chief Growth Officer and Stevie Benjamin to SVP of Digital Marketing.
These changes support the significant investments Wingstop is making to drive one-to-one interactions with the more than 25 million guests in its first-party data platform and, with nearly 65% digital sales, support the brand's drive to achieve its...
Wegmans Announces Promotion of Nicole Wegman to President of Wegmans Brand
Wegmans announced Nicole Wegman, Senior Vice President of Wegmans Brand, has been promoted to the new role of President of Wegmans Brand.
“Our mission is to help people live healthier better lives through exceptional food,” said Danny Wegman, chairman. “The innovation we’re able to bring to life through our trusted brand enables us to deliver on that mission. Nicole is leading this effort across our company to ensure we only bring the very best to our customers.”
Nicole joined Wegmans in 1989 and has served as Senior Vice President since 2017...
Church's Chicken Announces Two New Vice Presidents, Claudia Lezcano and Sarah Whiticar
Church's Chicken recently appointed two new Vice Presidents, as the global chicken restaurant brand continues to focus on optimizing business growth. The Atlanta-based company welcomed Claudia Lezcano as Vice President, Brand Strategy & Activation, and promoted Sarah Whiticar to Vice President, Global Business Intelligence & Product Development. Both will report to Brian Gies, EVP, Global Chief Marketing Officer.
"We're pleased to strengthen and elevate our leadership team with Claudia and Sarah. As we continue our progress in fulfilling our 5-Year Strategic Plan, they will play..."
Hard Rock International Appoints Kimberly Manna as New Senior Vice President of Retail and Licensing
Hard Rock, one of the world's most recognizable and iconic brands, announces the appointment of Kimberly Manna as Senior Vice President of Retail and Licensing. In her new role, Manna will draw on more than three decades of experience in the retail industry, including work with companies such as Panama Jack, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Warner Brothers, to drive brand exposure and customer reach through engaging partnerships and various licensing opportunities. Manna will report directly to Jim Allen, Chairman of Hard Rock International...
Sharon McCollam Returns to Retail as Albertsons Companies New President and Chief Financial Officer
Albertsons Companies today announced that Sharon McCollam will join the Company on September 7, 2021, as its President and Chief Financial Officer reporting to Vivek Sankaran, Albertsons Cos. Chief Executive Officer. McCollam will succeed Bob Dimond, who will be retiring and will remain with the Company as an advisor through February 2022 to ensure a seamless transition.
McCollam, 59, retired from Best Buy in 2016 where she served as Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative and Chief Financial Officer. She is broadly recognized as the...
Impossible Foods Appoints New Chief People Officer and Chief Financial Officer
Impossible Foods announced two additions to its leadership team as it prepares for rapid growth. The company has appointed exceptional new talent in both human resources and finance.
Veteran HR executive Leilani Gayles is joining Impossible Foods as Chief People Officer and will oversee people operations, including talent acquisition, compensation and rewards, talent and leadership development, diversity, equity and inclusion, and strategic people initiatives to support the company’s commitment to creating the best work experience for all.
Impossible Foods’ finance leader and interim CFO, David Borecky, has been promoted to...
Instacart Announces Consumer Technology Veteran Carolyn Everson is Joining the Company as President
Instacart announced it has appointed Carolyn Everson as President, effective September 7, 2021. Everson brings with her a 30-year proven track record of leading at-scale, global consumer technology teams with a focus on growing global partnerships, industry-leading business development and pioneering advertising platforms. As President, Everson will oversee Instacart's Retail, Business Development and Advertising businesses, as well as the company's People, Policy & Government Affairs, Legal, Partnerships, Instacart Pickup and Care teams. Everson will report directly to Instacart's Chief Executive Officer Fidji Simo. Everson will succeed current President Nilam Ganenthiran, who has been appointed to a new senior leadership position - Strategic Advisor to the CEO - also reporting directly to Simo.
"I've had the privilege of working with Carolyn for a decade and know just how lucky we are to have her leadership and talent at Instacart. Carolyn's an industry legend, best known for...
Kroger Elects Elaine Chao to Board of Directors
Kroger announced that Elaine Chao has been elected to the company's board of directors.
"We are pleased to welcome Elaine to Kroger," said Rodney McMullen, Kroger's chairman and CEO. "She's an experienced national and global leader who brings to Kroger's board deep knowledge of corporate governance, strategic and workforce management, and public-private partnerships as well as extensive experience at the highest levels of...
UNFI Announces Appointments of Sandy Douglas and Jack Stahl
United Natural Foods announced the appointment of J. Alexander (Sandy) Miller Douglas to the role of Chief Executive Officer and a member of its Board of Directors effective August 9, 2021. Mr. Douglas is a proven, customer-focused, strategic leader who brings a broad background and expertise in distribution, sales, marketing, and e-commerce as the Company’s new CEO. Mr. Douglas was selected after an extensive search to replace Mr. Steven Spinner, who earlier announced his retirement as CEO and who will concurrently retire from the Board, both effective August 9, 2021. Mr. Spinner will continue to provide Management and Board advisory services to UNFI through a transition period for up to one year after his retirement.
Mr. Douglas most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of Staples, Inc., leading the North American business-to-business distribution platform’s strategic transformation and guiding the Company throughout...
McDonald’s Creates Customer Experience Team; Names Manu Steijaert Global Chief Customer Officer
McDonald's Corporation announced the creation of a new Customer Experience team to transform the way customers engage with the McDonald’s Brand. This team brings together the Company’s Data Analytics, Digital Customer Engagement, Global Marketing, Global Restaurant Development and Restaurant Solutions, enabling McDonald’s to create an unparalleled customer experience at each physical and digital customer touchpoint.
To lead the new team, McDonald’s has promoted Manu Steijaert to the newly created role of Executive Vice President and Global Chief Customer Officer, effective August 1. Steijaert will report to...
Kroger Names New Head of Investor Relations
Kroger announced Rob Quast has been promoted to Head of Investor Relations.
"Rob is a seasoned financial professional and respected leader within Kroger," said Gary Millerchip, Kroger's chief financial officer. "Rob's experience will be invaluable as we continue to share our strategy for delivering strong and sustainable total shareholder returns with our investment community."
Quast joined Kroger in 2013 as a financial manager in the corporate accounting department. In 2017, he was promoted to director of insurance and claims where he was...
