Neogen Corporation has appointed James “Jim” Walter to the position of Vice President, Global Operations. In this role, he will lead and manage Neogen’s global manufacturing and logistics functions.
Walter graduated with honors from the U.S. Naval Academy with a degree in mathematics and engineering, then served in the Navy as a nuclear engineer. He comes to Neogen after having spent most of his career at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, serving most recently as Executive Director of Manufacturing Excellence. Previously at Mallinckrodt, he worked in various operations disciplines, helping to execute a wide range of initiatives to drive operational improvement and integration activities, and support growth initiatives. Prior to joining Mallinckrodt, Walter worked in the clean energy industry as Senior Vice President of Operations and Engineering at Tinuum and Vice President of Operations at Catalent Pharma Solutions, where he helped to stabilize and grow the company’s oral and specialty delivery operations worldwide.
“We are excited to welcome Jim to Neogen and add his wealth of operational knowledge to our global leadership team,” said John Adent, President and CEO, Neogen. “Jim brings a great deal of operations and supply chain excellence experience to the company, which will be a significant asset for us, particularly as we continue to integrate the former 3M Food Safety Division into our business.”
The Kraft Heinz Company has appointed Carlos Abrams-Rivera CEO and a member of the Board, effective January 1, 2024. Until then, Abrams-Rivera will continue in his role as President of the North America Zone with the added responsibilities of becoming President of Kraft Heinz, effective immediately. Abrams-Rivera will take over as CEO from Miguel Patricio, who has served as the Company’s CEO since 2019 and Chair of the Board since 2022. Patricio will transition to the role of Non-Executive Chair of the Board on January 1, 2024.
In his role as EVP and President of the North America Zone, Abrams-Rivera has overseen the company’s U.S. and Canadian operations. “Carlos is the best person to lead the next phase of the Company’s transformation,” said Patricio. “His strategic and innovative mindset is ideal to continue to propel Kraft Heinz forward on our path to greatness. Since joining Kraft Heinz in 2020, he has consistently delivered strong results in the North American retail and Away From Home businesses. Carlos’ experience in both developed and emerging markets complements our ambition for growth. I feel privileged to entrust Carlos with the leadership of this great company, and I am confident that Kraft Heinz is poised for more growth in the years to come.”
“I am humbled and honored to be appointed as the new CEO of Kraft Heinz. I would like to thank Miguel for his mentorship, all he has done to rekindle the spirit of Kraft Heinz and our culture, and for his partnership, now and in the future,” said Abrams-Rivera. “I would also like to thank the Board of Directors for placing its trust in me. Finally, to the thousands of colleagues across Kraft Heinz that have welcomed and trusted me, I am excited to go into a bright future together.”
Photo caption: Carlos Abrams-Rivera (left), and Miguel Patricio (right) (Photo: Business Wire)
Inga Hansen is the new managing editor of Food Safety Tech. She has more than 20 years’ experience in business-to-business healthcare media. Inga previously served as executive editor of MedEsthetics magazine and associate editor of Dialysis & Transplantation.
“Inga will be a strong addition to our team and will be responsible for growing our delivery of original in-depth reporting on important industry issues, helping curate content for our virtual and live conferences, develop and expand our Advisory Board and expand our reach on social media,” says Rick Biros, president and publisher of Innovative Publishing.
“The safety and integrity of our food from farm to table is vital to our communities. Rick Biros and Food Safety Tech have been integral resources for the professionals who grow, produce, package, serve and regulate our food. I am excited to help continue Food Safety Tech’s mission in providing the knowledge, education and forums for collaboration that support their work,” said Hansen.
About Food Safety Tech: Food Safety Tech is a digital media community for food industry professionals interested in food safety and quality. We inform, educate and connect food manufacturers and processors, retail & food service, food laboratories, growers, suppliers and vendors, and regulatory agencies with original, in-depth features and reports, curated industry news and user-contributed content, and live and virtual events that offer knowledge, perspectives, strategies and resources to facilitate an environment that fosters safer food for consumers.
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