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News from Pilgrim's Pride Corp., Popeyes Chicken and Biscuits, Quality Meat Scotland, Burger King Corp., National Pork Board, FKI Logistex North America, and Womens Foodservice Forum.

Pilgrim's Pride Corp., Pittsburg, Texas, appointed Robert Wright as executive vice president of sales and marketing. Wright has served as executive vice president of the company's Turkey Division since he joined Pilgrim's Pride last year. We are delighted that Bob has agreed to head up our sales and marketing organization, O.B. Goolsby, Pilgrims Pride president and COO, commented. Bob's broad experience of 20 years in food industry sales and operational leadership, combined with a strong strategic planning background, bodes well for the future of Pilgrim's Pride. Prior to joining Pilgrim's Pride, Wright served as president of Butterball Turkey Co. for five years. Previously, he held the positions at Cargill Inc., Jerome Foods, and E.S.I. Meats. Wright served as the 2003 chairman of the National Turkey Federation.

Restaurant-chain operator AFC Enterprises Inc., Atlanta, Georgia, named Kenneth Keymer as president of its Popeyes Chicken and Biscuits operations. The Popeyes restaurant chain has approximately 1,800 locations. Keymer replaces Dick Holbrook, AFC president and chief operating officer, who had held the position on an interim basis. In his new role, Keymer leads the Popeyes team in restructuring its operations, enhancing franchise support systems, developing menu offerings, and focusing maximizing brand value. , AFC said. He most recently worked at Noodles & Co., where he served as president and co-CEO.

Quality Meat Scotland is restructuring its industry development team with the appointment of Johnny Mackey to the post of technical projects manager, and Dr. Charlotte Maltin, as science and innovation manager. Mackey is already a well-known face in Scottish agricultural circles through his employment at NFU Scotland. At QMS he will work within the industry development team, managing technology transfer activities, including Monitor Farms, and the development of best practices. Maltin, formerly with the Rowett Institute in Aberdeen, is one of the U.K.s leading experts in meat science and genetics. She has spent more than 20 years developing muscle biology research and will provide expertise to QMS on a part time basis, identifying national and international research and technology on subjects such as meat quality that can be applied in the Scottish red meat industry.

Miami, Florida-headquartered fast-food company Burger King Corp. promoted John Chidsey to president of North American operations. He continues reporting directly to Brad Blum, the companys CEO. John is a proven general manager and well qualified to continue the strong momentum we are now demonstrating, Blum commented. This promotion will enable us to increase our domestic focus and accelerate the company's progress. John is off to a strong start with his financial leadership and has significant experience working with franchisees. Chidsey added: Burger King is poised for a strong turnaround. I am excited about the opportunity to put my franchise experience and knowledge to work and in continuing to help the team build the Burger King business, together. Prior to his joining Burger King, Chidsey was the CFO at Pepsi-Cola Eastern Europe and the CFO of PepsiCo World Trading Co. Inc. He has an M.B.A. in finance and accounting from Emory Business School and a juris doctorate from Emory Law School. He is a certified public accountant and a member of the Georgia Bar Association.

USDA Secretary Ann Veneman has appointed Danita Rodibaugh, Rensselaer, Indiana; John Adams, Snow Hill, North Carolina; G. Steven Weaver, Elk Grove, California; Timothy Bierman, Larrabee, Iowa; and Bruce Samson, Three Forks, Montana to serve three-year terms on the 15-member National Pork Board. Rodibaugh and Adams were reappointed to new three-year terms. Weaver, Bierman and Samson are new members to the board. Board members lead other pork producers in determining how the pork checkoff funds are collected and invested.

FKI Logistex North America, St. Louis, Missouri, promoted Stephen Causey to vice president of finance, and Stephen Legg to vice president of business development. During the past seven years, Causey has held various positions at the company's Alvey unit, serving as director of finance for the Alvey, White, and Cleco brands. With extensive experience in accounting, finance, and process improvement, he will be an important part of the North American management team working to drive process change across the group. Legg began his career in material handling for a distributor of the company's Buschman brand. Since 1990, he has held positions of increasing responsibility within FKI Logistex with the company's White, Alvey, and Automation Division units, most recently as president of the company's Real Time Solutions unit. In his new position, he will drive the company's efforts to further develop integrated operations under the Logistex brand name.

The Womens Foodservice Forum, Minneapolis, Minnesota, recognized Lori Daniel , chief inspiration officer and co-founder of Carson, California-headquartered Two Chefs on a Roll, as the recipient of the organizations third annual Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Daniel was selected as Entrepreneur of the Year based on her commitment to expand her company and her effort to support and promote the careers of women in the foodservice industry, WFF said in a release. Lori Daniels vision and ambition are inspiring to all women in the foodservice industry, Diana Wynne, chair of the Womens Foodservice Forum, commented. Through her insight and diligence, Two Chefs on a Roll is now recognized and highly regarded throughout the industry. Daniel has used her experiences to help other women in the foodservice industry by participating with the Womens Foodservice Forums mentor program and on the leadership roundtable for the Annual Leadership Development Conference. Daniel founded Two Chefs on a Roll with Eliot Swartz in 1985 as a wholesale dessert company by selling signature desserts to restaurants. Since then, the company has evolved into a full range factory of custom savory and bakery products that designs and manufactures unique food products, including appetizers, sauces, soups and desserts for restaurants, manufacturers, food processors, and food retailers.

Web posted: June 15, 2004
Category: People News
Domenick Castaldo, Ph.D.

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