Kroger Announces Leadership Changes
The Kroger Co. announced the retirement of Steve McKinney, senior vice president of retail divisions, after more than 40 years of distinguished service, effective August 7. McKinney will be succeeded by Valerie Jabbar, currently group vice president of center store merchandising.
Steve McKinney, Senior Vice President, Announces Retirement
McKinney began his career with Kroger in 1981 as a clerk for Florida Choice Supermarkets, a former Kroger banner. While there, he advanced to store manager, buyer and...
Smithfield Foods Names Shane Smith President and Chief Executive Officer, Succeeding Dennis Organ
Smithfield Foods announced it has appointed Shane Smith, a two-decade veteran of the company and, most recently, its chief strategy officer, as president and chief executive officer, effective immediately. Mr. Smith will succeed Dennis Organ, who is stepping down for personal reasons.
Prior to becoming chief strategy officer, Mr. Smith served as executive vice president of Smithfield's European operations. In this capacity, he spent much of the last decade in Europe, overseeing the company's...
US Foods Announces New Chief Information and Digital Officer
US Foods Holding Corp. announced that John Tonnison will join the company as Executive Vice President, Chief Information and Digital Officer, effective July 12, 2021. Tonnison will oversee the company’s technology vision and strategy and all information technology functions, including digital, cyber security, applications and infrastructure. He will report to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Pietro Satriano.
“JT joins the executive team with more than 30 years of extensive experience leveraging technology to foster innovation, improve operational efficiencies and deliver exceptional service to customers,” said Pietro Satriano, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of US Foods. “He will be instrumental in driving...
Kathy Krenger to Join Kraft Heinz as Chief Communications Officer; Michael Mullen to Retire
The Kraft Heinz Company announced that Kathy Krenger is joining the company as its new Chief Communications Officer. Currently Senior Vice President, Global Communications, for Hyatt Hotels Corporation, she will begin her new role on July 21, reporting directly to CEO Miguel Patricio. Michael Mullen, Head of Global Communications and Corporate Affairs at Kraft Heinz, has decided to retire after 23 distinguished years with the company, effective Aug. 15.
Krenger brings more than 25 years of corporate and agency experience as a Communications leader to her new role. At Hyatt, she led corporate, internal, brand and field communications for the company and more than 1,000 hotels worldwide. During her years at Edelman, she supported clients across travel and tourism, consumer packaged goods, and...
Bloomin’ Brands Promotes Mark Graff to Executive Leadership Team
Bloomin’ Brands, Inc. announced the promotion of Mark Graff to Senior Vice President of Business Development and Financial Planning for Bloomin’ Brands. Graff will lead the company’s business development team, including asset and franchise development, in addition to his existing financial planning responsibilities. He will also join the Executive Leadership Team.
Graff has held various finance and investor relations roles with Bloomin’ Brands during...
Dunkin' Appoints New Chief Marketing Officer
Dunkin’ announced the appointment of marketing veteran Rafael Acevedo, 46, to the position of Dunkin’ U.S. Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), effective immediately. Mr. Acevedo is a brand marketing leader with deep expertise in spearheading disruptive innovation and leading high-performing teams to deliver transformational growth for the world’s leading beverages. Acevedo will report directly to Scott Murphy, Head of the Inspire Beverage-Snack Category and President of Dunkin', and will serve on the Dunkin’ leadership team.
As Dunkin’ U.S. CMO, Acevedo will lead marketing, product innovation, field marketing, advertising, as well as the brand’s digital marketing initiatives. He will be responsible for...
Ruby Tuesday Appoints George Evans and Kathy Buckley to Executive Team
Ruby Tuesday is welcoming two new members to the executive team with the promotion of George Evans to chief operating officer and the appointment of Kathy Buckley as chief financial officer. With a combined 55 years of retail and restaurant experience, Evans and Buckley will serve as instrumental leaders on the Ruby Tuesday team.
“We are pleased to announce the addition of George and Kathy to the Ruby Tuesday team,” said Shawn Lederman, chief executive officer for Ruby Tuesday. “They both have tremendous experience in the restaurant industry and will be...
RAVE Restaurant Group Names Clint Fendley CFO
RAVE Restaurant Group, the parent Company of Pizza Inn and Pie Five Pizza, announced the promotion of RAVE's Vice President of Finance, Clint Fendley, to chief financial officer, effective July 5, 2021.
Fendley was hired in January 2020 as RAVE Restaurant Group's Vice President of Finance. During this time, Fendley led the finance team and helped guide the Company during the pandemic, with a focus on cost control and cash management. Fendley also led RAVE Restaurant Group's successful efforts to regain compliance with...
Starbucks Announces Leadership Promotions
Starbucks Corporation announced several leadership appointments to advance the company's strategic business goals and position Starbucks on a clear growth path for the future. The company announced the promotions of John Culver as group president, North America and chief operating officer, Michael Conway to group president, International and Channel Development, and Michelle Burns to executive vice president, Global Coffee, Tea and Cocoa. These changes are effective as of June 28, 2021.
“As we plan for the 2022 fiscal year and beyond, Starbucks is fortunate to have a deep, talented and diverse team of senior executives we are able to tap to help lead us forward,” said Kevin Johnson, president and chief executive officer. “These appointments support our Growth at Scale agenda to bring about...
Livekindly Collective Appoints Malik Sadiq as Chief Operating Officer
Livekindly Collective, a collection of heritage and scale-up brands on track to become one of the world’s largest plant-based food companies, today announced the appointment of Malik Sadiq as Chief Operating Officer.
He joins Livekindly Collective from Tyson Foods, the world's second largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef and pork, where he held several leadership roles since 2006. His tenure spanned across international operations, corporate strategy and business development and included the Chief Operating Officer role for China and the Chief Executive Officer role for India. Sadiq most recently served as Senior Vice President, Global Sourcing and Business Optimization, driving the growth strategy for the international business. At Livekindly Collective, he will oversee...
Inspire Brands Names Kate Jaspon Chief Financial Officer
Inspire Brands announced changes within the Chief Financial Officer role. Kate Jaspon has been named Chief Financial Officer of Inspire following the announced retirement of David Pipes. Jaspon was previously CFO of recently acquired Dunkin’ Brands where she spent more than 15 years in Finance and Treasury roles.
Jaspon will transition into her new role this month and will oversee all accounting and reporting, tax, financial planning and analysis, internal audit, as well as manage Inspire’s relationships with lending institutions, investors, and the financial community.
