Englewood Cliffs, NJ — Nicole Wescoe was named president of Whole Foods Market’s Northeast region. The 24-year company veteran will oversee 41 stores in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Wescoe worked her way up from a team leader position in the bakery, specialty and grocery departments at stores in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Chicago, IL— Molly Hjelm was named vice president of marketing for SPINS. She will lead the company’s marketing efforts — including communication strategy, corporate branding, events, and media relations. Hjelm has nearly a decade of experience consulting with retailers and manufacturers and worked most recently at IRI’s Media Center of Excellence.
Edison, NJ —Dr. Vineet Jindal joins AAK West Coast Innovation Team as Global Customer Innovation Manager, Plant-based Dairy. He will help lead AAK’s plant-based dairy segment globally and deliver customer applications training and solutions through Customer Co-Development. Dr. Jindal has 22 years of experience developing plant-based foods, nutraceuticals and special nutrition products for companies such as Nestlé, Kraft, Conagra and Subway.
Steve Council has joined AAK’s West Coast Innovation Team as Customer Innovation Manager and will lead the Richmond, California-based Customer Innovation Team with Dr. James Jones. Council brings 23 years of fats and oils experience to AAK, most recently as Innovation Manager, IOI Loders.
Rodolfo “Rudy” Nava joins AAK’s West Coast Innovation team as Customer Innovation Senior Applications Specialist with accountability for the Richmond Bakery Applications Lab. He brings more than 20 years bakery industry experience in product development, commercialization, technical service, and technical sales, with companies such as Pillsbury Bakeries and Food Service.
Cecylia Szewczyk joins AAK’s West Coast Innovations team as Customer Innovation Senior Applications Specialist – Dairy and will manage customer-driven and self-directed projects at the Richmond Dairy Applications Lab. Szewczyk brings 12 years of dairy industry experience to AAK, and has worked with companies such as CSK Food Ingredients.
Benjamin Schwartz joins AAK USA as Customer Innovation Application Specialist in the Personal Care Lab of AAK’s West Coast Innovation Center in Richmond, California. He will support customer Co-Development through application process and product development with AAK’s plant-based functional emollients. Schwartz brings over 12 years of extensive formulation and product development experience from contract manufacturing company Columbia Cosmetics.