Comings and Goings: March 2019

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Comings and Goings: March 2019

By Institute Staff - 02/14/2019


B&G Foods, Parsippany, New Jersey

CEO Robert Cantwell plans to retire April 5 after 35 years with the company. He will be succeeded by Ken Romanzi, the company’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. Romanzi joined B&G in December 2017 after holding senior roles at WhiteWave Foods, Ocean Spray, Hasbro and Ultimate Juice Co.

Kind, New York

Health and wellness veteran Mike Barkley succeeded John Leahy as president and chief operating officer of Kind Healthy Snacks. Barkley leads the company alongside Kind founder and CEO Daniel Lubetzky as the company sets its sights on innovation and category disruption. Leahy, who joined the company in 2010, will assume a strategic adviser role in retirement. Barkley is tasked with growing Kind’s portfolio, purpose and potential.

Serta Simmons Bedding, Atlanta

Melanie Huet was named Serta Simmons chief marketing officer, reporting to CEO Michael Traub. Huet brings several years of marketing experience in consumer packaged goods, most recently as vice president of marketing, beverages and snack nuts at Kraft-Heinz, where she was responsible for a $4 billion portfolio including brands like Planters, Capri Sun, Kool-Aid and Maxwell House. Huet also held brand management leadership roles with Kimberly-Clark and Unilever.

SodaStream International, Airport City, Israel

Megan Hennigan, former Campbell Soup Co. team leader, shopper marketing, was named Sodastream USA director of shopper marketing. Hennigan also previously held roles at Heinz and News America Marketing.


Kroger, Cincinnati

Kroger’s chief digital officer, Yael Cosset, will succeed retiring Christopher Hjelm, executive vice president and chief information officer, effective May 1. As senior vice president and CIO, Cosset will assume responsibility for the Kroger Technology function in addition to his current Kroger Digital portfolio – underscoring the strategic integration of digital and technology initiatives to deliver customers anything, anytime, anywhere. 

Target, Minneapolis

Chief human resources officer Stephanie Lundquist was named president of food and beverage. She oversees the full spectrum of merchandising and operations for food and beverage, including strategy development and implementation. Lundquist and her team will focus on accelerating progress, strengthening cross-functional alignment and driving operational excellence throughout the enterprise. Lundquist joined Target in 2005 and brings enterprise leadership and operations experience to her new role. She will remain a direct report to CEO Brian Cornell and part of the company’s leadership team.


HMS Design, Fairfield, Connecticut

Design veteran Joe DiMeo was named creative director. He is responsible for overall creative leadership across the firm’s client CPG brands, management and professional development of the creative team, creative operations, high level client service and business development efforts. DiMeo has been recognized for his work for brands like Mars and Milk-Bone.

Prs In Vivo, Teaneck, New Jersey

Chief revenue officer Alex Hunt was named CEO. He succeeds Scott Young, who was elevated to a senior vice president position within BVA Group. Young assumed a leadership role in the BVA Nudge Unit, the group’s behavioral consultancy, leading that entity’s UK office.

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