“Working with Kate while Dunkin’ and Baskin-Robbins were joining the Inspire family, it became clear that she was...
Albertsons Companies Names Jennifer Saenz EVP, Chief Merchandising Officer
Albertsons Companies announced that Jennifer Saenz will join the Company as EVP, Chief Merchandising Officer effective July 12th, 2021. Saenz will be responsible for all areas of merchandising within the Company, including Own Brands. Saenz will also be responsible for further strengthening the Company’s relationships with its brand partners. She will join the Company’s senior leadership team and report to Vivek Sankaran, President and Chief Executive Officer.
“We’re excited to welcome Jennifer to the Albertsons team,” said Sankaran. “A commitment to serving our customers with a broad and differentiated assortment of products is a key aspect of our transformation strategy. Jennifer’s extensive global industry experience and proven track record of driving growth through...
Starbucks Announces Leadership Promotions
Starbucks Corporation announced several leadership appointments to advance the company’s strategic business goals and position Starbucks on a clear growth path for the future. The company announced the promotions of John Culver as group president, North America and chief operating officer, Michael Conway to group president, International and Channel Development, and Michelle Burns to executive vice president, Global Coffee, Tea and Cocoa. These changes are effective as of June 28, 2021.
“As we plan for the 2022 fiscal year and beyond, Starbucks is fortunate to have a deep, talented and diverse team of senior executives we are able to tap to help lead us forward,” said Kevin Johnson, president and chief executive officer. “These appointments support...
Alpha Foods Announces First Chief Marketing Officer Kierstin De West
Alpha Foods (Alpha), a leader in the growing plant-based protein category, announces the hiring of its first Chief Marketing Officer, Kierstin De West. Bringing unmatched experience from her past role as VP of Global Brand Management at lululemon, De West will lead Alpha through upcoming stages of rapid scale and overall expansion. In the past three years, Alpha has burst onto the scene, recording 100 percent year-over-year growth. By the end of 2021, Alpha will be available in over 10,000 retail locations.
"What drew me to Alpha was the company's mission to build a better world, which is the same north star that has guided my career for the past twenty years," said Kierstin De West, Chief Marketing Officer at Alpha. "I've always been clear in my aspiration to align with...
CKE Restaurants Adds Global Development Capability, Accelerates Growth Trajectory
CKE Restaurants Holdings, parent company of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, announced the appointment of Matthew Walls as the company’s first Chief Global Development Officer. In this new role, Walls will be responsible for creating a Global Development Center of Excellence to increase the footprint of both brands domestically and internationally.
“Walls, as he is known in our industry, is experienced in delivering progressive business development strategies, innovative designs and solid partnerships with franchisees,” said Chief Executive Officer Ned Lyerly. “His global experience, strategic mindset and track record for...
Shake Shack Appoints Katherine Fogertey as Chief Financial Officer
Shake Shack announced that Katherine Fogertey has been appointed to serve as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer, effective June 14, 2021. Katie joins Shake Shack’s executive leadership team and will be responsible for leading financial operations across the Company, including accounting and control, financial planning and analysis, operations finance, investor relations and external reporting.
Katie brings to Shake Shack more than 15 years of financial and investment experience, including equity and derivatives research, financial modeling and forecasting, and a deep understanding and focus on the restaurant industry.
Randy Garutti, CEO of Shake Shack, stated, "I am excited to welcome Katie to the Shake Shack leadership team as...
USDA Announces Key Staff Appointments
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the names of individuals who will hold senior staff positions in Washington, D.C.
Sanah Baig was named Chief of Staff for Research, Education, and Economics. Baig most recently served as Chief of Staff at the Good Food Institute, a global non-profit, and also served as program director at the National Association of Counties. During the Obama-Biden Administration, she served for nearly six years in a variety of capacities at USDA including serving as an advisor in the Office of the Secretary, special advisor in Rural Development, and...
QDOBA Mexican Eats Appoints Jim Sullivan to Chief Development Officer
QDOBA announced the appointment of Jim Sullivan, a seasoned restaurant industry executive with more than 25 years of experience in real estate, franchise development, and site acquisition management, to chief development officer. In his new role, Sullivan will lead all restaurant development activities, including market planning, site selection, real estate negotiations, franchise sales and more to support the company's aggressive growth plan.
"Jim brings a unique perspective and strong leadership approach, backed by a proven track record of successfully accelerating franchise growth for some of the nation's leading restaurant concepts," said Keith Guilbault, CEO of QDOBA. "His expertise and years of experience in growing brands similar to...
Neil Dierks Announces Plans to Retire from NPPC
After 31 years of distinguished service with the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), including the last 20 as CEO, Neil Dierks has announced his plan to retire from NPPC by the end of the year. The NPPC Board of Directors has initiated a search for a new CEO. Dierks will remain in his role as CEO until the search process is completed and will serve as a strategic counselor during a transition period.
“Over the last 40 years, Neil has made countless, lasting contributions to the U.S. pork industry and established NPPC as a leading national advocacy organization and the global voice of the U.S. pork industry,” said Jen Sorenson, NPPC president and communications director with...
Beyond Meat Announces New Executive Leadership Appointments
Beyond Meat announced the appointments of Phil Hardin as Chief Financial Officer, Deanna Jurgens as Chief Growth Officer and Margaret “Jackie” Trask as Chief People Officer. These seasoned veterans bring extensive experience to the Beyond Meat executive leadership team to support the company's continued growth and innovation-focused culture.
“We are excited to welcome Phil, Deanna and Jackie to the Beyond Meat executive leadership team,” said Ethan Brown, President and Chief Executive Officer, Beyond Meat. “In each case, we conducted extensive searches to identify best-in-class talent and I could not be more pleased with the outcome. Whether Deanna's highly successful customer-focused leadership at PepsiCo, Jackie's impressive track record of building teams and...
Aramark Names Debbie Albert Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications
Debbie Albert has been named Aramark’s Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, reporting to John Zillmer, Aramark CEO. In this role, Albert will lead the Corporate Communications function, delivering integrated communications programs to diverse audiences including clients, employees, and media, while supporting the executive team, business units and functional areas with communications counsel.“Debbie’s strategic thinking, work ethic, and understanding of our business will be a tremendous asset to the company, especially as we emerge from the pandemic and focus on growth,” said Zillmer. “As a former leader at Aramark, Debbie is well-known across the company and now brings...
