People News April 2020: UNFI, Applegate, Om Mushroom, and More

The Independent Natural Food Retailers Association’s (INFRA) Board of Directors announced that Founder and President/CEO Corinne Shindelar stepped down, effective March 1, 2020. She held her position for 15 years. Cheryl Hughes, Board Chair, said: “The Board is honored that Ms. Shindelar has agreed to continue her legacy of leadership as Emeritus President for the remainder of the year, ensuring a smooth transition at all levels of the organization.” Patrick Sheridan has been named Interim President/CEO. Sheridan has served as COO/CFO since 2018.

Bergstrom Nutrition has announced Adrian Polliack, Ph.D., as its new president and CEO. With more than 20 years of leadership experience, he is also the inventor of 11 issued U.S. patents, 10 of which are currently being offered in the marketplace.

United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) announced multiple personnel changes. Chairman and CEO Steven L. Spinner’s employment agreement has been extended to July 31, 2021. Sean Griffin, Chief Operating Officer, will retire July 31, 2020. Filling Griffin’s role is Eric Dorne, current Chief Information Officer and Chief Administrative Officer. Dorne will continue to oversee the Company’s Integration Office and UNFI’s Information Technology team, as well as oversee UNFI’s supply chain. John Howard, Interim Chief Financial Officer since August 2019, has been appointed Chief Financial Officer. Chris Testa, President and Chief Marketing Officer, will take on additional responsibilities leading UNFI’s professional services, supplier services, customer care and the Company’s Canadian division. Paul Green will take on a new role as President, Fresh. Mike Stigers, currently CUB CEO and Executive Vice President, Fresh, will transition UNFI’s Fresh teams to Green.

Om Mushroom Superfood named Adam Ziegelman as Vice President of Marketing and Dennis Pollard as Senior Vice President of Operations.

Reed’s Inc. promoted Norman E. Snyder, Jr. from Chief Operating Officer to Chief Executive Officer. Snyder will succeed John Bello, who has served as Reed’s Interim CEO since September 2019.

Dave Boburka and Jennifer Solgonick were appointed as new regional sales managers for Gadot Biochemicals’ North American Market.

Applegate announced that Jim Graham will assume the position of Vice President of Research & Development and Quality Assurance and Joseph O’Connor will take on the role of Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Garner Foods has named Katie Chaffin as the company’s new Director of Marketing. Chaffin joined the Garner Foods team in 2010, and has served as Marketing Communications Coordinator.

Safe Catch hired Paul Laubscher as its Vice President of Marketing. Laubscher will join Safe Catch in its mission to provide consumers with trusted food products that are sustainable, pure and nutritious.