More leadership changes at Smucker

by Monica Watrous
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Dennis Armstrong, Smucker
Dennis Armstrong plans to leave his post as senior vice-president of supply chain logistics and operations support.

ORRVILLE, OHIO — Dennis J. Armstrong, senior vice-president, supply chain logistics and operations support for the J.M. Smucker Co. has announced plans to retire on Sept. 30, 2016. In his 37 years with the Orrville-based company, Mr. Armstrong served in a number of leadership roles in logistics, operations and purchasing.

Two at the company will advance to succeed Mr. Armstrong, effective May 1. James R. Day, a 27-year veteran of the company and current vice-president of coffee operations, will assume the position of senior vice-president, operations. Robert D. Ferguson, currently vice-president of integrated business and program management, who joined the company with the acquisition of Big Heart Pet Brands in 2015, will become senior vice-president, supply chain. Mr. Day and Mr. Ferguson will report to Mark Smucker, who will assume the role of president and chief executive officer on May 1.

Ferguson, Day, Smuckers
James Day (left) will assume the position of senior vice-president of operations, and Robert Ferguson (right) will become senior vice-president of supply chain.
“We have an experienced leadership team, tremendous talent throughout our organization, and the right purpose, vision, strategy, and brands to continue to grow the company,” said Mr. Smucker, who currently is president of consumer and natural foods. “Randy and Rob’s operational and supply chain expertise have been and will continue to be an asset to our company. I look forward to their future contributions to our organization and thank Denny for his dedication and invaluable leadership.”
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