Tyson Foods Announces Donnie King to Succeed Dean Banks as President and CEO
Tyson Foods announced that Chief Operating Officer Donnie King has been named President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Current President and CEO Dean Banks is leaving the company and board for personal reasons.
“The board and I know that Donnie has a deep understanding of our business, values and culture and the solid leadership skills needed to continue to implement our strategy and deliver strong results,” said John H. Tyson, chairman of the board. “We want to express our appreciation to Dean for his contributions as...
SpartanNash Appoints Douglas Hacker as Chairman
SpartanNash Company announced the appointment of Douglas Hacker as Chairman on its Board of Directors. The announcement follows SpartanNash’s appointments of three new executive officers, six vice presidents and 11 directors in 2021, as well as the addition of Tony Sarsam as President and CEO in September 2020.
“This is an exciting, transformational phase for SpartanNash as the Company has recently welcomed several new leaders and launched key initiatives for growth and operational excellence,” said Hacker. “I am privileged to continue...
Bojangles Expands Executive Team with Two Tenured Development Leaders
Bojangles announced today that Byron Chandler, an experienced QSR industry real estate executive, has been named chief development officer for the restaurant chain best known for its chicken, biscuits and Legendary Iced Tea®. In this new role, he will be responsible for leading Bojangles’ real estate, construction and design teams and implementing the company’s strategic plans to build its real estate portfolio for future growth. Chandler will begin on June 7.
“With recent strategic growth announcements, it’s clear that demand for the Bojangles brand is growing,” said Jose Armario, CEO of Bojangles. “Byron’s proven track record of leadership in restaurant development will...
Church's Chicken Announces Promotion Of Russ Sumrall To SVP, International Strategic Development
Church's Chicken®, the global quick-service restaurant chain and its international sister brands Texas Chicken™ and Church's Texas Chicken™, recently announced the promotion of QSR industry expert Russ Sumrall to SVP, International Strategic Development. The promotion is part of Church's aggressive development plans to double their presence across APAC, EMEA, and the Americas, with strengthened operations and an exciting new image.
In his previous role as VP, International Development & Franchisee Profitability, Russ Sumrall negotiated deals to launch Texas Chicken into seven countries in East Africa, Cambodia, and Qatar. In addition, he executed numerous new development agreements in Canada, growing Church's Texas Chicken restaurants across many...
Jack in the Box Names New Vice President of Investor Relations
Jack in the Box Inc. continues the strategic transformation of its leadership team with the addition of 14-year franchise restaurant industry veteran Chris Brandon, IRC, as vice president of investor relations, effective June 7, 2021.
Brandon joins Jack in the Box from Domino’s Pizza, where he served in a variety of communication roles over the past 14 years, including most recently as director of investor relations. His past roles at Domino’s included responsibility for legislative affairs as well as media and public relations and franchisee events. Previously, Brandon held various sales and marketing positions with NASCAR between 2003 and 2007.
“Chris has proven his ability to build trusting relationships with key members of the investment community and brings deep knowledge of the franchise restaurant industry, with...
Domino's Announces CFO Transition Plan
Domino's Pizza announced that Stuart A. Levy will be leaving the Company to pursue other opportunities. While he is stepping down from his role as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer effective immediately, Mr. Levy will continue with the Company in an advisory capacity until August 31, 2021 to ensure a smooth transition.
The Company has commenced a search for the next CFO with the assistance of Heidrick & Struggles. Effective immediately, Ritch Allison, Domino's Chief Executive Officer, will assume oversight of a newly established Office of the CFO comprised of Ryan Goers, Vice President, Finance, Global Financial Planning and Analysis; Juan Jose Joachin, Vice President, Finance Operations; and Jessica L. Parrish Vice President, Corporate Controller and Treasurer until...
Jack in the Box Names New Chief Operating Officer
Jack in the Box continues the strategic transformation of its leadership team with the addition of new Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Tony Darden, who brings more than 25 years’ experience in multi-unit, quick-service restaurant operations.
Darden joins Jack in the Box from MOOYAH Burgers Fries and Shake, where he served as president for the past two years. He has also held chief operating officer titles at Taco Bueno and Sun Holdings, the fourth largest franchisee in the U.S. with a portfolio of more than 1,000 restaurants for brands including...
Bojangles Hires Seasoned Supply Chain Leader Katie Radtke
Bojangles, known for its iconic Southern food in more than 760 restaurants throughout the Southeast, announced it has named Katie Radtke as vice president of supply chain. An accomplished supply chain leader with global credentials, Radtke will oversee food and packaging, distribution, logistics and quality assurance in her new role.
“Katie is a transformational supply chain leader, and her extensive experience in developing strategies to optimize the supply chain for nationally recognized restaurant franchise brands will be critical as...
Dine Brands Global Announces Executive Appointments
Dine Brands Global, the parent company of Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar® and IHOP® restaurants, announced that Vance Chang has been named Chief Financial Officer, effective June 14, 2021.
Most recently, Vance served as CFO for Exer Urgent Care. Before that, he was CFO at YOGAWORKS. He has also held positions at Pressed Juicery, Moelis & Company, Oracle and Deloitte & Touche. Vance received a degree in accounting from the University of Washington and an MBA from...
Performance Food Group Company Announces Addition of Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion
Performance Food Group Company announced that Claudia Mills, formerly with Richmond-based Altria Group, Inc., will start as its Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion, effective May 17. She will fill a vital role on PFG’s senior Human Resources leadership team.
“We are excited to bring Claudia’s significant experience and expertise to PFG,” said Chairman, President & CEO George Holm. “PFG has grown over the years by bringing together companies and cultures that share many similarities, but what truly makes us successful is our focus on taking advantage of the different strengths of...
SpartanNash Welcomes Rona Caswell as VP, Internal Audit
SpartanNash announced Rona Caswell has joined the Company as Vice President, Internal Audit. Caswell will drive the success of the annual internal audit plan, oversee compliance with Company financial standards and lead enterprise risk-management plans. She will report jointly to Chief Financial Officer Jason Monaco and the SpartanNash Board of Directors Audit Committee.
“Rona is an experienced finance and audit executive who excels in cross-functional collaboration and building high-performing teams,” President and CEO Tony Sarsam said. “We are excited to welcome her to the family and tap into her experience with...
