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    Javo Beverage Co. names a 30-year foodservice coffee veteran as CEO, while MERCY beverage's parent company and Carlisle Foodservice Products also get new leadership.

    JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Dennis Riley is taking the helm as president and CEO of Javo Beverage Co., a provider of premium foodservice dispensable coffee and tea-based beverages. Riley brings with him 30 years of experience in the foodservice coffee industry.

    Prior to joining Javo, he worked for the National Restaurant Association (NRA) where he held several key management positions, most recently as vice president of sales. At the NRA, he was responsible for sales of the organization's ServSafe-branded Food Safety Training and Responsible Alcohol Service products to national account and regional sales organization. He was also involved in the continued development of the sales and marketing programs with the state restaurants associations.

    From 1978 to 2006, Riley worked at Sara Lee, where he rose to become president of Sara Lee Coffee & Tea Foodservice and president of Douwe Egberts Coffee Systems of North America, as well as senior vice president of sales and marketing at Superior Coffee.

    At Douwe Egberts, he expanded sales throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, achieving annual double-digit volume and profitability growth in a relatively stagnant and low-growth category. Sara Lee honored Riley with several of its top awards including receiving on two occasions the corporation's President's Award and its Record Performance Awards in 1999, 2000 and 2001. Riley is a graduate of National-Louis University in Chicago.

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    Heineken USA appointed Darrell Johnson as senior director, regional marketing. His new duties include leading the regional marketing group and driving local programs and sponsorships that support brand marketing strategies.
    Johnson has more than 20 years of experience in marketing and business development, and most recently oversaw the development of Pepsi-Cola Co.'s five-year innovation and growth plan as senior director of innovation, sparkling beverages. He previously held other marketing positions at Pepsi-Cola, ranging from sports marketing with professional leagues and franchises, to managing a portfolio of premium beverages.
    In his new role, Johnson will guide program development, oversee execution, facilitate cross-regional trade promotions and interface with regional sales vice presidents to assess program performance, as well as  collaborate with brand marketing, trade marketing activation and regional marketing directors to develop a strategy and process for local programming in order to ensure consistent execution against national brand strategy at the local level.

    Johnson graduated with a bachelor of arts in government from Wesleyan University and received a MBA from Boston College's Wallace E. Carroll Graduate School of Management.

    MERCY hangover prevention beverage's parent company NEU Industries Inc. appointed Luc Tomasino as its CEO and Ryan Giunta as head of sales.

    Tomasino, who is also an investor, was formerly senior vice president and managing director of SDI Media, a dubbing and subtitling firm that serves Hollywood studios and TV companies. He led European sales and operations, which helped increase revenue by more than $100 million globally.

    He previously worked as general manager at CME Group, a startup that created private TV broadcasts in Eastern European countries where networks had been government owned. His work helped CME raise $700 million in its initial public offering in 1996.

    Giunta, who is also an investor in MERCY, will be responsible for on- and off-premise accounts in the United States. He spent nearly 10 years at Red Bull, where he was most recently responsible for the on-premise sales in the East region. He also held various marketing roles and was instrumental in building the brand in New York City. During the last two years, he restructured Red Bull's sales team and distribution network in the city, and created a new position for the company as the regional on-premise marketing manager.

    Carlisle Foodservice Products
    Carlisle FoodService Products (CFSP), a global manufacturer of commercial solutions for the foodservice and sanitation markets, named Carol Lowe as president. She takes the reins following several senior executive roles at Carlisle Cos. Inc., which is the parent organization of CFSP.

    As president, her duties will include governing the CFSP product portfolio, developing and overseeing strategic plans and driving enhancements to the organization.

    Lowe has been a member of the Carlisle Cos. team since 2002, when she joined the organization as treasurer. She soon ascended to the rank of vice president and CFO, managing both internal and shareholder financial goals and expectations. She also served as president of Trail King Industries Inc., a specialty heavy-haul trailer manufacturer that was part of the Carlisle portfolio.

    Prior to joining Carlisle, Lowe held positions at National Gypsum Co. and Ernst & Young, and she currently serves on the board of directors of Cytec Industries Inc. where she is a member of the Audit Committee and the Safety, Health and Environmental Committee.

    Lowe is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. She also received a Masters of Business Administration from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.


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