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NATIONAL REPORT — Retailers, wholesalers and suppliers in the convenience store industry are only as good as their management teams and employees. In this special roundup, Convenience Store News runs down the most recent executive changes, new hires, promotions and people achievements happening in the industry.
The producer- and member-cooperative owners of Cenex parent CHS Inc. re-elected five farmers to new three-year terms as directors of the farmer-owned cooperative and global energy, grains and foods company. The elections took place during the 2015 CHS Annual Meeting, held Dec. 4 in Minneapolis. CHS directors must be full-time farmers or ranchers to be eligible for election to the 17-member board.
Re-elected were Don Anthony, Lexington, Neb.; David Bielenberg, Silverton, Ore.; Steve Fritel, Barton, N.D.; David Johnsrud, Starbuck, Minn.; and David Kayser, Alexandria, S.D.
Following the annual meeting, the CHS board elected Bielenberg to a fourth one-year term as chairman.
The Coca-Cola Co.
Coca-Cola announced that Alexander B. Cummings, executive vice president and chief administrative officer, will retire March 31 after more than 18 years of distinguished service.
Cummings joined Coca-Cola in July 1997 as deputy region manager for Nigeria and advanced to become president of Coca-Cola's Africa Group in 2001. A native of Liberia, West Africa, Cummings led a period of strong growth in the company's Africa business, overseeing critical investments in marketing and infrastructure across 56 African countries and territories from 2001-2008. In July 2008, he was named to his current position.
During his time with the company, Cummings also oversaw the creation of The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation in response to the growth and impact of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
Exxon Mobil Corp.
Darren W. Woods was elected president of Exxon Mobil Corp. and a member of the board of directors, effective Jan. 1. Rex W. Tillerson continues his position as chairman of the board and CEO of the corporation.
Woods, 50, previously served as senior vice president and a member of the management committee since June 1, 2014. He joined Exxon Co. International in 1992 as a planning analyst; held a number of domestic and international assignments for ExxonMobil Refining & Supply Co., ExxonMobil Chemical Co. and Exxon Co. International; and served as manager of investor relations for the corporation.
The Hershey Co.
Sales veteran Rob Gehring joined The Hershey Co. as global chief sales officer, effective Jan. 18. He made the move from Coca-Cola North America where he served as president for the Walmart Global Team since 2011.
"Rob is a seasoned sales leader who has deep experience in consumer packaged goods, strong customer relationships and a proven track record," said Michele Buck, president, North America, for Hershey. "We are excited to have Rob join Hershey to lead our global sales team and strengthen our sales organization around the world."
Gehring brings more than 20 years of experience with large category-leading brands in key retail channels. During his tenure at Coca-Cola, he held a variety of roles including leading the field sales organization in Canada across all trade classes, and leading sales for the western United States where he focused on customer and channel performance.
Marathon Petroleum Corp.
Marathon Petroleum (MPC) made several changes to its senior management structure that took effect Jan. 1.
Donald C. Templin, executive vice president, supply, transportation and marketing, was named president, MPLX. Templin will continue to report to MPC President and CEO Gary R. Heminger and remain an executive vice president of MPC. He will be located in Findlay, Ohio.
Pamela K. M. Beall, MPC's senior vice president, corporate planning, government and public affairs, was named executive vice president, corporate planning and strategy at MPLX, reporting to Templin. She will also remain in Findlay.
David L. Whikehart, director, product supply and optimization, was named vice president, corporate planning, government and public affairs, succeeding Beall. He will report to Heminger and be based in Findlay.
MPC also announced the retirement of Richard D. Bedell, senior vice president of refining, effective March 1. Raymond L. Brooks, currently general manager of MPC's Galveston Bay Refinery in Texas City, Texas, will replace Bedell. Bedell joined Marathon in 1979 and held numerous positions of increasing responsibility in the company, including serving as general manager of MPC's refineries in Garyville, La., Robinson, Ill., and Texas City.