Subway Appoints Donagh Herlihy to Global Chief Digital and Information Officer
Subway restaurants announced that Donagh Herlihy has joined the company as its new Global Chief Digital and Information Officer. In this role, Herlihy is responsible for overseeing the company's global technology teams and initiatives to deliver modern, timely and effective platforms for Subway franchisees and guests.
Herlihy has more than 20 years of experience leading global digital and e-commerce teams in the food, retail and restaurant industries, previously holding executive positions at major brands, including Bloomin' Brands, Avon Products and the Wrigley Company. His expertise includes...
Ron Phillips Joins Sysco as Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer
Sysco Corporation announced that Ron Phillips will join the company as executive vice president and chief human resources officer, effective May 3, 2021.
“I am very pleased to welcome Ron to Sysco. He is a proven HR executive with more than 25 years of experience and a track record of leading high-performing teams and consistently delivering results and transformative change through people-first strategies,” said Kevin Hourican, Sysco’s president and chief executive officer. “His demonstrated expertise across a broad range of strategic functions, including people strategy development, diversity and...
Albertsons Companies Names Danielle Crop as Chief Data Officer
Albertsons Companies announced that Danielle Crop has joined the company as Senior Vice President and Chief Data Officer. Crop was most recently Chief Data Officer at American Express.
This new role brings an exciting step change and acceleration in the journey to leverage data strategically for the enterprise. Crop will be responsible for building and executing a world-class central data strategy that delivers benefits for the customer regardless of whether they shop in store or on...
BJ’s Wholesale Club Announces Executive Appointments
BJ’s Wholesale Club Holdings, Inc. announced that the Company’s Board of Directors has appointed Bob Eddy as President and Chief Executive Officer. He will assume day-to-day leadership of the Company and will also join BJ’s Board of Directors. Laura Felice, currently Senior Vice President, Controller, has been appointed Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and replaces Eddy in this role.
The Company also announced additional appointments to further strengthen its management team and accelerate its growth. Paul Cichocki, currently Executive Vice President, Membership, Analytics and Business Transformation, has been named Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer, and will...
SpartanNash Announces Chief Strategy Officer
SpartanNash announced that Masiar Tayebi will join the company as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, effective April 19, 2021. Mr. Tayebi has more than 20 years of experience connecting strategy, technology and innovation to drive growth and transformational change. Prior to joining SpartanNash, Mr. Tayebi was Global Head of Corporate Strategy and Business Development at Whirlpool Corporation, as well as Chief Operating Officer of its most recent acquisition, Yummly, a leading digital food platform offering online grocery delivery to millions of users. Before joining Whirlpool Corporation, Mr. Tayebi spent 15 years in financial services and management consulting.
As EVP and Chief Strategy Officer, Mr. Tayebi will be responsible for the development and execution of corporate strategy initiatives to drive growth and improve business performance. He will work closely with senior leaders to identify, analyze and resolve...
JBS USA Names Kevin Arquit Chief Legal Officer
JBS USA, leading global food company, announced that one of the country’s top attorneys Kevin Arquit will be joining the company as chief legal officer. In his new role as part of the executive leadership team, Arquit will be responsible for leading all legal, ethics and compliance efforts for the company in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Europe and the UK.
He will report to JBS USA CEO Andre Nogueira. This is a newly created position for the company, focused on the global business. Kim Pryor remains general counsel for JBS in the United States.
“We are pleased that Kevin is joining JBS and bringing his expertise to this important role for our company,” said Nogueira. “During Kevin’s impressive career, he has made a significant impact on...
American Egg Board Names Mike Hostetler Director of Consumer Insights
The American Egg Board (AEB) today named Mike Hostetler to the newly created role of director of consumer insights. Reporting to VP Insights & Innovation Nate Hedtke, Hostetler will lead development of the AEB’s planned insights hub — a new integrated consumer, customer and egg industry research and intelligence center to support marketing, innovation and strategic initiatives at the industry level and increase demand for eggs and egg products.
An accomplished research, analytics and insights expert, Hostetler brings more than 15 years of food industry expertise and experience leading insight generation to identify innovation opportunities and...
SpartanNash Announces New Supply Chain Officer
SpartanNash announced that David Petko has joined the company as Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer, effective April 12, 2021. Mr. Petko has 25 years of supply chain and distribution logistics experience in roles of increasing leadership responsibility, including serving as Senior Vice President of Supply Chain for C&S Wholesale Grocers from 2019 to 2021.
As SVP and Chief Supply Chain Officer, Mr. Petko will have full responsibility of all aspects of SpartanNash’s supply chain management, including warehousing, forecasting, planning, sourcing, procurement, inventory control, transportation, logistics, engineering, budgets and business plans. He will work with the SpartanNash executive leadership team in...
Impossible Foods Hires Steve Turner In the All-new Role of Chief Experience Officer
Impossible Foods announced today the hiring of former Apple creative leader Steve Turner as Chief Experience Officer.
In this newly created role, Turner will be in charge of building brand awareness and accelerating the global consumer movement to a sustainable food system. He’s a key member of the company’s senior executive team and reports directly to CEO and Founder Dr. Pat Brown.
In 2017, Steve founded Sublime, a strategic creative consulting firm that advises CEOs, CMOs and other executives. Before that, he spent 11 years at Apple, where he rose to global Executive Creative Director for Apple’s Media Arts Lab. He worked with...
USDA Announces Oscar Gonzales as Assistant Secretary for Administration
Oscar Gonzales was appointed by President Biden to serve as Assistant Secretary for Administration at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Previously, Gonzales served in the Obama Administration in several senior positions with USDA, including as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration as well as Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Senior Advisor on Immigration Reform to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. He also served as the California State Executive Director for USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), where he oversaw FSA programs across 58 counties in the nation's largest agricultural producing state. His government background includes working for top California leaders, including...
Hormel Foods Appoints Jacinth Smiley Group Vice President of Corporate Strategy
Hormel Foods Corporation, a global branded food company, announced the appointment of Jacinth Smiley as group vice president of corporate strategy. Smiley will report to Jim Snee, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of Hormel Foods.
In this role, Smiley will be responsible for leading the development and execution of the company's growth and investment strategies, enabling its acceleration as a global branded food company. Smiley replaces Jim Splinter, former group vice president of corporate strategy, who retired last year.
