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Butterball, LLC announces that Joe Nalley has joined the Butterball team as chief operating officer. As COO, Nalley oversees the activities of the live operations, plant operations, supply chain, purchasing, and engineering, and is responsible for all operational issues. Prior to joining Butterball, LLC, Nalley worked as the senior vice-president of operations for OSI Industries, Inc. He has 35 years of combined experience in the meat processing trade. Nalley holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Animal Science from West Texas State University. He resides in Wheaton, Ill. with his wife and two sons.
Butterball, LLC promoted two Sales & Marketing employees to vice president status.
Joel Coleman has been promoted from general manager to vice president of international sales. He began his career with Carolina Turkeys as a manager trainee in 1987, and took the position of general manager of international sales when Carolina Turkeys purchased the Butterball brand in October, 2006. In 2002, Coleman was recognized as the Sales Manager of the Year. He resides in Clinton, North Carolina with his wife and three daughters.
Anthony Steed was also promoted from general manager to vice president of industrial sales and co-pack product. He joined Carolina Turkeys in 1997 as the director of processing and was promoted to general manager of industrial and co-pack sales when Carolina Turkeys purchased Butterball. Prior to joining Carolina Turkeys, Steed worked as operations manager for Perdue Foods. He resides in Clinton, North Carolina with his wife and two daughters.
Buxton has expanded its Consumer Packaged Goods division by hiring two industry executives as vice president, CPGID division: Antonio Cuza and Gary Long.
Cuza joins Buxton with more than 18 years of CPG sales experience, with an emphasis in category management and trade marketing. His CPG experiences include management responsibilities at Tyson Foods, General Mills and Sara Lee. Antonio most recently worked for Alberto Culver, where he was senior customer marketing manager.
Tom Ramey will take over as chief executive officer of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board effective May 1, 2007. Ramey, now CBB’s chief financial officer, will take the reins from current CEO Monte Reese, who retires April 30 after 17 years of service to the Beef Board. Ramey has served as CFO for the Beef Board for about 13 years, whereby he has been responsible for all accounting and financial functions of the Board. Prior to his work for CBB, Ramey was an audit manager with a major accounting firm and was director of operations and director of worldwide internal audit for an international software company.
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association has announced that Dr. Ashby Green has joined the organization as vice president, producer education. Green’s experience includes more than 30 years in the veterinary medical industry in Mississippi, Missouri and Florida. Most recently, he has been involved in veterinary consulting and working with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Green also spent 12 years in the animal sciences division at Monsanto Agricultural Company. Early in his career, Green spent four years with the Mississippi Cooperative Extension Service as leader of extension veterinary medicine.
James R. Agin has been hired as director of quality at Q Laboratories, Inc. effective April 2, 2007. Agin will be responsible for supervision of all aspects of Q Laboratories, Inc. quality systems including evaluating internal audits, coordinating accreditation and certification programs, including ISO 17025, and determining measures for advancing the overall quality and excellence of the microbiology, analytical chemistry and research and development laboratories. Agin is certified as a registered sanitarian with the State of Ohio Board of Sanitarians, and is certified in plan development, reassessment and Record Review for Seafood HACCP.
P.L. Thomas has announced James E. Bernard and David I. Marciniak as key account managers. P.L. Thomas is a supplier of raw materials for the food and nutrition industries.
Cargill names Tom Hayes as vice president of plant operations for global food and engineering working with texturizers, salt, deicing, malt, cocoa, health and food technologies and dry milling businesses. He had served as president of Cargill Meat Solutions. Hayes will be replaced by Bill Rupp, who will continue to lead Cargill Beef.
Ossid has promoted Mike White to vice president and general manager of the company. He had most recently served as operations manager for the company and helped integrate the Mahaffy & Harder product line. He holds a bachelor’s in science form New York Institute of Technology and is located in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Ossid is a provider of tray packaging, form/fill/seal and weighing/labeling solutions for case-ready food, consumer goods and medical device industries.
MGP Ingredients Inc. has named Dr. Sukh Bassi as vice president of scientific affairs, a newly created position. Bassi will be responsible for procuring, processing and administering product development grants, handling science and government issues, collaborating with industry and academic partners and representing the company to industry organizations and government agencies. He formerly served as vice president of research and development and as vice president of new product innovations.
Computerway Food Systems has promoted Kaye Tillman to project management and training at the company. In her new role, she will work as a trainer while assisting in project management. She most recently led the implementation of the Computerway R5z system in Texas and is currently leading the installation of the Computerway Process Management application in North Carolina.
Mettler-Toledo Hi-Speed has appointed Gerald Lisowski as general manager. Lisowski will oversee the development and execution of plans supporting the company’s strategy to deliver packaging equipment and services to customers in the foods, beverages, pharmaceutical, chemical and durable and non-durable goods. He most recently served as vice president and general manager for the Taiyo Birdair Corporation.
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