PEOPLE THE INDUSTRY FACES Bunge announces retirement of CFO Drew Burke
unge Limited announced that Drew Burke, Chief Financial Officer, is retiring effective December 31, 2016. The company plans to name a successor before the end of the year, and is conducting a search that will consider both internal and external candidates. “For the past 14 years and in several roles, Drew has made great contributions to Bunge’s growth and success,” said Soren Schroder, CEO, Bunge Limited.
“As CFO, he has helped create shareholder value by driving efficient portfolio management, financial discipline and prudent allocation of capital. His financial expertise, deep knowledge of the business and strong leadership have made him a highly valued advisor and member of our team. We wish him all the best in his retirement.”
Mr Burke said “I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished as a team at Bunge over the past 14 years. This was a difficult personal decision for me, as it’s an exciting time for the company. I’ll be staying on until the end of the year to assure a smooth transition, and am confident that with the strategic plan and talented team we have, Bunge will capitalise on excellent growth opportunities ahead.” Mr Burke was named Chief Financial Officer in February 2011, having served as interim Chief Financial Officer since September 2010. He joined Bunge in 2002 as Managing Director, Soy Ingredients and New Business Development. Previously, he was CEO of the US subsidiary of Degussa AG and worked for Beecham Pharmaceuticals and Price Waterhouse & Company.
Pinnacle Foods Inc names Mark A Clouse Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Board
n 27 April Pinnacle Foods Inc’s Board of Directors named Mark A Clouse as the Company’s new Chief Executive Officer, effective May 23, 2016, replacing Bob Gamgort, who left the Company at the end of April. Mr Clouse will also serve on the Company’s Board.
Mr Clouse, 47, is currently Chief Commercial Officer at Mondelez International, Inc, where he has held a broad range of leadership positions involving iconic brands such as Oreo, Nabisco, Cadbury and Trident during his 20-year tenure at Kraft Foods Inc and the subsequent spin-off of Mondelez.
In his current role, Mr Clouse oversees the company’s commercial execution for all of its five geographic regions, as well as the global sales function. Prior to this, he was Chief Growth Officer for Mondelez, where he was responsible for the company’s growth strategy and oversaw key areas such as corporate strategy, global marketing, global sales, and research, development and quality. In addition, during his tenure, Mr Clouse also led smaller, entrepreneurial businesses in emerging markets, such as China and Brazil, and held leadership roles involving the integration of acquisitions. Before joining Kraft Foods Inc, Mr Clouse served in the United States Army as a pilot and completed his service as a Captain. He is a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point, with a degree in economics. Mark A Clouse
Executive assistant joins US Wheat Associates in Taipei
S Wheat Associates (USW) has hired Fiona Lee as Executive Assistant and Accountant in the organisation’s office in Taipei, Taiwan. Ms Lee will train with long-time Office Manager/ Accountant Serena C Wu, who plans to retire later in 2016. USW is the export market development organisation for the US wheat industry.
“Fiona’s work experience ranges from financial project management to legal matters and translation needs,” said Matt Weimar, USW’s Regional Vice President for South Asia. “These are strong assets that will certainly benefit the US wheat farmers we represent and our industry and government partners in Taiwan.”
“We knew we had a difficult job to eventually replace Serena Wu,” said Ronald L J Lu, USW’s Country Director for Taiwan.“Serena has served this organisation and our customers faithfully for more than 38 years. With her guidance over the next several months, though, we are sure Fiona will be well prepared for another long and successful tenure with US Wheat Associates.” Ms Lee comes to USW after serving as a clerk and English secretary at a Taipei law firm and as an executive assistant at Henkel Taiwan, a large industrial products company. She worked as an investment manager with Uni-President and at the consulting firm KPMG Taipei she served on corporate finance teams related to merger and acquisition projects as well as in corporate finance risk management. Ms Lee has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from National Cheng-Chi University, Taipei, and a master’s degree in finance from George Washington University, Washington, DC. She is fluent in Mandarin and English. Fiona Lee
Gabriel García appointed CEO of Nutreco Iberia
utreco has appointed Gabriel García as the new CEO of its business unit Nutreco Iberia. He takes over this position from Javier Rodríguez, who passed away last week. Mr García currently leads Skretting Chile, one of Nutreco´s largest operating companies, and will take up his new position as of 1 September 2016.
As part of his new position, Gabriel García will also join the Nutreco Executive Committee. During the intervening period, CFO Angel Martinez Aso will oversee the management of Nutreco Iberia, together with the existing management team.
Gabriel García has a degree in forest engineering and holds an MBA. He has been general manager of Skretting Chile for the past 7 years.
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