"Jacinth is an accomplished business executive with senior global leadership experience at top Fortune 500 companies," Snee said. "She has an exceptional finance background with...
Lynn Clark named SVP and Chief HR Officer for Perdue Farms
Perdue Farms, a fourth-generation, family owned U.S. food and agricultural products company, announced that Lynn Clark has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, reporting to Randy Day, CEO of Perdue Farms.
Clark will be responsible for all aspects of Perdue Farms human resources strategy that will engage and develop talent, shape culture and focus on associate well-being through active talent management, organization development, inclusion and diversity and total rewards, including Perdue HealthWorks®.
Clark has more than 30 years of experience in a variety of industries and geographies with human resources leadership across pharmaceutical, medical device and diversified industrials. Mostly recently, Lynn was...
Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Nomination of Janie Simms Hipp to Serve as USDA General Counsel
“I am grateful to President Biden for nominating Janie Simms Hipp, a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, to serve as General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. I have the utmost confidence and respect for Janie. I know that she will faithfully carry out her duties to enforce the laws and regulations of the USDA, safeguard producers, protect socially disadvantaged communities, make good on USDA’s responsibility to provide nutrition assistance to children and families, and ensure the interests of the American public are served by USDA’s programs and services. She has a decades-long career dedicated to...
Kraft Heinz Announces Nominations of Lori Dickerson Fouché and Miguel Patricio as New Board Members
The Kraft Heinz Company announced that the Board of Directors has nominated Lori Dickerson Fouché and Kraft Heinz CEO Miguel Patricio to be elected as directors at the upcoming Kraft Heinz 2021 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. The Company also announced that George Zoghbi will not seek re-election at the 2021 Annual Meeting. Ms. Fouché has been nominated to fill Mr. Zoghbi’s vacancy and Mr. Patricio has been nominated to fill Jorge Paulo Lemann’s vacancy.
“The Board is delighted to nominate Lori Dickerson Fouché, the former Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Financial Solutions at Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America,” said Alex Behring, Chairman of the Board of Directors. “Her well-regarded leadership at this...
Ruby Tuesday Announces the Appointment of Two New Managers to Board
Ruby Tuesday announced the appointment of Mitch Lowe and Adam Brotman to its board of managers. Lowe and Brotman will join fellow Ruby Tuesday board members Ryan Carroll, Richard Miller and Shawn Lederman, the chief executive officer of Ruby Tuesday.
“We are pleased to welcome both Mitch and Adam to the Ruby Tuesday board,” said Shawn Lederman, the chief executive officer of Ruby Tuesday. “Both Mitch and Adam have deep experience at the intersection between restaurant operations, digital marketing and data analytics. We believe they will both be invaluable as we look to...
Domino's Names Frank Garrido EVP - U.S. Operations
Domino's Pizza announced the promotion of Frank Garrido to executive vice president – U.S. operations and support, effective March 15, 2021.
Garrido replaces Tom Curtis, who is leaving to pursue another opportunity. Garrido will report to Russell Weiner, Domino's chief operating officer and president – Domino's U.S.
"We wish Tom the best of luck in his new role, as he served Domino's well for many years," said Weiner. "Moving forward, we are thrilled to have Frank join...
SpartanNash Announces Finance Team Transitions
SpartanNash announced that the Company has appointed Jason Monaco as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective March 22, 2021. Mr. Monaco will assume the CFO position from Mark Shamber who will remain with the Company through the end of April to assist with a transition. As CFO, Mr. Monaco will direct finance, mergers and acquisitions, treasury, internal audit, real estate, and risk management. He will report to SpartanNash’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Tony Sarsam.
“We look forward to having Jason join our team,” notes Mr. Sarsam. “Jason has a proven track record of partnering with cross functional teams and digging deeply into the business to build systems, processes, and teams to develop and drive...
Burger King Appoints New Chief Operating Officer
Burger King announced industry veteran Tom Curtis will be appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Burger King Americas, joining the leadership team to oversee field operations, restaurant development and restaurant operations.
Mr. Curtis joins Burger King from industry giant Domino's where he built an impressive 35-year career and most recently served as Executive Vice President, U.S. Operations and Support, overseeing both franchise and company-owned operations. Prior to that role he led U.S. company operations as Executive Vice President of Corporate Operations. Curtis will report to Christopher Finazzo, President of Burger King, Americas.
"We are excited to add another seasoned expert to our leadership team and for our entire system to benefit from his impressive experience and operational expertise," said Chris Finazzo. "Tom will be an important leader and asset in...
Cargill Announces Leadership Roles to Accelerate Strategic Growth
Two new members are joining Cargill’s executive team as the company makes leadership changes to implement strategic growth initiatives.
“These leaders are committed to our customer-driven growth strategy and have deep experience in, and a passion for, innovation, disruption and building safe, responsible and sustainable solutions in food and agriculture,” said Dave MacLennan, Cargill chairman and CEO. “As we accelerate our growth strategy into specialties and value-add spaces, I’m confident this is the team to lead Cargill forward.”
Jon Nash is joining the company’s executive team as the leader of the global protein and salt enterprise. He succeeds Brian Sikes, who was recently named...
Wendy's Names Dr. Beverly Stallings-Johnson Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer
The Wendy's Company announced the appointment of Dr. Beverly Stallings-Johnson to the newly created position of Vice President, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer effective March 15, 2021. Beverly will lead the Company's efforts to advance and promote diversity, equity and inclusion across the Wendy's global system, including with employees, franchisees and suppliers.
Prior to joining Wendy's, Beverly served as Chief Diversity Officer for the City of Columbus, leading the City's Office of Diversity and Inclusion. In partnership with Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther, she helped to advance the Equity Agenda to impact disparities across the nearly million residents of the City. She has been a resident of central Ohio for 15 years and brings to Wendy's a deep connection to...
SpartanNash Announces Greg Molloy to Fill VP, Environmental Health and Safety Role
SpartanNash announced that Greg Molloy has been named Vice President, Environmental Health and Safety, effective March 1. He will be responsible for developing and leading strategic initiatives in the areas of Health, Safety and Environmental sustainability to ensure companywide compliance with all safety and environmental laws and regulations.
Mr. Molloy will report to Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Yvonne Trupiano.
“One of SpartanNash’s key initiatives in 2021 is improving our associate experience through initiatives related to safety and retention. Mr. Molloy’s leadership will be paramount to achieving these goals,” President and Chief Executive Officer Tony Sarsam said. “As we continue to...
