Starbucks Corporation introduces Teavana as Chief Financial Officer to retire

USA – Starbucks Corporation, an American coffee company and coffeehouse chain, has announced that that Scott Maw, executive vice president and chief financial officer, is retiring effective Nov. 30, 2018. According to the company, it has already launched an external search for a new CFO. After his retirement, Maw will continue to support the transition in a senior consultant role through March 2019. “I am grateful for the contributions Scott has made over the past seven years that led to the unprecedented growth of Starbucks,” said Kevin Johnson, Starbucks president and chief executive…

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Synlait Milk announces Fonterra’s Ex-Managing Director as new CEO

NEW ZEALAND – Synlait Milk, a dairy processing company, has announced Leon Clement, who was Fonterra’s Managing Director of Fonterra Brands New Zealand, as the new CEO from mid-August. According to the company, the appointment was the outcome of a global recruitment search undertaken following cofounder and inaugural CEO John Penno’s announcement in November 2017 of his intention to stand down. “Leon has led major businesses internationally, specifically in Vietnam and Sri Lanka, and has deep experience in the branded dairy sector,” said Graeme Milne, Chairman. “He brings a broad…

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2 Sisters Food Group’s Chief Financial Officer leaves the company

UK – 2 Sisters Food Group, a frozen retail poultry company, has announced that Richard Pike, Group CFO, has decided to leave the company to pursue opportunities outside the group following internal changes to the Finance function. The company has recently made changes to its programme, and the business had decided to split responsibility for core financial work and M&A project activity. As a result of these changes, Richard Pike has decided to leave the company. 2 Sisters Food Group appreciated Richard for his significant contribution including his involvement in…

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Kenya Bureau Standards body’s boss arrested after sugar scandal probes

KENYA – Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), the government’s standards agency’s Managing Director Charles Ongwae has been arrested hours after the body confirmed that imported contraband sugar was contaminated with copper. According to an article published by the Daily Nation, the standards boss was arrested alongside quality assurance and inspection director and head of the inspection department after being grilled at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations. This was after imported sugar was seized on allegations that it was contaminated with mercury and copper, with several controversies around KEBs sticker marks.…

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Mondelēz International Names Luca Zaramella as Chief Financial Officer

USA – Mondelēz International, an American multinational confectionery company, has announced that Luca Zaramella, 49, Senior Vice President of Corporate Finance and a 20-year veteran of the company, will become EVP, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective August 1, 2018. Zaramella will replace Brian Gladden, who will leave the company in August. After 10 years as a public company CFO, Gladden has decided to pursue an opportunity outside of the Fast Moving Consumer Goods sector. According to the company, Zaramella will be responsible for the oversight of the company’s global Finance,…

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Arla Foods appoints Ash Amirahmadi as managing director for UK

UK – Arla Foods has appointed its current SVP – Sales for Arla Foods, Ash Amirahmadi as new management director for UK effective 1 July 2018. He succeeds Tomas Pietrangeli, who is leaving the company to become CEO of Danish retail group Dagrofa A/S as from 30 June 2018. Ash Amirahmadi joined Arla Foods in 2004 from Unilever and has held a number of leadership roles across the business. As SVP – Sales, a position he was appointed to in 2016, he was responsible for the company’s 120 strong Commercial…

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Brazil’s food giant BRF names new chief executive officer

BRAZIL – BRF, one of the biggest food companies in the world, has named Pedro Parente as the new chief executive officer with the hope that the new CEO will give a successful turnaround. According to SeekingAlpha, the government commission; which approved the appointment, said the nomination of the new CEO faces no conflict of interest with Parente’s previous job as CEO of Petrobas. As CEO, Parente will have to deal with debt levels that are among the highest in the industry after a string of losses, the fallout of…

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Mars Wrigley names new global president for candy unit

USA – The World leader in confections, Mars Wrigley has named its Chief Marketing & Customer Officer Andrew Clarke as new global president to lead its candy business, Mars Wrigley Confectionery. Clarke succeeds Martin Radvan, will be based at Mars Wrigley Confectionery’s global headquarters in Chicago, Illinois with the appointment effective September 2018. Martin is retiring from the company after 32-year career at Mars in various capabilities, business segments and countries. It was during his tenure that the firm saw the successful integration of Mars Chocolate and Wrigley segments into…

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Former CBH CEO to join Australia’s consumer brand, SunRice

AUSTRALIA – Sun-Rice, the Australian consumer brand and trading name of Ricegrowers Limited is set to receive Andy Crane, former chief executive officer of CBH as additional external director. She will be elected to the board during SunRice’s annual general meeting (AGM) on September 20 According to WorldGrain, Crane has more than 30 years’ experience working in agriculture for a range of trading, processing and international marketing businesses as statutory authorities, listed entities and cooperatives. He was CEO at CBH for eight years when he resigned from the group to…

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Zambeef’s joint executive Tim Pollock resigns

ZAMBIA – Zambeef, Zambia’s food producer and retailer has announced that Tim Pollock, Joint Chief Executive Officer of the Company resigned from the company effective 31st May 2018. The company said Mr. Pollock had left Zambeef for personal reasons and that he will be returning to the United Kingdom to focus on the development of his agricultural investment business, AgCap Limited. Consequently, Francis Grogan, currently Joint Chief Executive Officer became the sole Chief Executive Officer at the company effective 1 June 2018. Grogan is a co-founder of the business which…

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