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JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Valero Energy Corp. has promoted Joe Gorder as the new executive vice president and chief operating officer of the company. He currently is executive vice president and chief commercial officer.
In addition to leading Valero's commercial operations, which include marketing, supply and transportation, Gorder will also be responsible for refining operations in his new role. Lane Riggs, senior vice president of refining operations, will report to Gorder.
In other people news:
Chute Gerdeman is responding to growing demand for its award-winning strategic branding and design services with two promotions and a new designer in its Columbus, Ohio-based studio.
Senior designer of brand communications, Elaine Evans, has been promoted to creative director. Chute Gerdeman's resident materials and trend specialist, Katie Clements, has been promoted to senior designer. In addition, Kate Steinmeyer has joined Chute Gerdeman as environments designer.
Grindmaster-Cecilware appointed Greg Immell to senior vice president of sales and marketing. In this position, he will be responsible for all worldwide sales and marketing activities.
Orion Food Systems
Orion Food Systems, the international food service provider of brands such as Hot Stuff and Lettieri's, named Henry J. (Hank) Suerth as chief executive officer.
Suerth brings more than 40 years of experience in a variety of industries, including over 20 years at the president/CEO and other senior management level positions in the food and beverage, consulting, home furnishing and consumer electronics industries. He was most recently senior vice president of commercial businesses for Caribou Coffee Company, Inc.
The board of directors of Phillips 66 elected Dr. Marna C. Whittington as a new outside director. The election of Whittington increases the total number of Phillips 66 directors to eight. Whittington will serve on two committees of the Phillips 66 board, the Audit and Finance and Public Policy Committees.
Whittington, 64, was chief executive officer of Allianz Global Investors Capital, a diversified global investment firm, from 2002 until her retirement in January 2012. She also currently serves on the board of directors of Macy's Inc.
Bill Alexander, a 20-plus year software executive veteran, has joined the PriceAdvantage management team as its director of operations to help further its growth and expand the division. Bill Alexander will oversee the division's operations, including the professional services organization, the customer support organization and the delivery of services through the new cloud hosted software platform.
PriceAdvantage, a division of Skyline Products, has also opened new division offices in Colorado Springs, Col.
Ready Pac Foods, Inc.
Ready Pac Foods, Inc. hired produce veteran Don Brumley as regional sales manager. Brumley, who most recently was with Colorful Harvest, has more than twenty-five years of retail sales and management experience. Brumley will report directly to Alan Ediger, senior vice president, retail west.
Shikatani Lacroix Design
Shikatani Lacroix Design promoted account director Sandra Riano to the position of strategy planner. She is teaming up with fellow strategy planner Adam Mintz, who joins the company from FutureBrand's Australian offices. The two will be working closely with the company's creative and account management teams.
Shikatani Lacroix also welcomes Derek Petridis, its new vice president, finance, and Robin Ernstes as its new director of business development.