SpartanNash Announces VP, Fresh Merchandising
SpartanNash announced that the Company has promoted Amy McClellan to Vice President, Fresh Merchandising, effective March 8. Ms. McClellan has served as SVP, Retail Operations and Merchandising for Martin’s Super Markets and as Division Vice President, Retail for SpartanNash since the company acquired Martin’s in January of 2019. She recently celebrated her 20-year service anniversary with Martin’s, beginning as a part-time cashier while in high school and advancing to increasing roles of responsibility including Communications Specialist, Market Research Supervisor, Loyalty and Marketing Programs Manager, Director of Marketing and Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
As Vice President, Fresh Merchandising, Ms. McClellan will play a key role in developing the long-term vision of Fresh product categories to ensure success for SpartanNash’s more than...
Kroger Announces Retirement of EVP and COO Mike Donnelly
The Kroger Co. announced the retirement of Mike Donnelly, executive vice president and COO, after more than 42 years of distinguished service, effective later this spring. A succession plan will be announced at a later date.
"With his relentless focus on the customer, Mike has led the organization to prioritize what is most important to their experience – full shelves, fresh foods and friendly associates," said Rodney McMullen, Kroger's chairman and CEO. "He energizes our teams to deliver results and the best experience for every customer, every time. Importantly, Mike has mentored and developed...
Brian Sikes Named Cargill’s Chief Operating Officer
Brian Sikes has been named chief operating officer (COO) of Cargill. In this role, he will also serve as a management director on the Cargill Board of Directors.
Sikes joined Cargill’s executive team in 2019, leading the company’s global protein and salt enterprise. Prior to that, he spent four years leading the protein business in North America, based in Wichita, Kan. Sikes joined Cargill in 1991, and has held leadership positions in the protein business in the U.S., Canada and Europe. He also led the company’s...
North American Meat Institute Welcomes Confirmation of U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack
Julie Anna Potts, President and CEO of the North American Meat Institute (Meat Institute), congratulated U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on his confirmation and issued the following statement:
“Due to comprehensive protections instituted since the spring, independent data show that COVID-19 infection rates for meat and poultry workers are now more than four times lower than in the general population and 95% lower than when the pandemic hit the sector hardest in April, 2020. We welcome...
IHOP Appoints Kieran Donahue as Chief Marketing Officer
IHOP announced the newest member of its executive team, naming Kieran Donahue to the position of Chief Marketing Officer. In this role, Donahue will be responsible for driving IHOP’s marketing and culinary strategies, including oversight of advertising, digital innovation, communications, menu development and overall brand experience. Beginning February 22, Donahue will report directly to IHOP President Jay Johns.
“Kieran is an innovator and a transformational Fortune 500 executive who has a long track record of demonstrated performance across a diverse set of global brands,” said Johns. “Given her impressive professional history surpassing business goals, building trusted relationships and...
Maribel Duran was named Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations in the Office of the Secretary. Duran recently served as Managing Director for Equity and Inclusion for the Aspen Institute, as well as Chief of Staff for its Leadership Division. From 2018-2019, she was co-chair of the Institute’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council. Previously, Duran served eight years in the Obama Administration, first as Special Assistant to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, then as Chief of Staff for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, and ultimately as...
Tyson Foods Accelerates Change to Operate at the Speed of the Market
Tyson Foods announced that the company is making organizational changes designed to improve operational agility, customer experience and speed of innovation to market, ensuring that all businesses are well-positioned to adapt to a dynamic environment.
“Consumer preferences are changing and evolving at a rapid pace,” said Dean Banks, president and chief executive officer of Tyson Foods. “We must accelerate our pace of change to not only meet but exceed our customers’ expectations while delivering...
Hormel Foods Announces Executive Appointments
Hormel Foods Corporation, a global branded food company, announced the appointments of Jeff Frank to vice president of Grocery Products, leading the strategic integration of the Planters and Corn Nuts brands into Hormel Foods. The Planters and Corn Nuts acquisition was announced on February 11, and is expected to be completed by the summer. Frank currently serves as vice president of marketing for the Foodservice business within Hormel Foods. Additionally, Annemarie Vaupel, currently director of marketing for the Foodservice division, will advance to vice president of marketing for the Foodservice division.
"The Planters acquisition is the largest in the company's history and one that is going to require dedicated leadership and significant focus," said Jim Snee, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer. "Jeff has broad experience within Hormel Foods and...
Subway Announces Steve Rafferty as Senior Vice President of Development
Subway restaurants have announced Steve Rafferty as Senior Vice President of Development for North America.
In this role, Rafferty is responsible for leading the strategic direction for business development, supporting the network of Subway developers and leading growth initiatives for new and existing franchisees.
"Steve has the deep experience to successfully lead teams to achieve new franchise recruitment, unit growth, and new market entry goals. His wealth of knowledge, along with...
Energy Technology Executive Elected to Tyson Foods Board of Directors
Maria Claudia Borras has been elected to the board of directors of Tyson Foods, the company announced.Borras is executive vice president of Oilfield Services at BAKER HUGHES, an international energy technology company, where she leads the company’s largest business segment with more than 26,000 employees and operations in 120 countries. She has served in other executive and management roles at Baker Hughes and was also previously...
Kansas Cattleman and Veteran Jerry Bohn Becomes New NCBA President
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) concluded its virtual Winter Business Meeting with the election of Jerry Bohn, a cattle producer from Wichita, Kan., as NCBA president.
Bohn, a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, has been a part of the cattle industry his entire life. Bohn has had an expansive career in the cattle industry since his early days of custom grazing cattle with his family in Flint Hills, to his time on Kansas State University’s award-winning...
Dakota Provisions Appoints New President & CEO
Dakota Provisions announced the promotion of Jordan Woodbury to President and CEO. Woodbury will be replacing Ken Rutledge who is retiring after 47 years in the industry. Jordan has over 24 years of experience in the meat and poultry industry and has been employed with Dakota Provisions since 2005. He has firsthand experience working in the operational, food safety, quality, research and development, sales, and marketing areas of the company.
Jordan will oversee all aspects of Dakota Provisions LLC which includes two processing facilities, one cold storage, two warehouses, lab and two employee markets in South Dakota...
