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NWPB restructures following departure of Gordon Hunt

The National Watermelon Promotion Board announced that Gordon Hunt, director of marketing and communications, has left the organization after a 10-year tenure with watermelon and a career in produce to take a position as managing director of a new Southeast Asian-oriented company. This change prompted the NWPB to rebalance its resources and implement a significant restructuring.

As part of the restructuring, NWPB has implemented a new leadership team. Megan McKenna, who had previously been with the National Mango Board, has been hired to the newly created role of director of foodservice and marketing. Juliemar Rosado has been promoted to director of retail operations. And Stephanie Barlow has been promoted to the senior director of communications.

“This organizational restructuring will align staff and resources to better serve the watermelon industry as we work toward meeting the objectives in NWPB’s strategic plan that will produce results for our research, promotion and education initiatives,” Mark Arney, executive director of the NWPB, said in a press release. “This staff will shape and direct the future for watermelon’s core message priorities and targets, integrating all outreach strategies.”

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White House announces departure of Sam Kass

Sam Kass, executive director of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative, is stepping down from his position at the White House as of the end of December. In addition to his role with Let’s Move!, Kass was the first-ever White House senior policy advisor on nutrition and personal chef to the First Family.

Kass will remain engaged with the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative and the continuing effort to advance childhood nutrition. His successor will be named in the new year.

“Sam has been an integral part of Let’s Move! from its very beginning — from discussions about children’s health around my kitchen table in Chicago, to setting the strategic vision of a national campaign in the White House, to spearheading efforts with the private sector across the country,” First Lady Michelle Obama said in a press release. “Sam leaves an extraordinary legacy of progress, including healthier food options in grocery store aisles, more nutritious school lunches and new efforts that have improved how healthy food is marketed to our kids. I wish Sam success in all his future endeavors, and I know he will continue to be a leader in the vitally important work to build a healthier country.” 

“From constructing our Kitchen Garden to brewing our own Honey Brown Ale, Sam has left an indelible mark on the White House,” President Obama said in the release. “And with the work he has done to inspire families and children across this country to lead healthier lives, Sam has made a real difference for our next generation. Over the years, Sam has grown from a close friend to a critical member of my team, and I am grateful for his outstanding work and look forward to seeing all that he will continue to achieve in the years ahead.”

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Ahold USA announces leadership departure

aholdAhold USA announced the departure of Anthony Hucker as its Giant Landover division president, effective Sept. 13. Hucker decided to resign from the company for an unnamed opportunity.

Bhavdeep Singh, executive vice president of operations for Ahold USA, will oversee the Giant Landover division on an interim basis until a permanent replacement is named.

The Giant Landover division, headquartered in Landover, MD, operates 169 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia under the banner of Giant Food LLC. The division employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 169 stores are 155 fullservice pharmacies.

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