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Perdue Foods announces new leadership positions to support growth across portfolio of brands

May 7, 2014
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To support continued growth across its portfolio of brands, including the Perdue, Harvestland, Coleman Natural and Coleman Organic brands, as well as local and customer-owned brands, Perdue Foods announces the creation of two new leadership positions. Randy Day has been named executive vice president of supply chain, and Mark McKay has been named executive vice president of sales and marketing. Both will share joint responsibility for executing Perdue Foods’ strategic growth plans.

The position of executive vice president of supply chain aligns every step in the Perdue Foods’ supply chain from live production through processing, to transportation and delivery, along with demand and supply planning, across all channels and brands. The executive vice president of sales and marketing position pulls together all sales channels into a coordinated effort to maximize profitability and drive efficiencies while supporting each of the brands in their markets.

“As our growing foods business has become more complex with continued strategic growth across multiple brands and channels, expanded distribution and new products, these two proven leaders will ensure we do all of this as efficiently as possible” said Jim Perdue, chairman of Perdue Farms, the parent company of Perdue Foods and Perdue AgriBusiness. “These two new positions reaffirm our commitment to each of our brands and their customers and consumers, and to continued innovation in new products and ongoing market leadership.”

Day has more than 34 years of experience at Perdue Farms, including more than two decades in senior leadership positions. He was most recently senior vice president of sales and supply chain optimization. He joined Perdue AgriBusiness in 2008 as senior vice president, responsible for business development and strategic planning. Prior to that, he served as president and general manager of Perdue’s Foodservice Division.

A native of the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Day graduated from Easton High School in Easton, Md., and received his bachelor of science degree in biology from Western Maryland College. He earned a master’s degree in poultry nutrition from the University of Maryland College Park and an advance management program degree from Harvard Business School.

McKay has worked in the poultry and meat industries for more than 28 years, serving more than 16 years in senior and executive level positions. He was most recently senior vice president of business development with responsibility for Perdue Foods’ turkey operation in Washington, Ind. McKay joined Perdue Farms in 2011 with the company’s acquisition of Coleman Natural Foods, where he served as chief executive officer. His prior experience included leadership positions at Foster Farms, ConAgra and the PepsiCo Restaurant Group. McKay grew up in California and graduated from Harvard University.

Source: Perdue Foods

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