U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Key Staff Appointments
Anne Knapke was named Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations. Most recently, Knapke was a Senior Program Officer focusing on nutrition at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to working at the Gates Foundation, Knapke served as Legislative Director for Senator Amy Klobuchar. Knapke holds a bachelor’s degree from the Ohio State University and master’s degrees in public policy and social service administration from the University of Chicago...
Tracy Skeans Promoted to Chief Operating Officer at Yum! Brands
Yum! Brands, Inc. announced the promotion of Tracy Skeans to Chief Operating Officer. Skeans, who has been with the Company for 20 years, has served as Chief Transformation and People Officer since 2016. Skeans’ promotion to COO formalizes the expanded role she is already playing to drive cross-brand collaboration on operational execution, people capability and customer experience imperatives that will fuel same-store sales and net-new unit growth. Skeans will retain her current responsibilities as Chief People Officer and continue reporting to Yum! Brands Chief Executive Officer David Gibbs.
“Tracy and I share a people-first vision and passion for elevating the customer and employee experience, which makes her the perfect choice for Chief Operating Officer in our next phase of growth,” said Gibbs. “Tracy has been an invaluable strategic partner to me and our global leadership team as we have...
Hormel Foods Announces the Retirement of Glenn Leitch, Executive Vice President, Supply Chain
Hormel Foods Corporation announced that Glenn Leitch, executive vice president of supply chain, will retire during the second calendar quarter of 2021. Mark Coffey, currently senior vice president of supply chain and manufacturing for Hormel Foods, will advance to group vice president of supply chain and will lead the company's global supply chain. Additionally, Jen Ehresmann was named to vice president of supply chain. The company's supply chain includes more than 30 production facilities and co-packing partners, producing thousands of products sold worldwide.
"Glenn's expertise has been invaluable as we have optimized our global supply chain to be more strategic, cost-effective and agile to meet the needs of today's changing marketplace," said Jim Snee, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of Hormel Foods. "During this last year, facing an...
Ryan Ostrom to Join Jack in the Box as New Chief Marketing Officer
Jack in the Box Inc. announced that Ryan Ostrom will join the company as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, effective February 1, 2021. Ostrom joins the company with over 15 years of marketing and branding experience, with a passion for driving innovation through creative consumer strategies. Most recently, Ostrom served as Chief Brand Officer for General Nutrition Centers (GNC), where he helped lead the transformation of GNC from a traditional retailer to a global digital brand by modernizing their marketing, eCommerce, innovation, and product development.
Previously, Ostrom served roles at Yum! Brands, Kenmore, Craftsman & DieHard at Sears Holding Corporation, and Reebok. During his time at Yum! Brands, Ostrom helped...
UNFI Names Dorn Wenninger Senior Vice President of Produce
United Natural Foods, Inc. announced that Dorn Wenninger has been named its Senior Vice President of Produce effective today. In this role, Wenninger will oversee the growth as well as enhance and execute the strategy and expansion of UNFI’s capabilities in produce. Wenninger will report to Paul Green, UNFI's President of Fresh.
"For UNFI and our retail customers, the produce department represents one of the most significant growth opportunity areas in the store,” said Green. “Dorn is an experienced, highly respected, and well-connected leader who will not only...
Butterball Appoints Two to Operational Leadership Positions
Butterball announced the promotion of two longtime members of its operations team—Neal Walsh has been appointed chief operating officer (COO) and Bill Folk has been appointed to vice president of operations. Both appointments took effect at the end of 2020.
As COO, Walsh works collaboratively to drive results and have direct responsibility for company operations across Butterball’s six turkey processing facilities and all operational support functions. He focuses on executing Butterball’s strategic company priorities and long-range operations plan and is an...
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the names of individuals who will hold key staff positions in Washington, D.C.
Rebecca Piazza was named Senior Advisor for Delivery in the Office of the Under Secretary for the Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Program Delivery at Nava Public Benefit Corporation. Previously, Piazza was the Acting Executive Director of 18F, a digital services agency within...
Dr. Jewel Bronaugh Nominated for USDA Deputy Secretary
President Biden has nominated Dr. Jewel Bronaugh, USDA deputy secretary of agriculture. Currently, she serves as the Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Agriculture. If confirmed, Bronaugh would be the highest-ranking African American woman to ever serve in USDA.
She previously was the Executive Director of the Center of Agriculture Research, Engagement and Outreach (CAREO) at Virginia State University (VSU), where she helped expand the impact of...
Katharine Ferguson was named Chief of Staff in the Office of the Secretary: Most recently, Ferguson served as Associate Director of the Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group. Before joining the Aspen Institute, Ferguson served in the Obama Administration as Chief of Staff for the White House Domestic Policy Council and as Chief of Staff for Rural Development at USDA. Ferguson also worked on the Senate Agriculture Committee and...
Michael T. Lockard to Become Weis Markets' Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Weis Markets announced Michael T. Lockard, a long-time financial retail executive, will become the Company's Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Treasurer. He will succeed Scott Frost, who is retiring.
To ensure a smooth transition, Mr. Frost will continue to serve as Chief Financial Officer until March 12, at which time Mr. Lockard will assume the role. As Weis Markets' Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Lockard will oversee the day-to-day management of the company's accounting, auditing and financial functions. He will report to Jonathan Weis, Weis Markets Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
Mr. Lockard has more than 25 years of senior-level executive experience in retail, supermarket and...
American Egg Board Names Mike Koenigs Chief of Operations and Outreach
As part of its new Strategic Vision & Five-Year Plan, the American Egg Board (AEB) announced it has named Mike Koenigs to the newly created position of chief outreach and operations officer, effective immediately.
Reporting directly to AEB President & CEO Emily Metz, Koenigs will oversee and be responsible for driving new efficiencies in the AEB’s finance and human resources functions, while unifying organizational engagement and outreach to egg producers, the food chain, allied industry, government and...
Grubhub Taps Devry Boughner Vorwerk as Chief Corporate Affairs Officer
Grubhub Inc., a leading online and mobile food-ordering and delivery marketplace, announced that Devry Boughner Vorwerk will be joining the company as chief corporate affairs officer, effective Jan. 19. Vorwerk will oversee brand, communications, government relations, public policy and sustainability for the company.
In the newly created role, she is responsible for developing a cohesive brand voice and fostering relationships across the industry to help drive growth and promote Grubhub's continued commitment to supporting restaurants, drivers and diners. Vorwerk will lead the company's communications and...
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