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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.
Acosta named Tom Duffy as executive vice president, industry affairs. Reporting directly to president and CEO Steve Matthesen, he will be responsible for strengthening Acosta’s leadership at the industry level and with key trade organizations to help advance the evolution of the retail space, as well as support the ongoing growth and success of Acosta’s business.
With 30 years of experience, Duffy most recently served as vice president, industry services at Nielsen, where he managed the continuous development of client, partner and industry relations across North America. Previously, Duffy served as director, business and industry partnership at TDLinx, Nielsen’s location information management solution.
Dot Foods announced three key role changes among its retail channel sales team. Ryan P. Jacobsen has been named director of grocery sales; Mandi Clark has been promoted to director of customer service and development; and Devin Fogleman will take over Clark's convenience channel responsibilities in a reconfigured role of director of convenience, drug and mass.
Jacobsen, Clark and Fogleman began transitioning to their new roles at the start of 2017. Those transitions were expected to be completed by March 1.
Racing legend Richard Childress, a members of the Growth Energy board of directors, was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Childress got his racing start in 1969 and earned 76 top 10 finishes in 285 races. He later founded Richard Childress Racing, a 12-time NASCAR championship-winning organization. In 2011, Childress helped launch the NASCAR Green initiative, which included a switch to Sunoco Green E15.
J&J Snack Foods Corp.
J&J Snack Foods Corp. (JJSF) announced several promotions at its annual shareholders meeting on Feb. 15. JJSF has appointed the following to new positions:
- Alissa Davis: vice president, marketing
- Jeffery Gaddy: vice president bakery operations
- Bo Powell: vice president, foodservice sales
- Marjorie Shreiber-Roshkoff: vice president/general council
- John Stefanik: vice president, bakery sales
"As JJSF continues to grow, we are proud and excited to expand our management team," said CEO Gerald Shreiber. "These newly appointed vice presidents have an ability of leading their respective teams, while executing our corporate strategic vision. These dedicated employees have numerous years of experience, both at JJSF, as well as the overall food industry. We look forward to their continued success in the years ahead."
During the meeting, Gerald Shreiber also announced the appointment of John Griffith to chief information officer.
Kellogg Co. named Fareed Khan chief financial officer (CFO) and principal financial officer. He succeeded Ron Dissinger as CFO, effective Feb. 17. Dissinger will remain with the company in 2017 to ensure an orderly transition.
Khan joins Kellogg from US Foods Holding Corp. where he has held the CFO position since 2013 and successfully led the company's Initial Public Offering last year. Prior to US Foods, Khan served as senior vice president and CFO at United Stationers and spent 12 years at USG Corp. in a variety of finance, business and leadership roles, including executive vice president of finance and strategy, president and CEO of USG Building Systems, and executive vice president of sales and marketing.
Khan's experience also includes several years at McKinsey & Co. as a management consultant in the United States and Europe.
Marathon Petroleum Corp.
J. Mike Stice was elected to Marathon Petroleum Corp.'s (MPC) board of directors, effective Feb. 22. Stice joins the MPC board with a career that spans more than 35 years in the upstream and midstream gas businesses, including as CEO of Access Midstream Partners LP.
Stice began his career in 1981 with Conoco. He was named president of ConocoPhillips Qatar in 2006. In 2008, he was named president and chief operating officer of Chesapeake Midstream Development LP, a wholly owned subsidiary of Chesapeake Energy Corp., and senior vice president of natural gas projects for Chesapeake. In 2009, he was named CEO of Chesapeake Midstream Partners LP.
He was designated a director of Chesapeake Midstream Partners, which changed its name to Access Midstream in 2012. Stice continued as CEO until his retirement in 2014, and remained on the board of directors until 2015.
Currently, Stice serves as dean of the Mewbourne College of Earth & Energy at the University of Oklahoma, a position he assumed in August 2015. He is a member of the board of directors at U.S. Silica Holdings Inc. and a former director on the MarkWest Energy Partners LP board.
Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc.
Several executives were promoted at Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc., including Thomas E. Kelso, who was elected by the board of directors to serve as president. This new role will be in addition to his current responsibilities as managing director and principal and head of Matrix's Downstream Energy & Convenience Retail Group.
In addition, David W. Shoulders has been promoted to managing director and head of Matrix's Consumer & Industrial Products Group; William J. O’Flaherty, a member of Matrix's Consumer & Industrial Products Group, has been promoted to vice president; Stephen C. Lynch, a member of Matrix’s Downstream Energy & Convenience Retail Group, has been promoted to vice president; and John C. Duni, a member of Matrix’s Downstream Energy & Convenience Retail Group, has been promoted to associate.
The National Association of Shell Marketers
Valerie Kelley Amsden of Kelley Fuels in Shakopee, Minn., has been re-elected as chairperson of the National Association of Shell Marketers (NASM) for 2017. She is only the second person to serve two terms as board chair in the history of NASM. Her father is former NASM Chairman Vern Kelley.