General Millsannounced a new organizational structure for its senior management team.Ken Powellwas elected president and chief operating officer and became a member of the company's board of directors.Jim Lawrencewas named vice chairman of General Mills and continues to serve as the company's chief financial officer.Ian Friendlywas promoted to executive vice president, chief operating officer, US retail.Chris O'Learyis executive vice president, chief operating officer, international.Marc Beltonis executive vice president and retains responsibility for health, brand and new business development.Christi Strausshas been promoted to senior vice president of General Mills and chief executive officer of Cereal Partners Worldwide.
Ira Katuranwas named director of sourcing forAcme-Hardesty Co. , a value-added reseller of vegetable and animal-fat based oleochemicals, derivatives and specialties.
TheFood Marketing InstituteappointedJim Kendzelas managing director of theSafe Quality Food Institute, a division of FMI. Kendzel joins SQF with 24 years of experience at NSF International, a non-profit, independent provider of public health testing and certification.
Kraft Foodsreceived the International Headquarters Award from the Singapore Economic Development Board. Kraft's Singapore headquarters manages business strategy, product development and supply chain services to more than 30 affiliates in 13 Asia-Pacific countries.
TheAmerican Beverage Associationand theInternational Dairy Foods Associationagreed to take an active role in endorsing and participating in each other's trade shows. ABA's InterBev is this fall in Las Vegas and IDF's Worldwide Food Expo 2007 is in Chicago.
Decas Cranberry Sales, a provider of cranberry-based ingredients, appointedJeff Carlsonas president and CEO.