Sara Lee makes changes to organizational structure

by Eric Schroeder
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DOWNERS GROVE, ILL. — Sara Lee Corp. recently unveiled several other appointments to “CoffeeCo” and its other spin-off company, “MeatCo,” after earlier announcing that Michiel Herkemij and Michel M.G. Cup have been named chief executive officer and chief financial officer, respectively, of “CoffeeCo” once it is spun off from Sara Lee Corp. in the first half of calendar 2012.

Other new hires at CoffeeCo include naming Ingrid Baron as chief marketing officer, Rogier Rijnka as human resource manager and Onno Van Klinken as general counsel. Harm Jan van Pelt and Marleen Vaesen were promoted to retail management positions for Western Europe and Rest of World, respectively. Nick Snow, currently senior vice-president of Sara Lee International Food Service, will handle out-of-home strategy for CoffeeCo, while Coen Terlingen, senior vice-president of operations, will be in charge of supply chain issues.

Sara Lee has yet to fill the c.e.o. post for what will become MeatCo, but it has named Monty Pooley as president and chief marketing officer, positions he has held at Sara Lee North America since this past July. Earlier he was president of Sara Lee North America Retail and chief customer officer for Sara Lee Food and Beverage. Before joining Sara Lee he was vice-president of customer teams at H.J. Heinz Co. He also has held various roles at Procter & Gamble Co.

Also at MeatCo, Maria Henry has been hired as chief financial officer; Andy Callahan, currently president of Food Service at Sara Lee, has been named customer officer; and Mary Beth DeNooyer will become chief human resources officer. Thomas Hayes, president of Sara Lee North American Foodservice, will be in charge of supply chain at MeatCo, while Jon Harris will head communications.

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